The Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum and Swiss Art Gate UAE are going to show a selection of photos about Late Sheikh Zayed, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, who visited Switzerland on various occasions between 1971 and 2004. The photo exhibition, curated and organized by Kurt Blum, with the title Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the UAE, in Switzerland, Through the lens of Noor Ali Rashid, The Royal Photographer.
Noor Ali Rashid accompanied Sheikh Zayed on many of his earlier trips to Switzerland and his close relationship with the Royal family allowed him to not only capture a unique perspective of Sheikh Zayed as a great leader of the nation, but record him as a man of great traditional values who lived a full life surrounded with love of his family and friends. Memories of trips abroad with Sheikh Zayed, such as those to Switzerland that are shown throughout this exhibition, remained etched in Noor Ali Rashid’s mind and heart until the last moments of his life.
The art exhibition COLORS OF THE EMIRATES, presented by Swiss Art Gate UAE, is a selection of four young emerging artists from the United Arab Emirates, each represented with three artworks, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates, and in co-operation with the Emirates Fine Arts Society and Muna Abdulqader Al Ali, Khaled Al Banna, Nasir Nasrallah, Ahmed Sharif.
Inauguration of the exhibitions by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Advisor to the U.A.E. President and HE Pascal Couchepin, Former Swiss President.
Opening reception 23 June 2011, followed by display at Hotel Beau Rivage Lausanne, Hotel Four Seasons Geneva. Plexus Art Gallery Montreux and Swiss Embassy, Abu Dhabi.
June 23, 2011