Smithsonian Folklife Festival
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Sarah Al Hosani

Sarah Al Hosani, founder of Khazaf for Fine Arts, crafts ceramics that display motifs inspired by the cultural traditions of the UAE.

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Shamma Muhair Ghanim Al Qubaisi

Shamma Muhair Ghanim Al Qubaisi is an artisan and basket weaver who draws inspiration from her ancestors, demonstrating how her craft has been passed down over the years.

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Mohamed Jneibi

As an artist and archivist, Mohamed Al Jneibi collects photographs, music, and articles of Emirati artists that are shown around the globe to shed light on the artists that never got a chance to share their talent with others.

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Victor Sitali

Artist Victor Sitali has been hearing impaired since the age of three, but finds his voice in his paintings.

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Zahidah Zeytoun Millie

Growing up in a sailing family, Zahidah Zeytoun Millie creates art that represents the intersection of Emirati culture and its environment.

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Ayesha Al Mansoori and Osha Al Mansoori

Ayesha and Osha Al Mansoori, a mother-daughter falconry duo, are redefining what it means to be falconers.

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Mommin Al Rawahi

By day, Mommin Al Rawahi works as an engineer in the oil and gas industry, but his real passion is cooking and barbecuing in an authentic Omani style.

Manea Al Kaabi, an Emirati Beekeeper
Manea Al Kaabi

Beekeeper Manea Al Kaabi knew from a young age that bees would play a large part in his life.

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Mona and Hiba Haddad

Mona and Hiba Haddad develop perfumes using traditional Emirati techniques that draw on personal memories.

Mohammed Mandi
Mohammed Mandi

Master calligrapher Mohammed Mandi, whose work can be seen across Emirati passports and on banknotes in the country, has a lifelong passion for art and Arabic calligraphy.

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Hessa and Sara Al Zaabi

Sisters Hessa and Sara Al Zaabi grew up in a family of artists and cultivated their love for art while attending Zayed University.

Maitha Al Suwaidi
Maitha Al Suwaidi

Maitha Al Suwaidi expresses her stories, experiences and culture through art and poetry.

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NOON

Made up of three members from different cultural and musical backgrounds, instrumental trio NOON performs a distinct fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music.

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Azza Al Qubaisi

Often referred to as the UAE’s first Emirati jewelry designer, Azza incorporates local and sustainable materials in her work and is inspired by the deep roots of her heritage.

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Abdulla Lutfi

Artist of determination Abdulla Lutfi’s love of art started from reading manga and cartoon books, which helped him develop his own unique artistic style.

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Asma Baker

Emirati poet and artist of determination Asma Baker uses her voice and skills to advocate for people of determination and demonstrate her love for the UAE.