Alydar (behind the scenes in the making of Alydar) by FN Designs and FN Designs Artists. 'Al Ydar', an Urban Art Wall project, will transform the 140-metre-long outward-facing wall of the Dubai Ladies Club along Jumeirah Beach Road, into a stunning community-focused mural. Al Ydar will also be a demonstration of the UAE's will and fervour to successfully host yet another world-class cultural event such as Expo 2020. The initiative was announced by Shaikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Al Ydar, the Dubai Urban Art Wall, entitled 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', brings together nine UAE-based artists — Shaikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, founder and director of FN Designs, Rashid Abdalla Al Mulla, Matt Ryder, Mark Ganzon, Victoria Viray, Joseph Manata, Gian Juan, Katherine Wilson and Mohammed Hindash, a former winner of The Shaikha Manal Young Artist Award. The project was commissioned by FN Designs on behalf of The Cultural Office. "In more recent times the urban art scene has emerged as a creative outlet for societies to express their identity and ideals," said Shaikha Manal. "Al Ydar encompasses all of these values in a glorious artwork that will stand as a proud symbol of our nation's vision. Over the year, Al Ydar will display new collaborative works of urban and conceptual art, under specific themes. I look forward to witnessing the growth of this ongoing project that will explore different subjects with every new display," she added: "Moreover, I am proud to note that the first edition of Al Ydar will serve as a fitting tribute to the UAE's bid to host the Expo 2020 in Dubai."
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