Emaar Launches Al Sidra at Downtown Burj Dubai

DUBAI — Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh, is Emaar Properties’ latest art collection at Downtown Burj Dubai, which is fast-becoming a destination for art enthusiasts.

Published: Sat 27 Jun 2009, 10:32 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 9:42 PM

The sculpture, located on Emaar Boulevard, next to Al Manzil Hotel, was unveiled by Emaar Properties Chairman Mohamed Alabbar.

Al Sidra derives its inspiration from the Sidra tree, which is characteristic to the region and is particularly recognised for its endurance and resistance to harsh climatic conditions.

The sculpture is also a salute to the contribution of women that have helped build the Arab society and their inherent strength to face and overcome challenges no matter what the environment. The imposing sculpture has been erected on a marble and concrete base. “The Middle East region has a proud tradition of art, which we are nurturing through the Art Programme for Downtown Burj Dubai. With over 1,000 art pieces commissioned for Burj Dubai and the 500-acre community, Emaar is building a new cultural dynamic that will inspire artists across the world. As a thought-provoking sculpture, Al Sidra will also promote dialogue in art and inspire more youngsters to follow their passion for art,” said Alabbar.

Al Saleh said Al Sidra pays tribute to the Arab society, particularly, its women. “By deriving inspiration from the highly resilient Sidra that is native to the region, the sculpture seeks to encourage on-lookers to respect nature. As a community, the Arab community has withstood harsh conditions to grow, prosper and branch out successfully – one aspect highlighted by the sculpture,” said Al Saleh. Downtown Burj Dubai’s new art addition complements the Horse 2007, a bronze sculpture by world-renowned figurative artist Mr Fernando Botero.

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