UAE is a home for many. And today, citizens and non-native residents come together to celebrate the 51st National Day, commemorating the historical events that paved the way for the seven Emirates to unify under one name – what we now know as The United Arab Emirates. 

Today we celebrate the region’s unity by giving our tribute to three Emirati artists who have left a mark on the art scene, one that forms a creative crossroads in the region. 

Sheikha Al MazrouDescribed as “one of the most dynamic and promising artists of her generation” the UAE-born sculptor has challenged the way we look at art. Her work examines the interplay between form and content through sculptures that play with the materiality of objects. Her largest work to date, “Red Stack”, was recently featured at Frieze London which took place this November in Regent’s Park. A true representation of UAE’s eccentric art scene, she is one to keep on your radar.

Pictured: Red Stack, 2022

Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi: Defining the notions of existence and identity through his work, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi is a cross-disciplinary artist who has dabbled in different forms of art as a way to express his views. Despite being a self-taught artist, Hamdan still leaves his audience in awe of his work that comes in no fixed medium. His dynamic approach paves his way to finding the right material that suits each concept – it’s a perpetual attempt to assert identity. In 2019 he was selected as one of 49 artists to design the UAE Nation Brand logo, making him a reference point for arts in the region. 

Pictured: State of Mind, 2013

Sarah Alagroobi: The multi-disciplinary artist Sarah Alagroobi takes a remarkable stance on the UAE. Exploring the notions of the views and stereotypes of Emiratis within the West and the Middle East, Alagroobi translates complex societal and cultural quandaries into elegant, simple and expressive interactive works that are translated through a broad range of practices. Her success garnered her attention from leading magazines such as ID and Vogue, and several awards. She was also commissioned to direct and design for the UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2014 alongside other projects over the years.

Pictured: Behind Her Eye, 2022