Dubai Metro Trains Get Covered in Street Art!

Middle East artists have given the carriages a lick of paint... and doesn't the new livery look amazing!
ByLauren SteadmanWednesday , 29 April 2015
Metro carriages covered in designs by Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul
Metro carriages covered in designs by Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul
Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais used his trademark bright colours in his contribution
Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais used his trademark bright colours in his contribution
Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi decorated this metro train
Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi decorated this metro train

Next time you catch the metro you could be in for a surprise! Some of the plain silver carriages have been covered in spectacular art by some of the region’s most prominent artists.

Emirati Abdul Qader Al Rais, Algeria's Rachid Koraichi and Syrian painter Safwan Dahoul were involved in the scheme, in which carriages were wrapped in the stunning works.

The first carriage to be completed, adorned with a spellbinding photo, was unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

It’s all being staged to coincide with Dubai Arts Season, an umbrella initiative by Dubai Culture promoting city-wide cultural activities.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “We are very pleased to be a part of a project that brings the local and international community closer together through the medium of art.

“The wrapping of Dubai Metro carriages with accomplished works of art reiterates the cultural soul of the city and reflects the Dubai Open Air Museum initiative announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

“This path-breaking initiative highlights the city’s cultural identity with the wider audience of Dubai residents as well as visitors. Dubai Metro project also inspires established and aspiring artists to explore innovative methods for showcasing their art creations.”

Abdul Qader Al Rais is regarded as a UAE national treasure. Emulated by many other Emirati artists, he’s best known for his vibrant abstract artworks, which have evolved over time from figurative works exploring his culture, identity and surroundings to more expressive pieces.

The work of Algeria-born artist Rachid Koraïchi reflect his fascination with signs, symbols and ciphers, illustrated with intricate Arabic calligraphic scripts. His densely detailed designs are defined by the universal language of signs accessible to people from all over the world, regardless of whether they can read Arabic.

Safwan Dahoul’s work for RTA is part of the dream series he has been working on over the past two decades and mirrors the physical and psychological effects of alienation, solitude and longing.

The initiative fits in with the vision of  His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform six Dubai Metro stations into museums championing the UAE’s creativity.

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