Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi certainly does more than its fair share to promote the arts. Scattered across the premises are beautiful paintings, intricately woven rugs and fascinating decorative works. Its most famous piece, though, is the pair of human-shaped metallic sculptures that greet guests at the entrance.
The hotel also plays host to a variety of exhibitions through the year, especially upping its game during Ramadan. So it is no surprise, then, that it has transformed one of its restaurants, Café Palmier, into a temporary venue for L’art, a multi-disciplinary exhibition.
The event brings together 30 artists of different nationalities who specialise in various disciplines such as painting, sketching, chalk-drawing and sculpture. The theme for the exhibition celebrates the UAE as a travel destination.
We have picked out four artists who have interpreted their travels within the country. Here’s a closer look...
Karine Roche (France)
Roche is inspired by cityscapes and urban flora and fauna. Her paintings are a blend of fabric
Murad Karabaev (Uzbekistan)
Karabaev is no stranger to the capital and has exhibited some of his work here. The young boy in this painting, which is part of The Desert series, represents the expectation of the future and the idea of rebirth. It also highlights individual strength and resilience.
Wafa Khazendar (UAE)
Khazendar is one of four Emirati women whose work is on display at the exhibition. She is a member of various local unions and the recipient of many artistic and literary awards. She has held several solo exhibitions in addition to group ones such as this.
Keiko Miyazaki (Japan)
Miyazaki grew up in a picturesque sea town in Japan and early impressions of her environment have stuck with her as she treads along on her artistic journey. She is inspired by nature and scenery, as is reflected in several of her paintings and artworks.