TAKREEM… A better image of the Arab world

I renew my faith that knowledge and progress will light our way toward the future.
I reiterate my conviction that terrorism will not shake this faith. Once again, I call out
for a civilized challenge to the fundamentalism that has sprung up in the name of
religion. Anything that preaches hate and backwardness is not religion.
There is no need for further debate about this.

Had it not been for my deep faith in the initiative that is TAKREEM, I could not and
would not have brought the determination and hope of the last seven years to its
creation.
TAKREEM was born as a step on the path towards enlightenment in the Arab world.
Its aim is to insure that in the midst of our agony, we can survive, produce and move
on. We embrace creativity, freedom of thought, human rights, entrepreneurship,
advanced technology, gender equity and the potential of Arab youth. By inspiring
these young people, we also tell the world that we Arabs are doers.
It is time to cease the repetition of the massacres all over, to say enough is enough
when we see broken families, tearful mothers, orphan children, desperate refugees
and displaced persons…to give the whole world a better image of the Arab world…

We are 350 million Arabs. These numbers are powerful but we must be realistic. As we
reflect on the state of affairs across the Arab world, what do we see?
Divided, individualistic, war ravaged, badly perceived by outsiders, lacking any
effective lobbying, in brief, weak and troubled.

“If I had a home, I would say that the nation has no aim but the service of man.”
I borrow these words from Mahmoud Darwish to describe our reality. The Arab
diaspora is large and growing – beyond the longstanding Palestinian travesty to the
migration from and in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. I fear that another Darwish comes
along to describe the reality by saying: “If only I had a country …”

I welcome all of you to the land of civilizations and prophets, a land protected by God,
to whom the iconic Fairouz sung:
“O Egypt, will you recall your past, conveyor of justice and adherence
Your present proudly entails domes lured by domes
You are the cradle of vibrant civilizations gifted with glory
They engraved their stories in your rocks, rocks which generated books
O modern people of Egypt, tomorrow will watch you heading for the Sun”

Let our achievers reflect the face of our countries.
Let our homelands nurture youthful dreams and ambitions.
Let our homelands support creative interaction.
Let our nations be lands of opportunity and prosperity.
Let our primary goal be to serve humankind.

TAKREEM … a step towards enlightenment in the Arab world

RK

The Arab world is bleeding.
It is time to say, enough is enough. Our sacred soil is saturated with the blood of too many innocent victims.
Is it not time to ask ourselves why we, as Arabs, cannot live in peace?
Is it not time to live in prosperity and joy like other developed nations?
Is it not time for us to stop killing one another in the name of religion, sectarianism and ethnicity?
Is it not time to unite and free Palestine? Is it not time to eradicate fanaticism and destroy Isis and other terrorist organizations?
Is it not time to cease the repetition of the massacres of Assyrians, Chaldeans, Yazidis and Kurds?
Is it not time to say enough is enough when we see broken families, tearful mothers, orphan children, desperate refugees and displaced persons?
Is it not time to give the whole world a better image of the Arab world?
We are 350 million Arabs. These numbers are powerful but they only tell part of the story. We must be realistic. As we reflect on the state of affairs across the Arab world, what do we see? Where have we reached?
Divided, individualistic, war ravaged, badly perceived by outsiders, lacking any effective lobbying. In brief – weak and troubled.
There is a leadership gap across the Arab world. State institutions, aside from security, are often weak or poorly managed. In the absence of leaders and institutions, we are facing war, violence, displacement, poverty, unemployment, disease, illiteracy — in some places a complete breakdown in civil society. Corruption is endemic. And yet, Arabs have excelled in many fields. The enormous Arab Diaspora is one symbol of our contributions throughout the world and local performances have also been numerous.
We have to admit, however, that the successes we can point to have rarely been properly underscored so as to enhance the Arab image and propel Arab societies forward.

458A6639Our challenge is not necessarily envisioning the future and what sort of world we shall leave for our children. We should be focused on defining and implementing policies in the here and now that will demonstrate that we can manage this world today for the benefit of its current inhabitants.TAKREEM was born as a step on the path towards enlightenment in the Arab world. Its aim is to insure that in the midst of our agony, we can survive, produce and move on. We embrace creativity, freedom of thought, human rights, entrepreneurship, advanced technology, gender equity and the potential of Arab youth. By inspiring these young people, we also tell the world that we Arabs are doers.
For six years, we have been fortunate to identify inspirational but unsung heroes, and to put them through a highly competitive process that made the selection of laureates very difficult.

And here we are in Dubai…
Dubai has always been a place of welcome for visitors from all over the world; it has built bridges between different cultures.
May we ensure that those bridges lead us to a brighter future in the Arab world!

Ricardo Karam

Dubai, 2015

The Unexpected Click

An unexpected click that would change your perception of the Arabic language.

Surfing through the Internet, a page came to our attention. A Facebook page called “Art 7ake”. It includes interesting graphics and designs which made us keen to know more about “Art 7ake” and its purpose.

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Through our research, we came to realization that”Art 7ake”had a smart way to play on the Arabicwords using graphical effects making it interesting and fun. Its creator was of Arab origin, a young rising entrepreneur named Nader Dagher, a graphic design and digital media graduate who worked as a marketing advisor in Abu Dhabi for a period of time.

Who is Nader Dagher and how did he create “Art 7ake”?

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Nader Dagher previously started up a company with a group of friends called “E-tobb” which is an online platform, a website that enables people to question doctors for free.

Later on, he left “E-tobb” and moved to Dubai for a better job opportunity and upon that created and started a side project called “Art7ake”.

“Art 7ake” spreads the Arabic language in different forms and ways in which one creates witty posters and designs that play on the words using emotional links.

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Curious to know more about the idea of “Art 7ake”, we asked Nader to sit with us and explain the inspiration of “Art 7ake” and its future plans.

The inspiration for the page came from the home sick feeling he had one night. It was the browsing through Pinterest and the way some people played around with Arabic typography that inspired Nader. So, he decided to create a design with an Arial picture of Beirut writing the words homesick in Arabic typography, which he then posted onto his personal Facebook account. The picture received many engagements from people and a great amount of shares. The results motivated Dagher to create a page with additional designs. Consequently, the increase of popularity of the page resulted to a current fan base of over 22,000 followers on Facebook only.

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As you can see from his page, many non-Arabs are interested with the designs so why not try to change the image and stereotype most people have about Arabs in general through the beauty of the Arabic language?

At this moment, he decided to show the attractiveness and creativity of the Arabic language. This act generated a great deal of interaction and engagement to the page from outside the Arab world.

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For the future, he hopes to see himself running “Art7ake” on a full time basis which by then would not only be a side project; yet, a full time platform and an e-shop where people would have the ability to create, customize, post, sell, and purchase posters and Arabic designed images.

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He states: “The purpose for my page is to spread the beauty of the Arabic language. There are many words that we say have no description in other languages, which makes it so amazing. If we can show this to other people in a visual way, we might then find a way to raise curiosity about the Arabic language that is based on a pure strong history.”

Nader is trying to change the perspective of other developed countries concerning the Arabic youth and Arabs in general. He hopes that the youth would invest their energy into creativity and innovation away from those who tend to bring our youth down. He quotes: “I want them to become unique by siding away from negativity and always have a constant push towards motivation.”

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Nader believes that he can inspire today’s youth through his story.

“Art 7ake”, created by Nader Dagher’s passion for the Arabic language has inspired others from all around the globe to follow their own.

Nader is a true inspiration to inspire you.

TAKREEM Inspiring Generations

An art surprise at the Beirut Art Festival!!!

Our visit to the Beirut Art Festival was truly inspiring. It was packed with artists from all over the world and boasted beautiful and unique art work.

During our visit, we came across a very young artist. He was perhaps the youngest artist and had different and unique artistic skills, brilliantly revealed at the festival.

Many people stopped to watch him work. Curious to discover who he was and what was he doing, we decided to step in for a little chat.

His name is David Kabboul. He’s 22 years old and performs a rather unusual kind of art.

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David Kabboul

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David Kabboul at work

Q: How do you turn those metal sheets into such beautiful paintings?

A: A machine helps me engrave the design on the surface of the metal sheet. I then add a special ink to it, and rub zinc on it to prepare it for the next phase. Then I choose a dry point to draw my design into the metal plate. After that, an acidic black ink helps me engrave the design on it. I then add the needed colors to end the final touches of my work.

David Kaboul at work

David Kabboul at work

A: I would want one day to become a successful inspiring artist with art galleries all over the world. I always love to be able to develop and evolve my work and that is my motivation for the future.

David Kaboul at work

David Kaboul at work

Q: Why art and not something else?

A: It is a talent you are born with and that you decide to develop and grow. I grew up in a house of artists. My brothers are artists, and I live and spend my time with artists. Eventually I grew up with a passion for art.

 David Kaboul at work

David Kaboul at work

Q: Who is your art inspiration?

A: My biggest inspiration is the work of  artist Karam Kamal El Dine and contemporary artist Fadi Mogabgab..

Spider Drawing By David Kabboul

Q: Who is your favorite art icon?

A: There are so many successful artistic icons to look up to. Why stop at one when all those who marked the history of art with their contributions can inspire you.

Owl Drawing By David Kabboul

David is young, dynamic and has the potential to become a true inspiration to others through his talent. He is pursuing his dream – are you pursuing yours?

Drawing By David Kabboul

Drawing By David Kabboul

Drawing By David Kabboul
Drawing By David Kabboul