Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in the UAE for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony
4 November 2016
Dubai, 4 November 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the United Arab Emirates this evening, ahead of this weekend’s presentation of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He was accompanied by Prince Amyn and Prince Aly Muhammad.
Hazar Imam and his family members were received at the Dubai airport by Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance. Ismaili Council President Amiruddin Thanawalla welcomed them on behalf of the Jamat and the institutions.
The Award Ceremony is due to take place on Sunday evening at the Al Jahili Fort, a World Heritage Site in Al Ain, a city located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The six recipient projects of the 2016 award — situated in Bangladesh, China, Denmark, Iran, and Lebanon — were announced on 3 October. On Saturday, the architectural community will gather for an Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar in Dubai.
This weekend’s events will mark the culmination of the 13th cycle of the Award, which Mawlana Hazar Imam established in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. Over the past 39 years, prizes have been given to 116 projects across the world, from France to China.
Photos by Garry Otte.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid, Minister of State for Tolerance upon his arrival in Dubai.
In meeting with Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid, Minister of State for Tolerance
Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan and Prine Amyn in the back
Ismaili Council President Amiruddin Thanawalla welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam together with the UAE Minister of State for Tolerance.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with Emirati leaders before departing the UAE
7 November 2016
Abu Dhabi, 7 November 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam wrapped up his visit to the United Arab Emirates today, following the ceremony and proceedings of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which took place over the weekend.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates hosted a lunch for Hazar Imam, which was also attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the country’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. Sheikh Nahyan had attended the Opening Ceremony of the Jubilee Games in Dubai this summer, where he delivered an address in the presence of Prince Rahim.
Later in the day, Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Abu Dhabi accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad.
VIDEO: Mawlana Hazar Imam hosts AKAA dinner and concert at Ismaili Centre
12 November 2016
On the evening of Saturday, 5 November, Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad joined Hazar Imam, who welcomed guests, including members of the Steering Committee, the Master Jury and the winners of the Aga Khan Award, as well as the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum.
The feature of the evening was a rare musical encounter between the talented and innovative artists from Afghanistan, China, Italy, and Syria. Produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the concert featured Homayoun Sakhi, Wu Man, Basel Rajoub, Salar Nader, Andrea Piccioni, and Feras Charestan performing on the Afghan rubab, pipa, saxophone, tabla, frame drums and the qanun. The group's newly created compositions, improvisations and contemporary arrangements were inspired by the ancient musical traditions that they each draw upon.
The highlight of their performance was the final piece, Madhuvanti, composed by Homayoun Sakhi and arranged for a unique combination of instruments that represent the Eastern and Western ends of the historical Silk Route. Madhuvanti was performed again at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 Award Ceremony on Sunday in Al Ain, together with the recitation of a poem celebrating the history and achievements of the United Arab Emirates.
The Aga Khan Music Initiative is an interregional music and arts education programme that supports talented musicians and educators in preserving, transmitting and further developing their musical heritage in contemporary forms. First launched in Central Asia, the programme has expanded to include artists and audiences in the North and West Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Every three years, the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture are presented for projects that set new standards in architecture, planning, and historic preservation. The latest winners include a bridge in Tehran, a park in Copenhagen, a mosque in Bangladesh and a library in Beijing.
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