Abu Dhabi Arts Society

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The Abu Dhabi Arts Society (ADAS) is a UK-registered, Abu Dhabi based, non-profit organisation established in the year 2019.

Founder’s project

Fashion & National Icons

Abu Dhabi Tie, Lapel and Cufflinks by Benson & Clegg

Abu Dhabi Tie, Lapel and Cufflinks by Benson & Clegg

Expressed in a Benson and Clegg tie, the dark-blue necktie embroidered with Abu Dhabi’s emblems of red, white, and black colours finds the superb balance between classic design and modern styling. Exuding timeless quality, threads are woven on traditional looms at one of the oldest silk weavers in England, and the cloth is skillfully hand-cut and hand-sewn. From classic collegiate striped designs to more current and quirky motifs, a Benson & Clegg tie produces a smart finish for a well-dressed gentleman. The custom made patriotic necktie reflects an authentic image of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s emblem, which goes back to 1968, reinforces the identity of the emirate and reflects its distinctive history. The emblem shows a falcon staring to the right with its wings spread, its claws clutching two daggers, and surrounded by a white and red flag on both sides, and a banner at the top states “Abu Dhabi” in Arabic script. The emblem is considered one of the most recognisable symbols of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al Suwaidi of Abu Dhabi Tartan (1st UAE Tartan)

Al Suwaidi of Abu Dhabi Tartan (1st UAE Tartan)

The tartan “Al Suwaidi of Abu Dhabi” is made up of the traditional Pan-Arab Colours that form The United Arab Emirate’s flag. The official flag was adopted on 2nd December 1971 and hoisted by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Ruler declared then the establishment of the United Arab Emirates as an Independent Country.

The colours combine to form and symbolize Arab Unity (red, green white and black). The designer who originally created the UAE flag was inspired by verses of a poem describing the citizens acts as white (representing peace and honesty), plains as green (representing hope, goodness & agriculture), battles as dark (representing strength of mind, courage and power) and swords as red (representing bravery & sovereignty). Just like any other flag, each colour was selected precisely to reflect an important concept to the natives of the country and hence, the choice of the same colours have been used in the design of this piece.

The tartan was designed in a symmetrical manner to give equality and importance to each choice of colour and what it symbolizes. The red colour was chosen to be a little bit more dominant and significant on the design because it resembles the original and authentic flag of Abu Dhabi, the capital Emirate and the largest city in the UAE.

National Legacies

Diwan Qasr Al Hosn

Diwan Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn was the official hub and home for many of the occupants governed by Khalifa Bin Yousef. The Diwan of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi & Commander of Bani Yas Alliance occupied two buildings situated within the courtyard of Qasr Al Hosn, one which had two master desks used for the day to day operations, and the other as the Office of the Ruler & his Governor.

Cultural Identifier & Office

Story of Tabla of the late Sheikha Hamda Bint Ahmed Al Otaiba

Story of Tabla of the late Sheikha Hamda Bint Ahmed Al Otaiba

Containing verses from the Holy Qu’ran, a tabla was often worn by a child as a symbol of protection. This gold tabla dates back to the early 1900’s. It was first owned by Sheikha Hamda bint Ahmed bin Khalaf Al Otaiba (1938-1958) and was given to her infant daughter, Mouza bint Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Suwaidi, upon her mother’s death a few days after giving birth. This precious tabla was then passed on to Mouza’s daughter, Dr Hamda bint Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Suwaidi who gave it the name “Tabla Hamda” in memory of her late grandmother.

The Arabic calligraphy on this tabla contains mysteries and secrets that yet needs to be discovered. Read normally, it says Malik Al Mulk (one of the 99 names of God). Placed in front of a mirror, the text reads “La illah il Allah” or “There is no god but Allah”.

Sheikha Hamda was the daughter of Ahmed bin Khalaf Al Otaiba and Fatima bint Khalfan bin Masood Al Muhairbi. She was married to H.E. Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi Personal Representative of H.H. the President of the United Arab Emirates, but died few days after giving birth to her only child Mouza bint Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Suwaidi.