Jumeirah Group hosts its first ‘writer in residence’


Jumeirah Group hosts its first ‘writer in residence’

Dubai, 29 March 2012: On the arts and culture front, the past few weeks have been very busy forJumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding. 

Jumeirah Group sponsored a writer in residence for a month by inviting a member of the Beirut39 cultural initiative that brings together 39 of the most promising Arab writers under the age of 39. Sudanese writer Mansour Al Suwaim was hosted in The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management from 25 February to 25 March and participated in a lecture during the Emirates Airline of Festival of Literature. The writer has already published two novels and two books of short stories and recently received a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture for his current project, a historical novel titled The Last Sultan.

Jumeirah’s ‘Artist in Residence’ programme was initially launched in New York in 2006 in Jumeirah Essex House. It grants artists the chance to create a platform where they can share and exchange ideas regard the art world and allow the general public to be exposed to notable art pieces during their stay in Jumeirah hotels. 

Madinat Jumeirah – The Arabian Resort was also the proud host of Art Dubai 2012 which attracted thousands of visitors during its 6th edition, taking place between March 21 and 24.  The largest and most established contemporary art fair in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Art Dubai featured over 75 galleries from 32 countries, showing work by over 500 artists.

And on March 14, Jumeirah announced the winner of its second Arts and Culture Award winner, presented at the 16th Annual Luxury Briefing Awards, celebrating the best in the luxury industry and taking place in London. The Jumeirah Group Arts and Culture Award celebrates leading international enterprises that are supporting artists and advancing artistic practice through innovative creative collaborations in the business arena.  The second instalment of the award went to Montblanc and its Young Artist World Patronage.

Jumeirah’s STAY DIFFERENT™ promise delivers imaginative and exhilarating experiences in culturally connected environments offering thoughtful and generous service. Through its global Culturally Connected arts and culture platform, Jumeirah support creative communities in ways that offer guests exciting new experiences, while fostering new opportunities for artists and providing a bridge for ideas and people within a hotel environment.  Jumeirah’s Arts and Culture platform also offers international art fairs sponsorships as well as exhibitions and cultural initiatives in the Group’s hotels, resorts and residences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai and the Maldives.

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Notes to Editors

Photo of Katie Gass, Art Curator for Jumeirah Group, and Sudanese writer Mansour Al Suwaim in front of The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai.

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah in Istanbul; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme. 

As part of its ambitious expansion plans, Jumeirah opened eight new hotels since the beginning of 2011 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Shanghai, Frankfurt, Rome, London and two in the Maldives. A further four properties in Mallorca, Dubai, Kuwait and Baku will open in 2012.


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