Three Egyptian women who work in the architecture and construction fields are shortlisted for the 2019 Tamayouz Excellence Award, which champions the best in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
Tamayouz Excellence Award partnered with the Society of Egyptian Architects and The Knowledge Hub Universities to host the jury meeting and a talk in Alexandria on August 28 and 29.
One of the rising star competitor’s is Omniya Abdel Barr, The Barakat Trust Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, where she leads the digitisation of K.A.C. Creswell’s international collections with the American University of Cairo, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Harvard University.
Islamic heritage has inspired artists from many different disciplines, finding its way to watches that display geometric Islamic design by Miraj Collections, a company that bases its products on the 12-point star of Alhambra Palace in Andalusia, Spain.
Miraj was set up by Abdullah Ahmed, a managerial economics graduate and auditor accountant at the United Kingdom’s National Audit Office, and Harun Asif, a physics graduate and digital marketing specialist.
The partners went to an event on Arabesque organised by the Barakat Trust at London’s Arab British Centre. The trust supports and promotes the study and preservation of Islamic art, heritage, architecture and culture. It was agreed that Barakat would help craft the designs and a portion of every purchase from Miraj Collections would go towards the trust’s conservation of the heritage that inspired the watch designs.
“We thought this was an amazing opportunity to link the present with what Barakat is doing about preserving the past. In our travels, particularly in Fez, we saw a lot of buildings that are being destroyed due to lack of maintenance,” Asif said.
Departures: A Photographic Journey Through The Islamic World an exhibition organised by The Barakat Trust and Asia House receives coverage in Arab News in an article entitled “Images of Syria’s Destroyed Heritage Feature in London Exhibition That ‘Journeys’ through the Islamic World”. You can read the article here.
One of the first travelers in a century to walk through the Hejaz desert of Saudi Arabia, Paul Salopek encounters a fabled past of caravans and pilgrims, of empires come and gone. He encounters cultural preservationists including trustees of The Barakat Trust.