The display features a 4-foot long, 8-foot high, hand-carved model ship, an exhibit that was painstakingly crafted by Indian expatriate Abdul Rauof Kotekar.
The scale model is currently drawing admiration from those who pass by, with visitors appreciating the attention to detail that resulted from many hundreds of hours of dedicated labour.
Abdul named his ship ‘Noor,’ which is Arabic for light and although having never received any formal art training, or spent any time on a vessel larger than an abra, he was still able to create his maritime masterpiece in around six months, working for several hours at the weekends and in the evenings.
He picked up the necessary skills for his labour of love by spending a lot of time at the ship building yard close to his home town, where his father supplied teakwood.
Abdul’s affinity for this particular material is evident, as around 180kg of the wood went into its construction, much of it being supplied by friends returning from vacations to India. Other elements that were incorporated include old shovel handles and shisha pipes, as well as whatever Abdul could find that had been discarded from factories in Al Quoz.
This use of resources that were destined for disposal not only reveals the artist’s inventiveness, but also shows that objects of great beauty can be created from waste. The ship has eco-credentials in addition to its attractiveness.
Abdul’s ship is being displayed at the mall until Sunday, April 26, something that came about through an initiative from Deira City Centre to encourage and support local talent and provide them with a platform to showcase their skills.
It is an endeavour that Fuad Al Najjar, Vice President of Deira City Centre, was keen to promote.
“Deira City Centre is a focal point for the local community and we consider ourselves to be an essential part of the social fabric in the city.”
“The mall is renowned for its retail and leisure services, but we also want to support amateur artisans as much as possible. When you see Abdul’s beautifully constructed ship, which he created through resourcefulness, hard work and determination, it’s only right we make our premises available to enable as many people as possible to enjoy it,” he added.
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