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NBF Art Competition 2021

Celebrating 50 years of Successful Legacy and the Future of Transformation.

In celebration of the UAE's Golden Jubilee, the National Bank of Fujairah is honoured to launch a Public Art Competition.

The competition will provide a nationwide opportunity for emerging and established artists across the Emirates, inviting artists to express the progress of the UAE and its future.

Calling all artists from every corner of the nation to join us in commemorating the UAE’s 50 years of success legacy and aspirational future. Your creative thinking and skills to represent in your own way how you have seen the progress of these successful years and how you do see the country’s aspirational next 50 years from here.

Each winner will get the chance to have their artwork displayed across NBF main offices and national and international media. The top 3 winning artists will receive up to AED 12,000 cash prize with all top 10 winners getting certificates of being selected as the most creative art pieces of the project.


The competition is open for both established and aspiring artists, 18 years and above. 

You must be a resident of the United Arab Emirates. If your artwork is selected amongst the top 10, you will need to present a valid Emirates ID to claim your prize.


Artwork can be submitted in the form of drawings, paintings, digital art, poetry and sculpture.


Deadline: 14th November, 2021, 11:59 pm

How to send: Send your entries via email to using email subject: Submission <First Name> <Last Name> <Mobile No.> Please share your submission as a link using any of the following: WeTransfer, OneDrive, Website, Behance etc.). Attachment submissions will not be accepted. Please include the following details in your email body:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone number
  • Description of your submission
  • Type of submission (Digital art, Painting, Sketching, Photography, Writing, etc.)
  • A short write up of the inspiration/thought process behind your submission (Maximum of 200 words)

Note: While multiple submissions are welcome, strictly avoid sending multiple emails – combine all your material, links only on one email.


The Selection Committee will conduct a transparent evaluation of all entries and will review and score entries based on pre-defined technical criteria before shortlisting the top 10 finalists.  


The Selection Committee Panel of Judges comprises distinguished art experts from different disciplines in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Dr. Hamed Al Suwaidi – Founder Abu Dhabi Arts Society (ADAS)

    Dr. Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi is the founder of the Al Suwaidi Private Group Limited, a commercial trading organization in Abu Dhabi which spans e-commerce, research, arts, and culture. He founded the Ousha Bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi Foundation centered on preserving the heritage of the United Arab Emirates in 2019, and the international art community HART Art-Tech in 2020. With a focus on philanthropy, international relations, world history, and the arts, Dr. Al Suwaidi champions the United Arab Emirates’ culture, tourism, and business endeavors locally and abroad.

  • Ahmad Al Rashid - Founder & Director, TALK Curated Creative Events

    As a creative communicator, Ahmad Al Rashid has worked in brand and art management for the past 20 years living and moderating art talks across the globe. Along with his Dubai-based creative podcast "Talkative with Ahmad" reached top 90 in GCC, his affinity and global experience in art makes him an icon for many pursuing artists today.

  • Sultana Kazim - Senior Emirati Artist & Fashion Designer

    Sultana Kazim is a world famous Haute couture designer and artist who is also known for her "Traditional Bastaki And Emirati Fashion" which she wears to honour the Emirati culture. Her creations have appeared on weddings of Princess Diana and Prince Charles of England, making her a global icon in the Art industry.

  • Peter Gressman - Art Critic, Curator, Historian & Dealer and Founder of Art Forum UAE

    Peter Gressman is the founder of 'Art Forum UAE', a non-profit entity supporting artists living in the Middle East. He recently became a member as a Fine Art Dealer of an art project around a world-famous and much-admired personality. An Art project that would attract millions of fans to Dubai for decades. In 2021, he was also appointed as one of the International Jurors for a big Art Festival in Korea and as Art and Culture Ambassador for UAE there. His connection to art dates back to his childhood days and continues to grow stronger with each passing day.

  • Slava Noor – Founder and Editor, Art magazine Arte & Lusso

    Slava Noor is the founder of Arte and Lusso, which promotes both local and international talent and helps artists, fashion designers, and other creative professionals get the exposure they deserve. She has consulted over 60 artists as a part of the Artist Boot Camp online marathon she created and currently works with artists and art galleries as a consultant and marketer. She believes that art has the power to inspire people and bridge different cultures.

  • Anna Morrow – Curator, Morrow Collective

    Anna began her career as a journalist and later specialised in arts and culture. Her intense love of writing about art led her to move into the role of a curator. Through MORROW, Anna believes that curation can open minds to the powerful narratives embedded in visual art in all its forms.


  • 1st place: AED 5000
  • 2nd place: AED 4000
  • 3rd place: AED 3000

Top 10 creative artworks including the top 3 winners will receive a certificate of ‘Most Creative Art Piece’ which will be endorsed by the judges.

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