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Artist Sara Shamsavari’s critically acclaimed VEIL SERIES is a celebration of women in cities who wear hijab with a goal to improve understanding and challenge stereotypes. The international series debuted at London’s Royal Festival Hall and featured across global media including BBC1, Guardian, Sky 1 ITN, Paris Match, Elle Magazine and Dubai’s own Brownbook

Recently, I was contacted to be part of the VEIL SERIES Project that took place in Dubai. I was really excited to participate, as the concept behind this project follows an interesting cause. Upon meeting Sara, I had a strange and familiar feeling – like I had known her for a while. It didn’t take long until we started chatting about everything. Sara is stunning inside out and we had a lot more in common than we thought.

Sara’s art is equally beautiful; her style in photography consists of colorful, bold and stylish portraits that integrate cultural elements from different parts of the world. Looking through her photos feels like a little tour around the globe. Her work accomplished international recognition and her hard work paid off.

For the Dubai Veil Project, we took off to Old Dubai (between Bur Dubai and Deira) and shot at different areas including the Souk and near the Iranian Mosque. For those who aren’t familiar with Old Dubai, it’s a cultural treasure with breathtaking scenery and is quite different from what we’re used to seeing in Downtown Dubai. There is the Creek that separates between Bur Dubai and Deira and an old dock with wooden boats known as the Abras. And let’s not forget the Spice Market, Old Souk and Gold Souk.

After being done with the shoot, we sat down for a cup of coffee (and some fries) at Creekside Dubai Cafe. The food there is absolutely delicious and the location makes it all worth coming to have an early brunch or breakfast there. Speaking of breakfast, the cafe serves all-day breakfast!

On another note: Keep an eye out for Sara’s next VEIL SERIES; it might take place somewhere near you!

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