From Desert to Mars: This limited edition NFT artwork collection is available for free as part of UAE National Day celebrations

December 5, 2021

UAE NFT, an Emirates-based NFT collection, has launched specially commissioned limited edition NFT digital art celebrating the UAE on National Day, available for free to buyers. The distinctive pieces of art were created by seven well-known local, regional and internationally based artists as part of the “From Desert to Mars” collection and feature their own take on the UAE’s journey as a nation over the last 50 years.

The sale of the UAE NFT commissioned work began on December 2nd and is being done to promote the technology and encourage an active NFT community in the UAE while celebrating UAE National Day. As a result, only 1,971 pieces – to mark the 50th anniversary of the UAE – will be available for each of the seven individual artworks. A total of 13,797 artwork pieces.

People who buy all seven of the artworks not only receive pieces that will gain in value but also become members of UAE NFT and enjoy potential benefits in the future. NFTs or non-fungible tokens are unique digital assets that live on blockchain technology and can be photographs, digital artwork, music clips, videos, or even a ticket to an event. They have grown in popularity recently with the global NFT digital art market alone hitting US$3.5 billion in sales during the first three quarters of 2021, according to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2021.

Artists featured in the UAE NFT collection include:

Mattar Bin Lahej, an Emirati artist from Dubai and the founder of Marsam Mattar, created “Still” his first NFT artwork, which highlights the UAE’s unstoppable evolution through the movement of a rolling ball formed by small pixels that resembles the design of the country’s iconic wind towers – Barjeel.

Anantha Krishnan Nadamel, a 23-year-old digital artist and designer from Kerala, India, also known in the NFT community as Beeple of Kerala and co-founder of the NFT Malayali Community. His “In the Verge of Inevitables” featuring a hypothetical city in the UAE, that captures a moment during the Cenozoic era prior to the introduction of the greatest inventions by mankind.

Thomas Dubois, a French artist, has a background in architecture and created “Beginnings Pearl” which is a homage to the UAE’s pearl diving history and culture that dates back more than 7,000 years. For many years, the finest pearls in the world were found in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and the artwork celebrates this.

Arefeh Norouzi, is a 24-year-old self-taught abstract artist based in Iran. In “Over the Horizon”, she examines what is really waiting for us beyond the horizon. This fascinating animation questions if life is possible on other planets, similar to the UAE’s quest for the potential of life on other planets.

Kaiwan Shaban, a 22-year-old Kurdish digital artist, honors the UAE through his “The Highest” artwork he acknowledges the country’s technology, diversity of cultures, religions and food. The figure represented in “The Highest” is walking in the desert surrounded by palms and nature, toward the iconic landscape of the city, which represents modernity and the future.

Jasim Al Bulushi, is an environmental artist, graphic designer and photographer from the UAE. In “Desert to Mars”, he features a spaceman staring at the modern city from a hypothetical desert on planet Earth symbolizing UAE’s incredible journey to space.

Kristel Bechara, is a contemporary artist based in Dubai and the first in the Middle East to launch an NFT. Her “Wings of Glory” artwork is a tribute to the bold and daring spirit of the UAE which continues to soar to new heights of achievement and success.

To get an NFT artwork from the collection customers should visit https://uaenft.io/, setup a MetaMask wallet and add Ethereum into the account. Then simply select the NFT artwork(s) you are interested in, press claim and pay the gas fee to receive the art piece(s).

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.