Thursday, 14 June 2012

Atlantis, The Palm to host Dutch Art Exhibition in support of Dubai Autism Centre

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (13 June, 2012) Atlantis, The Palm will be hosting a Dutch artists exhibition to help raise funds for the Dubai Autism Centre. The event, to be held on 20 June 20 2012 in the Spice Ballroom in the Atlantis Conference Centre and will be inaugurated by the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hr. Van Spronsen.


"Atlantis is proud to host this world class art exhibition for the second consecutive year,” commented Serge Zaalof, Managing Director of Atlantis, The Palm. “The proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be donated to an innovative non - profit organization serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This is a fantastic project and Atlantis is proud to continue the outstanding relationship it has with the Dubai Autism Centre.”

Wietske Heijkoop, one of the organizers and a Dutch Artist herself, said, "For the second year we are thrilled to organize this spectacular event to raise money for the Dubai Autism Centre. 15 great Dutch Artists living in the UAE will showcase their art,” “Besides that, they donate artworks to be auctioned for this good cause. The one-day event will be packed with special activities and we hope to raise even more money than last year. In short: a great cultural and noble event. Everyone is welcome!”

Mohammad Al Emadi, Director General and board member of Dubai Autism Centre commented, “We are proud that the organizers of the Dutch Artists exhibition have adopted the Autism cause for the second year. They always work diligently to raise awareness and funds for the center. Their dedication and determination make us always look forward to be part of the event. We appreciate all of the involvement and support given by Atlantis, The Palm for this great cause.”

The Netherlands is known for producing many renowned painters in history, including names like Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh, Karel Appel, Mondriaan, and the more recent big name: Herman Brood, who was also a famous rock singer.

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About Dubai Autism Centre
Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) is a non-profit organization providing information, support, advice and training to professionals and parents of children with Autism. DAC was initiated after the issuance of a decree in 2001 as a resource / counseling center and was launched as a school in 2003. Today, 46 students are provided with a holistic intervention program with more than 250 children on the waiting list. The center also has an internationally acknowledged assessment and diagnosis unit and works toward facilitating a better community understanding of autism.

About Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai.  This US$1.5 billion joint venture project was developed with Dubai Government owned, Istithmar. Opened in September 2008, the resort utilises the 46 hectares site with 17 hectares of water park amusement, further marine and entertainment attractions and a collection of some of the most renowned world-class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatelli, Santi Santamaria and Michel Rostang.  Atlantis, The Palm offers an unprecedented entertainment centre, an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and extensive meeting and convention facilities.  It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with some 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.

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