It has been a very long time since I have taken the time to write a post. My last proper post was literally 5 months ago, and I sincerely apologize for that.

In September, I was fortunate to be one of those selected for KAUST’s “Shu3lat Mubadara” which was the 1st stage of their VentureLab program for new ventures / startups. The 1st week was 5 days of amazing workshops with Steven Gold, a faculty member in the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College. We all got copies of his book “Entrepreneur’s Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture”, which I strongly recommend to anyone that is planning to start a business or already has a business.

On November 18, all teams presented, and my team introduced Onqoud to the guests, judges, and investors. Onqoud is the 1st incubator for creatives in Saudi Arabia, and our team is very honored to be part of this movement.

November 18 at Start Up Showcase, KAUST

November 18 at Start Up Showcase, KAUST

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For information and inquiries, please don’t hesitate to email info@onqoud.com
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Big thanks to Ahmed Zawawi, Mariam Hamidaddin, Mozn Hamidaddin, and Yousef Alshaikh for their hard work and support, and our mentor Soraka El Khatib.
Thank you Anggi Makki and Najla Al Bassam for being our guests at the final presentation and taking the time to show your support.

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Survey for Creatives in Saudi Arabia – استبيان للمبدعين في السعودية

We are doing a research to help us understand the needs of creatives in Saudi Arabia. Please help by filling the survey or sharing it. Our target is 100 creatives minimum by Sunday!
 يقوم فريقنا ببحث لنعرف احتياجات المبدعين في السعودية. رجاء المساعدة بالإجابة عن الاستبيان أو مشاركته. هدفنا هو 100 مبدع على الأقل حتى يومالأحد
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My article in Hyperallergic: What is and isn’t Art in Saudi Arabia?

Read it here

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“Taqaseem” at Ro’iya Gallery

First know as an art consultancy, Ro’iya gallery introduced me to artists I have never heard of. However, I will never forget the work I saw at “Taqaseem”. The exhibition featured “a collection of artworks, presented in different styles and medium, but in the same time is like a visual melody, like a concerto of combined instruments in harmony.” (Exhibition Catalogue, May 2012) Three of the artists are from Bahrain, and the fourth from Alexandria, Egypt. Prices ranged from SR 3500 to SR 12,000. “We encouraged the artists to lower their prices so their work gets acquired,” said manager Dina Al Azamah.

My favorites from this exhibition are below. I was willing to buy one of Ahmed Anan’s pieces, but I’m still not at a stage where I can afford to spend SR 7500 on artwork. It was not just provocative, but the skill of each artist with the media is admirable. It was definitely one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever been to in Jeddah.


By Hassan AlSari from Bahrain


By Amad Anan from Bahrain


By Jehan Saleh from Egypt


By Mohammed AlMahdi from Bahrain


Ahmad Anan


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Balad Trip- May 2012

I had the privilege to go on a trip to Balad on Wednesday with a society that is working on preserving the area and its history. I got the invitation from Casual Art Talk regular Dania Al Saleh and Nouf Al Semari, who has been going back and forth between Jeddah and Khobar. Below are pictures I’ve taken using my Samsung Galaxy SII camera. I didn’t feel like bringing a camera that day. Interestingly I have no regrets!
You can now find me on Instagram at @SorayaDarwish or Web.Stagram

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Give Peace a Chance – Part 1

A friend of mine taught me how to do frame by frame animation on Photoshop. I started this a long time ago and I decided yesterday that it was time to wrap it up and call it Part 1.

I didn’t have a storyboard and just let the story flow as I drew. I honestly have no idea where this is going!

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Fab Lab Arabia

Located in Dallah Tower, Fab Lab Arabia is the perfect place for individuals seeking the space and tools to work on their projects. Fab Lab has a great variety of tools that you can use, whether you’re an artist, product designer, or just enjoy building things with your own hands. You can even use their wireless internet for free if you’re just looking for a place to get away.

Managing Fab Labs around the MENA region is industrial designer Mohammed Tayeb, who was very excited to show us around. “There are over 100 Fab Labs around the world, all under MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),” he began. “You can use everything for FREE. We just want to give back to the community.”
Fab Lab is open Saturday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays.

For anyone interested in making Fab Lab a working environment, you need to take part of the induction which is usually Saturday or Thursday. There are 5 enthusiastic  “Fab Labbers” (the term is actually used) that will help you learn how to use the machines and help you make your idea a reality.

Vinyl cutter, works with Adobe Illustrator and Coral Draw softwares

Modella: printing circuit boards, 3D scanning, cutting and engraving on wax (They also have a locker full of circuit components)

Handdrill: wood, acrylic, and aluminum

Cuts and engraves on wood

There is a MIT certified course that runs from Jan to May and takes place every wednesday. The course is “How to Make Almost Everything”, and if you would like to know more about it, feel free to contact Mohammed Tayeb at info@fablabarabia.com .

There are a couple of rules that Fab Labbers must follow:
– No slippers. Only shoes.
– No abayas because they get caught in the machines

Please help raise awareness about this brilliant geeky heaven!


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