In a celebration of Eastern and Western cultures and presented in association with Abu Dhabi Art, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is embarking on an ambitious two-part performing and arts project inspired by a poem written by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God have mercy upon him) called Beautiful World.

The unique production will bring together a creative team of four - two opera singers, a talented Emirati artist and over 80 Cranleigh Abu Dhabi students and members of staff over five days, to create an opera − a contemporary piece of performance art taking inspiration from the same poem across the genres of drama, music, design, art and dance, and will take place at the Cranleigh auditorium on November 14th. Also, in collaboration with Zayed University, Narjes Noureddine - a gifted calligraphy artist - will showcase her work at Cranleigh Senior School in an exhibition which will run from November 9th to 24th. The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cultural Advisor at the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs and the late Sheikh Zayed’s chief interpreter. “This project reflects the mission of CACE Zayed University to engage meaningfully with the professional art and design industry and community in the UAE, so that students may be exposed to real life experiences that challenge and develop their skills in a professional arena” says Ann-Maree Reaney, Dean of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University. Karen Gillingham, Artistic Director of the Youth Opera Company at the Royal Opera House, Londonwill head up the project team. Karen has extensive experience working with large numbers of children and community and has previously been involved in the opening ceremony for the Olympics. “Every youth project brings with it a new challenge and interest”, says Karen. “What attracted us most about this one was the opportunity to use our experience to create something unique that will play a meaningful role in Abu Dhabi’s extraordinary cultural story."