They created a massive portrait of the Dubai ruler as well as the Expo 2020 logo on a beach in their hometown of Pakistan as a tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
As well as creating something unique for their countrymen who work in the UAE, Zubair and the group of artists had a number of artists in mind. Zubair, who has created several works depicting famous personalities, said the UAE has given a lot to Pakistan and to Pakistanis working there. Known for his sand art in Pakistan, Zubair said that creating sand art requires precision, high-performance tools, and a high level of creativity.
„Among the materials used to create these special tools is wood, iron, and some others. In addition to the gigantic Expo 2020 Dubai logo, which measures 55 x 65 feet, the portrait of Sheikh Mohammed measures 62 x 75 feet, and was completed on September 20. After drawing the portrait on paper, Zubair explained how he came to create the sand artwork. “The darker shade of soil is used for the areas that are highlighted and darkened,” he said.
The artist said it was difficult to create massive portraits. Creating the Expo 2020 logo took about two and a half hours, but Weikh Mohammed’s portrait took about four hours to create. The perfect outcome was our goal.”
After working for hours in the sand, sand art only remains on the beach for a few hours as the waves wash it away. After we finished the artwork, we took pictures of our creations on the top of an adjacent hill. Neither of us had a drone to take aerial photos, so we took photos with our mobile phones.”
According to the artist, Dubai is his dream place and he would love to visit once. The event should be a resounding success, and I hope to make it to the event by Allah’s will,” Zubair concluded.