Created and Sold by Khalid Shafar

Khalid Shafar
Art & Wall Decor by Khalid Shafar seen at Dubai, Dubai - “The Cabin”
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“The Cabin”

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THE CABIN draws its inspiration from the history of the United Arab Emirates during the life of its former president the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
A mysterious ship lays abandoned on the land of the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht club. No one seems to really know its story or where it came from. Many have speculated on the ship’s history, but one story has some credence through an old black and white picture on the yacht club manager’s office wall. It shows the ship, gifted by Kuwait in the early 70s, being used by Sheikh Zayed as a viewing deck to watch sailing races and to receive and entertain guests.
It seems that subsequently the ship was used as a restaurant until it was abandoned, rotted and hazardous.
Today, this ship’s future is equally mysterious. No one knows what is in store for this once-upon-a-time viewing deck for Sheikh Zayed.
This story and the black and white picture in the yacht club manager’s office provided the inspiration for THE CABIN installation.
THE CABIN is an interactive space that takes you back to a history that is seen but untold. A space of many experiences but one function – that of viewing.

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Khalid Shafar

Meet the Creator

Born in 1980 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As a business graduate of the American University in Dubai Khalid worked in marketing and communication for almost seven years. In 2005 Khalid completed a degree in Fine Arts in Interior Design and by the end of 2009 had decided to leave marketing and follow his passion for design. Khalid has studied and specialized in Furniture & Objects design, first at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK, then at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand.

In 2011 Khalid opened his own studio in Dubai and in Nov 2012 Khalid inaugurated his first showcase space ‘KASA’.

Khalid’s approach to design encompasses his personal expression of form, movement, emotion, and in particular, ‘the tale’ of objects.

Among his notable international collaborations, Khalid collaborated with the Brazilian duo Campana Brothers on installation for Abu Dhabi Art 2010. He recently collaborated with the historical French cabinet maker Moissonnier, with the carpet industry leader Tai Ping, and with the design brand Kartell on special limited-edition releases.