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How to own a record-breaking piece of Dubai art history

The ‘Largest Art Canvas’ in the world, The Journey of Humanity paints a better future for the most in-need children on earth

Fancy owning a piece of art history created right here in the UAE? Now’s your chance.

A 17,000-square-foot masterpiece, ‘The Journey of Humanity’ holds the Guinness World Record™ for the largest art canvas in the world, and was revealed at Atlantis the Palm this weekend – the very place it was first brought to life.

Created during lockdown by Dubai-based British artist and philanthropist Sacha Jafri over a period of 28 weeks in Atlantis, The Palm’s ballroom from March to September 2020, the painting showcases the strength of human connection and collaboration as well as a commitment to creating a better future for all humanity.  

Part of the artist’s charitable initiative ‘Humanity Inspired’, children from around the world were invited to submit their drawings, pictures, paintings, collages and sketches, inspiring Sacha to create the first layer of the canvas (the Soul) focusing on the themes of isolation and connection.  

Unveiled in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and His Excellency Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, the royal unveiling of the painting marks the return of the art piece to Atlantis, The Palm having been cut, stretched and framed into individual artworks that will be auctioned off over the coming 12 months to raise money for charity.

“‘The Journey of Humanity’ represents my own journey that I embarked upon during the COVID-19 pandemic to fulfil my dream to reconnect our planet”, explained Sacha of his record-breaking artwork. ‘So many people have contributed to this beautiful initiative, in so many different ways at a time when the world had become completely disconnected. My creation narrates the story of hope and positivity at a time when we are grappling with the biggest crisis of our generation. If one man can spend 20 hours a day to create this painting, imagine what 7.5 billion could do if they came together?”

With the pandemic causing one of the biggest disruptions in the history of the education sector,  children’s learning and development has been affected at an unprecedented level. Closing schools to prevent the spread of the virus has created massive dependence on online learning, but according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), 360 million young people currently do not have access to the internet, effectively cutting them off from an education.

Described as ‘The Modern-Day Sistine Chapel’, the ‘Journey of Humanity’ invites the global community to serve as a catalyst for change for underprivileged children in urgent need of assistance and support. By purchasing part of the record-breaking painting, individuals will own a piece of history while making a significant positive difference in the lives of children most affected by the pandemic. 

With the aim of raising more than AED 110 million across live auctions over the next 12 months, funds will be routed through Dubai Cares to the initiative’s beneficiary partners that include UNICEF, UNESCO, The Global Gift Foundation and Dubai Cares for their humanitarian initiatives to tackle issues related to children’s digital access to connectivity and learning, as well as healthcare and sanitation. The Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and the Ministry of Education in the UAE also joined the initiative. 

“Children today are facing some of the biggest challenges of our times including an increasingly growing digital divide that prevents them from acquiring quality education. Lack of access to connectivity is fueling this divide like never before, demanding our urgent attention and action,’ said Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and a Member of its Board of Directors.‘Initiatives like ‘Humanity Inspired’ are the need of the hour. They allow us to connect with our partners in meaningful ways, and collectively champion the cause for children and youth’s education by ensuring that digital connectivity becomes an enabler instead of a barrier. Empowering more and more children the opportunity to learn, flourish and succeed, this incredible initiative truly inspires us to believe in the goodness of mankind and the power of connection and collaboration.”

Part of the funds raised from the initiative will be directed towards UNICEF’s Giga, an initiative launched last year and led by UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to connect every school in the world to the internet. 

The initiative will also support UNESCO in their efforts towards facilitating the production and endorsement of a Global Declaration on Connectivity for Learning and Livelihood, which aims to make connected learning more inclusive and more equitable, and will be launched by Dubai Cares and its partners during Expo 2020 Dubai. 

In addition, Humanity Inspired will support The Global Gift Foundation’s causes and initiatives which are designed to support projects that eradicate poverty and hunger, ensuring the most vulnerable don’t have to struggle to put food on the table, giving access to health care and lifesaving treatments as well as providing shelter, clothing and the right to an education. 

The largest social, artistic and philanthropic initiative of its kind in history, ‘Humanity Inspired’ was launched under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence in partnership with Dubai Cares and Atlantis, The Palm, and has reached more than 2.5 billion individuals worldwide.

“I thank Dubai Cares and Atlantis, The Palm along with all of our partners and supporters who are on this historical and incredible journey with us,’ said Sacha of his charitable initiative. ‘Humanity Inspired’ is a legacy, and we are creating a movement that has only just begun.” 

The general public can explore select pieces from ‘The Journey of Humanity’ at the Leila Heller Gallery, the largest in the UAE located in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. Those interested in owning a piece of the artwork and a piece of history can obtain more information by emailing  [email protected]


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Dubai, globally renowned for its tourism appeal, presents a surprising array of hidden picnic spots that seamlessly merge nature’s tranquillity with the city’s vibrant allure. Beyond the iconic skyline and luxurious attractions, Dubai showcases a commitment to preserving culture and heritage. Diverse outdoor spaces have been created to offer a refreshing respite amidst the city’s hustle. There are plenty of places to enjoy a day with friends and family. Let’s explore the best outdoor spots in Dubai, where you can relax, unwind, and create fantastic memories.

Dubai Creek Park

Dubai Creek Park is the second largest park in Dubai. Spread across vast green lawns, the park offers stunning views of Dubai Creek, botanical gardens and an amphitheatre. Dubai Creek Park has many amenities like mini golf, go-karting and a vast playground for kids. It is the very first theme park for children. Children City and Dubai Dolphinarium are the major attractions of this park. You will witness traditional dhow boats gliding through the water. With children’s play areas and a cable car ride, Dubai Creek Park promises an enjoyable time for the entire family.

Jumeirah Beach Park

Jumeirah Beach Park offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a barbecue area, and a water park, it offers plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic. Offering some beach sports for both children and adults, you come across beautiful tranquil spots as well.

Mushrif Park

A sprawling oasis spanning over 1,300 acres, this is located in the eastern part of the city, near the suburb of Al Khawaneej, about 16 km from the traditional centre of Dubai. This park boasts of lush gardens, vast open spaces, and tranquil lakes. It also has a train ride facility that tours the beauty of the park. Here, you can find designated picnic areas equipped with barbecue facilities, providing the perfect setting for an alfresco feast. For added adventure, you can explore the park’s cycling tracks, and horseback riding trails, and even take a stroll through the botanical gardens in the evenings.

Al Qudra Lake

An expansive Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve built to promote eco-tourism in Dubai, it features multiple artificial lakes, surrounded by dunes and fauna. The attraction gained popularity in 2015 for its authentic desert vibe and seclusion. It is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. The lake is surrounded by desert dunes, which provide a stunning backdrop for a break from the grind.

Zabeel Park

Spreading across an area of 45 football fields, it has three zones, namely, Techno Zone, Communications Zone, and Alternative Energy Zone. Situated in the shadow of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, across 47.5 hectares, the park offers lush greenery, lakes, and picturesque gardens. With designated barbecue areas, ample seating spaces, and well-maintained lawns, Zabeel Park’s unique features, such as the Dubai Frame and the Dubai Garden Glow, add an extra touch of magic for residents and tourists.

Safa Park

Expanded to around 64 hectares of land, it is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a zoo, and a lake. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Barsha Pond Park

If you are planning to escape from the city and spend some time in a peaceful residential area then this would be the right place for you. Al Barsha Pond Park is a small park located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai. It is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a pond, and a walking track. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Nestled along Dubai’s coastline, this pristine park features five beautiful beaches, extensive green lawns, and palm-fringed pathways. Picnic shelters, barbecue sites, and playgrounds are scattered throughout the park. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, play some beach volleyball, or simply relax on the sandy shores. Al Mamzar Beach Park offers a perfect blend of sun, sand, and picnic bliss.

These are just a few of the many great recreational spots in Dubai. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a day out with friends and family.

When deciding on a spot, consider the weather conditions for the day. If it’s scorching hot outside, opt for a location with ample shade to provide relief from the sun’s intense rays. Pack plenty of food and drinks, ensuring that you include items that will help you stay hydrated and energised in the heat. Bring a first-aid kit just in case. Lastly, remember to be responsible and respectful by cleaning up and leaving the park in the same pristine condition as when you arrived.

Going on a picnic is fun. Our team at Gaggler has some recommendations to make your family time enjoyable and to collect some of the precious moments.

Take a break from your bustling life with an Intention Setting Kit to enhance your productivity. Wear a Labradorite Bracelet to welcome your mind and heart for new ideas and thoughts. Going outdoors in Dubai may cause sweating so use UnderArm Sweat Pads to feel fresh and relaxed. Treat yourself to some Brownie Bossbabe Cookies for a healthy boost of energy. Staying hydrated is essential outdoors so don’t forget to carry a Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle for your 2 Litres of daily water intake.

Intention Setting Kit

As you embark on your picnic adventure in Dubai Creek Park, set your intentions for the day with an Intention Setting Kit. This kit includes items like a Patchouli Tealight, a Palo Santo Wood Stick, Frankincense Incense, a White Sage Stick, and a Clear Quartz Crystal. Use the guide provided to perform a DIY ritual and set your intentions for fresh starts and positive energy.


Intention Setting Kit

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Labradorite Bracelet

Incorporate crystals by wearing a Labradorite Bracelet when you decide to connect with nature. It is known for its purifying and enlightening properties. It helps to calm an overactive mind, open up new ideas, strengthen your aura, and rejuvenate your mind. A perfect accessory while taking a stroll in the Jumeirah Beach Park!


Labradorite Bracelet

AED 66.00

No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads

Stay fresh and confident throughout your day out with No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads. These disposable pads are easy to use and prevent sweat stains on your clothing. Simply place them on the inside of your garment to absorb sweat and avoid any embarrassing stains. Enjoy your time at the Mushrif Park without the fear of visible sweat marks.


No Stain Under Arm Sweat Pads

AED 40.00

Brownie Bossbabe

Treat yourself to a delicious and nutritious snack with the Brownie Bossbabe Cookie. This soft-textured cookie is packed with cacao and dark chocolate, providing antioxidants and immune support. Indulge in the rich and powerful flavours perfect for your outdoor adventure at the Al Mamzar Beach Park.


The Brownie Bossbabe

AED 90.00

Crystal-Infused Water Bottle

Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle, known for its love, empathy, and healing properties can help nourish your heart, promote self-love and self-awareness, and attract love from others. Sip on crystal-infused water as you relax and enjoy your picnic in Safa Park Dubai.


Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Dubai surprises visitors with spaces that create a harmony and a connect between nature, relaxation, and personal well-being. The positive energy in these parks along with intention-setting recommended products from The Gaggler is a great way to switch up your wellness routine.


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