Mawhibaty: Talent Development Program for Visual and Performing Arts

Mawhibaty: Talent Development Program for Visual and Performing Arts


Established in 2017 by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), Mawhibaty aims to:

  • Identify and nurture creativity and artistic innovation in students
  • Foster emerging talent in visual and performing arts
  • Sponsor and support talented and gifted students
  • Raise awareness and promote arts and culture

The program inspires them to pursue their creative passions and provides a range of dynamically enriching courses, as well as individual mentorships with practicing artists and performers in the following visual and performing arts disciplines:

 Performing Arts
  • Piano
  • Oud
  • Qanun
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Vocal Performing Arts
  • Drama and Theatre 
  • Ballet
  • Traditional Performing Arts
    • Yola 
    • Al Azi 
    • Rababa  
 Visual Arts
  • Drawing and Painting 
  • Calligraphy
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Photography (Digital and Print) 
  • Graphic Design
  • Traditional Handicrafts

How does the program work?

Participants are placed in classes and workshops according to their age, skill set and specialization alongside mentors during after-school hours throughout the academic year. Our Mawhibaty students also represent the United Arab Emirates in local and international events.

How will the program benefit you?

  • Improve your artistic capabilities
  • Join specialized events, camps and summer activities
  • Participate in local and international art events, conferences and competitions
  • Gain exposure through shows and events
  • Qualify for university scholarship opportunities

What are the application requirements?

  • Students must be UAE nationals and residents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi 
  • Students must be enrolled in a public, private and charter school from Grades 1 to 12 
  • Students must pass the interview process, and must complete all required forms
  • Parents/guardians must sign applicable consent forms
  • Students must commit to attending required classes  

Registering in the Program

Registration is closed for the academic year 2022/23.
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