Mawhibaty: Talent Development Program for Visual and Performing Arts

Mawhibaty: Talent Development Program for Visual and Performing Arts


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

  • Foster emerging talent in visual and performing arts
  • Sponsor and support talented and gifted students
  • Raise awareness and promote arts and culture

Mawhibaty enables us to identify and nurture creativity and artistic innovation in Abu Dhabi students (Grades 1 – 12) and inspire them to pursue their creative passions.

The program provides a range of dynamically enriching courses and individual mentorships with practising artists and performers in the following visual and performing arts disciplines:

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

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 can I benefit from the program?

  • 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. 

How can I join the program?

Registrations for the next academic year will open in the first week of August 2022 – watch this space for the registration link!