Introducing...Dr Najat Meky

Acclaimed Emirati artist Dr Najat Meky is one of the UAE’s pioneering contemporary artists. Her works reflect on the value of society, culture and tradition, and the female figure is prominent throughout her paintings. She uses women in her art, “because I want to show the ambition and hope Arab women have, and also to prove they have an important role to play in society”

Dr Meky plays with colours, subjects, shapes, lines and symbolism to express and trigger emotions. She considers all her work to be connected to environment and paints nature in vibrant colours to create visual rhythms.

Emirati artist Dr Najat Meky lives and works in Dubai. Born in the UAE in 1956, Meky was the first Emirati woman to be granted government scholarship to study art abroad. She has exhibited extensively in the region, including at Sharjah Art Museum in 2011, which also produced a comprehensive publication on her work. On an international level, Dr Meky has participated in numerous prestigious art events around the world such as the fourth International Beijing Biennial (2010); the China International Sculpture Symposium (2008); the International Art Festival in Korea and the Middle East (2010); and the Teheran International Biennial.


She has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the artist’s award at the Arab Woman Awards (2013); the UAE Award of Culture and Arts (2008); the Al Owais Award of Culture and Science (1994); the first edition of the Sharjah Biennial Award (1993); and an award from the first Al Ain Plastic Arts Exhibition (1991).