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Rove Hotels and World Art Dubai plug into the metaverse to celebrate emerging artists


  • For the fifth year, Rove Hotels will host its Emerging Artists competition for digital creators, photographers, and artists
  • Shortlisted artists can sell their pieces via an NFT auction held during World Art Dubai
  • Rove will also hold futuristic art exhibitions in the metaverse to commemorate the top artworks from the previous four editions

In its mission to bring original art to the Middle Eastern World Art Dubai (WAD) is once again partnering with Rove Hotels.

Together with the homegrown hospitality brand, WAD 2023 will take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on local talent with the fifth edition of its hugely popular Emerging Artists competition, when it returns to Dubai World Trade Centre from 9th to 12th March, 2023

Open to artists from across the globe, the prize is about unearthing new digital creators, photographers, and artists, offering them an amazing platform to showcase their work and grow their professional art careers. Rewards include a complimentary booth to showcase and sell their pieces at World Art Dubai 2024 and a three-month exhibition space at one of Rove Hotels’ popular properties in Dubai.

Additionally, Rove has launched a futuristic Metaverse Art Gallery showcasing the best art pieces received since the launch of the Emerging Artist Prize in 2019. The gallery will be easily accessible via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Additionally, dedicated Virtual Reality booths have been installed at several Rove Hotels’ locations in Dubai so that Rovers (guests) can immerse themselves fully in this unique experience.

Chief Operating Officer for Rove Hotels, Paul Bridger, said that continuing to support the local UAE art scene for the fifth-year running was a privilege and resonated with the Rove Hotels philosophy.

"Since its inception, the Rove Hotels brand has been linked to the local art scene. All our hotels show their connection with the neighbourhood they are in through art pieces created by talented, locally-based artists," Bridger added.

"During our five-year partnership with World Art Dubai, we’ve received thousands of entries and helped create a new community of aspiring artists.

"We are incredibly proud to have been able to provide them with a platform to showcase their talent and continue growing," he concluded.

The Nitty Gritty

Artists from across the globe can participate in this year's Rove Hotels Emerging Artists Prize
by following the three-stage "rising to fame" steps:

1. Submission Stage

If you would like to participate, then click on the link below and send your masterpiece. The digital artwork can be in any of the following forms: images, illustrations, animations, and 3D digital art, with a minimum resolution of 1000 x 1000. Submissions are accepted in either JPEG, GIF, PNG, or MP4 format.

For submissions, follow this link.

Submission deadline: 28th February 2023.

Accepted media: images, illustrations, animations, and 3D digital art.

Minimum resolution: 1000x1000

Art format: JPEG, GIF, PNG, MP4

More information on the Emerging Artist Prizes can be found here.

2. Shortlisting

Number of artworks shortlisted: 10

Announcement date: 3rd March 2023

3. Exhibition at World Art Dubai

The final and most exciting stage of this year's Emerging Artists Award. All the shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Rove stand at World Art Dubai between the 9th and 12th March 2023. Additionally, artists can auction their digital artwork via an NFT marketplace and sell it directly to attendees during the event.

4. Emerging as a Winner

Two winners will be selected from the 10 shortlisted artists, namely the ‘Grand Prize’ and ‘People’s Choice Award’ to take the thrill up a notch.

  • Grand Prize: The grand prize winner, selected by the judges, will be awarded complimentary space to exhibit his or her artworks at World Art Dubai 2024.
  • People’s Choice Award: The winner of this category will have a chance to exhibit his/her work at one of Rove Hotels’ properties in Dubai for a period of three months, as well as a one-night stay for two at Rove Hotels.

The competition will be assessed by a panel of esteemed judges, including the World Art Dubai curators and artists, Batool Jafri, Samar Kamel, Petra Kaltenbach and members of the Rove Hotels team.

Good luck, everyone!