The first edition of Royal Bridges raises proceeds of up to half a million AED in funds for the World Food Programme

Dubai, UAE| December 6, 2016: The inaugural edition of Royal Bridges– a global movement comprising of artist members from royal lineage– made history in Dubai at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC on the 29th-30th of November, 2016. Hailed a resounding success, the event collectively saw the attendance and support of more than 30 royals and dignitaries from princely and noble houses from Europe, Middle East, the Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.  Concluding the series of cultural events, on the 30th of November, Royal Bridges—in collaboration with Christie’s– raised close to half a million dirhams in funding for the World Food Programme’s initiatives.

There were a total of 11 art pieces created donated by the royal artists together with objets d’arts and crafts donated by the sovereign guests and Tanagra, the sponsor for the evening, which collectively raiseda total of $135,000 in support of the World Food Programme’s mission to help end hunger worldwide.

The guests of honour from the region in attendance included HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan- Chairman of the Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation; UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi; and HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Also in attendance from the European reigning houses were Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, HH Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and Nassau and HRH Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark.

The two-day event included a gala dinner and auction at The Ritz Carlton, DIFC for 250 guests. The top auction item, raising $25,000, was “Pursuit of happiness,” a 2015 artwork by HRH Princess Sibylle of Prussia, followed by “Together,” a 2015 painting by Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa which fetched $20,000. “Souk Ahrid,” a 2016 photograph by Princess Reem Al Faisal Al Saud went for $11,000.

 “The generosity of our patrons and guests was absolutely amazing, as was the hospitality of the UAE’s cultural community. The support that Royal Bridges received from Christie’s, as well as our sponsors and friends, is what made this inaugural event such a success,” said Shaikh Rashid. “We feel fortunate to be able to make this contribution to the WFP and contribute to global cause about which we all feel strongly.”

Organized by ArtBahrain, Royal Bridges, founded by HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, is in association with The International Humanitarian City supporting the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).