Jumeirah Vittaveli has unveiled the White Fire exhibition at the resort, showcasing the photographs by award-winning photographer Mohamed Azmeel (Also known as Double Dot), in a venue that has been turned into an experiential art gallery.
To kick-off the opening of the exhibition, Professional Dive Instructor and Executive Director for Parley for the Ocean in the Maldives, Shaheena Ali took the stage and introduced the audience to the threats of global warming and the dangers of coral bleaching.
Shaheena spoke about how her passion for corals grew from her first dives when she was a young girl and admired the astounding color palette that grows just under the surface of the sea, providing a habitat for such a diversity of marine life.
“We are proud to host this important exhibition at Jumeirah Vittaveli. Living in such a fragile eco-environment, with the highest point of natural elevation only 2.5 meters in the Maldives, fighting climate change and doing our part to support eco-conservation efforts is close to our heart,” Jumeirah Vittaveli’s General Manager Abhijit Ghosh stated.
“We have implemented a range of initiatives in this regard, such as sustainable purchasing, working with local fishermen and agricultural islands to source fish and produce, operating our own water bottling plant, and creating artificial coral reefs to support the natural marine life surrounding the island. We look forward to further collaborations with Mohamed Azmeel in our constant pursuit to highlight the dangers of environmental pollution.” Abhijit futher said.
Former President and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed also delivered a speech at the ceremony.
“We as Maldivians are the best people to alert the world to the dangers of climate change. We have been seeing its impact on our shores first-hand, and we understand the danger it poses to the planet. We need to ensure that international powers commit to limiting global warming and we all work together to fight climate change.” Nasheed stated.
Mohamed Azmeel welcomed guests with a short speech stating “This has been a vision of mine that I have been working on for the past few years. I am honored to have the opportunity to showcase this exhibition to guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli. I am already working on my next initiative that will go a step further in highlighting the plight of our oceans. Now, I will let my artwork speak for itself.”
The White Fire exhibition will be showcased at Jumeirah Vittaveli until 15 February 2020.