The Journey

Throughout life, we experience different forms of ‘The Journey.’ We commute to work and migrate to new cities, a journey through space; we grow up and learn about the world as we pass into adulthood, a journey through time; and we experience personal growth and development, a journey of the self.
In 2022, the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival celebrates a convening of journeys: Our 10th anniversary and the UAE’s 50th anniversary. In our annual celebration of contemporary art, we reflect on the journey of the Festival, Ras Al Khaimah, and the United Arab Emirates, and encourage our community to consider their relationship with space, time, and the self.
We invited artists to consider the notion of the journey through the lens of ancestry, migration, national identity, and personal growth. Where has our journey taken us? What has our journey taught us about our present? And how will our journey inform our future?




Grace Shieh

Grace Shieh is a Taiwanese-American poet and writer. She is currently a junior at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) studying Economics and Creative Writing and serves as the Senior Features Editor of student publication The Gazelle. Her writing has appeared in Airport Road and on-campus exhibitions. Grace was an NYUAD Writing Center Summer Scholar in 2020 and was awarded the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant to work on a writing project. She participated in the University of Iowa's Summer Institute in summer 2021. Her work focuses on the intersection of memories, emotions, and colors, questioning what it means to belong.


الحمراء تبتسم من جديد (The Red Smile Again)

Aaesha Ahmed

Aaesha Ahmed is an Emirati poet and writer from Ras Al Khaimah. Born in 1993, she took to writing at an early age. Her work is inspired by the beauty she finds in nature, coffee, stories of love, and the romance of the moment.