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Dr. Lamees Hamdan

Commissioner, National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates

Dr. Lamees Hamdan is a native of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A medical doctor by training, she graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1998.

Dr. Hamdan has been the Commissioner of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the 53rd, 54th and the upcoming 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. She spearheaded this initiative which was the first participation in La Biennale di Venezia from an Arab Gulf country. Dr. Hamdan sits on the Advisory Board of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in Amman, and is the fund curator for the Daman Middle East Art Fund. She is an avid art collector boasting an extensive collection of contemporary Middle Eastern art and a continuous supporter of various initiatives and publications on contemporary Middle Eastern art.

In 2009 Dr. Lamees Hamdan was bestowed with the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity for her work spearheading the first UAE National Pavilion at the 53rd International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, 2009. The order was officially bestowed on Dr. Lamees Hamdan as Knight of the Order by the President of the Republic of Italy, The Honorable Giorgio Napolitano by the signing of the Presidential decree in Rome, Italy. The order is granted to non-Italian citizens making a significant contribution to the country.

Dr. Lamees Hamdan is a Board Member of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, an official body established to promote culture and the arts in the Emirate of Dubai, and she is also a Board Member of the Dubai Women Establishment.

Her interest in dermatology led her to forming Shiffa in 2002, a luxury skin and body care company that combines the latest advances in science and dermatology using premium grade organic natural products. Based in Dubai, the company’s products can be found at exclusive spas and retail outlets worldwide, including Sephora, Harvey Nichols and the Jumeirah Group. Dr. Hamdan is the founder and CEO of the company.

In 2005, she was chosen as Best Business Leader and Best Health and Wellness Company by the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Awards for Young Business Leaders.

Dr. Lamees Hamdan lives in Dubai with her husband and her four children.


(From press information.
Photo: Courtesy of National Pavilion of the UAE)

Walking on Water

National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates
55th International Art Exhibition -
La Biennale di Venezia

Arsenale, Sale d'Armi, 1st floor
1 June - 24 November 2013

Artist: Mohammed Kazem

Commissioner: Dr. Lamees Hamdan

Curator: Reem Fadda


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