Artistic mini golf in UAE hopes to tackle social issues
admin • February 5, 2019 • 7036
A mini golf course is not typically surrounded by rusty metal wall sheets and loops of barbed wire, but the designer of this Dubai attraction wants players to think about global borders as they play.
At the unconventional mini golf course in the United Arab Emirates, nine artists hope to make people think about social issues.
“This is a sculpture garden. It’s a nine-hole, artist-designed mini golf course. Each of the sculptures is a playable object designed around a social, environmental or contemporary issue,” said David Darts, dean of the art faculty at New York university in Abu Dhabi and organiser of the “Putting for Pleasure and Politics” exhibition.
Wealth disparity, global warming and racial and gender injustice are some of the social issues the artists tackled in the individually designed golf holes.
“The idea is you play a round of golf and you’re confronted with an absurd version of our contemporary reality,” said Darts.
Marcus Booth, a 41-year-old lawyer who took his young daughter to the exhibition, said the course made him think more deeply about some of the issues raised.
Children were also allowed to try the mini courses and get a glimpse of the issues presented in the artworks. — Reuters
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated on Sunday (October 6) its warning to Filipinos seeking employment abroad against the use of tourist or visit visas to secure overseas jobs.
The agency said such practice will only expose Filipino applicants to abuse and exploitation by their employers.
The Department added that they have been receiving reports regarding illegal recruiters using a third or fourth country— usually where visa is not required for Filipinos — as transit points to send Filipino workers to banned destinations.
On Sunday, the DFA welcomed 158 OFWs repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 74 of them from Abu Dhabi and 84 others from Dubai.
“These workers were found to have left the country using short-term visit visas and were promised to be issued with work visas by illegal recruiters,” said Consul General to Dubai Paul Raymund Cortes.
“Many of them were overworked, suffered maltreatment, and experienced contract violations by their employer,” he added.
The DFA shouldered the maintenance and operating expenses of government shelters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well as the cost of processing of the OFWs’ exit visas, their airfare to Manila and to their respective home provinces.
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