Nuqat is a Kuwaiti, non-profit design initiative started in 2009 by Wakim Zeidan, Sara Al Nafisi, Hussa Al Humaidhi, and Dana Al Hilal. The founders run Nuqat while maintaining full-time jobs; Sarah and Hussa work in a design branding firm, Wakim works in advertising, and Dana works in public relations. Nuqat’s target audience is “everyone in the Middle East” – the founders stress the use of the term “Middle East” to ensure the inclusion of Iranian designers.
Since Nuqat’s founding, the entrepreneurs have held more than 75 specialized workshops and six conferences. Nuqat has experienced tremendous growth; its last conference attracted over 4,500 designers, and the initiative continues to grow. The group aims to advance creativity in the region and develop what the founders call a “creative economy,” which recognizes and values the importance of culture, art, and design because these, they emphasize, are what drives a community forward. (more…)