Gulf Craft collaborates with University of Sharjah
The UAE builder introduced a Sustainable Luxury in Yacht Interior Design project at the College of Fine Arts and Design.
Dr Abdul Samad Al Khalidi, Hussein Alshaali, Dr Wael Aly Rashdan and Rita Abou Haidar
Gulf Craft has collaborated with University of Sharjah’s College of Fine Arts and Design by introducing the Sustainable Luxury in Yacht Interior Design project as part of a course on Design for Special Interiors.
The bespoke project was held during the spring semester for a studio class of 18 students in their third year. It concluded with student presentations, where students discussed their learnings and showcased their work through 2D and 3D design simulations.
Presentations were made in front of a jury panel including Hussein Alshaali, Gulf Craft’s Concept Design Department Head, Dr Wael Aly Rashdan and Dr Abdul Samad Al Khalidi, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor respectively at University of Sharjah.
Student presentations in front of the jury
The University of Sharjah is the UAE’s largest university, with three campuses, 14 academic colleges, 123 accredited degrees, 175 teaching and research laboratories, over 18,500 students, and almost 40,000 alumni.
Hussein Alshaali, son of company co-founder and Chairman Mohammed Alshaali, said: “We are passionate about engaging youth in the marine industry, enabling them to build rewarding careers. For this reason, we’ve collaborated with the University of Sharjah to share its values and visions along with exchanging knowledge and expertise with up-and-coming design talent.
“The future of our planet is the responsibility of everyone. We’re committed to promoting sustainability through smart product design, emissions-reducing technologies and path-breaking environmental initiatives.”
The jury and students watch the presentations
Reflecting the builder’s ongoing commitment to making the UAE a yachting centre of excellence, the University of Sharjah collaboration is also in line with Gulf Craft’s ‘Path to Sustainability’ and ‘Next Generation’ pillars announced at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show. Last year, Gulf Craft began a collaboration with Dubai Institute of Design & Innovation (click for article).
Founded in 1982, Gulf Craft is a fully integrated shipyard with in-house R&D, design and production, and has built over 10,000 boats in its production facilities in the UAE and Maldives. Its yacht brands comprise Majesty, Nomad, Oryx and Silvercraft, which includes the new SilverCat series of power catamarans. Its flagship Majesty 175 is the world’s largest composite production superyacht.