March 21 to May 31, Dubai, UAE


All female artist collaboration 

XLIX (49 in Roman numerals) is celebrating creativity and diversity in the run up to the UAE jubilee.


The XLIX art project is a collaboration of over 30 female artists. Griet Van den Auwelant designed one original clay doll, a mold was cast and 49 identical concrete dolls were created, each doll will be decorated and finalized by one of the artists according to her art specialty. 

The XLIX project is holding public exhibitions, see the dolls live in all their beauty here:

  • Dubai Design District (D3)  | March 21 to April 6

  • World Art Dubai @ Dubai WTC Hall 1-2 | April 7 to 10 | 1pm to 9pm

  • City Walk | Dubai | April 11 to May 15

Bid and win your favorite sculpture from the first day of exhibition at, part of the proceeds will go to Al Jalila Foundation for the benefit of women empowerment.

There are 49 dolls in the run up to the 50th anniversary of the UAE. On the National Day a 50th doll will be revealed, one multiple times the size of the other sculptures. It will be 3D printed in concrete with projection mapping of the designs of the small dolls to celebrate the diversity of the UAE.