Nuqat, first known as "Nuqat Ala Al Huroof," started off with one objective in mind - to develop Arab creativity on all levels, encompassing design, advertising, architecture, fashion, production and all other pertinent social and cultural fields. Established out of frustration with the lack of spirited exchange in the Middle East, the Nuqat team is made up of like-minded cultural visionaries from Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Dubai who have a growing optimism about fueling creative dialogue in the region.
Nuqat identifies, tackles, and resolves creative issues with the aim of gathering and educating an empowered public who go on to enact change in the Middle East.
Nuqat’s mission as growing cultural force is to advance creativity and enrich society. Through initiating social design projects and connecting innovative powerhouses in the region, Nuqat blurs geographic and social boundaries and opens new frontiers for cultural and creative innovation.
Nuqat aims to establish Nuqat institutes in different cities across the Middle East and to develop a specialized educational curriculum, in addition to organizing the ongoing annual Nuqat conferences for tackling a variety of pressing topics in the creative realm. Since 2009, Nuqat has hosted a yearly conference and a wide range of activities including workshops, exhibitions and design competitions.
The original founder of Nuqat. With over eighteen years of experience in the advertisement field, Wakim founded Nuqat to revamp the stagnant creative industry in the Middle East. A graduate from the American University of Beirut in Graphic Design, Wakim is passionate about creative copy and conceptual thinking holding several local and regional advertising awards.
The creative mastermind behind the Nuqat brand. With a passion for visual creativity Sara provides an original curation to the artistic talent that participates in all events. She is also the partner of Raw Design, being the secret ingredient to the success of the studio due to her artistic background and creative eye.. With a bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from the American University of Sharjah, she combines the creative aspect of design with the functional, resulting in a unique end product.
One of the founders of Nuqat, Hussa is currently design strategist and partner of Raw Design Studio. With a bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, Hussa is the strategist in the group. She approaches design as an attempt for complete communication from all its angles. Her passion for social development and creative cultivation is a continuous mantra that she brings to the Nuqat table.
The booster of Nuqat, Dana Al Hilal is one of the founders with a great vision and large appetite for creativity. Dana is currently the PR executive of Way Communications, Kuwait. With over eight years of experience in the PR world, she has organized many local and international conferences. Dana has boosted Nuqat from a modest idea to one of the largest conferences in Kuwait. Dana also brings a creative eye to the table, being an artist; she adds a passionate zest to the organization.
Nuqat’s very own creative writer and contributor, Tala Saleh is better known as the author of a book that addresses political graffiti as communication in Lebanon entitled “Marking Beirut”. A graduate from the American University of Beirut, she recently attained her masters in branding and identity from the London College of Communication. Tala is currently freelancing as a brand designer. Entering Nuqat as a speaker in 2010, Tala decided to join the team and since has been providing added value with her creative vision and energetic spirit.
Raneem gained her academic training as an artist at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the U.S.A. where she received her BFA and DFA. She then continued her higher education at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London earning a Master’s Degree in Art Business. Today Raneem is combining her artistic and business knowledge in order to create and engage in initiatives that fill the gaps in the development of the art market in the Kingdom.
The Nuqat communication consultant. With her experience in the marketing field Noof has always been interested in strategic thought and conceptual implementation. With this in mind Noof embarked on a two year journey at Central Saint Martins in the innovation world, where she learned how to take strategic thoughts and create tangible incremental solutions for the industry. Noof has helped provide a direction to Nuqat’s growth pattern, and is providing a blue print for the Nuqat Brand and its future endeavors.
Although she started her career in the medical field, she has diversified her experience and worked as a marketing analyst for one of the largest FMCGs in the region. Juliette has always been tempted by creativity. She has been administering Nuqat since its beginning in 2009; she has a pivotal role in administering Nuqat.
With a BA in Arts and Sciences from the American University of Sharjah, with a concentration in advertising, Sarah Al Yaqout has developed her marketing and administrative skills, working in several companies in the advertising field. For her experience and good communication skills, Sarah has been the winner of several academic awards for marketing and advertising campaigns. Being Nuqat’s executive, Sarah Al Yaqout is responsible of overlooking and managing day-to-day and short term decisions that will maximize the performance and levels of participations for the organization.
Ali Khaja is a journalist who has been writing in numerous Kuwait newspapers and magazines for over ten years. He began his career at Kuwait University's Afaq Journal, going on to serve at a diverse range of established and experimental magazines in the city - most recently writing a weekly column at Al Jarida newspaper.
Ali has explored the art of journalism through many topics and approaches, including social development, sports and politics. He has actively contributed volunteer work to his community for over fifteen years, believing that the basis for social change and progress lies in working with consistency and dedication.
Ali hopes to promote creativity and open-mindedness through his efforts, and it is in this capacity that he joins the Nuqat team to deliver their mission in the most expressive way possible.
Liane Al Ghusain is a writer, teacher and researcher. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and cultural criticism – for publications including Nafas Magazine, Brownbook, Berlin Quarterly and Portal 9 Journal – and has worked on research for various film and visual arts projects, the Venice Architecture Biennial and NYU Abu Dhabi amongst them. She has taught fiction, personal writing and writing for performance workshops at Q8bookstore, Creative Space Beirut, American University of Kuwait and the Spring Sessions in Amman, Jordan. She graduated with a BA and MA in English from Stanford University (2010), was the director of Contemporary Art Platform (CAP Kuwait) in its founding year (2011) and has done postgraduate work at Ashkal Alwan (2012 - 2013). Liane works on writing and content development for Nuqat.