Art Therapy International Centre (ATIC) is a creative arts therapy centre dedicated to using creative art therapy approaches to help people. This includes arts therapies, play therapy and counselling. We integrate the creative arts with a neuroscience approach.
Our therapists are trained, licensed practitioners that are experienced with working with a wide variety of people from different cultural backgrounds. Our centre is licensed by the Community Development Agency. The Dubai Government Authority.
ATIC sees people with a wide variety of needs, children, adults, families, couples and older people. We also run a variety of group creative art expression programmes and workshops and training. Other specialised areas include addiction, eating disorders, learning difficulties and anxiety/stress management. ATIC’s space includes a private therapy rooms for adults, an art studio and a children’s play and art therapy room. Read more
What is ‘Highlife Dubai’?
Sponsored by Pan-Arabia Enquirer, ‘Highlife Dubai’ is a collection of 18 artworks inspired by vintage travel and tourism ads of the first half of the 20th Century. In the same style, they tell the story of the ‘good life’ we lead here in Dubai. For westerners, middle class and those that enjoy the privileges that an ex-pat life in Dubai can bring, the collection aims to be tongue-in-cheek advertising of the places, services and situations that we all know and love around the city.
Clare Napper is an artist and graphic designer who has lived in Dubai for 8 years. Last year she quit her job in advertising to set up her own design studio and pursue independent art projects. “Dubai offers a lifestyle that must be one of the best in the world, and as a designer I was keen to find a creative outlet for my time lording it up here! I wanted to create some ‘real’ souvenirs with a deeper insight into life out here that ex-pats can take away as fond memories; after all, many of us won’t be here forever.” Read more
These maybe one off events but throughout the year Dubai (and Abu Dhabi) are host to many great events that take place annually. Many of these are so popular that tickets are sometimes hard to come by. So don’t let this year be another year that flies by without you taking advantage of these world-class show stoppers – check out Expat Echo Dubai’s list below and put them in your diary now! Read more
Eid al Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Eid al Fitr is a time for special prayers, a time to congratulate each other, exchange gifts and donate Zakat al Fitr (charity donation). After prayers the day is typically spent visiting friends and family and enjoying time together. Just like many other religious festivities throughout the world homes are cleaned, much cooking is undertaken and new outfits are bought for this special celebration. Read more
The traditional black and white colour that the UAE Nationals wear is not a look of religion, but is about modesty and cultural influences. When an Emirati woman leaves her home, she covers herself with a long black cloak called an “abaya” which is paired with a headscarf called a “sheyla.” A woman should only be seen uncovered by men ineligible to marry her, and therefore does not need to cover in front of her father, father in law, grandfather, brothers, nephews, sons, grandsons and uncles. Read more
Ramadan is the month where Allah revealed the Holy Quran to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) so that he could convey the message to mankind. It falls on the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is the Holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan begins by the sighting of the new moon which is announced by the Ramadan Crescent sighting committee. Read more