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Legendary Ad Guru, Renowned Artist Aslam Shems, aka Art Noor, Receives Honorary Doctorate


Legendary Ad Guru, Renowned Artist Aslam Shems, aka Art Noor, Receives Honorary Doctorate marking a significant milestone in his illustrious career. The Glory International University (GUI) hosted graduation ceremony at Dusit Thani. Renowned for his captivating displays on the iconic Burj Khalifa for two consecutive years. Noor’s multifaceted talents spanning Advertising, Technology, Creativity, and Art were recognized and celebrated.

Glory International University Honors Global Talent with Honorary Doctorates distinguished individuals from various fields worldwide. The grand ceremony, held at Dusit Thani Dubai on April 28th, witnessed the recognition of 21 deserving awardees representing nations such as the UAE, India, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Canada, Egypt, and Turkey.

A Remarkable Career Spanning Industries

As a pioneering figure in the world of advertising, Noor transcended conventional boundaries to become a globally recognized artist, captivating audiences with his innovative and diverse creative pursuits. His journey began in the early eighties when he stepped into the communications industry after completing his post-graduation in advertising from IIMC Delhi. He then went on to set up one of Delhi’s first creative-led ad agencies, spearheading a communication revolution alongside stalwarts like Frank Simoes and Alyque Padamsee in Bombay.

Combit Advertising Network was one of the the first in India to offer digital services in 1996, setting the stage for a new era of internet advertising and development to follow in the coming decades.

Golden Visa Recognition and Contributions to Culture

The year 2022 marked another significant milestone for Noor when he was bestowed with a Golden Visa by the Dubai Department of Culture. A testament to his invaluable contributions to the realm of Art and Culture in the region. This recognition further solidified his status as a leading figure in the cultural landscape of Dubai and beyond.

Burj Khalifa Legacy and Global Influence

Noor’s legacy extends to the towering heights of the Burj Khalifa. Where he made history as the first artist worldwide to showcase his works for two consecutive years during the holy month of Ramadan.

His visually stunning displays garnered widespread acclaim, amassing millions of views on social media platforms and leaving an indelible mark on the global art scene.

Following his exhibitions, Bollywood Superstar Shahrukh Khan became the second Indian artist to be featured on the Burj Khalifa in subsequent years.

“ Following his exhibitions, the Bollywood Superstar Shahrukh Khan was the second Indian artist to be featured on Burj Khalifa in the following years”.

Innovation and Adaptation: A Career Trajectory

Noor’s journey from the early days of the communications industry in the eighties to his relocation to Dubai at the start of the century exemplifies a relentless pursuit of innovation and adaptation. In 1995, he introduced the internet to the advertising industry and built technology-driven company Combit to train the workforce needed to advance the fledgling internet industry in India. Combit Advertising Network was one of the first in India to offer digital services in 1996, setting the stage for a new era of internet advertising and development.

A Message of Transformation and Legacy

Despite his global recognition, Noor remains grounded in his pursuit of simplicity and connection to the environment, epitomizing the essence of living a meaningful life. His journey serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring artists and creatives, emphasizing the transformative power of learning, creativity, and persistence in shaping one’s legacy.

Live Painting Events and Collaborations

As Noor continues to forge ahead on his artistic journey, he looks forward to a series of live painting events and exhibitions at Dubai Outlet Mall. Titled “JAMI99,” this collaborative endeavor celebrates the spirit of “Coming Together,” inviting artists and visitors alike to participate in a transformative and enriching experience.

A Testament to the Power of Creativity and Persistence

In essence, Aslam Noor’s remarkable journey from advertising guru to globally acclaimed artist serves as a testament to the transformative power of creativity, persistence, and the unwavering pursuit of one’s dreams. His legacy is not only defined by his monumental achievements but also by his simple and approachable persona, which resonates deeply with audiences worldwide.

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