Mangroves from the Water (MFTW) started as an art campaign in the UAE in 2014 with a series of multimedia group art exhibitions over three years, and a 2017 Mangroves Festival.  The art campaign continued globally from International Mangroves Day 26 July 2021, running till 18 August, in Geelong, Australia.  Our latest exhibition was held at the National Mall in Washington DC during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2022.  We had the honour to represent the UAE at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival from 21 June to 4 July.

Aims of the Project


  • encourage viewers to realise the beauty and importance of mangroves,
  • protect wetlands and mangroves globally which have a strong tie to indigenous people,
  • encourage discussion about the mangroves, sea grasses and wetlands, to be held at the Gallery during the exhibition period, and
  • emphasise the importance of finding heritage and contemporary storytelling of mangroves that act as a reference point for cultural identity and popular memory.  

Zahidah Zelda Zeytoun Millie

Mangroves from the Water Founder & Curator



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  1. Shobha

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am a passionate crocheter . Kindly answer as to what the crochet square that you are asking will be used for to save the mangrove s . The coastline distance is around 3000 hectares across UAE. So the crochet squares would be used as a banner to attract attention to the project or used to fence around the coastline !!!!!


    1. Hi
      Thank you for your interest. We aim to connect all the squares collecte to create a type of fence to raise awareness for the protection. It will be temporary, but it will be placed on site in the mangroves, yes.


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