Mr. Salem F. Al-Qassimi

About Me

Founder and Principal of Fikra, United Arab Emirates. Adjunct Faculty at AUS.

Member Type Non-member

Salem Al-Qassimi is a multidisciplinary graphic designer and entrepreneur born and raised in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Design from the American University of Sharjah (AUS), and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), during which he also served as a teaching assistant and instructor. His thesis was an investigation of hybrid Arabish (Arabic and English) cultural elements in the United Arab Emirates. 

Al-Qassimi has over 10 years of professional experience in design and specializes in bilingual graphic design and typography in Arabic and English. He has worked at various companies in the UAE and abroad before founding Fikra in 2006. Al-Qassimi is also serving as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. 

Al-Qassimi recently served as a pioneer and mentored emerging artists and designers in the Cultural Excellence Fellowship Program (CEF) by the British Council and the Abu Dhabi Music and Art Foundation (ADMAF). He has been awarded the Young Creative Entrepreneur Culture Award by the British Council, and has been chosen in Forbes Middle East ranking list “The Leading Young Entrepreneurs in the U.A.E.”

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