Dubai Culture Delegation Meets Design Experts at Milan Design Week 2017

Dubai Culture Delegation Meets Design Experts at Milan Design Week 2017 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 April 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, is attending Milan Design Week 2017 – the world-leading design industry event which began on 4th April and runs until 9th April.

Dubai Culture’s delegation received high support from His Excellency Abdullah Hassan Al Shamsi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in Milan, and was headed by Latifa bin Demaithan, Chief of Happiness & Positivity and Office Manager of Her Highness the Vice Chairman at Dubai Culture, accompanied by two UAE based designers – Aljoud Lootah and Talin Hazbar.

The delegation met he delegation met with the UAE Consulate officials in Milan, and introduced Dubai Culture’s design and culture strategies. The Consulate in Italy serves as a proactive partner to Dubai Culture and is responsible for helping the Authority to develop relationships between the key players in its design industry and the UAE’s cultural scene. The Consulate officials also attended Dubai Culture’s ‘power breakfast’ sessions, which saw sector professionals gathering to exchange views on developing the design industry.

During Milan Design Week, Dubai Culture delegates met with professionals from various backgrounds and discussed creative thinking processes, the environment they evolve in, and the wider design scene, while also gaining insights into the perception of Dubai’s design industry among international designers. The meetings in Milan focused on four main pillars of the design world – Producers, Designers, Institutions and Press – aiming to deliver an in-depth focus on these influential branches of the industry with renowned producers such as Marta Sala Editions and Haymann Editions, and designers like Tom Fereday, Studio Wine and Mathieu Lehanneur. The Dubai Culture delegates also exchanged views with institutions including Triennale Milan, the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland, and design organiser Ventura Lambrate & Centrale.

The presence of Dubai Culture at Milan Design Week 2017 is part of the Authority’s mission to help strengthen Dubai’s presence as a dynamic force in the world’s arts and cultural landscape. This is one of a number of Dubai Culture initiatives that focus on establishing the Emirate as a global centre for creativity and enhancing the city’s cultural identity in order to drive the creative economy. The Authority also works to strengthen and promote the diverse cultural and creative fabric of Dubai, to support and empower a new creative generation while preserving Emirati heritage.

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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realization of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia ( – the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.

Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.

The Authority also manages more than 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture will officially launch Etihad Museum and in December 2016. The museum will provide platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.

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