Dubai Culture Launches New Book to Boost the Islamic Culture and Art Economy
‘Global Perspectives on the Islamic Creative Economy’ highlights the growing potential of Dubai as the global capital of the Islamic economy
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 09 October 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has today launched its ‘Global Perspectives on the Islamic Creative Economy’ book, featuring interviews that present the opinions of experts from local and international experts about how to consolidate Dubai’s position as an international centre for the Islamic Culture and Art Economy (ICAE), and chart a future course of expansion for the ICAE.
The book was launched to the public during a press conference that took place at the Etihad Museum and was attended by Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture; Abdulla Al Awar, Chief Executive Officer at the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC); Dhaen Shaheen, Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Dubai Culture; and Abudlla Al Mutairi, Advisor to the Heritage Sites at Dubai Culture.
Saeed Al Nabouda commented: “Our newly launched book is a continuation of our efforts and reflects our mandate to establish a favourable framework for the creative economy in alignment with the initiative established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the global capital of the Islamic economy”.
Al Nabouda added: “We would like to thank His Excellency Abdulla Al Awar for DIEDC’s support in exploring the role of Islamic culture and arts in Dubai’s economy. The book supports our leadership’s economic diversification objectives and the vision set out in the Dubai Plan 2021 for a city of happy, creative and empowered people. Since its creation in 2008, Dubai Culture has been dedicated to strengthening Islamic culture and arts both locally and abroad by promoting our heritage sites, contributing to the Islamic Coins exhibition at the Islamic Museum of Australia, and touring collections of Islamic calligraphy, poetry and Emirati heritage.”
Abdulla Al Awar, Chief Executive Officer at the DIEDC, commented: “‘Global Perspectives on the Islamic Creative Economy’ is a book that significantly reinforces the DIEDC’s refreshed strategy, which puts Islamic lifestyle in pride of place as one of its three key pillars. This is an important value addition as we make the transition toward a knowledge-based economy.”
Al Awar added: “The launch of the ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative reiterates that the growth of the Islamic economy is based on the revitalisation of our own culture, as the younger generation makes up the majority of Muslims today. They constitute a powerhouse of efficiency and talent that is expressed through arts and innovation, and any economic system can benefit from leveraging their energy to increase productivity and thereby revenue.”
Al Awar concluded: “The impact that the cultural sector of the Islamic economy has depends not only on Muslims but also on investors. Although culture is considered an emerging economy and able to absorb further investment, the fact remains that the Islamic economy touches the lives of 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe, which proves there is no limit to how much we can invest in the cultural and artistic sectors.”
The book offers a comprehensive insight into Dubai’s ICAE, focusing on four critical factors that can further establish the Emirate as a hub for the Islamic economy, including ‘Attracting and Nurturing Talent’, ‘Creating World-Class Cultural Infrastructure’, ‘Raising Public Awareness about Islamic Culture and Art’ and ‘Mobilising Funding.’ Each chapter includes opinions from some of the leading figures in the sector, as well as comments from Dubai residents.
Before its Dubai debut, the book was launched in London on 19th September and in Australia on the 27th of the same month. The Australia launch follows the Islamic Coins exhibition hosted collaboratively by Dubai Culture and the Islamic Museum of Australia in 2016, which is part of the Authority’s ongoing efforts to promote Islamic culture abroad.
Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the Emirate’s rich heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors.
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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on 8th March 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE 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 realisation of the Dubai Plan 2021, highlighting Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embedding 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 – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region. The Authority also manages the Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, which showcases an evocative blend of artworks to celebrate the myriad facets of Arabic calligraphy; Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE; and Dubai Next, a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and vibrant creative scene on the global stage.
The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (www.creatopia.ae), which is the nation’s first government empowered virtual community for cultural and creative communities in Dubai, and was launched to encourage the exchange of ideas and the refinement of skills while ensuring ease of doing business within the creative industry.
Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in supporting the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2016-2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Library branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library 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 activities that are open to all age groups and revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.
In addition to its wide range of initiatives, the Authority manages over 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum serves as a platform that encourages cultural exchange and connects Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority’s mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point for diverse cultural exchange, both regionally and globally, the museums play a vital role in preserving Emirati heritage.