“Dubai Culture” Participates in Kuwait UAE Week with a Programme Full of Activities
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 November 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, hosted a number of activities to celebrate ‘Kuwait UAE Week’ – ran from 27th – 29th November 2017 at Zabeel park. The activities were organised in collaboration with the Kuwaiti Consulate General in Dubai.
The joint initiative aimed to highlight the close relationship between the two countries across various fields, and in the culture and the arts sector in particular. The initiative is very important as it also coincides with the Martyrs Day and UAE National Day.
The initiative’s activities included Arabic calligraphy corner, where artistic pieces were crafted inspired from both the UAE and Kuwait flags. In addition, a group of craftsmen inspired the colours of the two countries’ flags to create Tali and Al Suqafa works. The activities also include an interactive live painting station open to the public, where the artworks resulted from the station will be gifted to the Kuwaiti Consulate General in Dubai.
Saeed Al Nabouda Acting Director General at Dubai Culture, commented: “We are proud to organise this joint initiative, which reflects the strong ties we have with our Kuwaiti brothers. These activities were of additional importance due to the fact that they coincide with the UAE National Day celebrations and Martyr Day. By organising events from this nature, we are contributing to increase awareness about the cultural and artistic scenes of both countries.”
His Excellency Dhiab Farhan Al-Rashidi, Consul General of the State of Kuwait in the Emirate of Dubai and Northern Emirates, said: “Following our wise leaderships directives to strengthen the bilateral relationships with our brother in the United Arabic Emirates during the UAE 46th National Day celebrations and . Martyr we hosted ‘Kuwait UAE Week’ event in Zabeel Park which ran from 27 to 29 November 2017”.
On the sidelines of these activities a lecture held under the title – Kuwait and the UAE historical profiles – and was presented by Dr. Mulaa Al-Anzi, head of the Cultural Office of the State of Kuwait in Dubai in The Cultural & Scientific Association in Dubai on Wednesday 29 November 2017”.
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.