Dubai Culture Hosts Networking Session for the First Islamic Lifestyle Mini Bootcamp in Etihad Museum

Dubai Culture Hosts Networking Session for the First Islamic Lifestyle Mini Bootcamp in Etihad Museum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 November 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has partnered with the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and Dubai Silicon Oasis to host a networking session as part of the first Islamic Lifestyle Mini Bootcamp, which was designed for ambitious early-stage entrepreneurs

The networking session saw 10 start-ups gathering to exchange views and learn from some of the region’s leading Islamic lifestyle experts. The session included a talk about the government’s vision for the Islamic economy and also explored Dubai Culture’s efforts to strengthen the Islamic lifestyle sector, with a brief on the Authority’s latest book – ‘Global Perspectives on the Islamic Creative Economy’.

The Islamic Lifestyle Mini Bootcamp was launched by DIEDC in collaboration with Dubai Culture, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and Rainmaking Innovation, to support the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the world capital of the Islamic economy. During the bootcamp, budding start-ups were coached by international trainers and serial entrepreneurs in the main pillars of boosting a business.

Dubai Culture’s support of the Islamic Lifestyle Mini Bootcamp demonstrates its commitment to establishing Dubai as a global hub for the Islamic economy, in which Islamic lifestyle – which encompasses everything from culture and arts to modest fashion design and family-friendly tourism – plays a fundamental role. The initiative also fulfilled the Authority’s mandate to drive the creative economy and strengthen the Islamic lifestyle sector by attracting and nurturing talents.

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 16 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.

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