Dubai Culture Highlights the Importance of Islamic Culture and Art by Supporting ‘Rise 2017’

Fulfilling the Authority’s mandates to drive the Islamic creative economy and achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 vision

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 November 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, is continuing its efforts to highlight the importance of Islamic culture and art by supporting ‘Rise 2017’ – a weekend event that invites the public to experience Dubai’s thriving cultural scene at first hand via a series of engaging workshops, exhibitions, children’s activities and pop-ups.

‘Rise 2017’ will run every weekend for four months at Dubai Creek Harbour, featuring new initiatives supported by Dubai Culture including the ‘Make your Mark’ campaign launched by contemporary Islamic artist Siddiqa Juma, who is a contributor to the Authority’s Creatopia platform and also appeared in its ‘Global Perspectives on the Islamic Creative Economy’ book. With the support of Dubai Culture, ‘Make your Mark’ will include a mini exhibition and interactive session where visitors will have the opportunity to unleash their creativity by painting their own canvases. As part of the event, the Authority is also sponsoring celebrated designer, creative entrepreneur and artist Peter Gould to host design workshops for children, which took place on 17th and 18th November and will continue on 24th and 25th November 2017.

Moza Suwaidan, Director of Projects & Events at Dubai Culture, commented: “As demonstrated in ‘Global Perspectives on the Islamic Creative Economy’, Islamic culture and art are crucial contributors to our national economy and also play an important role in achieving the Dubai Plan 2021 vision for a city of happy, creative and empowered people who proudly celebrate their national identities. Our participation in this event reflects our mandate to drive the growth of Dubai’s Islamic creative economy in support of our leadership’s economic diversification objectives, while also enriching the lives of Dubai citizens, residents and visitors across all segments of the community by giving them an opportunity to immerse themselves in Islamic culture and art.”

‘Rise 2017’ is expected to attract 600,000 international visitors, furthering Dubai Culture’s mission to raise awareness of Islamic culture and art around the city and also share it with the wider world. The event will celebrate cultural diversity and contribute to enhancing understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture and art as key pillars of the Islamic lifestyle and the Islamic economy.

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:

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- 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 (www.creatopia.ae) – 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 16 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 officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum provides 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.

For more information on Dubai Culture, visit www.dubaiculture.gov.ae