Dubai Culture Launches Latest Edition of ArtMap in Collaboration with ArtintheCity

Dubai Culture Launches Latest Edition of ArtMap in Collaboration with ArtintheCity

Supporting the Dubai 2021 vision by opening up a world of enriching artistic and cultural opportunities for UAE residents and visitors

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19 November 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has launched the latest edition of ArtMap, which provides a comprehensive artistic and cultural guide to major events and exhibitions taking place across the UAE for the rest of the year. The guide is published biannually in collaboration with ArtintheCity, and also includes detailed schedules and listings, useful at-a-glance maps, and editorial content from expert members of the local arts community.

Moza Suwaidan, Director of Projects & Events at Dubai Culture, commented: “The latest edition of ArtMap ushers in the culturally rich autumn/winter season in the UAE, which heralds a new kind of energy with a fresh wave of seasonal openings and flagship art and design events like Dubai Design Week and Dubai Film Festival. By supporting ArtMap and making it available to as wide an audience as possible, we at Dubai Culture are furthering our mandate to position Dubai as a global and regional cultural capital, while also enriching people’s lives to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 vision for a city of happy, creative and empowered people who proudly celebrate their cultural identities.”

Upcoming November events include Dubai Design Week, which will see Dubai Design District (d3) activated with an array of initiatives including Downtown Design and the next editions of Abwab and the Global Grad Show, providing platforms for commercial, non-commercial and educational offerings. November will also see the launch of Abu Dhabi Art, the ‘Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist’ exhibition from Sharjah Art Foundation, Arch. Season 2017, and the highly anticipated inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will open its doors to the public on 11th November.

December will feature the 14th edition of the Dubai Film Festival, which will roll out the red carpet for celebrities, movie stars and film world giants, marking a grand closing event to yet another exciting year of art, culture and entertainment in the UAE.

As well as providing details on all of these events, the latest edition of ArtMap also sheds light on Dubai’s thriving cultural scene via insightful interviews with Brendan McGetrick, Director of the Global Grad Show, Katia Nounou of Sotheby’s Dubai, and artist Mohammed Kazim and writer/curator Cristiana de Marchi, Guest Curators of a special section of Abu Dhabi Art that will feature emerging talent from the UAE. As a special feature, SVENM – the team behind the Architectural Biennale – has collaborated with ArtMap and WTD Magazine to work on a ‘Dubai Architectural Stories’ booklet that is included in this edition of ArtMap.

To spread the joy of art and culture throughout the community, ArtMap is made widely available to the public at galleries and art spaces, museum and government institutions, community spaces and art/design fairs, heritage sites, and select schools, universities, hotels, cafés and restaurants. Copies will also be distributed at upcoming events including Dubai Design Week and Abu Dhabi Art to ensure that participants can make the most of all that is on offer.

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 ( – 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.

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