Dubai Culture Celebrates 46th UAE National Day in France, Italy and the UK

  • Partnering with UAE Embassies in France, Italy and the UK to celebrate the nation
  • The Authority efforts aim to support the ‘UAE Soft Power Council’ and to establish Dubai as a creative capital on the global stage

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 05 December 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, celebrated the 46th UAE National Day across different locations in Europe as Key Cultural Partner to the UAE Embassies in France, Italy and the UK. Dubai Culture supported the embassies to consolidate the UAE’s values abroad and highlight Dubai as creative capital on the global stage.

In its role as key Cultural Partner, Dubai Culture provided the embassies with cultural and artistic content on the 1971 birth of the Union, including exclusive archives and documents from the Etihad Museum. It has also prepared cultural gifts for embassy guests to spread goodwill among nations and strengthen Dubai’s position as an international hub for culture and design.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture, commented: “On this important occasion, we are delighted to be working with UAE embassies across the world to remember the patriotic efforts of our Founding Fathers, reflect on the achievements our great nation has made, and look forward to an ever brighter future under the guidance of our wise leadership. As Key Cultural Partner for the National Day celebrations, we are furthering the primary objective of the ‘UAE Soft Power Council’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to develop the country’s global reputation by promoting international diplomacy, strengthening cultural bonds, and sharing Dubai’s thriving creative scene with the world.”

At home, the Authority partnered with RTA to celebrate National Day with a range of activities at the Etihad Museum, the very location that witnessed the birth of the nation and commemorates the dedication, commitment and patriotism of the Founding Fathers, and invites individuals from all walks of life to follow their shining example in nation building.

In line with the ‘UAE Soft Power Council’, Dubai Culture works on an ongoing and proactive outreach and relationship building programme with other nations via foreign embassies in the UAE as well as through the UAE’s embassies in other global cities, to promote Dubai as a global centre for creativity and strengthen relationships with its international cultural peers. This cultural cooperation fulfils Dubai Culture’s mandate to establish Dubai as a hub for cultural exchange while also improving perception and broadening understanding of the UAE around the world.

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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