Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 December 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has welcomed a delegation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan, headed by the General Consul of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Dubai Ismail Zada. The visit took place at the Al Twar branch of the Dubai Public Library as part of the Authority’s mandate to promote cultural exchange initiatives between countries.
During the visit, the Azerbaijani delegation was briefed on the various services provided by the Dubai Public Library and its facilities. The two parties discussed means of cooperation and exchanged their experiences of visiting the public library in Baku, the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Consul expressed his admiration for the Dubai Public Library’s services and praised its use of the latest technologies to provide knowledge and make it easily accessible to all segments of Dubai’s multicultural society. The Consul also gifted a book written by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Dubai Public Library.
Dr. Hissa bin Massoud, Head of Dubai Public Library at Dubai culture, commented: “We were pleased to welcome the delegation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Dubai. We express our deep thanks to His Excellency the Consul for the valuable book he gifted us from the Azerbaijani Republic, which has provided us with a contribution to the development of Dubai Public Library’s collection. The visit furthered Dubai Culture’s efforts to make the Dubai Public Library a destination for introducing and embracing cultures from all over the world.”
Dubai Public Library aims to promote Dubai as a leading global cultural destination, making concerted efforts and launching a range of initiatives to achieve this goal. It has already established cultural partnerships with local and international institutions in many countries around the world.
The Dubai Public Library network includes eight libraries for adults and another seven for children. Some branches feature multi-purpose halls, classrooms and exhibition spaces and all branches of the Dubai Public Library are connected via computer systems. This has established close links with other modern libraries, providing access to vast sources of information on a diversity of topics in both Arabic and English
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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, Middle East Film & Comic Con, 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 will officially launch Etihad Museum and in December 2016. The museum will provide 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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