- Showcasing creative works and distributing the ‘ArtMap’
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 April 2018: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, showcased Dubai’s thriving artistic and cultural scene in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) during the Arabian Travel Market 2018. The global industry event, which ran from 22nd to 25th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre, aimed to increase travel in the Middle East through Dubai.
During the Arabian Travel Market 2018, Dubai Culture presented selected art works from art galleries in Dubai such as Al Marsa and Mattar Bin Lahej to encourage Emirati and UAE-based artists to showcase their talents in front of an international audience. This supported Dubai Culture’s vision of establishing Dubai as a creative and sustainable global city for culture, heritage, arts and literature by activating the Emirate’s cultural influence and strengthening its soft power both regionally and globally.
Dubai Culture also showcased the Etihad Museum, which is the first museum that focuses on the political history of the UAE, in addition to distributing the 7th edition of ‘ArtMap’ — a comprehensive artistic and cultural guide to major events and exhibitions taking place across the UAE that is published bi-annually in collaboration with ArtintheCity. The Authority also displayed artistic works in the VIP section, including photographs chosen by Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General of Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, seven sculptures by Emirati artist Matar Bin Lahej, a calligraphy piece by artist Wissam Shawkat, and other artworks by Khaled Bin Saliman and Naja Mahdawi.
Dubai Culture worked alongside Dubai Tourism at the Arabian Travel Market 2018 to enhance Dubai’s position as a global hub for culture and creativity. By participating in the event, Dubai Culture supported the objectives of the Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to enhance the happiness and comfort of people living in the Emirate of Dubai by promoting a vibrant and sustainable multi-cultural society.
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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