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, 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.
Reflecting its mandates to drive cultural tourism, preserve the UAE’s unique heritage and culture, and promote cultural exchange, this is the second consecutive year that the Authority will offer its support to the 2nd Annual Cultural Tourism Middle East Forum.
The Authority demonstrates its commitment to strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai throughout the year with a series of enriching initiatives 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, as well as other initiatives such as the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre and Dubai Next.
The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (www.creatopia.ae), the nation’s first government empowered virtual community, which 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 supporting the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Library branches to transform them into state-of-the-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 Authority also manages over 17 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. As part of the Authority’s mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange both regionally & globally, the museums will play a fundamenal role in preserving Emirati heritage.
For more information on Dubai Culture, visit www.dubaiculture.gov.ae