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The UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to reinforce cooperation in cultural fields related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage, literature, visual and performing arts, audio-visual media, design, cultural and creative industries.
Following the issuance of a law by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE, establishing the Creative Media Authority (CMA), the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi has launched the authority with a mission to accelerate the growth of Abu Dhabi’s multidisciplinary creative sector. The new entity is the latest milestone in the emirate’s AED 30+ billion investment strategy to expand the entire Culture and Creative Industries (CCI).
Abu Dhabi Art today announced the formation of Friends of Abu Dhabi Art – an initiative created to facilitate new models of public cultural philanthropy and help support the dynamic art eco-system in the UAE.
Following the success of its CulturAll initiative established last year, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of CulturAll Artists, a platform which will further enrich the homegrown cultural scene by serving as a creative directory that identifies and promotes the community of artists in the UAE. The platform will also act as an important gateway for artists to connect and engage with art practitioners and institutions worldwide.
The Ministry of Culture and Youth has launched a report titled "Monitoring the Pulse of the Cultural and Creative Industries - Resilience and Recovery", which showed that the sector had already begun to recover at a different pace in its principal areas.
The Culture and Creative Industries are key drivers of social and economic growth and diversification in Abu Dhabi. One of the fastest growing economic sectors worldwide, globally they generate annual revenues of $2,250 billion, provide 30 million jobs and are predicted to make up some 10% of global GDP.