Dubai Culture marks fifth year with extensive repertoire of cultural and artistic initiatives

Dubai Culture,
12 March 2013, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, is marking its fifth year with an unprecedented celebration of cultural and artistic initiatives and events to be held over the course of the year.
Mandated with spearheading the growth of the city’s cultural and artistic fabric, in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, Dubai Culture, under the Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has made significant strides in establishing Dubai, which is home to over 200 nationalities, as a global centre for arts and culture through path-breaking initiatives. A principal focus of Dubai Culture has been to promote grassroots talent development, which will be underlined through the diverse calendar of activities to be held at various locations in the city during the course of the year.
His Highness Sheikh Majid said: “Over the last five years, Dubai Culture has launched and supported a remarkable repertoire of initiatives that have strengthened the city’s national identity and cultural infrastructure. We have also continuously inspired the local artistic community to create original content to achieve the goals of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015. The various initiatives of Dubai Culture have been central to the evolution of Dubai as a hub for culture and arts, facilitating international artistic exchange and enabling several talented artists to gain international recognition.
“In line with the Authority’s mandate to further energise the city’s cultural scene, Dubai Culture is bringing the largest showcase of arts and cultural initiatives in the city. This is an opportunity for the world to explore the artistic achievements of our city, interact with our artists, and further promote the spirit of intercultural dialogue that defines Dubai’s identity. Our vision is to underline Dubai’s position as the region’s cultural capital, and to give a significant platform for emerging talent to express their creativity, in line with the UAE Vision 2021, under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and my father, Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” he added.
The various initiatives led by Dubai Culture are aimed at enhancing cultural and heritage awareness and offering unique platforms for Emirati and UAE-based artists, identifying and nurturing talent, strengthening access to the arts, and setting the ground for improved regulatory frameworks to lend momentum to the growth of the arts, national heritage and cultural scene.

For more information about the initiatives, see the full media release.