Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (centre) with . Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left) and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the launch of Dubai's Cultural Vision.
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DUBAI – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced a Cultural Vision to make Dubai the cultural hub of the world.
Here are 15 important projects about Dubai’s Cultural Vision that you should know:
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A creative free zone will be launched in Al Qouz for the cultural sector. Writers, artists and creatives will be given services and support for their projects.
Dubai’s public libraries will be known as the School of Life, or integrated cultural centres to build cultural, creative and life skills. Libraries will host reading clubs and etiquette education programs.
This will be the largest reading season in the region, with 1,000 literary events to be held during the period, including the Knowledge Summit, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and the Arab Reading Challenge.
A landmark called Art of the Earth will be built to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary. The tourist destination will be completed in 2021.
An international exhibition to be organised as part of Dubai Design Week, Dubai Global Grad Show aims to inspire university graduates to find innovative solutions to community problems.
The Dubai Gold Group will be formed to produce locally-made gold. Competitions will also be held to create the logo of the Dubai Gold Group and design the Dubai Gold Line, a special gold production line that establishes Dubai as a destination for gold.
Community art events, including an International Art Week, will be held throughout the year, with auctions to be carried out and proceeds to be donated to charitable organisations.
A specialized committee will be formed to supervise proposed architectural designs of Dubai’s future buildings, which will be artistic in nature.
An open-air international film festival will be held at the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, allowing people to watch a movie and enjoy nature at the same time.
An annual event will be held in Hata to preserve the UAE’s cultural heritage and boost tourism.
The Zabeel Secondary School for Girls will be restored to preserve the architectural history of the school and transform the building into a multi-functional space that offers a platform for young people to express their artistic talent
A new initiative will be created in partnership with Uber to help tourists easily find and visit Dubai’s cultural treasures.
The Dubai Art Collection will be the first integrated system created to help art enthusiasts buy, display and exchange artwork. The system will be operated through a partnership between the government and private sector.
The Dubai Private Collections Season will enable private art collectors to display their personal collections in public institutions such as Etihad Museum. The season will begin with an exhibition of the personal collection of Sheikh Mohammed. ICA/Expat Media
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