Dubai: The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has started the implementation of Dubai’s Public Art Strategy, which is aimed at transforming the emirate into an open, accessible, and global art gallery offering exceptional artistic experiences.
The strategy comes in accordance with the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the best city in the world, strengthen its position on the global cultural map, and become a capital of the global creative economy by 2026.
Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, stressed the significance of achieving the Public Art Strategy’s objectives, which contribute to the development of Dubai’s art scene as well as provide it with distinct and inspiring experiences.
According to Ms. Badri, the strategy can create a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship, support Dubai’s creative economy, and strengthen partnerships with the private sector.
Dr. Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, CEO of Arts and Literature at Dubai Culture, shared that “this initiative demonstrates our commitment to strengthening the creative sector, and we are proud to collaborate with Art Dubai as an institutional partner for this new landmark commission, given their decade-and-a-half-long expertise in delivering some of Dubai’s largest and most successful cultural moments.”
As part of the strategy, the authority sought to empower the creative community by cooperating with Art Dubai, Tashkeel, Alserkal, Art Jameel, and Akaas Visual Arts, who in turn will undertake the task of issuing open calls to all artists and offering them the platform to participate in presenting a series of unique, site-specific art installations. The selection process and production for this first commission are managed by the authority in partnership with Art Dubai.
The objectives of the strategy are integrated with those of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, which seeks to enhance the quality of life, improve the emirate’s global competitiveness over the next twenty years, and confirm its position as the best city in the world to live.