Dubai: In line with its ambitions to be a planner, enabler and regulator of the cultural and creative sector in the emirate, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has unveiled “The Dubai Framework for Cultural Statistics”.
The initiative offers a comprehensive, local statistical framework and classification of the domains and activities of the creative economy in Dubai which are based on international references and standards in this vertical.
The Framework is seen as a new way to design a dynamic system that enables the emirate to have an accurate grasp on the creative pulse of the sector by adopting comprehensive measures and data that monitor the health of the sector in line with international standards. Moreover, it monitors statistical data in cultural and creative industries, enabling this sector, its development and highlighting its strength.
Speaking about the newly introduced framework, H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture, asserted that the new statistical framework has been developed to suit Dubai’s cultural position through the use of data points that allow international comparison.
The new framework supports the planning methodology for impactful strategic projects that support the sustainability of cultural and creative industries sectors, develop a stimulating environment for them, and identify the aspirations and trends of cultural and creative talents globally.
The new initiative is expected to directly contribute towards the fulfilment of Dubai’s Creative Economy Strategy, which aims to make Dubai the global capital of the creative economy by 2026.
Sheikha Latifa stated that “The second strong point is the supportive institutional and regulatory environment that the government provides in terms of policies and legislation, providing opportunities for partnerships and promising markets for the sector.”
“Last but not least, is the availability of enablers that support the sector’s health, such as the physical environment (the maturity of urban infrastructure) and the spatial environment (the high quality of life); exclusivity where the unique features of the city allow it to generate value, attract and develop creative talent, and for the public to enjoy its output; provide the supporting infrastructure (social networks, incentives and support); and a mature digital environment, as digitalization enables innovation and developing methods and tools that can increase access to the entire value chain of some sectors of the cultural and creative industries, enhancing their efficiency. All of this has enabled Dubai to attract global investments and creative talents in this vital creative sector,” the Dubai Culture Chairperson observed.
Sheikha Latifa further added that “To achieve a sustainable environment for the sector’s growth, and formulate impactful policies based on concrete facts, it is necessary to collect reliable statistical data in line with global trends in the field to produce comparable results that support the decision-making process. Therefore, we worked on developing ‘The Dubai Framework for Cultural Statistics’ by relying on the UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics as the main reference within the creative industry, and the Eurostat framework, with the addition of classifications and descriptions that fit the local cultural and creative scene and serves the creative sector in Dubai.”
ALIGNED TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
The newly introduced Dubai Framework for Cultural Statistics comprises of all international statistical classification systems and current relevant international in compliance with the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC4).
In line with its Creative Economy Strategy Roadmap 2021-2026, Dubai Culture is dedicated at developing mechanisms, legislative frameworks, regulations and policies that ensure ease of doing business in creative fields by investing in its partnerships with governmental, semi-governmental and private entities.