On Wednesday, The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority completed their 10 years. The 10th anniversary was well celebrated at the Cultural and Scientific Association.

The authority was launched in 2008, by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The authority has played an important role in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, which aimed to establish the city as a vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, told the report sources that the intention is to increase the bar in 2019 by continuing to be a custodian of international art. He also added, “People were expecting us to import culture from traveling exhibitions, but we turned the table around and we exported our culture to international cities around the world such as Sydney and Venice. We are proud of our culture and heritage and we want the next generation of artists to take this forward.”

He mentioned the Etihad Museum as one of the authority’s main highlights in the last decade and referred to Shindagha Museum as its next project.

Al Nabouda said, “People say there was no Emirati culture 10 years ago before the authority was established, but in fact the Emirati culture has been here for ages, there was just no custodian for culture and arts and that was overshadowed by the economic and financial boom in Dubai.” He further added, “We wanted to balance that equation, and this is why Shaikh Mohammad established the Culture and Art Authority.”

He is quite confident about 2019, as he said that the year will be full with creative industries, which are more rooted in the Emirati culture and heritage.

“The next generation will take culture and art to the next level. The next breed are well educated, have seen the world, and can bring much more creativity and innovation to this culture,” he said.

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