Dubai Culture Announces Appointments for Etihad Museum Administration

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A Dedicated team for the museum focused on delivering 21st century cultural destination experience for visitors

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, announced that it has made the administrative staff appointments for Dubai’s new Etihad Museum that was recently inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Among the appointments made include Abdullah Mohammed Al Falasi, Director of Etihad Museum, who will report directly to Dubai Culture. He will oversee the entire museum team of 40 employees across three sections and be supported by Khulood Al Nuaimi Manager of Project Section & Acting Manager of the Public Relations Section, Hana Saleh, Manager of Programmes and Visitor Engagement, and Mohammed Al Hebsi, Manager of the Exhibitions and Collections Section.

His Excellency Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “We welcome the new museum team working under the leadership of Abdullah Mohammed Al Falasi, and we know that this capable team has the positive spirit necessary to deliver the museum’s core vision and mission as a dynamic cultural destination with 21st century characteristics. The new Etihad Museum team has a responsibility to help inspire citizens and visitors from around the world, and ensure that exhibits not only convey the founding story of the United Arab Emirates, but also that the status of the museum is consolidated as a reliable source of historical and national information and heritage, through its documents, pictures and private collections. The museum will be an essential destination for researchers and historians, and will provide future generations in the UAE with valuable knowledge to support their academic and social life, as well as boosting their national identity.”

Al Falasi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, and majored in International Affairs at the University of Colorado, USA. He will be responsible for managing the museum team, providing guidance and supervision to all three museum sections, and will focus upon improving the visitor experience in order to contribute towards enriching Dubai’s cultural and artistic scene and to help preserve the UAE’s national identity.

Etihad Museum focuses upon the political history and personal stories relating to the events that led to the UAE Union’s creation. Through photos, films, documents and collections that chronicle the journey from 1968 until 1974, visitors can experience the course of a critical phase in the UAE’s history.

Dubai Culture is responsible for managing and supervising all of the Emirate’s museum and heritage sites, as well as preserving their historical and cultural significance. Furthermore, the Authority oversees all of the museums’ daily operations, and the development of educational initiatives that enhance the learning experience. For this flagship UAE project, the Authority is responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum, the development of educational programmes, and the curation of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realisation of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia – the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.

Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.

The Authority also manages more than 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture will officially launch Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum will provide a platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority’s mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), all of its museums will provide a catalyst to preserve Emirati Heritage.