Al Nabouda: The new company will help us to fulfil our government’s vision of further establishing museums as centres for cultural exchange
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced the appointment of Muna Faisal Al Gurg as the Managing Director of the recently established Dubai Museums Company, which is mandated with managing, overseeing and developing the Emirate’s museum sector.
In her new role, Muna Al Gurg will manage all of the operations and activities of the Dubai Museums Company, which was established to support the Authority’s mandate to make Dubai a regional and global focal point for diverse cultural exchange.
The new company will manage all Dubai Culture museums and also be responsible for concluding agreements between public and private bodies both locally and internationally; organising cultural exhibitions, events, workshops, programmes, conferences, seminars and training courses related to the museum sector; and managing all commercial activities in the museums under Dubai Culture’s stewardship.
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, commented: “The establishment of the Dubai Museums Company is inspired by our leadership’s vision of further establishing museums as vital centres for the UAE’s community and global audiences to exchange knowledge and cultural dialogue. One of the most important roles of the new company is to raise awareness about the cultural and educational significance of landmarks. In order to support this objective and translate our mandates we have selected Muna Al Gurg as the new company’s Managing Director. Muna has extensive, specialised experience in the museum sector and has already led several successful projects, including her effective role in the launch of the Etihad Museum as a platform that encourages cultural exchange and educates Emirati youth about their history and heritage.”
Prior to her appointment as Managing Director of the Dubai Museums Company, Muna Al Gurg served as a Project Manager for Dubai Culture and played a pivotal role in the launch of the Etihad Museum, which was developed collaboratively by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Culture. In 2015, Muna was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Future. She is currently working as part of the team developing the Al Shindagha Museum- a project being developed in cooperation with Dubai Municipality and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)and that falls under the larger Dubai Historical District development project.
She is also a member of the team working on developing the Al Maktoum Hospital Museum – a first-of-its-kind tribute to Dubai’s earliest hospital – and the innovative campaign to crowdsource content for the museum. Muna graduated from Zayed University, Dubai with a B.A. in Visual Arts and holds an M.A. in History of Art and Museum Studies from the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.
Muna Al Gurg commented: “My role at the Dubai Museums Company will focus on developing our museum sector and raising awareness about Dubai and the UAE’s position on the global cultural tourism map. We will do our best to put all available resources towards enhancing visitor experiences in our museums by offering unique services and adopting the best global practices. We will also develop programmes aimed at promoting museums among local and international audiences alike. The new company, which is part of Dubai Culture, will further our leadership’s vision of making Dubai a city of happy, creative and empowered people who proudly celebrate their cultural identities.”
Dubai Culture manages over 17 heritage sites across Dubai, each of which showcases the essence and rich heritage of the city. From historical artefacts to a vintage coin collection, there is something for everyone to explore and discover. Dubai Culture also manages the recently opened Etihad Museum, which tells the inspirational story of the 1971 Union Agreement through the eyes of the Founding Fathers to offer a valuable human insight into the Emirate’s rich history.
Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the Emirate’s rich heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors.
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 (creatopia.ae) 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.