Dubai Culture Wraps Up its Participation at Global Islamic Economy Summit 2016 as Knowledge Partner

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Authority showcased initiatives that are helping to drive Dubai’s creative economy

12Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, have wrapped up their participation in the third edition of the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2016 as an official ‘Knowledge Partner’. The Summit took place 11 – 12 October in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

As Knowledge Partner of the Summit, Dubai Culture collaborated with ‘1001 Inventions’ – an award-winning international science and cultural heritage organisation focused on raising awareness of the creative golden age of Muslim civilization – and delivered a special instalment inspired by ‘House of Wisdom’ that showcased Dubai Culture’s ‘Creatopia’ virtual platform for the creative community. One of the features delivered during the Summit was an augmented reality show to educate the visitors about the ‘House of Wisdom’ platform.

The Authority’s participation included commissioning a number of Creatopia artists to perform live painting and ceramic painting at the dedicated ‘Art Pavilion’ organised during the Summit.

Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, His Excellency Saeed Al Nabouda, said: “We are honoured to have participated as Knowledge Partner of the Global Islamic Economy Summit – an important platform that brought together experts from around the world. The Summit was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Dubai’s initiatives that are transforming the Emirate into the capital of Islamic economy, and showcase our initiatives that support a knowledge-based economy, raise awareness about the features of Islamic art and culture, and demonstrate the creative industry’s broader links with Islamic economy.”

Al Nabouda added: “The initiatives of Dubai Culture are all focused on establishing Dubai as a global centre for creativity, and enhancing the city’s cultural identity in order to drive the creative economy. Our participation in the Global Islamic Economy Summit demonstrated our commitment to the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a city of happy, creative and empowered people, while at the same time strengthening the role of Islamic art in a modern, knowledge-based economy.”

Co-Founder and Managing Director of 1001 Inventions, Ahmed Salim, said: “Our cooperation with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority was a great honour. We are delighted to have shared aspects of the history of Islamic civilisation to the public – one that lasted over a thousand years starting from the seventh century and attracted the best and brightest minds from a diverse set of religions and cultures to build a golden caliphate of creativity and innovation that is still a guiding light for today’s generations. Highlighting this golden caliphate and ‘House of Wisdom’ as a beacon, and demonstrating the parallels with today’s Dubai-based creative initiatives such as Creatopia, is just one step towards a brighter future.” The Authority’s recent participation at the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2016 reflects Dubai’s ambition to become a global capital for Islamic economy, and confirms its commitment to contribute to the growth of the Islamic economy sector in Dubai as well as working towards increasing the diversity of its national economic future through multiple projects and initiatives. Over two days of continued events, Global Islamic Economy Summit 2016 was held under the slogan ‘Inspiring Change’ and took place at Madinat Jumeirah. During the workshops a host of experts and local and international speakers discussed the challenges and opportunities and debated the fundamental aspects of the Islamic economy, as well as the factors that contributed towards Dubai reaching its position as a leading destination for activities and operations of Islamic economy.

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 realization 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 Library 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 and in December 2016. The museum will provide platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.