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How Dubai aims to claim place on global theatre map

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority holds first meeting with experts discussing possible upgrades to theatres

How Dubai aims to claim place on global theatre map
Dubai has attracted a number of high profile theatre shows including Phantom of the Opera.

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is seeking to elevate the emirate's theatre scene and cement its place on the global performing arts map.

The authority's advisory committee for performing arts has held its first meeting to discuss the state of the sector, with experts discussing possible upgrades to theatres.

Hala Badri, director general of Dubai Culture, said: “The formation of the advisory committee for performing arts reflects our unwavering support to the performing arts and the theatre sectors in the emirate, with an aim to support and facilitate young talents to hone their skills in this creative field.

"Theatre sector plays an important role in raising awareness about cultural and traditional values among the members of society. It is therefore important that we discover and encourage promising talents in the field and empower the sector to become a major contributor in developing the creative economy.”

She added: “The first meeting of the committee is like the first building block and the first step in improvement and development of the local theatre sector. This committee is working towards establishing new standards that will define the future of the theatre sector and raise awareness about Emirati theatre.

"The main goal is to activate the creative industries and make Dubai a hub of creativity and a preferred destination for artists.”

According to a statement, the committee discussed the importance of cooperation among theatres and theatre groups, encouraging the creation of joint projects.

During the meeting, experts suggested setting standards and putting in place mechanisms to regulate the sector.

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