By Andy Sambidge
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed issues directives for new initiative to make art more accessible in the emirate
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday issued directives to transform the emirate's metro stations into art museums.
Sheikh Mohammed said metro stations should display artworks and creations from different themes and cultures in an effort to make art accessible to as many people as possible in Dubai.
He said the project should be completed within 12 months and will be launched to coincide with the start of Art Dubai 2015.
Phase one of the project will include transforming four vital metro stations into art museums.
Each of the museums will have a specific theme that highlights a specific aspect of arts or cultures. During the first phase, an Islamic arts and Arabic Calligraphy Museum, Inventions Museum, a Contemporary Art Museum and a Visual Art Museum will be launched.
Sheikh Mohammed said: "We want to reach everyone through arts. We want creativity to reach every individual in the society. We want to inspire and communicate with every employee on his way to work, every student on his way to pursuing education and every tourist visiting Dubai.
"We want to transfer Dubai Metro stations to museums accompanying passengers to all destinations."
He added: "The UAE has been playing a vital role in supporting arts in the Arab region and in the world for years. The UAE provides a cultural bridge that links the east to the west.
"We will continue to create motivational environments to support arts and culture and highlight the creative and artistic aspects of Dubai. Our purpose is to lead a creative renaissance for all the cultural and artistic aspects of life in Dubai."
The Islamic art and Arabic Calligraphy Museum will include a collection of artworks inspired by the Islamic art and its development phases over 1,400 years.
The Inventions Museum will include subjects such as engineering, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, geography and many other fields. It will also include the contribution of the most important inventors in human history.
The Contemporary Art Museum will offer a view on modern art and will feature paintings, designs, graphic illustrations, and models.
The Visual Art Museum will screen movies and documentaries, and display multimedia content of cultural and artistic essence.
All the museums will be include state-of-the-art technology and smart and interactive mobile applications in line with the Smart Dubai initiative that was launched recently by Sheikh Mohammed.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
What a fantastic initiative. True innovative leadership. Now whilst they are looking at the metro stations they should strip off all the terrible advertising on the outside of the stations. They have spent millions on making these stations look really great and then spoil them by daubing cheap gaudy advertisements all over them. Such rubbish will look so out of place when the stations effectively become art galleries and cultural centres.
The Islamic art and Arabic Calligraphy Museum should see the work of a young woman at www.majnouna.com