Maktoum bin Mohammed Opens Jameel Arts Centre in Jaddaf Waterfront

November 8, 2018  
Thursday, November 08, 2018

Thursday, November 08, 2018 Deputy Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that the UAE is working to promote greater understanding between cultures by creating cultural bridges based on art and creativity. The directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have been instrumental in promoting strategic partnerships that help create the environment for creative thinkers and innovators to take advantage of new opportunities.

His Highness said creativity is a key element in the growth of civilisations and the development of nations. Creativity requires a conducive environment to flourish, and creating such an environment is critical for a nation to attract a diversity of creative minds. The UAE has cemented its position as a centre for creativity and a focal point for creative people in the region, he added.

“Art plays an important role in the cultural heritage of nations. It enriches communities and contributes to their progress and development due to the fact that it is a universal language that can cut across barriers and help find people of different backgrounds find common ground,” Sheikh Maktoum further said.

His Highness’s remarks came as he inaugurated Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s first contemporary arts museum. The Centre is located at Jaddaf Waterfront, one of Dubai Holding’s iconic mixed-use destinations, located along the banks of the Dubai Creek.

Fady Mohammed Jameel, Chairman and Founder, Art Jameel, briefed His Highness Sheikh Maktoum about the centre, which is the first non-government establishment specialised in contemporary art in the GCC region. The 10,000-square-metre, three-storey Jameel Arts Centre, designed by London-based Serie Architects, is the first non-governmental contemporary arts institution of its kind in the Gulf region. It comprises over ten gallery spaces, a research centre, library and project spaces that provide an inspiring space for art enthusiasts to think, experience and create. The Centre opens its doors to the public on November 11, providing open access to unique art collections and exhibitions from the region and around the world; inaugural exhibitions include four solo shows and a major group exhibition, ‘Crude’, which features works by 17 artists and collectives and explores oil as a driver of modernity in the Middle East and beyond. Multiple gardens, new commissions and installations are situated throughout the Centre.

Jaddaf Waterfront is also home to the first-of-its-kind sculpture park in the UAE, a joint initiative between Dubai Holding and Art Jameel. Designed by UAE-based, award-winning practice ibda design, Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park features outdoor installations, sourced from the Art Jameel Collection and on loan from local and international institutions. The Park opens on November 11 alongside Jameel Arts Centre, with major sculptural works by Helaine Blumenfeld, Talin Hazbar and Latifa Saaed, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, David Nash, and Slavs and Tatars. Art Jameel will work with Dubai Holding and other partners to deliver a year-round public programme in the Park, which includes an amphitheatre for talks, screenings and musical events.

During his visit, HH Sheikh Maktoum was accompanied by Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development HE Noora Al Kaabi, Minister of State HE Zaki Nussaibah, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Foundation HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Emirati writer Abdulghafar Hussein and a number of senior cultural officials.

On this occasion, Abdulla Ahmed Al Habbai, Chairman of Dubai Holding, said that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s focus on the continuous development of projects in Dubai, along with his close follow up are the driving forces b


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