Dubai, United Arab Emirates
As part of efforts to strengthen Dubai’s competitiveness globally, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, has announced its full support and participation at the first-ever Dubai Maritime Week 2012, to be held from November 25-30, in Dubai. Being organized by Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) in collaboration with Seatrade, the inaugural upcoming event is the first-of-its-
Dubai Culture will join several other strategic partners in their move to raise better awareness on the dynamic role of the maritime sector as an integral part of Dubai’s history. The Authority is expected to host a series of cultural and art events at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, formerly known as the Al Bastakiya district, the cultural nerve-centre of the city, situated by Khor Dubai, one of the most integral maritime sites, in addition to other areas in Dubai including an art exhibition, film and documentary screenings, workshops and lectures that reflect the maritime culture and heritage and its importance in the UAE. Six of the heritage centres in public schools across the city supported by the Authority will also be participating with daily activities during the week with culture and maritime performances, plays, lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.
Dubai Maritime Week 2012 is part of DMCA’s ongoing initiatives to support and strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading regional and international maritime hub. The event will also host a range of maritime industry-related activities, including conferences, panel discussions and forums with the participation of several strategic government partners in Dubai, in addition to public-oriented activities to celebrate UAE’s rich maritime heritage, namely its fishing and pearl-hunting practices.
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “We are delighted to extend our support to Dubai Maritime Week 2012, which is poised to reinforce Dubai’s leading position as an international destination for hosting the most prestigious maritime events. We are confident that Dubai Maritime City Authority’s efforts will further boost the Emirate’s position among the best maritime centers in the world. Underscoring the growth of the maritime sector through interactive platforms, Dubai Maritime Week sheds light on the importance of strategic partnerships among government authorities and other industry players in the region to drive the growth of Dubai. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority will introduce a series of cultural and art shows, aimed at stimulating awareness among residents and visitors, about maritime culture through the various artistic disciplines.”
Amer Ali, CEO, Dubai Maritime City Authority, lauded the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority for their intensive efforts in supporting the first-ever maritime-related event in the UAE and the region. He added: “The cultural and arts activities reflect the event’s underlining message of promoting maritime culture across the Emirati community and enhancing their awareness about the country’s rich heritage and developed maritime infrastructure.”
“We are honored to have Dubai Culture at the first-ever Dubai Maritime Week 2012 and we are confident that their support will drive in more government efforts to promote the maritime sector in Dubai and the UAE, under the directives of our visionary leaders, and make the UAE among the most advanced countries in every sphere, including the maritime industry. We look forward to inaugurating the cultural and art events that are set to contribute to the success of this highly-anticipated event,” Ali added.
Dubai Maritime Week 2012 will feature the launch of the Seatrade Middle East Maritime Conference & Exhibition with 300 participating exhibitors from all over the world. Visitors and participants will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of seminars, shows, discussion panels, awards and conferences to look into the various aspects of the global maritime industry.