In a bid to put the spotlight on art and culture, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently inked two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture). The first provides for transforming six Dubai Metro stations into art museums showcasing artistic and creative cultural works. The project would cost AED 184 million. The other MoU provides for decorating bridges and underpasses in Dubai in a bid to add artistic touches to streets of the Emirate.
The signing of this MoU comes in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai, to transform the Dubai Metro Stations. These stations attract more than 137 million visitors per annum.
This unique initiative aims at creating permanent museums and art galleries to showcase artistic and cultural works and innovations in Dubai. The initiative will also result in bringing artistic, cultural, aesthetic and historical artifacts and creative works to public. This will result in transforming the metro stations into cultural, artistic and historical hubs.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the Dubai Culture by Abdul Rahman Al Owais, minister of health and chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and on behalf of RTA by Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director of the RTA, in the presence of Saeed Al Nabooda, acting director general of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of the Dubai Rail Agency, and a host of directors from both entities.
The meeting agreed to the theme and pattern of gallery in each station. Accordingly Burjuman Station will be transformed into music and art gallery, Emirates Towers Station will be transformed into Islamic decorations and manuscripts, Financial Center Station will be transformed into an Islamic Numismatics (coins) Gallery, Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Station will be transformed into an e-library, and Business Bay Station will be transformed into a photo gallery.