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Dubai Heritage and Touristic
Dubai Heritage and Touristic
The inaugural ‘Dubai Heritage & Touristic Season,’ organised under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Read More
Dubai Art Season
Dubai Art Season
The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) the Emirates dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage has announced the launch of Dubai Art Season Read More
Soul of Dubai 2014
Soul of Dubai 2014
Peel off the glossy exterior of our awe-inspiring skyline, and discover the true heart of Dubai;” this is our story, through the eyes of our residents, and is indeed, the ‘Soul of Dubai Read More

live our heritage

Heritage, Culture and Arts are the pride of any nation. Symbols and traditions that colour our lives and the city we call home. Our heritage and culture is what sets us apart. That defines our character. That makes us who we are. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a celebration of all that Dubai. A thiving, dynamic and diverse city in the Middle East.

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The Authority aims to build upon Dubai's status as a world-renowned multicultural city, actively encouraging the more than 200 nationalities living and working together in Dubai to contribute to a culture and arts renaissance in the region and the world. Read More

SIKKA 2012

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority’s dedicated contemporary artist-led fair that showcases Emirati and local talent, will feature an entirely commissioned programme of new work by UAE Artists in the heart of Dubai, plus an open-studio exhibition from the Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai.

Al Fahidi

The history of Dubai is intrinsically linked to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, which was established in 1859. Now an icon of the city’s unique architectural and cultural heritage, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is managed by Dubai Culture, the Emirate’s dedicated authority for culture, heritage and the arts.


Building on the major success of the first artist residency programme in 2011, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, Art Dubai, and Tashkeel, has announced the launch of the second Artists-In-Residence Dubai (A.I.R. Dubai) to be held in 2012.

Gulf Film Festival

The Gulf Film Festival is an annual event for the international film community to discover the best of Arabic cinema from the region. It also showcases international cinema to engender and develop film culture in the Gulf and create greater opportunities for the region’s filmmakers to screen their films and build on future projects.

Dubai Festival for Youth Theater

The Dubai Festival for Youth Theater is an annual initiative that celebrates and fosters the art of theater in the UAE. Please click initiative to learn more.

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Dubai Public Library

Dubai Public Library

Dubai’s dynamic and diverse community finds a wealth of information and educational experiences at the Dubai Culture's eight public libraries. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority recently assumed ownership of these libraries and aims to improve services and introduce new initiatives to meet the growing demand for reading and literature. Supported by educational programmes, book readings, book signings, trainings and cross-cultural exhibits, amongst others, the Dubai Culture recognises the importance of public libraries in bringing Dubai’s eclectic mix of cultures closer together.

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Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

The area of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood was built in 1859 and was famous for signature wind towers creating an iconic skyline for Dubai. Even today, the wind towers are regarded as cultural icon of the city. Following renovation and preservation, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is now a tourist village with a museum, a cultural centre, restaurants and an art gallery. The old Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood district gives a glimpse of old Dubai.