DUBAI // A project to turn Dubai’s streets into an open-air art museum has been approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
Spearheaded by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, in partnership with Dubai Municipality, Dubai Street Museum project will see international and local artists create distinctive public artworks around the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed said the project would help preserve the UAE’s heritage making it “a source of inspiration and learning in the quest for greater achievements”, reported state news agency Wam.
He was briefed on the phases of the project, which will be implemented over five years in areas of Dubai that have been chosen on factors including the density of population and the number of visitors.
Hatta will be one of the key places where the Dubai Street Museum project will be implemented. The artworks here will be aligned with the historical context and physical environment of the region as part of a recently announced plan to make Hatta a cultural and tourist hub.
The artists chosen for the project will be supported by art students from UAE universities.
The first initiative of the project involves bringing together 16 artists to paint murals on buildings on the 2nd of December Street in Satwa.
Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the project at a meeting at the Government of Dubai Media Office, also attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.