His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a decree creating a Cultural and Art Authority in Dubai.
The aim of the authority will be to enhance the international status of Dubai, which will participate in developing and forming the cultural scene of the 21st century in the region and around the globe.
The launch of this authority is part of Dubai's 2015 strategy which aims to place Dubai on the international cultural and heritage map. Omar Bin Sulaiman, said that the authority will strive to boost Dubai's position as one of the world's most diverse cultural cities, where East meets West.
The authority will supervise the establishment of a developed culture and art infrastructure in Dubai. It will also concentrate on establishing a creative atmosphere in visual arts, theatre, music, poetry, arts and heritage.
Among other responsibilities, the authority will take on the task of merging culture and art into Dubai's daily life and making use of art to create a suitable environment where all cultures will interact in Dubai, where a distinguished cultural identity will be established.