Dubai is crowned a Unesco Creative City of Design

It is the 24th city in the world to be given the honour

ART & CULTURE

Dubai has been crowned a Unesco Creative City of Design, becoming the first in the Middle East to be given the honour.

It comes amid a whole host of cultural activity in the past few months, ranging from Dubai Canvas at La Mer to World Art Dubai.

As part of the announcement, officials are introducing a four-year plan to support creativity across the city with further details set to be revealed soon.

What we do know already is that there will be exhibitions, conferences, workshops, promotional tours, seminars and competitions.

Officials are also planning to launch a Dubai Design and Innovation Festival while incorporating creativity into all aspects of the city, including transport, health, culture and infrastructure. We can't wait.

Dawood Abdul Rahman Al Hajiri, of Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai is a city of innovation, it’s always been a city of innovation.

“The Creative City of Design is a great achievement, and this is what the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has inspired us to achieve.”

Dubai is the 24th city in the world to be given the honour by Unesco.

Earlier this year, Dubai Canvas transformed La Mer into an outdoor museum with four of the world’s best muralists flying in specially for the occasion.

The project turned the beachside resort into a living canvas for the first week of March, but many of the artworks are still there for everyone to see.

It’s just another reason to love this incredible city.

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