Emirati artists are giving parking meters an artsy makeover all over Dubai

RTA has teamed up with Brand Dubai to transform the city into an open-air museum

Emirati artists are giving parking meters an artsy makeover all over Dubai

Been to a car park recently and seen a happy ice cream cone smiling back at you? You can thank Emirati and expat artists for that.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government, have teamed up to transform the city into an open-air museum.

And they’re starting by making over parking meters around Jumeirah, Dubai Media City and Al Mustaqbal Street. We always like to see an artsy smile.

Around 100 parking meters around Dubai have been transformed with 15 artworks inspired by the themes of diversity and tolerance.

Named The Parking Meters project, it is part of the #DubaiSpeaksToYou initiative, aiming to create unique experiences for people by converting the city into a canvas for art and creativity.

Six artists in Dubai created a few jolly designs, including a Tetris-style game, an Emirati man with a big smile and Russian dolls.

“RTA is pleased to combine its strengths with Brand Dubai to implement a new project that will help reinvigorate the environment around parking spaces,” said director of marketing and corporate communications at RTA Rowdah Al Mehrizi.

“RTA is committed to supporting the vision to convert Dubai into an open air museum that enhances the happiness and well-being of the people of the city. We are keen to work with other organisations in Dubai to enrich the creative atmosphere that Dubai offers to both residents and visitors. Through this project we seek to artistically transform parking spaces so that the public can engage with these areas in new meaningful ways.”

The project supports Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to enhance the city’s aesthetic environment.
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