Project to transform metro stations into art museums

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Project to transform metro stations into art museums Staff Reporter / 18 March 2014 Shaikh Mohammed gave directions to complete the project by the commencement of Art Dubai 2015. The Dubai Metro Museum project that will transform the metro stations into art museums was detailed on Monday during a presentation to His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Shaikh Mohammed gave directions to transform Dubai Metro stations into art museums displaying artworks and creations from different themes and cultures, an initiative that aims at making arts and creativity accessible to all segments of the society. It also aims at enhancing the UAE’s international position in general and Dubai’s in particular as a vital supporter for arts and artists. He was briefed on the project and its different implementation stages. The presentation was also attended by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Shaikh Mohammed gave directions for the project to be completed within 12 months and to synchronise the launch with the commencement of  Art Dubai 2015. “We want to reach everyone through arts. We want creativity to reach every individual. We want to inspire and communicate with every employee on his way to work, every student on his way to pursuing education and every tourist visiting Dubai,” he said. “We want to transfer Dubai Metro stations to museums accompanying passengers to all destinations,” he added “Art is a universal language that has power to unite humanity. It removes barriers that seems to separate them from one another,” he said. Station art themes Phase one of the project will include transforming four vital metro stations into art museums. Each of the museums will have a specific theme that highlights a specific aspect of arts or cultures. The interior and exterior designs of the museums will reflect their themes. Islamic arts and Arabic Calligraphy Museum; Inventions Museum; Contemporary Art Museum; and Visual Art Museum will be launched during phase one. The Islamic art and Arabic Calligraphy Museum will include a collection of artworks inspired by Islamic art and its development phases over 1,400 years. Manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery will be some of the items on display. Inventions Museum will offer a unique and interactive educational experience that illustrates the most important human inventions in different fields. The Contemporary Art Museum will have paintings, designs, graphic illustrations, models, and many other items that reflect the expressive and intellectual styles created by contemporary artists. Visual Art Museum will give visitors the opportunity to share their work and have it on display as well. The museums will be provided with state-of-the-art technology and smart and interactive mobile applications in line with Smart Dubai initiative. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the initiative will add a new attraction factor for commuters and an aesthetic dimension to the facilities. Operational hinderances to the metro stations will be minimal. For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →

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