This achievement marks a historic moment for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as it is the first time that the World Cities Culture Summit will take place in this part of the world. The announcement was made during the annual summit held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from October 25 to 27, attended by a delegation from Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
The World Cities Culture Summit is a three-day gathering that convenes member cities of the World Cities Culture Forum, providing an essential platform for the exchange of innovative ideas and best practices in cultural policymaking. In collaboration with its city partners, the summit conducts extensive research, building a robust foundation of evidence to emphasize the multifaceted impact of culture on global cities and their residents. Comprising over 40 cities worldwide, the World Cities Culture Forum is recognized as the most influential international network shaping arts and culture policies. Its goal is to underline the vital role of culture in societal and economic growth and to stress the significance of culture in city development, ultimately leading to the creation of sustainable urban hubs.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Member of the Dubai Council, expressed the importance of hosting this summit in solidifying Dubai’s position as a global cultural destination. This endeavor aligns with the emirate’s commitment to developing a knowledge and innovation-based sustainable creative economy. She highlighted the visionary aspirations of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a worldwide center for culture, innovation, and talent. Additionally, it reinforces Dubai’s role as a hub for knowledge and cultural exchange, uniting cultural leaders from around the world to shape the future of cities, devise forward-thinking cultural policies, and drive social and economic progress.
Sheikha Latifa emphasized the summit’s international significance, bringing together diverse cultural experiences, creative innovations, and scholarly research to reimagine the future of cities through culture and creativity. Furthermore, the summit seeks to foster collaboration aimed at improving the quality of life in communities, equipping them to face future challenges effectively.
Hala Badri, Director-General of Dubai Culture, noted that hosting the summit in Dubai facilitates the establishment and growth of a global network of relationships, encouraging new cultural partnerships that bolster Dubai’s global leadership and prominence. She highlighted the event’s role in showcasing Dubai’s efforts to preserve cultural and human heritage, while also creating opportunities for creative talent to engage with international networks. The summit serves as a platform for sharing knowledge with global cultural leaders, experts, and specialists to find innovative solutions using cultural and creative experiences for urban development.