Sheikha Latifa during her visit to one of the creative centre in Dubai on Wednesday.
Sheikha Latifa visited a number of design spaces within the d3 community and met creative entrepreneurs and designers to discuss prospects for the design industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visits planned across key locations in Dubai’s cultural and creative ecosystem over the upcoming period of time are in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to facilitate the revitalisation of sectors across the economy and support their sustained growth.
Sheikha Latifa holds talks with designers. WAM
"The past few months have brought challenges to all sectors including the creative and cultural sectors," said Sheikha Latifa. "However, I am proud to see the agility the sector has shown in mitigating the repercussions of the crisis and developing innovative solutions to move forward and stay engaged with the public. This is yet another story of resilience in the face of the crisis coming out of Dubai."
"As we embark on dealing with the new normal, it is imperative that we work closely with our key industries to navigate the challenges brought by this period. We believe that two-way conversations are important in enhancing the existing infrastructure and facilitating innovative solutions. This will support us in achieving Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of Dubai as a leading global cultural hub and a safe ecosystem promoting growth and sustainability for all who are a part of, and will become a part of our creative economy," she added.
"I look forward to seeing first-hand how the sector is handling the ‘new normal’ created in the wake of the crisis. I call on key players in the cultural and creative sector from creative talents and professionals to institutions and government bodies to come together and engage in continuous conversations to explore opportunities and collaborations that can strengthen the cultural and creative landscape."
Sheikha Latifa meets creative entrepreneurs. WAM
Participants in the discussion Sheikha Latifa had at d3 included Al Joud Lootah, Khulood Sharafi, Aya Al Bitar, Khalid Al Shaffar, Abdulla Al Mulla and Ammar Kalo.
Sheikha Latifa's visits in the upcoming period will see her conduct numerous conversations with creatives in the fields of art, design, literature and innovation. The visits, which aim to assess the industry’s resilience, will include meetings with leaders and professionals shaping the cultural and creative sector. During the engagements, she will discuss opportunities and challenges that have emerged in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and ways of overcoming them to create a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for the cultural sectors.
With the resumption of various economic sectors and reopening of international tourism, cultural and creative sites across the emirate have started to welcome visitors. The creative community has also resumed its activities and started reconnecting with the public.
Museums, libraries and other cultural destinations in the emirate including Alserkal Avenue, Art Jameel, d3 and DIFC are welcoming visitors with a series of cultural events set to be held in the months ahead, chief among which is Dubai Design Week in November 2020.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority welcomed visitors to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood following a temporary suspension due to the circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheikha Latifa reiterated that the cultural and creative sector is an important and vital part of Dubai's future plans. She also stressed the importance of this sector in creating opportunities and innovative ideas that could serve other fields and sectors.
'We learned under Sheikh Mohammed's leadership that challenging the odds, exceeding expectations and striving for exceptional results are the foundations for success,' says Sheikh Laitfa.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority launched the 11th edition of Live Our Heritage Festival at Global Village, which is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. This edition of the festival will be held under the theme ‘Genius of Emirati Traditional Crafts’ from 25 October 2020 to 18 April 2021.
"Dubai is an open cosmopolitan city, one that allows different nationalities and cultures to live in harmony and exchange expertise and innovations. We are living in a great era that enables us to show off our talent...," she said.
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