Dubai has announced plans to offer a new long-term “cultural visa” for artists and authors to boost the emirate’s creative industry.
The new visas were announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai on Tuesday, following a meeting with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
“I chaired a meeting with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to launch a new cultural vision to utilise and unify efforts of our 6,000 art and culture companies, five creative clusters, 20 museums and over 550 annual cultural events that can position Dubai as a global art destination,” he said on Twitter.
Sheikh Mohammed also approved establishing Al Quoz in Dubai as a “creative free zone”.
He also revealed that the launch of a new international literature season that will feature a book fair and events to attract over two million visitors.
“We will establish seven “Schools of Life” cultural centres to equip young generations with life skills in art, innovation, and creativity. We also approved launching Dubai’s architectural identity and the “Art for Good” global exhibition that will raise funds for good causes,” Sheikh Mohammed said.