$50mn project to transform Dubai Metro stations

Stations to be turned into museums; bridges and underpasses decorated.
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By Gavin Gibbon

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to transform six of the Emirate’s metro stations into museums in a project worth $50mn (AED184mn).

And a second MoU has been penned which will see bridges and underpasses decorated in a bid to add artistic touches to the streets of Dubai.

The unique initiative aims at creating permanent museums to showcase artistic and cultural works and innovations rendering them an integral part of the lifestyle and mobility experience in Dubai.

The initiative will also result in bringing artistic, cultural, aesthetic and historical artifacts & creative works to the attention of the public, rather than bringing the public to them, making them an enjoyable part of the daily life of commuters, and transforming the metro stations into cultural, artistic and historical hubs.

Burjuman Station will be transformed into music and art gallery; Emirates Towers Station will be transformed into Islamic illuminations & manuscripts; Financial Centre Station into an Islamic Numismatics (coins) Gallery; Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Station into an e-library, and the Business Bay Station will be transformed into a photo gallery.

Additionally, Noor Bank Station will play host to a Museum of Contemporary Art offering a unique and comprehensive look into modern art through a diverse collection of artefacts depicting the contemporary creative expression, where the museum will feature paintings, designs, graphics, sculptures, and other collectables that reflect the intellectual and expressive styles created by contemporary artists from all over the world.

It was also agreed to equip the museums with the latest technologies as well as smart and interactive applications in line with the Smart Dubai initiative. There will also be a variety of artistic performances including music synchronised with the movement of the metro, light show on the roofs of stations, 3D shows at stations, interactive screens via smartphones in all stations, and wrapping metro carriages using e-paper technology.

H.E. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “The purport and objectives of the MoU are in coherence with the endeavors of the Dubai Culture aimed at uplifting the innovative profile of the Emirate through interactive communication with all spectrums of the community to keep pace with the growing artistic movement in Dubai such that all components of the city will act as a platform for exhibiting stunning art innovations. The step is also viewed as a vital contribution to realising the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum towards enhancing Dubai preparations for hosting the World Expo 2020, and leveraging the performance of all vital sectors, culture & art included, to unprecedented levels of excellence.”

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority added: "The RTA, in collaboration with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority will strive to complete the project pursuant to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in March 2015, so that Dubai Metro stations museums will be as envisioned by HH as key facilities in our society and core ingredients of our daily life.”

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