Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture hosted a discussion on the ‘The future of the cultural and creative sector in the next 50 years’
In response to the ‘Designing the Next 50’ project launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the webinar saw the participation of an expansive number of citizens and residents, that helped design and realise the future of the culture and arts sector in the UAE. In parallel, a public survey was launched aimed at involving all community segments in the ideation stage of the Culture Sector.
This public engagement, which resulted in 40 creative ideas generated by the public, came as part of the interactive initiatives between government entities, the private sector, and individuals from society in support of the he Designing the Next 50 ’ project, which is under the supervision of the 50 year development plan committee.
Members of the public came together to work and propose ideas and perceptions for the future of all sectors and fields through a set of activities and initiatives.
On this occasion, Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, emphasised the importance of community interaction in designing the next 50 years for the UAE and the importance of the topics that were discussed during the webinar.
She said: “Involving community members in the strategic planning and shaping of the UAE’s future of the UAE is integral to help establish and design the next 50 years. It also reflects the wise leadership’s transparency and keenness for the nation to continue on the path of the founding fathers who, with their wise vision, laid the foundations for civilisation, progress and prosperity based on people.”
Badri added: “Cooperation, solidarity and joint dialogue between the government and the people is an essential pillar in building the future of the country and achieving its renaissance and sustainability. Therefore, we are keen to work as a team with the community across various sectors to design a better future and a clearer roadmap that would support the development process, achieving the quality of life of the community, ensuring its sustainability over the coming period, and enabling future generations to achieve the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071.”
She continued: “The Cultural and Creative Industries Sector is considered one of the vital economic sectors. Based on our role as its custodian, we are actively engaging with various groups in society to enrich the process of developing the sector’s comprehensive development plan with new ideas that would contribute to the process of designing the next fifty years and studying the challenges faced by the various groups in the creative community to base our development of the plan on.
Badri indicated that the dialogue session comprised a detailed explanation of the concept of Cultural and Creative Industries as well as the six sectors that fall under them, the broad ramifications that they include, and the positive role they play in the development of society and the economy to motivate and inspire the participants to put forward comprehensive and creative ideas that would contribute to creating a supportive environment and ensure its sustainable prosperity. This was followed by a vote that was presented to the audience to explore ways to strengthen Dubai’s position as the best global model in the cultural and creative industries sector.