The Dubai Creative Economy Strategy aims to double the creative industries’ GDP contribution to 5% of Dubai’s economy by 2025, from 2.6% at the end of 2020.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the strategy which seeks to more than double the number of creative companies based in Dubai from 8,300 to 15,000 within the next five years, and more than double the number of creators based in the emirate, from 70,000 to 140,000.
To achieve its goals, the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy includes upgrading the legal and investment environment needed to spur the growth and prosperity of creative industries in Dubai, to enhance the emirate’s attractiveness to creators, investors and entrepreneurs as well as local, and global investments in creative industries.
This will contribute to transforming Dubai into a global capital for the creative economy, a direct translation of the forward-looking vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and an implementation of Dubai Plan 2021 which aspires to elevate Dubai’s leading role as a global hub in a variety of economic, financial, and business sectors. Dubai Plan 2021 provides a roadmap for the future of the emirate through a comprehensive perspective to ensure the creation of a happy society that fulfils the aspirations and dreams of its citizens and residents.
A Capital for the Creative Economy His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, in tweets posted on his Twitter account: “Today, we launch the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy with the aim of transforming the emirate into a preferred destination for creativity from across the world and a capital of the creative economy by 2025, in order to achieve our vision for a future economy based on knowledge and innovation.”
His Highness affirmed that the rapid evolution of Dubai has been predicated on bold and creative ideas, adding: “We always welcome creative individuals and companies from all over the world, and we seek to provide a suitable environment for them to transform their dreams, aspirations and creativity into an added value and a sustainable economic resource. The UAE is a global economic capital, and creativity is part of our economy and of our quality of life, and a major engine for the future of our country,” he added.
To ensure this, a number of flexible packages, incentives and advanced creative incubators will be provided to maintain pace with the rapid technological developments shaping the world. By harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Dubai can enrich the creative industries’ ability to enhance its competitiveness in local and global markets.
Support and Partnership The Dubai Creative Economy Strategy is being implemented under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and supervised by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority in cooperation with a number of strategic partners, notably, the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Economy, and Wasl Asset Management Group, with the aim of achieving galvanising new levels of productivity from Dubai’s creative economy.
Strategic Objectives also includes the doubling in the number of jobs provided by creative industries from 70,000 jobs currently to 140,000 jobs in the coming period.
To further drive this philosophy, the strategy will see the launch of an integrated zone for creative individuals in Dubai, the launch of the Creative Economy Classification and Measurement Framework, a dynamic new tool that will allow Dubai to measure the scale and impact of its creative economy beyond GDP contribution. It will enable Dubai to take its “creative pulse”.
Dubai began the process of the creative economy decades ago with the establishment of expansive and sophisticated creative complexes in various sectors such as Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Design District, which saw the creative economy contribute 2.6% to Dubai’s GDP by the end of 2020.
Unprecedented Transformations Globally, the creative economy is witnessing an unprecedented boom. Global revenues have reached a total of US$2.25 trillion – representing 10% of global GDP in addition to creating 30 million jobs. There is enormous potential of this sector for the years ahead, and it’s at the epicentre of Dubai’s plans for building a resilient, agile and sustainable economy.