Office of Public & Cultural Diplomacy

OPCD is a coordinating entity between cultural institutions in the UAE and missions abroad. Its intention is to serve the nation and our missions by facilitating meaningful content from the UAE globally.


Case Studies

Norway-UAE: +40 Years of Culture

Celebrating 40 years of cultural exchange between Norway and the UAE. The exhibition “Norway-UAE: +40 years of Culture” tells the story of the wooden houses amongst skyscrapers and minarets in the metropolis.

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L’Institut du Monde Arabe

Alongside the first international retrospective by Emirati artist Abdulqader Al Rais, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and OPCD organised an event at L’Institut du Monde Arabe that included a presentation about the Year of Zayed and the arts scene in the Gulf given by His Excellency Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC).

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London Design Biennale 2018 — Time Is Subjective

With support from OPCD, the UAE–Saudi creative collective Tinkah represented the UAE at the London Design Biennale in 2018 with an installation titled Time Is Subjective. The piece was intended as an homage to the UAE’s landscape and history featuring 70 large hourglasses filled with sand. The number of hourglasses evoked the most important decade in the UAE’s history: the 1970s, an era that saw the unification of the country and marked the start of its contemporary history. Read more

Global Art Forum: Past, Present, Future — London

This special edition of Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum, which took place for the first time at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, focused on the past, present, and future of art, culture, and ideonomy (the science of ideas).

Attended by more than 280 guests, including Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and His Excellency Sulaiman Almazroui, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Court of St. James’s, the Forum also counted as audience members a number of journalists invited via a London-based PR agency, Sutton PR. The event was broadcast live via social media outlets.

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3D Replica of Palmyra Arch

Two million spectators visited the 3D replica of Syria’s historic Palmyra Arch of Triumph in just two days as it made its fourth stop in the Italian city of Arona, Sicily, on the sidelines of the G7 summit, where it is set to remain on display until July 30, 2017.

Al Nuri Mosque
— Mosul Restoration Project

The UAE has pledged to finance a $50.4 million (Dh185 million) restoration project to rebuild Mosul’s historic 800-year-old Al Nuri Great Mosque and Al Hadbaminaret. The mosque and minaret were destroyed by ISIS in 2017. The UAE plans to create 1,000 jobs for young Iraqi graduates from Mosul and Baghdad during the five-year reconstruction project, ensuring they become a key fixture in the rebuilding of their city.