The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, is celebrating the rich maritime heritage of the emirate with a wide roster of activities for the inaugural Dubai Maritime Week, organised by the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), held under the patronage of His HighnessSheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
From November 25 to 30, Dubai Culture will host a series of events, lectures, workshops, film screenings and an art exhibition, highlighting the humble evolution to the flourishing growth of Dubai’s maritime industry.
Flagging off the activities is an art exhibition at The Majlis Gallery on Nov. 25 at 7pm, featuring works by 20 Emirati and UAE-based artists, highlighting the influence of the marine environment on diverse art forms – from sculpting to photography.
The six dedicated Heritage Centres, established by Dubai Culture in various public schools across Dubai will host several marine-inspired activities, performances, workshops, plays, and competitions, for the students.
Dubai Culture will also hold lectures at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the cultural nerve-centre of the city, providing audiences with the history, evolution, contemporary and future landscape of the maritime industry.
Twelveart workshops exploring various facets of art will be held at Marsam Mattar from Nov. 25 to 30, where young enthusiasts and aspiring artists can express their creative potential using the maritime sector as their creative inspiration. On Nov. 25, children can learn about different kinds of boats, interpreting them artistically using inks, charcoal, and crayons, and on Nov. 26, participants can explore marine life through painted artwork.
On Nov. 27, the workshop focuses on the use of collage technique, where works are developed in layers, exploring varied media and techniques including drawing, painting, lace, markers, crayons, and fabric, under professional guidance; and on Nov. 28, participants can learn to create 3D designs using clay.
Pop art in contemporary style will take centre-stage on Nov. 29, where students can create artwork using numerous layers of colours; and on Nov. 30, the Authority will host a photography workshop, where participants can capture the beauty of Khor Dubai using basic digital cameras.
Outdoor film screenings at the newly opened space, The Archive, in Al Safa Park during Dubai Maritime Week include: a glimpse into the history of filmmaking in the gulf with clips from Bas Ya Bahar (Cruel Sea) the first feature film in the gulfon Nov. 26; a series of short films including Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Between Two Banks, Ahmed Zain’s Seashells, Hamad Saghran’s The Sea Hides,Ahmed Zain and Nasser Yaqoobi’s Foresight, and Michael Naguib’s Samaka, , on Nov. 28; Nawaf Al Janahi’s Sea Shadow on Nov. 29; and a children’s night with the screening of The Turtle, a film by the UAE National Media Council on Nov. 30.
Dubai Maritime Week is organised by DMCA in collaboration with Seatrade. The event aims to feature world-class activities for government officials, industry professionals, experts, as well as local and regional ship owners, to discuss key issues and latest developments in the sector.