Dubai will transform its metro stations into museums of art and innovation to inspire travelers and allow everyone in society to enjoy the arts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, has announced.
Sheikh Mohammed instructed that the metro museums project should be completed within a year in time for Art Dubai 2015. In its first phase, four metro stations will be remodeled inside and out with designs, artworks and installations on distinct themes — Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, inventions, contemporary art and visual art.
“We want to stimulate the creativity of every employee commuting to work, every student traveling to study, and every tourist experiencing our city. We will provide artistic environments that excite and motivate every individual,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
The project builds on the UAE’s role as a cultural bridge between the East and the West. “Art is a universal language that has the power to unite humanity. It removes the barriers that seem to separate us from one another,” Sheikh Mohammed added.
The Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy museum will include works inspired by more than 1,400 years of development in Islamic art through its many phases.
The Inventions museum will offer visitors an educational and interactive experience.
The contemporary art museum will offer a unique perspective on modern art through a collection reflecting the state-of-the-art in creative expression.
The visual art museum will highlight the contemporary visual art scene through screening movies and documentaries and displaying multimedia content of cultural and artistic value.
The metro museums will feature interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art technology such as mobile applications, as part of Sheikh Mohammed’s Smart Dubai initiative to become the most advanced and connected city in the world.
Dubai Metro is the world’s longest fully automated and driverless urban rail system. More than 137 million passengers rode the metro in 2013, an average of around 500,000 per day.