Dubai launches plan for cultural district

27 March 2008
Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has unveiled plans to build a cultural district on the banks of emirate’s creek.

The Khor Dubai project will stretch 20 kilometres. It will start in the Shindagha area and run through Business Bay to the new Creek extension. It will include 10 museums, nine libraries, 14 theatres, an opera house, 11 galleries, seven arts and culture institutes and workshops for artists.

The project is the latest in a series of cultural schemes planned for Dubai. Local developer Dubai Properties is building Culture Village, also on the banks of the creek, in the Jadaf area. An opera house is also planned for an island close to the Lagoons project being planned by another local developer Sama Dubai.

The neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi also has cultural ambitions and has been heavily marketing its cultural district on Saadiyat island. The project includes a Guggenheim museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi (MEED 17:3:08).

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