May 22, 2021: Hala Badri, Director-General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), affirmed the importance of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, saying: “At Dubai Culture, we are committed to nurturing talents in the emirate and supporting cultural diversity as an engine for comprehensive development and economic growth that contributes to strengthening Dubai's position as a global hub and incubator for various human cultures and a preferred destination for intellectual convergence, cultural and knowledge interaction, and civilised dialogue that seeks to help build a prosperous future for human societies. We are inspired by the vision of our wise leadership that provides more than 190 nationalities with a foundation on which to live in peace, love and prosperity, inspiring from the legacy of the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who instilled the values of love and promoted the culture of peaceful coexistence in the UAE since its union.”
Badri stressed that Dubai Culture, as one of the main contributors to the UAE Soft Power Strategy, will continue its work to enhance the emirate's distinct cultural identity, build distinct international partnerships, and harness the power of these partnerships to enhance the emirate's footprint on the global cultural map. The Authority sets out to accomplish this through new initiatives aimed at developing the cultural sector in Dubai and by enhancing its contribution to the national economy, in line with the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy.
Badri concluded: “We are committed to developing cultural and creative programmes that extend bridges of dialogue between cultures. We are also committed to stimulating active participation in activities related to culture in the emirate through teamwork and celebrating multiculturalism and peaceful coexistence, thus contributing to the consolidation of Dubai's presence on the global map as one of the most prominent supporters of development that is rooted in cultural communication.”