H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, honoured today organisations and individuals for their contributions towards the city’s cultural scene as part of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards.
The prestigious event was graced by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Information Department, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and a number of cultural and artistic personalities as well as heads of government departments and CEO of companies.
An initiative by the Dubai Culture ‘&’ Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, the awards are aimed at encouraging patrons of the arts to further strengthen the evolution of the city’s cultural landscape through patronage.
In its third edition, the Awards honoured patrons in four categories: Distinguished Patrons of the Arts,’ Patrons of the Arts,’ Supporters of the Arts,’ and Friends of the Arts,’ for their financial or in-kind contributions towards the four disciplines of art – visual arts, performing arts, film, and literature – from January to December 2011.
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General, Dubai Culture ‘&’ Arts Authority, said: “Patronage for the Emirate’s cultural scene has grown rapidly over the last few years, underlining the impressive achievements recorded by Dubai in launching and hosting diverse cultural initiatives. The third cycle has seen increased support from Government departments and organisations, in addition to a vast pool of new patrons, reinforcing interest in extending patronage to culture and the arts.
Today, Dubai has firmly positioned itself as a destination for culture and arts as a result of sustained support from the patrons, the unsung heroes, who highlight the artistic potential in the city. The Dubai Culture ‘&’ Arts Authority is privileged to honour these individuals and organisations who contribute to further consolidating the city’s status as the region’s cultural hub,” he added.