WAM: The Higher Committee of the Al Quoz Creative Zone Development Project held a meeting, presided over by H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Member of the Dubai Council, to review the Project’s progress and achievements in its first year.
As part of the meeting, the Committee also set its priorities for the next phase to enhance the emirate’s competitiveness and ensure the completion of the Project, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the global capital of the creative economy, a preferred destination for talent, and the world’s best city to live and work in.
The Project’s Higher Committee announced that it has been expanded to include three new members representing Dubai Police; Digital Dubai Authority and the Government of Dubai Media Office. The decision seeks to ensure the participation of a wider set of relevant government entities who will support the implementation of the Project’s plan.
During the meeting, Sheikha Latifa highlighted the importance of the Project in enhancing Dubai’s status as a leading destination for talent from all over the world. “We will continue to strengthen our efforts to enhance the emirate’s position as a global creative hub that develops innovative and inspiring creative projects. We have been studying various international best practices for the establishment of creative zones, and we aim to make the Al Quoz Creative Zone an exceptional model for a creative zone in line with our leadership’s vision.”
Her Highness expressed her appreciation for the efforts being undertaken to implement the initiative.
The meeting was attended by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Vice Chairman of the Committee; Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality; Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Director-General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority; Hala Badri, Director-General of Dubai Culture; Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of Digital Dubai; Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO); and Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of Wasl Asset Management Group (Wasl AMG).
Commenting on the occasion, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Vice Chairman of the Committee, said, “What has been achieved in Al Quoz Creative Zone in the last year is a crucial step towards realising the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into a global capital for innovation and an attractive hub for talent from all over the world. This will help transform the Zone into an artistic and cultural destination for tourists from the UAE and abroad. RTA will add creative and aesthetic touches to public transport and flexible mobility vehicles and infrastructure so that they will be in harmony with the beautiful design of the zone.”
Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, praised the launch of the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to transform Dubai into a global destination for creativity and the capital of the creative economy by 2025, an objective that reflects the vision of His Highness to ensure Dubai’s future economy relies on sustainable knowledge and creativity.
Lt. Gen. Al Marri also praised H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, for endorsing the Al Quoz Creative Zone Project, which aims to establish an integrated creative community that responds to the needs of local and international talent and creative business owners seeking to invest in various fields of the creative economy.
The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police commended Sheikha Latifa for strengthening the creative ecosystem in the emirate and enhancing its position as an international and regional hub for the creative economy.
Hala Badri, Director-General of Dubai Culture, said that since its launch, the Project was being developed in accordance with a 100-day plan that was approved by the Higher Committee in its first meeting after its formation. “The initiative to develop the Al Quoz Creative Zone is part of the framework of achieving the objectives of the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which seeks to establish Dubai as the global capital of the creative economy. The Project has witnessed great interest from all partners since its launch, reflected in the various steps that have been taken so far. We are proud of everyone’s commitment and look forward to completing the next phases as planned.”
Badri stressed that to coordinate efforts, track all projects and take the necessary decisions, an effective system was developed to monitor the Project’s progress via the ‘Al Quoz Creative Zone Dashboard’, which is the first of its kind that includes inputs from several governmental and semi-governmental entities. Badri said the Dashboard has enabled partners to get a comprehensive view of the Project’s performance through a set of indicators on the progress of the implementation plan.
The Dashboard was developed to provide data and insights on the Project and follow up on its development. The Zone’s performance is measured through several pillars that compare the achieved results with the targets. Indicators cover the infrastructure; management of the creative zone, the development projects of the creative zone; governance frameworks; activation of the creative zone; facilities, their diversity, events and opportunities; and the impact of the Zone on creative community interaction and satisfaction and its economic and social impact within the emirate.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said that the Dubai Municipality has completed an urban analysis of Al Quoz Creative Zone and developed an economic study and comprehensive vision, including planning alternatives. “We have also identified the next steps, which include preparing the final masterplan, defining the developmental requirements, setting the executive plan and its stages, and proposing some quick solutions to attract artists and investors.
“Dubai Municipality is working in cooperation with relevant government and private entities to ensure that the final masterplan of the Project would take into consideration key matters including: renovation to benefit from existing facilities instead of undergoing complete redevelopment; integrating efforts with existing initiatives in the area and setting development programmes to ensure a comprehensive and integrated response that supports the current and future contributions of these sectors.”
Al Hajri added, “The master plan will also identify a spatial system and a clear vision that will contribute to meeting the needs of the Al Quoz community through a gradual approach, enabling current investors to engage in existing creative activities. The Al Quoz Industrial Area witnessed a remarkable development on a creative level when art galleries began to establish themselves there, with the area becoming one of Dubai’s most important cultural and artistic centres.”
Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, commented, “Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism is committed to supporting Al Quoz Creative Zone to further grow the city’s cultural and creative offering by driving forward efforts to attract talent from all nationalities and communities. With Dubai returning to normality, a key focus will be on leveraging the strategic, legislative and regulatory enablers that are being constantly rolled out including multiple visa categories that create pathways for deeper engagement in Dubai. These initiatives give more flexibility and options for a new generation of creative talent, entrepreneurs and innovators to come and remain in the emirate while bringing Dubai closer to its goal of becoming the most sought-after destination to visit and the best city in the world to live and work in.”
Mona Al Marri, Director-General of GDMO, highlighted the media’s vital role in raising the profile of the Al Quoz Creative Zone Project in the country and across the world. The Project is a vital element in Dubai’s creative economy strategy that seeks to transform the emirate into a destination of choice for creatives from around the globe and accelerate its growth as a cultural hub and the capital of the global creative economy by 2025, she said.
Mona Al Marri added, “With the emirate creating one of the world’s most conducive environments for creative talent to thrive, the growth of the sector is set to enter a new phase. Al Quoz Creative Zone will serve as the nucleus of a vibrant creative ecosystem that can generate new value for the economy and transform Dubai’s cultural landscape.”
Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group, said, “We are honoured to be working with all concerned partners to develop Al Quoz Creative Zone as we progress to the next phase following one year since the Project commenced.”
Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of Digital Dubai, said, “Supporting the Al Quoz Creative Zone Project is at the heart of Digital Dubai’s strategy to enable all sectors to produce knowledge – particularly, digital knowledge, given its potential to promote happiness among individuals in light of digital transformations transforming various aspects of our lives. This resonates with our support for the creative economy strategy launched by our leadership to promote Dubai on the world stage and cement its position as the global capital of the creative economy.”
Al Mansoori added, “The Al Quoz Creative Zone Project is a notable addition to the creative economy sector as it embodies the spirit of integration and cooperation between government entities and cultural and private institutions. Digital Dubai is delighted to be providing our support for this Project, which relies on digital data and on-ground impact to drive continuous development.”