Dubai Metro stations to get artistic touch

Shaikh Mohammad launches plan to turn Dubai Metro stops into art galleries

  • Art in motion and in the public areas of the Metro stations. Image Credit: WAM
  • How the images on station walls would look to tourists. Image Credit: WAM
  • The cabins of the Metro trains would also be used as art installations. Image Credit: WAM
  • 3The effect of framing the walkways over Shaikh Zayed Road. Image Credit: WAM
  • Large fabric banners would be used in public stairways. Image Credit: WAM
  • How a Metro station would look with Islamic art installations Image Credit: WAM
06 Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai Metro stations will soon play host to a variety of museums displaying artworks as well as offering a peep into civilisations, inventions and creativity, Gulf News has learnt.

Work on transforming the stations will begin in the next few weeks, with the museums to be ready within a year to coincide with the launch of Art Dubai 2015. However, the stations will continue to perform their primary role of smooth and safe transport for all.

The initiative, which was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will add a new aspect to the transportation experience in the emirate and create an encouraging environment for art, culture and creativity.

Shaikh Mohammad viewed a presentation on the Dubai Metro Museum project on Monday, accompanied by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

“Creativity and beauty are an essential part of our culture and identity, and is part of our daily life. Our aim is to enhance the quality of life and transport, and transform Dubai Metro stations into destinations of culture, creativity and aesthetics,” said Shaikh Mohammad, following the launch of the project.

Four themes

In the first phase, four stations have been identified for the project, with each to be transformed according to one particular theme. Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, inventions, contemporary art and visual art will be the four themes around which the four Metro musuems will be set up.

The Islamic Art and Arabic calligraphy museum will feature a collection of artworks inspired by Islamic art and its evolution over the past 1,400 years. The art pieces will be varied between manuscripts, mosaics, jewelleries, in addition to other exhibits and paintings.

The inventions museum will offer an interactive learning experience, bringing to life the most important inventions in human history. The inventions will cover engineering, medicine, astronomy, math and geography.

The contemporary art museum will highlight modern art through various collections that reflect creative expressions. It will include paintings, designs, graphics and models.

The visual art museum will throw light on the contemporary visual art scene through showcasing a number of films, multimedia works and recorded materials. The museums will be equipped with smart applications and advanced technologies in line with Dubai’s Smart Initiative launched by Shaikh Mohammad.

Boost to art scene

“The art will add richly to the daily life in Dubai where the museums will become key destinations in our society, and a primary component of the details of daily life. The UAE has been playing a vital role in boosting the art scene on both the Arab and global stages, and managed to serve as a cultural bridge between the East and the West,” he added.

Shaikh Mohammad said that art is a global language that unifies all human beings and brings together people of various nationalities, cultures and languages, and removes barriers between them.

Welcoming the initiative, Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the coard and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said, Shaikh Mohammad’s initiative would add a new element of attraction to passengers and an aesthetic dimension to the Metro stations.

Al Tayer said the RTA will coordinate with the Dubai Culture and other relevant authorities to immediately put Shaikh Mohammad’s initiative into action and work on transforming Metro stations into cultural and art museums. “Operational aspects of the Metro stations will be taken into consideration so as not to affect the traffic movement and the travelling of passengers through Metro stations, as well as to ensure that all safety and security standards are in place,” he added.

As many as 137 million passengers travelled on Dubai Metro last year, accounting for 500,000 people a day, making it the most preferred public transport mode in the city.

Dubai Metro is the world’s largest driverless Metro network, spreading across 75 kilometres passing through the heart of Dubai, The network is supported by 48 stations across two lines and has so far served 375.546 million passengers since its launch in 2009.

With inputs from WAM

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  • Joe

    Mar 18, 2014 12:48

    Great Idea - The challenge though, will be to keep it fresh, clean and vibrant - and to be careful that it does not turn into just graffiti

  • Jaseena

    Mar 18, 2014 12:05

    Brilliant idea. Looks so fresh and colourful. It would definitely call in more visitors. Everyone needs this sort of colour and culture in their lives.

  • Shees

    Mar 18, 2014 10:56

    The Colors look too noisy and unmatching and totally is not blending with the surroundings.....but it's a proud and prestigious medium to show the world the beauty of Islamic Art.

  • LA

    Mar 18, 2014 10:27

    Suggest having live Arabic singers seated at the centre of stations singing classic tunes.

  • floss

    Mar 18, 2014 9:32

    If this is done at all metro stations then its good. I have noticed that Dubai mall and Mall of the Emirates metro station have the most advertising and amenities compared to other metro stations. Noor bank, First Gulf Bank, Karama and Nakheel metro stations are the most neglected metro stations where the AC doesnt work, the air stinks because there is no air ventilation and customer service is non existent. We should first address the residents of the Dubai and make sure they are happy before attracting tourists.

  • Aqeel

    Mar 18, 2014 9:01

    This is an amazing idea...definitely will visit metro stations now