Dubai: Celebrating the ongoing Dubai Art season, a Dubai Metro carriage has been adorned with the photographic work of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
The Metro carriage first rolled out on Thursday. Three other Dubai Metro carriages wrapped with works of art by Emirati and international artists will also roll out in the coming days. The specially commissioned artworks are by Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais, Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi and Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul.
Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health and Chairman of Dubai Culture (the organising institution of the Dubai Art season), said: “We are thankful to Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the generous patronage extended to this initiative and the kind consent to use his photograph, a real work of art, for the first Dubai Metro carriage wrap. This project aims to take art closer to the community, and highlights the cultural soul of our city. We are also thankful to the Roads and Transport Authority for their support, especially as we mark the Dubai Art Season, welcoming artists and visitors from around the world.”
Shaikh Hamdan also toured the Fada’aat Exhibition organised by Dubai Culture at Art Dubai, which highlights six core themes — Fada’aat Islamiya featuring Islamic manuscripts; Fada’aat Eqtisadiya highlighting Islamic coins; Fada’aat Bahriya, focused on the UAE’s maritime heritage; Fada’aat Faniya, which celebrates contemporary art; Fada’aat Photographiya, featuring an aesthetic collection of photographs depicting the UAE’s history and heritage; and Fada’aat Ma’rifiya that puts the spotlight on Dubai’s public library.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, instructed the transformation of the Dubai Metro stations, which welcome millions of visitors every year, into spaces exhibiting artistic, cultural and creative works that celebrate the UAE heritage, traditions and culture.
In fulfilling the vision, Dubai Culture and RTA are transforming six Dubai Metro stations into museums.