Dubai: Talented Emiratis will get the opportunity to delve into museum studies following a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between Dubai Culture and Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s largest cultural and museum consultancies.

The MoU aims to drive educational training for Emiratis and create professional development programmes in the field of Museum Studies and culture.

The programmes will cover various aspects such as collection management and acquisition policies, strategic planning of museums and project development planning. It will also enable future development of guidelines for both the public and private museum sector, in addition to strengthening the skill sets of Emirati professionals in hosting international seminars in the fields of cultural development.

Signing the MoU on the occasion of International Museum Day Celebrations, Shaikha Latifa Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Culture, and Gail Dexter-Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources, agreed that it will nurture Emirati talent in various ways.

The agreement will enable talented Emiratis to evolve as creative and knowledgeable professionals who can contribute to strengthening the nation’s cultural scene. “This complements our commitment to the Dubai Plan 2021 announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as a city of happy, creative and empowered people. It also meets the goals of the UAE National Agenda to empower Emiratis with professional skills to demonstrate their excellence in various sectors,” said Shaikha Latifa.

She added that the best professionals in museum planning and cultural consultancy at the Lord Cultural Resources will share their “best practices and vast body of knowledge with the Emirati professionals. They can, in turn, contribute to the nation by bringing innovative ideas and initiatives that will further establish Dubai as a global cultural hub”.

Dexter-Lord said that the passion, enthusiasm and creativity that the authority’s professionals bring to driving Dubai’s cultural scene is inspiring.

“Through our collaboration, we can nurture a new generation of Emirati cultural professionals, especially in developing and managing museums, as well as further build the skills of existing team members. It will help build a talent pool of professionals who can effortlessly partner and drive various cultural initiatives planned and executed by Dubai Culture,” she said.