Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a directive to include art museums in the emirate’s metro stations, state news agency WAM reported.
The project of integrating museums to the stations will be completed within a year and will be launched during Art Dubai 2015.
“We want to inspire and communicate with every employee on his way to work, every student on his way to pursuing education and every tourist visiting Dubai,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
“We want to transfer Dubai Metro stations to museums accompanying passengers to all destinations.”
Dubai’s museum initiative will be built in phases, a statement said.
The first phase of the project will transform four major metro stations into art museums having a specific theme. The interior and exterior designs of these stations will reflect these themes, the agency reported.
Islamic arts and arabic calligraphy museum, inventions museum, contemporary art museum and visual art museum will be launched during phase one.
The Islamic art and calligraphy museum will include a collection of Islamic artworks and a display of manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery along with calligraphy paintings.
The Inventions Museum will highlight the most important human inventions in different fields such as engineering, mathematics, medicine, geography, astronomy and other fields. The Contemporary Art Museum will display paintings, design, graphic illustrations and models done by contemporary artists from around the world.
The visual arts museum will screen movies and documentaries highlighting the work of contemporary artists. It will also give visitors a chance to exhibit their work.
With more than 137 million visitors in 2013 and an average of 500 thousand visitors a day, the Dubai Metro Museum initiative aims at creating an artistic environment with a wide reach to inspire creativity and innovation, the statement said.