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The art of transforming Dubai metro stations into art galleries

Exhibitions of different artforms at six Metro stops will be ready in a year. The initiative is a partnership between the Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
Authorities have revealed the themes and patterns for each Dubai Metro station gallery. Courtesy Dubai Government
Authorities have revealed the themes and patterns for each Dubai Metro station gallery. Courtesy Dubai Government

DUBAI // A Dh184 million plan to turn six metro stations into art galleries and to decorate bridges and underpasses is taking shape.

The initiative is a new partnership between the Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

The authorities revealed the themes and patterns for each metro station gallery yesterday.

The Burjuman Station will be transformed into a music and art gallery, Emirates Towers Station will be turned into an Islamic decorations and manuscripts gallery, Financial Centre Station will be home to an Islamic numismatics (coins) gallery, the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Station will be converted into an e-library, and the Business Bay Station will be a photo gallery.

Additionally, Noor Bank Station will play host to the Museum of Contemporary Art offering a diverse collection of artefacts, paintings, designs, graphics, sculptures and other collectables created by artists from all over the world.

The stations will also be equipped with the latest technologies, in line with the Smart Dubai initiative. They will host a variety of artistic performances, including synchronising music with the movement of the metro and light shows on the rooftops of stations.

All the stations will also be offering 3-D shows and interactive screens via smartphones.

The project is due for completion in March 2015.

“We are excited to proceed in our close and constructive cooperation with the RTA so that we can together add more glamour and elegance to our city through artistic touches illustrating the rich, innovative and unique cultural fabric of Dubai,” said Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

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Updated: April 19, 2014 04:00 AM

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