The UAE plans to establish a free zone in Al Quoz for the creative industry, as part of measures to unlock the economic potential of artists, authors and innovators.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced the plan this month.
The free zone – an economic area with no taxes or duties that is designed to boost business – will provide the country’s creative industries with a wide range of services and facilities.
It is part of HH Sheikh Mohammed's new cultural vision to turn Dubai into a global hub for creativity.
It includes three overarching strategic objectives: creating an effective and sustainable new cultural movement, making Dubai a leading destination for talent and developing the creative economy.
As well as the Al Quoz free zone, the plan includes offering long-term cultural visas to innovators, artists and authors.
Following the announcement on 2 October, HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority called a meeting with the authority tasked with leading the creative agenda.
HH Sheikha Latifa said she was confident the “clear new direction for the future of cultural work in Dubai” will be a success.
“We learned under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s leadership that challenging the odds, exceeding expectations and striving for exceptional results are the foundations for success,” she said.
“Dubai Culture’s new vision means renewing our concerted efforts to achieve our ambitions and reaffirming Dubai’s commitment to becoming a global leader in the cultural and creative sectors.”