Dubai has become the first city in the Middle East to be added to the Unesco list of creative cities of design.
The emirate joins a list of 24 global cities listed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Several major development projects in the city were cited as contributing to Dubai being nominated to become a Creative City of Design.
The design of the Dubai Metro and tram, water canal and Jumeirah Corniche have been hailed as iconic city developments.
Other notable projects adding more than just functionality to Dubai’s infrastructure are the Bridge of Tolerance on the Dubai Canal and others built across Dubai Creek, most recently the new Shindagha Bridge - a design based on the idea of infinity with its 42-meter high arches.
“The design is the process of finding creative solutions to problems in order to improve lives,” said Dawood Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality.
“Design is beyond the product; rather it is the framework by which problems are solved.
“It puts people and their needs first to convert trash into energy, improve quality of life, increase sustainability and promote happiness.”
“Dubai’s history with Unesco reflects its deep rooted concern and commitment to culture and heritage,” Mr Al Hajiri said.
“It is also reflective of the country’s vision to position itself on the global map of the world.”
The UCCN was created to promote cooperation with other cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
Since its inception in 2004, the network has grown to include 180 Members from 72 countries covering creative fields such as art and craft, design, film, literature and media arts. Read More...