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Dubai Culture Supports ‘We Are With You’Forum For People With Special Needs

Dubai Public Library participation includesreading and educational activities,incollaboration with Al Maktoum Foundation [Dubai – The United Arab Emirates, 10January 2017] - Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture),the Emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announcedits support ofthe ‘We Are With You’forum held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Al Maktoum Foundation.The forum runsfrom the 6thto the 13th January 2017. For the third year running, Dubai Culture will be represented at the event bythe Dubai Public Library. The forum aims to support people with disabilitiesand integrate them into society, by nurturing their talents and abilitieswhile also supporting both young people and productive families.The Authority’sparticipation will include a reading corner, a self-learning corner, an educational games corner, a library cinema corner, and astorytelling corner. Fahad Al Mamari, Director of Dubai Public Library at Dubai Culture & Arts Authority,commented: “The ‘We Are With You’forum represents an opportunity for us to demonstrate theAuthority’s commitment to all segments of society, and tofurther our vision of promoting the Emirate’s cultural and artistic scene. We aim to share the love of reading withpeople from all walks of life via this initiative. In its role as partner to Al Maktoum Foundation andsilver sponsorof theevent, Dubai Public Librarywill make significant efforts topromote the forum program, which attracts a wide range of participants, and to help ensure that itsobjectives are met.” In addition to Dubai Public Library’s activities at the forum,there will be a fullrangeof events including entertainment programs for children, hand crafts, a corner forpopular cuisine, and anexhibition for handmadecrafts. The Dubai Public Library network includes eight libraries for adults and another seven for children. Some branches feature multi-purpose halls, classrooms and exhibition spaces, and all branches of the Dubai Public Library are connected via computer systems. This has establishedclose links with other modern libraries, providing access to vast sources of information on a diversity of topics in both Arabic and English. For more information on Dubai Culture, kindly visit: Web: Facebook: Twitter: @DubaiCulture YouTube: Instagram: @dubaiculture

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority: The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realisation of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people. As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season - the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair - an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre - an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next - a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage. The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia ( - the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth. Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future. The Authority also manages more than 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture will officially launch Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum will provide a platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority’s mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), all of its museums will provide a catalyst to preserve Emirati Heritage. For more information on Dubai Culture, visit


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