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Dubai's RTA signs agreement to transform the first six Metro stations into art museums

Dubai's RTA signs agreement to transform the first six Metro stations into art museums

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Set for a 12-month turnaround of artistic initiatives, Dubai’s recent investment promises public transport goers a visual sensation

An initiative set to coincide with Art Dubai 2015, this is a project that will mark Dubai as a truly creative city and hub for artists. Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently announced the plans to transform Dubai's metro stations into galleries - encompassing an artistic and creative ethos for the city and its dwellers.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has agreed to create these art museums in the spaces of the first six metro stations, with predictions stating that Burjaman station will become a music and art gallery; Emirates Towers station will focus on Islamic embellishments and manuscripts; Business Bay station will become a photo gallery; Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station, an e-library; and Noor Bank station will be transformed into a Museum of Contemporary Art.

Expected to cost over $50 million, this is a collaborative project between RTA and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, which will focus not only on public transport, but also on the decorating of bridges and underpasses in the city - bringing art quite literally to the forefront of travel and growth in Dubai. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will be in charge of curatorial provisions, deciding on gallery contents and the identification of artworks for the museums.

In line with the Smart Dubai initiative, museums will also be equipped with state of the art technology and interactive applications, not to mention visual artistic performances, including light shows and interactive screens.

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