Gov’t Project to Convert Dubai into Open-air Museum

Various artists from all over the world will gather in the capital of the UAE to paint murals on pillars of Dubai Metro bridges, in line with the beautification project led by Brand Dubai, which serves as the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) and the Roads Transport Authority (RTA).

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The Dubai Metro Murals Project is a program launched by the Dubai government, which aims to transform the city into an open-air museum where people can gather to celebrate art, creativity, and aesthetic freedom.

Brand Dubai to Transform City into Open-air Museum

The project will be spearheaded by two international artists, Daniel Cortez of Peru, and Miami-based Dominican creative Elio Mercado aka Evoca1. They will take the reins in painting murals on bridge pillars of the Dubai Metro along Sheikh Zayed Road between the Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers stations.

The themes selected for the murals have been chosen to foster creativity and extend happiness to everyone who gets to see it while at the same time, reflect Dubai’s character, vision, and future aspirations.

According to the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mattar Al Tayer, partnering with Brand Dubai on this unique mural project of the city will bring art closer to the community.

By making public spaces more appealing while giving the city a distinct visual identity, members of the community would have a stronger sense of belonging and pride from simply living and being part of this city.

Citing the government’s vision to turn Dubai into an open-air museum, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office Mona Al Merri shared that the initiative is deeply aligned with the city government’s mission to launch art projects that reflect Dubai’s unique identity, not only as a leading global city but also as a culturally vibrant place, which promotes unity in diversity.

Other than the mural paintings on the Dubai Metro Bridge, the beautification projects will also cover walking tracks, bus stops, bridges, tunnels, and other public facilities and spaces all throughout Dubai.


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