Dubai’s Metro Stations Will Be Turned Into Mini-Museums

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the constitutional monarch of Dubai, has called for a directive to integrate art museums into his Emirate’s metro stations, and plans to complete the project in time for Art Dubai 2015, Gulf Business reports. The initiative, dubbed the Dubai Metro Museum, was announced during this year’s edition of the Art Dubai fair, which runs through March 22.

The stations will be converted in phases, with each station having its own theme, reflected on both the interior and exterior of the station. Four stations and their themes have already been announced, including the Islamic arts and Arabic calligraphy museum, an inventions museum, a contemporary art museum, and a more general visual art museum.

These metro-museums will feature subjects as their theme implies. The Islamic art and calligraphy museum will focus on displaying Islamic and Arabic manuscripts, ceramics, jewelry, and calligraphy paintings. The Inventions Museum will highlight important human inventions in fields such as engineering, mathematics, medicine and the sciences. The Contemporary Art Museum will display artworks by contemporary artists from around the world, and the visual arts museum will show films and documentaries about contemporary artists.

David LaGaccia

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