Dubai Culture and Uber sign an agreement to partner on highlighting cultural gems


Dubai Culture and Uber sign an agreement to partner on highlighting cultural gems

The campaign comes as part of a special EXPO edition of Hidden Cities

The campaign will include activations that will allow people to discover hidden cultural destinations around Dubai

Tourists and residents will be encouraged to explore locations around the city and go off the beaten track


Dubai, UAE, 2 February 2020 - Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uber, as part of its efforts to partner on highlighting hidden cultural gems in the city and showcase Dubai as a thriving cultural capital. The Authority will partner with Uber to launch the second edition of ‘Hidden Cities: Dubai’, a digital platform that allows both residents and visitors to discover Dubai’s cultural stories through the eyes of storytellers who are best positioned to reveal its hidden cultural experiences. ‘Hidden Cities: Dubai Vol. 02’ follows the first version debuted by Uber in Dubai last year, and will be a special edition for EXPO visitors providing meticulously curated experiences. The campaign will leverage the insights of Dubai’s cultural leaders and storytellers to encourage everyone to uncover hidden places that are often taken for granted or are yet to be discovered.

‘Hidden Cities: Dubai Vol. 02’ will feature narratives told through the eyes of visionaries, advocates and drivers of cultural change in their respective areas, and those include fashion, music, art, food, heritage, literature and performing arts.

Hala Badri, Director General at Dubai Culture, commented: "Dubai is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and people are always searching for unique places buried deep within the Emirate to discover and experience unconventional moments. To this end, it gives us great pleasure to collaborate with Uber to shed light on the historic neighbourhoods and culturally-rich places around the Emirate, revealing their captivating beauty and experiential impact.

"Dubai has a cultural scene that places it as one of the foremost destinations in the world within which to immerse oneself arts, culture and heritage. It is part of the mandate of Dubai Culture to allow as many people as possible to enjoy Dubai for all it has to offer and to maximise the experience of all visitors, tourists, residents and citizens."

Badri added: "This agreement also comes in the framework of our efforts as the official supporter of cultural affairs for Expo 2020 Dubai. It reflects the concerted efforts of entities within the United Arab Emirates to advance the cultural scene in Dubai and to support this, spectacular globally significant event, which will celebrate culture, action and innovation."


Abdellatif Waked, Uber General Manager Middle East & North Africa , said: "We pride ourselves in facilitating reliable and convenient transportation to people across hundreds of cities around the world. This planned partnership with Dubai Culture on the second volume of the Hidden Cities campaign will give us the perfect platform to share great stories that shed the light on hidden and undiscovered gems and neighborhoods, providing both residents and visitors with an unforgettable experience around the city. We believe Dubai Culture is the ideal partner for us for this initiative, and we are very excited about the potential of the campaign and to start uncovering those destinations.

The planned partnership will include activations and short interactive teasers around the narratives of the "Hidden Cities" campaign. There will also be printed guides that will list culturally relevant attractions around the city, which people can visit by taking an reliable and convenient Uber ride, giving them a 360-degree access to the city. These guides/packs will be revealed exclusively by Uber in September 2020, just prior to Expo’s inauguration.