Dubai Culture Appoints Muna Faisal Al Gurg as Managing Director of the Dubai Museums Company
Al Nabouda: The new company will help us to fulfil our government’s vision of further establishing museums as centres for cultural exchange
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 May 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced the appointment of Muna Faisal Al Gurg as the Managing Director of the recently established Dubai Museums Company, which is mandated with managing, overseeing and developing the Emirate’s museum sector.
In her new role, Muna Al Gurg will manage all of the operations and activities of the Dubai Museums Company, which was established to support the Authority’s mandate to make Dubai a regional and global focal point for diverse cultural exchange.
The new company will manage all Dubai Culture museums and also be responsible for concluding agreements between public and private bodies both locally and internationally; organising cultural exhibitions, events, workshops, programmes, conferences, seminars and training courses related to the museum sector; and managing all commercial activities in the museums under Dubai Culture’s stewardship.
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, commented: "The establishment of the Dubai Museums Company is inspired by our leadership’s vision of further establishing museums as vital centres for the UAE’s community and global audiences to exchange knowledge and cultural dialogue. One of the most important roles of the new company is to raise awareness about the cultural and educational significance of landmarks. In order to support this objective and translate our mandates we have selected Muna Al Gurg as the new company’s Managing Director. Muna has extensive, specialised experience in the museum sector and has already led several successful projects, including her effective role in the launch of the Etihad Museum as a platform that encourages cultural exchange and educates Emirati youth about their history and heritage."
Prior to her appointment as Managing Director of the Dubai Museums Company, Muna Al Gurg served as a Project Manager for Dubai Culture and played a pivotal role in the launch of the Etihad Museum, which was developed collaboratively by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Culture. In 2015, Muna was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Future. She is currently working as part of the team developing the Al Shindagha Museum- a project being developed in cooperation with Dubai Municipality and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)and that falls under the larger Dubai Historical District development project
She is also a member of the team working on developing the Al Maktoum Hospital Museum – a first-of-its-kind tribute to Dubai’s earliest hospital – and the innovative campaign to crowdsource content for the museum. Muna graduated from Zayed University, Dubai with a B.A. in Visual Arts and holds an M.A. in History of Art and Museum Studies from the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.
Muna Al Gurg commented: "My role at the Dubai Museums Company will focus on developing our museum sector and raising awareness about Dubai and the UAE’s position on the global cultural tourism map. We will do our best to put all available resources towards enhancing visitor experiences in our museums by offering unique services and adopting the best global practices. We will also develop programmes aimed at promoting museums among local and international audiences alike. The new company, which is part of Dubai Culture, will further our leadership’s vision of making Dubai a city of happy, creative and empowered people who proudly celebrate their cultural identities."
Dubai Culture manages over 17 heritage sites across Dubai, each of which showcases the essence and rich heritage of the city. From historical artefacts to a vintage coin collection, there is something for everyone to explore and discover. Dubai Culture also manages the recently opened Etihad Museum, which tells the inspirational story of the 1971 Union Agreement through the eyes of the Founding Fathers to offer a valuable human insight into the Emirate’s rich history.
Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the Emirate’s rich heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors.
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