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How HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is Driving Creativity and Ambition in Dubai

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It is no secret that Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a royal with cultural prowess. Spearheading a blend of artistic, educational, and technological activities in Dubai, she has marked unforgettable records and achievements. Through her post as Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and member of the Dubai Council, she actively aspires to foster an environment of creative production in Dubai and place the city as the leading cultural center in the region.

Below, we round up some of the key projects and achievements in the royal’s career.

Leading the region’s largest creative festival

HH Sheikha Latifa during the inauguration of Dubai Design Week. Photo: DMO

Dubai Design Week was established under none other than HH Sheikha Latifa’s patronage. During the 2015 inaugural event celebrating regional and international design, the princess said it underlines Dubai Culture’s commitment to achieving the goals of Dubai Plan 2021 to establish Dubai as a city of happy, creative, and empowered people. “Hosting this flagship design event in Dubai defines our city’s credentials as a fast-emerging global design capital that inspires designers around the world, provides them a vibrant platform for showcasing their works, and fosters the next generation of design talent,” she said in a statement.

Heading one of the world’s leading international literary festivals

Through her role as Vice Chairman of the Emirates Literature Foundation and organizer of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Arab world’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, Sheikha Latifa advocates for literacy and promotes the right to learn and sustain a culture of reading. She has also launched several initiatives to renovate and modernize Dubais public libraries.

Channeling the region’s largest affordable art fairs


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Under her patronage and leadership, Dubai Culture launched its flagship Dubai Art Season, which includes Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the region, and Sikka Art Fair, an artist-led initiative of fully commissioned works.

Winning the First Arab Lady Of The Year Award in 2021

This accolade from the Arab Women Authority is awarded every four years and recognized the role the princess has played in reinvigorating Dubai’s cultural and creative sector and her support for innovative initiatives that enriched the local and regional cultural landscape.

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