Grazia has exciting news to reveal – Dubai has become the first city in the Middle East to be recognised as a creative influence.
DXB has officially joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which currently numbers around 180 members from 72 countries – and none of which were previously in the Middle East.
The Network - also known as UCCN - says its members work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans.
The specific goals include strengthening the creation of cultural activities and broadening opportunities for creators and professionals. Sounds good to us.
Cities sign up to major in one or more of seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Design. Dubai has gone for Design, of course, given the investment that has gone into the sector.
The next phase? Making Dubai a creative and sustainable global city for culture, arts heritage and literature.
There are exciting times ahead.