We can proudly look back on 2019 as a year in which Abu Dhabi confirmed itself to be a world-leading cultural city. The depth and diversity of all our cultural endeavours
have been inspirational and have continued to anchor our city in its heritage while nurturing creativity and building capacity of the culture sector.
2019 was also a year in which we looked to the future,
with the development of a five-year cultural strategy to
strengthen and enhance the culture sector’s foundations
and infrastructure. The strategic objectives were defined
based on a rich legacy and targeting ambitious goals.
Preserving our heritage is one of our key objectives and
the Department emphasised our initiatives related to
the conservation of the emirate’s modern heritage, as
well as the dissemination of Intangible Cultural Heritage
that celebrates the achievements of our recent past.
Development of guidelines, regulations, financial and nonfinancial
incentives to celebrate, protect, and maintain our
cultural heritage were clearly defined for the next five
With these strong foundations in place, we remain focused
on growing a sustainable culture sector that contributes
to economic growth and diversification. Hence, we are
dedicated to further nurturing the market, creating a
lasting social and economic impact, and extending the
culture value chain to include the dissemination and
transfer of knowledge, capacity building and strong
cultural partnerships across the world.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak
Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
2019 Annual Report - Vol 1 - Culture
2019 Annual Report - Vol 2 - Tourism