His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District on Wednesday, a stylish cultural destination to be located in Emaar’s flagship development, Downtown Dubai, and billed to be the UAE’s newest arts and cultural nerve-centre. The Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District aims to further strengthen UAE’s emerging role as the cultural hub of the region, and builds on Dubai’s current repertoire of over 50 art galleries and globally acclaimed art showcases, including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and SIKKA, all of which also contribute to attracting high-end cultural tourists. Sheikh Mohammed said: “The cultural accomplishments of a nation define its character and individuality. Having demonstrated our credentials in hosting world-class cultural events, UAE has established itself as a thriving destination for culture and the arts. We will continue to strengthen the infrastructure framework for promoting cultural initiatives, through projects such as the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District. This will not only encourage our talented local artists but also facilitate global cultural exchange.” Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “We are thankful to the visionary guidance of Sheikh Mohammed, who continuously inspires us to implement initiatives that contribute to the city’s long-term growth. With Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District we are further building on the support that Emaar extends to arts and culture. “It will be Dubai’s definitive entertainment destination that stimulates creativity, supports the arts sector, and also offers visitors their choice of hospitality.” Attends poetry soiree Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed attended a poetry soiree for the prominent Emirati poet Ibrahim Mohammed Boumelha at the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association at Al Mamzar on Wednesday.