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An Artistic Environment – Dubai’s Metro stations are getting an artistic overhaul!

Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum shared the upcoming renovations to the public transportation systems in an article posted to the Emirates 24/7 yesterday.

According to the article, the focus of the renovations is to make “arts and creativity accessible to all segments of the society and providing Dubai Metro passengers with a unique and entertaining experience,” while further growing as a vital international supporter of arts and artists.

The renovations will create a vibrant impact on busy employees, students, and tourists traveling through the enriched city.  With projects plans to be completed within the year, Dubai Metro stations will transform into lively museums with the transportation cars acting as art themselves.

image from emirates247.com

The plans focus on four individual genres of art.  One museum will be known as the Islamic Art and Arabic Calligraphy Museum, which will house a vast collection of artworks spanning over 1400 years of manuscripts, ceramics, jewelry and calligraphy. An Inventions Museum encompassing different fields such as engineering, medicine, astronomy, mathematics and geography.  A Contemporary Art Museum bringing forward paintings, designs, graphic illustrations, models, and many other items believed to “reflect the expressive and intellectual styles” of newer art to the public. Last but certainly not least, the Visual Art Museum with plans to highlight the contemporary visual art scene by screening movies and documentaries.

While the metro stations will be converted into museums, the cars in which passengers travel from one to the next will be painted and remodeled bringing a new form of moving art to the city.


image from emirates247.com

Over the past several years, Dubai has made a strong impact in the growth and demand of the art market.  With these steps to renovate the Metro stations, the city will be incorporate public art in a way different then anywhere else in the world.

About Alyssa T. Rehs

Alyssa Rehs is a fourth generation Art Dealer at her family owned art galleries, Rehs Galleries, Inc. and Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, New York. She received an Art History degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 as well as interned at Christie’s Auction House, New York City. Using her art historian degree, gallery experience, and a summer spent working at the auction house, she has a well rounded understanding of the art market. Alyssa appreciates the market from multiple standpoints; art lover, art buyer and art seller!


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