1001 Inventions partners with Dubai Culture to celebrate a legacy of creativity

Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with Ahmed Salim (Director 1001 Inventions) launching the Dubai Culture and 1001 Inventions interactive exhibit

Royal opening to 1001 Inventions and Dubai Culture exhibit on Creativity inspired by the House of Wisdom 

NewsMedia personality Ahmad Shugairi attends the event (Left), next to him Director of 1001 Inventions, Ahmed Salim (Right)

Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended special 1001 Inventions event in partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Dubai’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage; that showcase aspects from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

Augmented Reality interactive exhibits from 1001 Inventions at the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai highlighted how values that enabled the development of the House of Wisdom and a creative golden age 1,200 years ago, still inspire ambitious innovative initiatives like Dubai Culture’s Creatopia platform today.

This special event comes as part of a collaboration between 1001 Inventions and Dubai Culture to celebrate the rich legacy of creativity and innovation from Muslim Civilisation and how it continues to inspire young people today.

Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions, Ahmed Salim, said:

We are honoured to collaborate with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase aspects of the creative golden age of Muslim Civilisation that attracted the best and brightest minds from diverse cultures and religions 1,000 years ago to build a shining era of creativity and innovation that still inspires young people today. Our efforts in highlighting this golden age and the ‘House of Wisdom’ as an example beacon of enlightenment, while at the same time connecting that with creative initiatives of today, is just one step in helping inspire young people to build a brighter future.”

Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, His Excellency Saeed Al Nabouda, said:

The initiatives of Dubai Culture are all focused on establishing Dubai as a global centre for creativity, and enhancing the city’s cultural identity in order to drive the creative economy. Our participation in the Global Islamic Economy Summit demonstrate our commitment to Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a city of happy, creative and empowered people, while at the same time strengthening the role of Islamic art in a modern, knowledge-based economy.”

More than 3,000 international dignitaries, industry leaders and media personalities attended the Summit. Participants engaged with the interactive displays at the event and were introduced to a rich legacy from the history of Muslim Civivilisation.

Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with Ahmed Salim (Director 1001 Inventions) launching the Dubai Culture and 1001 Inventions interactive exhibit

Dubai Culture and 1001 Inventions interactive exhibits using Augumented Reality 

Discussion on Islamic Art

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

Over the last five years, 1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe. The organization works with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

1001 Inventions is a founding partner of the United Nation’s proclaimed International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015).


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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realization of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia, the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.

For more information on Dubai Culture, visit www.dubaiculture.gov.ae


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As Knowledge Partner of the Summit, Dubai Culture collaborated with ‘1001 Inventions’ – an award-winning international science and cultural heritage organisation focused on raising awareness of the creative golden age of Muslim civilization – and delivered a special instalment inspired by ‘House of Wisdom’ that showcased Dubai Culture’s ‘Creatopia’ virtual platform for the creative community. One of the features delivered during the Summit was an augmented reality show to educate the visitors about the ‘House of Wisdom’ platform.



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