Dubai Aiming to Become Creative Capital by 2025

Dubai to become creative capital
Recognizing the value of the creative economy, Dubai aims to become the global creative capital. (Image by: Abbas Mohammed)

Dubai has been focused on the creative economy, and it’s upping the ante with a push to become the creative capital of the world.

On April 3rd, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced a five-year strategic plan to make investments in creative industries and to make Dubai more attractive to creators, entrepreneurs, and investors.

According to the Dubai Media Office, that plan, the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy will:

  • Double the number of creative companies in Dubai from 8,300 to 15,000.
  • More than double the number of creators from 70,000 to 140,000.
  • Double creative industries’ GDP contribution from  2.6% at the end of 2020 to 5% by 2025.

Today, we launch the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy with the aim of transforming the emirate into a preferred destination for creativity from across the world and a capital of the creative economy by 2025, in order to achieve our vision for a future economy based on knowledge and innovation.”

~Sheikh Mohammed


Dubai’s Vision and Plan

Sheikh Mohammed is credited with playing a major role in diversifying Dubai’s economy and transforming the emirate into a renowned business and tourist destination.

Now, under his leadership, one of Dubai’s “big goals” is to see the creative economy play a significant role in the emirate’s economy.

Dubai views investing in the creative economy as investing in its own future. And it doesn’t want to be just a fad destination for creative enterprise.

Dubai is looking to create an environment where creativity is “a sustainable economic resource.”

To accomplish that, the emirate has the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority supervising its creative economy strategy, which includes implementing legislative, investment and technical frameworks to support the creative community.

But what does Dubai mean by creative community?

According to the emirate’s media office, Dubai is focused on the full gamut of creativity from “publishing, writing, audio-visual and print media, such as cinema, music and video,” to artistic and cultural industries.

Dubai has its sights set on “cultural heritage museums, historical sites, archives, major cultural events, libraries, and the software and video game industry.”

Not to mention design “in all of its many variations,” from fashion to architecture.

The emirate has already established building blocks for a creative capital, including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Design District.

As part of the five-year plan, Dubai says it plans to build out further, including the launch of an integrated zone for creatives that provides what’s necessary not only for developing a world-class creative sector in the emirate but one that empowers creatives to compete on the global stage.

So, what do you think?

Dubai is rolling out the welcome mat for creatives and businesses from all around the world to come be part of its global creative capital.

Would you consider moving to Dubai within next five years? What incentives or resources would motivate you to consider it?

Drop your comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Dubai Aiming to Become Creative Capital by 2025

  1. This was such an interesting read! I knew that Dubai was well know and centred for design as it was mentioned while I was studying but didn’t know the extent on the whole creativity vision! Thanks for sharing x

  2. I think it’s a great idea. I would consider moving if incentives like discounted housing and flights were offered to creatives. And, I’d like to see what the tax incentive might be. Example: waive taxing creatives for the first 2-3 years (if Dubai has a tax system). Offer the ability to have affordable medical coverage. Lastly, perhaps offer an introduction class/packet to inform creatives about cultural norms, expectations, and behavior to reduce misunderstandings.

    1. I am very interested to see what incentives will be offered too. I feel like to accomplish such an aggressive goal there will have to be offers beyond just infrastructure, policy change, and a welcome mat. But we’ll see!

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