Al Quoz, Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai

Dubai Ruler announces plan for creative free zone in Al Quoz

The UAE will set up a free zone in Al Quoz, Dubai, for the creative industry, as part of a new plan to spur growth in the creative sector. 

The plan was announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in October.

Middle East Architect's sister title, Commercial Interior Design, said the newly-planned free zone will provide the country’s creative industries with a wide range of services and facilities.

It is part of HH Sheikh Mohammed's cultural vision to turn Dubai into a global hub for creativity.

This covers three main strategic objectives: creating an effective and sustainable new cultural movement, making Dubai a leading destination for talent and developing the wider creative ecosystem.

The plan includes offering long-term cultural visas to innovators, artists and authors, although the government hasn't confirmed what this means.

Following the announcement on 2 October, HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority called a meeting with the authority tasked with leading the creative agenda.

She said: “We learned under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s leadership that challenging the odds, exceeding expectations and striving for exceptional results are the foundations for success,” she said.

“Dubai Culture’s new vision means renewing our concerted efforts to achieve our ambitions and reaffirming Dubai’s commitment to becoming a global leader in the cultural and creative sectors.”