Dubai has officially marked its role as host of the 27th General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) 2025 after officially receiving the flag from Prague, the host city of the 2022 edition of the conference.
This is a milestone for the United Arab Emirates, which is home to around 55 government museums and 115 private museums, including the Etihad Museum, Sharjah Islamic Civilization Museum, Qasr Al Hosn, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the future Guggenheim museum.
According to the state news agency, W.A.M.A high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates, led by Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairwoman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of the Dubai Council, recently participated in the 2022 in Prague.
Sheikha Latifa said, “Dubai has officially begun its journey to host the next ICOM General Conference in 2025. This is an incredibly historic moment for Dubai as our city has become the first city in the MENASA region to host the ICOM. Winning the bid to host ICOM would not have been possible without the support of our wise leadership and the work done by all cultural entities and our partners in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates over the years to develop and enrich our offerings. culture as an emirate and as a nation.”
The ICOM flag was officially passed on to Dubai during the ICOM General Conference Flag Relay Ceremony held at the National Museum in Prague.
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The 27th edition of the conference, to be held in Dubai in 2025 under the theme “The future of museums in rapidly changing communities”, establishes Dubai as the leading city in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. South (MENASA) to host the global conference. The flag was handed over to Rashad Bukhash, representing ICOM UAE, then to Hala Badri, Managing Director of Dubai Culture, who received it on behalf of ICOM Dubai 2025.5.
On receiving the ICOM flag, Badri said representing Dubai was a distinct honor and privilege. She thanked ICOM and its members for entrusting Dubai with carrying the torch for the next ICOM General Conference in 2025.
She said: “In Dubai, we have invested in the cultural and museum sector over the past decades, which has led to the formation of iconic cultural institutions, such as the Etihad Museum, a historic tribute to the Union of Emirates; the Museum of the Future, where people of all ages come to see, touch and shape our common future; and Al Shindagha Museum, Dubai’s largest heritage museum, set in a traditional Old Town urban fabric steeped in Emirati culture.
“We are also seeing the emergence of a new generation of culture lovers in our region, which is helping to preserve our heritage and further develop our creative economy. We promise to present an enriching experience for culture, museum professionals and delegates worldwide.