The Arab Women Authority announced the awarding of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chair of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the “First Arab Lady” award for this year, in recognition of the role that Her Highness plays in the great renaissance of the cultural and creative sector in the Emirate of Dubai, and the contributions Her Highness supports innovative cultural initiatives that will enrich the Emirati and Arab cultural scene.
The “First Arab Lady” award, which was launched from the Arab League in 2004, is awarded every four years to one of the high-ranking Arab women leaders in recognition of their great contributions in supporting developmental, humanitarian, and creative work to serve and advance Arab societies, which reflects the bright face of the capacity of Arab women. To make a positive impact on a broad scale in her community environment and at the level of her country as well as the region.
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed will be honored in a ceremony, the details of which will be announced by the Arab Women Authority at a later time.
This Arab appreciation to Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid comes in light of her clear efforts and since her assumption of the responsibility for leading the work team in the Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai in order to achieve a comprehensive renaissance in all tracks of cultural work in the emirate, through a clear work strategy. Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, and Dubai’s developmental orientations, where Her Highness led the efforts to develop this vital sector leading to the launch of the updated roadmap of the authority last July for the next six years, Which revolves around strengthening Dubai’s position as a global center of culture, an incubator for creativity and a forum for talent, in addition to ensuring the “rapid recovery of the emirate’s cultural sector from the consequences of the global crisis represented by the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.”
In line with the efforts of the Dubai government in this field, incentive packages and measures aimed at helping cultural and creative activities face the influential economic repercussions that resulted from the pandemic with the escalation of the global crisis that began in the beginning of the year 2020, as the cultural sector in Dubai was among the sectors benefiting from The multiple stimulus packages launched by the emirate’s government have totaled 7.1 billion dirhams in less than one year.
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed attaches great importance to supporting and sponsoring various cultural and community initiatives that contribute to the growth of the environment and infrastructure of the cultural sector in Dubai, as well as continuous work to maintain the active and productive state of the sector by encouraging periodic events that celebrate creativity in its various forms and forms. Including “Art Dubai”, the leading international art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; SIKKA Art Gallery, the premier annual initiative to support Emirati and regional artistic talents.