US-UAE Cultural Diplomacy Exchange Program: Cultural Diplomacy At Work In Galleries & Museums

Meridian has completed a week-long delegation trip to the United Arab Emirates, where top-level museum directors, curators, board members, foundation leaders, and private collectors from around the United States experienced firsthand the flourishing museum infrastructure of the UAE and how it has helped develop a vibrant arts culture and a diverse population of global citizens.

In partnership with the UAE Embassy, Meridian developed a multi-city cultural program in the United Arab Emirates that gave the American delegation members a better appreciation of the UAE’s commitment to cultural identity while emphasizing the importance of global partnerships and bilateral collaborations. This delegation traveled to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, where they visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Museum Department in Sharjah, and Etihad Museum in Dubai. Additional stops included visits and meetings with private collections, foundations, tourism attractions, and creative spaces, such as Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and the Dubai Design District, which highlight the emerging private art gallery scene and the creative energy coming out of the UAE today. The cultural tour concluded with a roundtable forum hosted by New York University in Abu Dhabi, in which members of the delegation and UAE cultural leaders discussed the importance of global partnerships and how such collaborations can lead to cross-cultural understanding.

Photos by Haitham Al Mussawi for the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Washington, DC

Project summary

US-UAE Cultural Diplomacy Exchange Program: Cultural Diplomacy At Work In Galleries & Museums | April 2018
Regions: Near East and North Africa
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Public Sector
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