RTA signs Dh184 million deal with Dubai Culture

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By Staff  www.khaleejtimes.com

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a deal worth Dh184 million to turn Metro stations into art works and also to decorate bridges and underpasses in Dubai for a project that is expected to be complete by March 2015.

BurJuman Station will be transformed into music and art gallery, Emirates Towers Station will be transformed into Islamic decorations and manuscripts, Financial Centre Station will be transformed into an Islamic Numismatics (coins) Gallery, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Station will be transformed into an e-library, and the Business Bay Station will be transformed into a photo gallery.

The Noor Bank Station will play host to a Museum of Contemporary Art offering a unique and comprehensive look into modern art through a diverse collection of artifacts depicting the contemporary creative expression, where the museum will feature paintings, designs, graphics, sculptures and other collectibles that reflect the intellectual and expressive styles created by contemporary artists from all over the world.

The museums will be equipped with the latest technologies as well as smart and interactive applications. There will also be a variety of artistic performances including music synchronised with the movement of the metro, light show on the roofs of stations, 3-D shows at stations, interactive screens via smartphones in all stations, and wrapping metro carriages using e-paper technology.

The RTA has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) in this regard. The first provides for transforming six of the Dubai Metro stations into art museums showcasing artistic and creative cultural works; a project that carries a total cost tag of Dh184 million. The other MoU provides for decorating bridges and underpasses in Dubai in a bid to add artistic touches to the streets of the Emirate. More info