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Latifa bint Mohammed attends the opening ceremony of the 2022 ICOM General Conference in Prague

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Sheikha Latifa leads a delegation from the United Arab Emirates attending the 2022 ICOM General Conference

Latifa bint Mohammad: “We are honored that Dubai has been chosen as the host city for the next ICOM General Conference in 2025, which will bring together thousands of museum experts to discuss the latest developments in the field and the future of this industry”

Dubai Government Media Office: Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairwoman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Member of the Dubai Council, attended the opening ceremony of the Council’s 2022 General Conference Museums International (ICOM) in Prague, Czech Republic. Her Highness is accompanied by a high-level UAE delegation including Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Her Excellency Hala Badri, Dubai Chief Culture Officer, as well than officials of the cultural sector in the United Arab Emirates. .

As Head of the UAE Delegation attending the 26th ICOM General Conference, H.H. Sheikha Latifa led conversations on cultural exchanges and called for knowledge sharing and collaboration during her meetings with Czech officials and various members of ICOM.

The visit to Prague reflects Dubai’s commitment to advancing the emirate’s creative economy and its desire to make the city a hub for the creative and cultural sector, in the run-up to Dubai hosting the ICOM General Conference in 2025. The emirate will be the first city in the MENASA region to host the prestigious international conference.

On this occasion, Her Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Dubai continues to invest in its cultural and creative industries and sees museums as an integral pillar of this ecosystem. We are honored that Dubai has been chosen as the host city for the next ICOM General Conference in 2025, which will bring together thousands of museum experts to discuss the latest developments in the field and the future of this industry. The ideas shared during the conference sessions this year and the rich discussions we had during the meetings held on the sidelines of the event were invaluable. We look forward to future collaborations that will enrich the cultural and museum sector globally.

His Highness added: “The Government of Dubai has invested over AED 1 billion over the past five years to develop the city’s historic sites and transform the emirate into an open-air museum, as Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are aware of the value and importance of preserving cultural heritage and the role that museums play in this regard.We look forward to welcoming thousands of museum leaders and professionals from over 120 countries, covering 20,000 international museums, especially as Dubai will be the first city in the MENASA region to host the conference.

As part of the event, His Highness also attended a number of sessions, including keynote speeches and panel discussions.

His Highness and the UAE delegation also met with Czech officials, members of ICOM International and ICOM Czech to exchange experiences on being an ICOM host city and explore potential opportunities for collaboration in the museum and the wider cultural sector. The meeting took place in the presence of Ondřej Chrást, Deputy Minister of Culture; Jiří Sulženko, director of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Prague; Jiří Slavík, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Arab Emirates; Petr Hnízdo, Director of the Department of International Relations at the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic; Alberto Garlandini, President of ICOM; Peter Keller, Director General of ICOM; Francesca Pollicini, Director General of ICOM Institutional Events; Gina Renotière, President of ICOM Czech Republic; Hana Třeštíková, Prague Councilor for Culture; Martina Lehmanova, General Manager of ICOM Prague 2022; and Jan Holovský, Head of the Department of Museums at the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Alberto Garlandini, President of ICOM, said: “A rich cultural heritage blended with a leading spirit of innovation: this will be the driving and transformative force that ICOM Dubai 2025 will bring to the legacy of ICOM General Conferences. We are delighted to have started preparations with our colleagues from ICOM UAE and our partners, and look forward to a trip to the 27th ICOM General Conference.

ICOM is an international organization of museum professionals committed to the protection and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Organized under the theme “The Power of Museums”, ICOM 2022 is being held in Prague from August 20 to 28. The ICOM General Conference is held once every three years, with the 27th edition of the event due to be held in Dubai in 2025.

Dubai Culture’s UAE delegation includes Muna Faisal AlGurg, CEO of Culture and Heritage Sector; Mariam Al Afridi, Executive Director of the President’s Office; and Maryam Mudhaffar Ahli, Project Manager in the Department of Museums. The delegation is also made up of representatives from the UAE Section of ICOM (ICOM-UAE), including Rashad Bukhash, and several ICOM-UAE members from the country’s museum sector.