Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Missions and objectives
To drive the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors by creating a diverse ecosystem that preserves, promotes and embodies the Emirate’s heritage, innovative spirit and unparalleled hospitality.
The Culture Sector leverages the cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi to advance the emirate’s development as a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction. Our policies, plans and programmes are driven by our commitment to protecting the many archaeological and historical sites throughout the emirate, including our UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
We strive to promote creativity in Abu Dhabi, encouraging intellectual and artistic pursuits through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, events and festivals. Endeavouring to inspire professionals and enthusiasts in arts, literature and music locally and internationally, we also work to preserve traditional artistic practices and handicrafts.
Our responsibility to promote the dynamic culture of our emirate extends to overseeing the development of the Abu Dhabi’s future museums on Saadiyat Island, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. We are also responsible for the management of existing museums in Al Ain, including Al Ain Museum, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Muwaiji.
Our efforts seek to broaden the audience for artistic and cultural undertakings by providing the community with exhibitions, outreach and education programmes, and academic courses designed to inspire creativity in future generations. We view the collective memory of the people of Abu Dhabi as an invaluable resource, and consider the artistic talents discovered within the community a fundamental part of the enduring heritage of the UAE.