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Dubai to have its 15th museum

Dubai: The emirate will open its 15th museum in about two weeks and will have two more by next year, a senior Dubai Municipality official told Gulf News.

The museum will be dedicated to Emirati poet Al Aqaili and has been built in the poet's old house in Deira. It will have the poet's works and memorabilia on display.

"We will have the 15th museum this year. There are many more on the way. Museums provide a window into the tradition and heritage of a place and we will continue to develop more museums in future," Abdullah Rafee, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality, told said.

The emirate will have two more museums by the end of next year, said Rashad Bukhash, Director of the Architectural Heritage Department of the Municipality.


Rafee, who inaugurated the International Museums Day celebrations at the Falcon Centre in Nad Al Sheba, said the municipality is making many efforts to promote the culture and tradition toward which it is involving people from all segments.

"This time there is an encouraging participation from other departments and we also have school children. By involving children we want them to know about their heritage right from the start."

Among the several activities that were organised to mark the day was an exhibition by artist Abdul Rauf. "I have been inspired by our rules right from my childhood. Through these works displayed here, I have tried to portray them and their lives and feel that knowing about them is a great inspiration."

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