The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Mubadala Foundation today signed a partnership agreement, where the latter will contribute AED 50 million to the emirate’s cultural industry over the next five years in a first-of-its-kind agreement.

The partnership marks a step forward in their shared mission to transform and elevate the emirate’s vast cultural landscape, with Mubadala Foundation also being appointed as an Education & Community Partner of DCT - Abu Dhabi across the culture sector including the Saadiyat Cultural District and other similar sites.

The close cooperation between DCT - Abu Dhabi and Mubadala Foundation presents a commitment to fostering cultural programmes and initiatives, including projects with the renowned Louvre Abu Dhabi and the highly anticipated Zayed National Museum.

His Excellency Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “At DCT Abu Dhabi, we have cultivated compelling partnerships that are central to community development and fuel economic progress that aid Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. Our commitment to this is reinforced by the signing of this partnership with Mubadala Foundation, underscoring our promise to transform the emirate into a global centre for culture and creativity. Through this stakeholder collaboration, we are poised to deliver unparalleled experiences to visitors from around the globe and enable the creation of a dynamic cultural ecosystem that invites exploration and engagement.”

The partnership also serves as recognition of the role played by the public sector in supporting cultural institutions and initiatives to drive their important mission forward. Such collaborations not only fortify Abu Dhabi’s cultural agenda but also seek to create a significant impact on communities.

Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer at Mubadala, said: We’re delighted to partner with DCT - Abu Dhabi to strengthen collaboration across major projects in the cultural sector and to support important initiatives focusing on education, community outreach, youth, senior citizens, Emiratisation and more. By working together alongside Louvre Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum we will promote our cultural heritage to position Abu Dhabi as an international hub for sustainable tourism and culture. We are committed to playing a key role in contributing to Abu Dhabi’s arts and culture ecosystem to drive impactful change locally and globally.”

The collaboration encompasses a wide range of initiatives and supports projects involving education, community outreach and engagement, youth and senior citizens and Emiratisation.