UAE Ruler Announces Dubai Wins The Bid To Host The World’s Largest Museum Conference In 2025

by Shrestha Purkayastha
by Shrestha Purkayastha 349

Dubai has been selected to host the 27th ICOM General Conference in 2025. The largest museums conference in the world, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE & Ruler of Dubai, tweeted on November 20.

ICOM is the International Council of Museums that elects which city will host its flagship conference. Which has been held every three years since 1948. On Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed said on his Twitter account that the ICOM conference in Dubai in 2025 will bring together 119 countries covering 20,000 international museums. Which will give a strong impetus to the UAE’s cultural sector. In his words, their international museums in their beloved emirate & their national museums throughout the country will lead the global debate on the future of museums at this huge international conference.

Additionally, on November 20 itself, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai & Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, tweeted that Dubai wins the hosting of the largest global conference for museums, ICOM 2025. More than 4,000 professionals from 119 countries will gather to discuss one topic-‘The Future of Museums’ in the city of the future, Dubai. He further expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority & Member of the Dubai Council, Dubai Culture, Dubai Municipality & Dubai Tourism for their efforts to host the global event.

Future-Focused Theme

The development marks the first time that the conference will be held in the Arab region. ICOM congratulated the UAE on being selected to host the conference in 2025. ICOM UAE had presented the bid to host the conference under the theme ‘The Future of Museums in Rapidly Changing Communities, focusing on change, recovery, accessibility, and transparency.’

Successful Bid

Dubai’s victory came following the voting round that was held at the meeting of ICOM’s executive committee on 18 & 19 November, with the participation of over 130 members. Dubai’s bid succeeded in obtaining 68 votes, beating Sweden’s Stockholm (34 votes) and Russia’s Kazan (20 votes).




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