Dubai Culture launched the framework for creative economy
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has launched 'The Dubai Framework for Cultural Statistics' that sets a comprehensive, local statistical framework and classification of the domains and activities of the creative economy in the Emirate in accordance with international references and standards in this field. Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture, affirmed that the new statistical framework has been developed to suit the emirate's cultural position through the use of data points that allow international comparison.
'The Dubai Framework for Cultural Statistics' is relying on the UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics as the main reference within the creative industry, and the Eurostat framework, with the addition of classifications and descriptions that fit the local cultural and creative scene and serves the creative sector in Dubai.
The framework supports the planning methodology for impactful strategic projects that support the sustainability of cultural and creative industries sectors, develop a stimulating environment for them, identify the aspirations and trends of cultural and creative talents globally, attract them to live and prosper in Dubai, and enable them to flourish with their creativity, innovations and intellectual property across all creative fields, contributing to advancing Dubai's creative scene and achieving a positive economic and social impact. This step has direct implications on the fulfilment of Dubai’s Creative Economy Strategy, which aims to make Dubai the global capital of the creative economy by 2026.
Her Highness added: “The cultural and creative industries sectors in Dubai have witnessed a steady organic growth over the past years, thanks to a number of factors. The credit for this goes the support of our wise leadership for this promising sector and the efforts that Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has endeavoured in strengthening the creative sector’s three pillars which are: the human capital of creative talents, the supportive institutional and regulatory environment that the government provides in terms of policies and legislation, and finally, the availability of enablers that support the sector’s health, such as the maturity of urban infrastructure and the quality of life; exclusivity where the unique features of the city allow it to generate value, attract and develop creative talent, and for the public to enjoy its output; provide the supporting infrastructure; and a mature digital environment, as digitalisation enables innovation and developing methods and tools that can increase access to the entire value chain of some sectors of the cultural and creative industries, enhancing their efficiency. All of this has enabled Dubai to attract global investments and creative talents in this vital and important creative sector.”
The Dubai Framework for Cultural Statistics includes all international statistical classification systems and current relevant international standards within international classification code tables, production activities tables, and cultural goods and services and their definitions according to the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC4). The cultural fields that were defined in the framework represent the six main sectors: cultural and natural heritage, books and press, performing arts and celebration, audio-visual and interactive media, visual arts and crafts, and design and creative services, in addition to other fields that branch out from it.
Dubai Culture, within the framework of its Creative Economy Strategy roadmap 2021-2026, is committed to developing mechanisms, legislative frameworks, regulations and policies that ensure ease of doing business in creative fields by investing in its partnerships with governmental, semi-governmental and private entities.