Eleven UK-based contemporary designers came to showcase their work at Design Days Dubai, where we supported them in their visit and organised workshops. Here we see Umut Yamac in his workshop session. ©

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After almost 140 events, our spring programme comes to a close

Thank you to all those that took part and attended our events throoughout the UAE. We'll be back in the autumn with a fresh calendar of events for you to make the most of. 

Whether you were able to attend our events or not, we will be sharing our best moments here for you to explore.

We will be announcing our Autumn programme soon.

Check back regularly for latest updates or contact us to keep up-to-date.

Our Spring programme included 137 events and was attended by nearly 88,000 audiences

Explore our highlights of the year so far:

Educational progamme

Our extensive Educational progamme included events like Think Science: Sugar Science, an Accessibility and Inclusivity for Museums Workshop, the Experience Economy Conference, workshop sessions by the WNO, and Capacity Building for Researchers and the Cultural Excellence Fellowship. Explore the highlights.

Theatre programme

Our thrilling Theatre programme sought to delight audiences throughout the UAE. Events included Shakespeare Under the Stars: Macbeth, Welsh National Opera at Dubai Opera, Fantastic Mr. Fox in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical CATS. Explore the highlights.

Literature programme

Storytelling was a focus in our varied Literature programme. Emirate audiences made the most of events including the Science Strand at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox Writing Competition, and 'Tales on the Island' at the International Storytelling Festival. Explore the highlights.

 Visual Arts programme

Celebrating globally renowned art and artists has formed a vibrant Visual Arts programme, with events including Fully Booked, the UAE's only art book fair, and Anish Kapoor: The Creative Act. A Panel Discussion, and ‘Britain Takes Shape’ Exhibition and Craft Council at Design Days Dubai, and the Sharjah Biennial 13 Tamawuj. Explore the highlights.

Music programme

This year has brought some of the world's most talented musicians to the UAE. Our music programme events included BBC Proms with BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers at Dubai Opera and an extensive associated eductional programme, and the Musician in Residence programme. Explore the highlights.

Autumn programme: Digital Exhibition of Birmingham Quran Manuscript

The University of Birmingham in partnership with the British Council and with the support of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, will organise a digital exhibition in autumn 2017 featuring the Birmingham Qur’an manuscript; a piece consisting of two parchment leaves of the Qur’an that have been radiocarbon dated to the early seventh century, making them one of the earliest examples of the Islamic holy book in existence. This Qur’an manuscript is considered a global treasure and is currently held at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library. 

By bringing the Birmingham Qur’an Manuscript Exhibition, in digital form, to the UAE for the first time, we will provide an opportunity for local and regional audiences to celebrate this sacred document of significant importance to Muslim heritage.

Autumn programme: UK/UAE 2017 Film Festival: Celebrating Cultural Exchange Through Film

The British Council in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi will organise a special week-long event that brings together emerging and established filmmakers from the UK and the UAE.

Building on the success of local initiatives such as Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s  Arab Film Studio, this event  seeks to showcase excellence in contemporary Emirati and British film, to provide a forum for professional exchange and to inspire the next generation of film-makers. The festival will consist of a film industry symposium held in Abu Dhabi followed by a touring short-film festival across the Emirates.

The film festival is presented by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and British Council, with support from the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.