Ministry of Culture and Youth

The Ministry of Culture and Youth works to enrich the cultural ecosystem in the UAE through:
  • Supporting the country's cultural, arts and heritage institutions
  • Providing a platform for artistic talent and innovation
  • Promoting cross-cultural dialogues
  • Delivering dynamic productions and experiences that represent the UAE's flourishing and diverse cultural landscape on the national and international levels
The Ministry has two pioneering national mandates, these are:
  • Preserving cultural achievements and developing knowledge as an element of sustainability and a pillar of a knowledge based economy.
  • Supporting cultural and artistic activities and production of knowledge in the UAE, conserving tangible and intangible heritage, encouraging art movements, and raising awareness of educational and social roles, in partnership with national and international cultural and arts institutions.

Our Vision

Culture that inspires the world and Youth shaping the future

Our Mission

To preserve the UAE's identity, enhance and strengthen the position of the cultural, youth and media sectors globally and maximize their contribution as productive and effective sectors within the national economy by: - Preserving the national cultural heritage. - Promoting the cultural and creative industries. - Investing and empowering youth. - Regulating the media sector.

Strategic Objectives


Creating comprehensive ecosystem for the national heritage and enhancing the national identity


Empowering and encouraging the arts sector in the country


Regulating the creative and media industries and enhancing CCI sector competitiveness positioning


Investing, empowering, and involving Youth


Ensure the provision of all administrative services in accordance with the standards of quality, efficiency and transparency


Establish a culture of innovation in the institutional work environment

Cultural Sectors

Knowledge and Cultural Policies Sector

The Knowledge and Cultural Policies Sector aims to:
  • Activate the role of the ministry in proposing legislation and developing cultural policies, strategies and frameworks;
  • Address knowledge gaps by providing statistics and data on the cultural sector to support strategic planning for the cultural sector in the UAE; and
  • Ensure the provision of educational and cultural curricula is of the highest standards, in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education. This directly contributes to achieving the UAE Vision 2021, the UAE Centennial 2071 and the national agenda to deliver the best education in the world.

Arts and Heritage Sector

The Arts and Heritage Sector aims to:
  • Organize, coordinate and manage cultural plans, relating to arts and heritage, with an emphasis on advancing performing arts and design;
  • Apply and maintain international standards for conservation of tangible and intangible heritage and raise awareness of its significance; and
  • Ensure the implementation of cultural sector policies; and
  • Develop cultural specializations effectively, by empowering individuals and institutions concerned with different cultural fields to support and facilitate their work.

Cultural and Creative Industries Sector

The Cultural and Creative Industries Sector aims to:
  • Promote investment in the cultural and creative industries to enable the cultural sector to contribute to the UAE national economy.
  • Support the UAE’s efforts to boost Emiratization in the private cultural sector and stimulate the establishment of small and medium enterprises working in cultural and creative industries.
  • Leverage the talents and interests of young people to establish cultural projects and enhance flexible working among the youth in general.
  • Support the design and development of UAE cultural products, to keep pace with global trends and explore new local and international markets.

About the Minister

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi is the UAE’s Minister of Culture and Youth since July 2020, where she is responsible for fostering UAE-based cultural initiatives on both national and international level, develop policies, legislations and infrastructure that support cultural activities, cement the UAE’s position as a hub of digital content and media industry and empower the youth within the community to contribute to the creative economy. In addition to her ministerial responsibilities, Al Kaabi is President of Zayed University and Chair of the National Commission for Education, Culture and Science. Previously, she has held the post of Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairperson of Abu Dhabi Media and twofour54. Al Kaabi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from UAE University, 2001 and completed an Executive Leadership Programme at the London Business School in 2011.
Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi

Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi

UAE Minister of Culture and Youth

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