Culture Village is the until-recently-bare patch of land opposite Dubai Festival City near the Al Jaddaf Boat Yard, and it has now been completely transformed: there are the Versace hotel, the under-construction Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Library and Anantara hotel, as well as a smattering of low-rise apartments that sit right on Dubai Creek.
Its newest jewel is Jameel Arts Centre, which opens this Sunday and will act as a permanent contemporary arts hub for both the city and the wider region, boosting collaboration, education and creation.
To celebrate the opening, a huge art installation that has travelled from Amsterdam to Toronto, and Paris to New York is transplanting itself on Dubai Creek this Sunday night, and then next Thursday and Friday night. It’s free, but registration is essential as there is limited space.
‘Waterlicht’ by Daan Roosegaarde combines lights, humidity and lenses to mimic oceans, rivers and waves. The clouds of light make the participant feel like they are completely covered by water.