The Ismaili Centre, Dubai

The Ismaili Centre Dubai. Photo: Gary Otte
The Ismaili Centre Dubai. Photo: Gary Otte

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is a complex of creative spaces for contemplative, cultural, educational and recreational purposes, designed to encourage understanding and the sharing of wisdom from many perspectives. Built on land that was gifted by the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Centre was opened on 26 March 2008 as part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee.

Regional and cosmopolitan in its conception, the Ismaili Centre, Dubai draws on spiritual and intellectual roots that give it contemporary resonance. Its courtyards, gardens and watercourses, set amidst interlinking interiors, propose a harmony of tradition and timelessness.

 

UAE looks with anicipation towards the opening of the Aga Khan Museum

Music and other performing arts are an important part of cultural expression in the Muslim world, and will be part of what the Aga Khan Museum  offers to its visitors. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UAE

An event hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai by the Aga Khan Museum and the Embassy of Canada to the United Arab Emirates offered a preview of what will be the first museum in North America dedicated to the Islamic arts and cultures. Delivering the keynote address, Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak al-Nahyan applauded the Museum’s goal to showcase diversity of Muslim societies and foster greater understanding amongst peoples of different backgrounds.

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Ismaili Centre, Dubai hosts dialogue on social entrepreneurship

Government, diplomatic, corporate, and civil society leaders came together at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai in November to discuss the role that social entrepreneurship is playing in the Middle East. Photo: Digitally Studios

The search for sustainable approaches to alleviating pressing societal challenges requires pioneering innovation, strategy and collaboration. What differentiates social entrepreneurs is their penchant for enabling this across sectors.

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RAYS OF LIGHT radiates at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

The circular RAYS OF LIGHT structure, set up in the Social Hall of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UAE

Visitors from the Middle East, North Africa and nearby countries had a chance to take in RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat earlier this year at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. The exhibition was an opportunity for Ismailis and the wider public to explore Mawlana Hazar Imam’s extraordinary work across the globe.

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Musical conversation across cultures enthrals audience at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai

Remix 2011 artists bring magic to a musical evening at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Photo: Prime Vision Studios

Twelve inspiring and talented artists from across the Middle East and Central Asia performed a beautiful and thought-provoking concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai recently. It was an important occasion for both the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Music Initiative, intent on bridging gulfs that have existed for the past hundred years.

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