Dubai unveils ‘Al Maktoum hospital' museum
Dubai, May 18, 2014
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has collaborated with Wasl Properties to launch ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ a first-of-its-kind tribute to Dubai’s first hospital.
Situated in Al Wasl District and developed in collaboration with Wasl Properties, ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ marks the first milestone in Dubai Culture’s mandate of building museums to preserve the rich Emirati heritage.
Preserved through the eyes and experiences of a subset of the hospital’s very first doctors, healthcare professionals, and patients, Dubai Culture collated the first phase of data to pay homage to the site through a crowdsourcing programme, encouraging people to share their stories, it stated.
Dubai Culture will continue to engage in the crowdsourcing initiative in various phases, giving people across the country the opportunity to share their insights through ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum.’
Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice chairman of the Dubai Culture board, said: "Built on the power of storytelling, ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ is a living testament to the importance of the community’s involvement in preserving and promoting our history and heritage."
"Embodying the very ambitions of the nation, which strives to showcase its cultural essence to people across the world, ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’ marks a crucial milestone in Dubai Culture’s mandate to strengthen awareness of the Emirate’s national identity, as witnessed by its own residents’ and citizens’ experiences and memories," she added.
‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ located within the confines of the original building, paves the path for the city to conserve its history, even as future strides of progress are being made. Built in the 1950s, Al Maktoum Hospital treated patients from across the region.
The hospital was built through patronage from several Emirates, although they were not unified at the time.-TradeArabia News Service