Dubai to host ICOM museums conference in 2025



The Advisory Council of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) on Saturday elected Dubai as the host city of the 27th General Conference, which will take place in 2025.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai has congratulated Dubai for winning the bid to host the Advisory Council of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) 2025.

Sheikh Mohammed also tweeted “Dubai is set to host Icom 2025, the world’s largest museum conference, involving 119 counties and covering 20,000 international museums. This further consolidates the UAE’s thriving culture sector,” 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai tweeted on Twitter and said the emirate will host the 27th International Council of Museums (Icom) General Conference in 2025. It will be the first Icom conference to be held in the Middle East.

During the 2021 Annual Meetings in June, three candidates were announced: Kazan, proposed by ICOM Russia; Stockholm, proposed by ICOM Sweden; and Dubai, proposed by ICOM UAE.

The 90th Advisory Council of ICOM, which took place on Nov.18-19, elected Dubai to host the 27th General Conference.

ICOM UAE presented the bid to host the conference around the theme The Future of Museums in Rapidly Changing Communities, transparency, focusing on change, recovery, and accessibility,

Every three years, the international museum community comes together for the biggest conference of their sector: the triennial ICOM General Conference. Since its first edition in 1948, ICOM’s General Conference has built a good reputation around the globe for exchange about the most innovative solutions and the topical issues museums tackle today.

In April, the UAE chapter of ICOM (ICOM-UAE), in cooperation with three government entities Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), Dubai Municipality, and Dubai Tourism had submitted the UAE’s bid to host the ICOM General Conference 2025 in Dubai under the theme ‘The Future of Museums in Rapidly Changing Communities.’ Dubai was competing with Stockholm (Sweden) and Kazan (Russia) in the final round of voting.

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