GSM Project, the exhibition and experience designer, has announced the opening of a new exhibition at Dubai’s Al Shindagha Museum. The pavilion, entitled ‘Dubai Creek: Birth of a City’, introduces visitors to Dubai through the history of Dubai Creek.
GSM Project was responsible for the research, planning, design and creation of the new exhibition, as well as the relevant building services. The museum is a partnership between Dubai Culture, Dubai Municipality and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. It is part of the Dubai Historic District project, on the Dubai Creek.
Al Shindagha Museum is an all-encompassing venue for visitors who are interested in Emirati culture and offers a range of interesting exhibitions that give an insight into the rich past of the UAE. The Dubai Historic District development will feature a range of new museums, forts, restaurants and open-air spaces set against Dubai Creek. The project aims to highlight the district’s five main pillars; tradition, heritage, trade, community and placemaking.
“We are extremely proud to take part in this new phase of Dubai’s evolution by helping to celebrate the cultural identity of Dubai and helping it become one of the most inspiring art centres in the world,” said Annie Derome, CEO of GSM Project.
Dubai Creek: Birth of a City
‘Dubai Creek: Birth of a City’ is the gateway exhibition to the Al Shindagja Museum. It includes a series of historical artefacts, archival photographs and documents, interactive displays, oral histories and an immersive multimedia show. These take the visitor on a journey through the history of Dubai Creek, the source of the city’s prosperity. It documents the geography, trade, society and leadership of the Al Maktoum family.
GSM Project took on the challenge of providing such a large overview of Dubai’s history, society and evolution. The company was responsible for the research, design, production and instalment of the exhibition. In addition, since the venue is a historical house, it was important to take this into account during the process. GSM Project specialises in creating engaging visitor experiences and believes that museums can learn from attractions to create memorable projects.
GSM Project decided to focus the exhibition on the idea that, beyond the geography of the creek, its importance lies in the human connections that it enables. Visitors to the exhibit will experience a mix of interesting historical artefacts and cutting-edge technology, to paint a picture of Dubai’s rich history. Also featured are the voices and memories of Dubai residents speaking about their city.
GSM Project recently announced a schedule of museum industry events happening this Spring. Company representatives will be present at the CMA National Conference in Toronto, the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in New Orleans and at We Are Museums in Katowice.