Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Gary Otte

On the evening of Saturday, 5 November, Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The feature of the evening was a rare musical encounter between the talented and innovative artists from Afghanistan, China, Italy, and Syria.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

The circular RAYS OF LIGHT structure, set up in the Social Hall of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

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.

Rays of Light

RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat will be opening in Dubai later this month. A Golden Jubilee International Programme, the exhibition depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, against the backdrop of the Jamat’s 1 400-year history.

Remix 2011 artists bring magic to a musical evening at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

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.

Remix 2011 artists bring magic to a musical evening at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

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.

Entrance into the Ismaili Centre, Dubai — a plurality of perspectives.

Three years after the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, it has emerged as a multidisciplinary hub of culture, faith, education, and community identity. Exemplifying the core values of Ismaili Muslims, the Centre offers a platform for dialogue, unity and progress within the Jamat and the wider community.

During rehearsal, Paul Griffiths works with a Syrian musician from the UAE Jamat.

The UK-based Ismaili Community Ensemble undertook a journey to Dubai at the end of September. During the trip, they collaborated with local Jamati members in a performance at the Ismaili Centre, supported an international fundraising event organised by FOCUS, and conducted a workshop with children challenged by disabilities. Ensemble member Rabiyyah Raval shares her account.

Entrance into the Ismaili Centre, Dubai — a plurality of perspectives.

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai was recently recognised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority with the inaugural Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Award. The award honours individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution towards the development of Dubai’s cultural sector.

ATHAR participants browse a selection of Aga Khan Trust for Culture publications at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

In the Autumn of 2009, the UAE Architecture Heritage Society hosted the ATHAR public lectures series in conjunction with the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. ATHAR is a programme of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, which advocates the conservation of cultural heritage.

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

Video of the development of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

The main entrance hall of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai draws architectural inspiration from Fatimid mosques. At the centre of the colourfully patterned marble floor is an ornamental fountain crafted from a solid block of Carrara marble.

Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on 26 March 2008. Following the opening of the Centre, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Dubai Park, located adjacent to the Centre.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the guests at the opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre Dubai.

Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on 26 March 2008, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, senior members of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. Hazar Imam was accompanied at the ceremony by Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim. Following the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Dubai Park, located adjacent to the Centre. Presented as a gift from Hazar Imam to the City of Dubai, the 3 000 square metre park was developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives with His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (left) and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum for the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai.

Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on 26 March 2008. Following the opening of the Centre, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Dubai Park, located adjacent to the Centre.

Speech made by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre Dubai on 26 March 2008.

Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai on Saturday, 13 December 2003.