Majid Bouchelibi: Culture is an important source of income in the local economy – our life – culture


Dr. Majid Bouchelibi, a researcher and specialist in cultural policies, confirmed that the term creative economy has imposed itself in recent years on the map of cultural work, indicating that the UAE has launched many initiatives that seek to create a true creative environment that contributes to nurturing talents and energies, and supports product transformation. Cultural and heritage product into an economic product that can contribute to the country’s domestic product.

The session, titled “Creative Economy,” and held within the activities of the 18th session of the “Sharjah Heritage Days”, moderated by Dr. Mouni Bounama, Director of Content and Publishing Department at the Sharjah Heritage Institute, revolved around a number of themes related to the field of creative economy and its impact on the total local economy.

Bushlibi pointed out that the overall creative economy achieved great and clear results in 2014, amounting to six trillion dollars at the global level, and that the creative economy achieved high levels on indicators of domestic economic output. He said: “If we go back to the origin of naming the creative economy, it is a term that began to be dealt with in the thirties, to include all the products of thought, creativity and knowledge provided by man. Its beginning was with formation, sculpture, music and cinema, but other arts were not classified in this context until late, Despite its relevance to the creative economy, such as tangible and intangible cultural heritage. ” The researcher and specialist in cultural policies added: “The UAE has a great experience in the knowledge industry and the creative economy, which can be examined by what the Emirate of Sharjah has been doing since 1978, as it is an emirate that is broadly interested in all cultural aspects, by establishing a group of institutions and departments that are concerned with the cultural product.” .

On the other hand, Dr. Bushlibi discussed the most prominent challenges facing the creative economy, and said: “Work and the cultural movement nowadays in the world are no longer elitist as in the past, but rather have become part of the diverse social movement, which made the urgent need for policies and legislation guaranteeing rights. »Intellectual property, patent and trademark.

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