Dubai Creek: Birth of a City, Al Shindagha Museum, Dubai, UAE

Located within the dynamic and ever evolving Shindagha District this new addition to Dubai’s renowned cultural quarter, Dubai Creek: Birth of a City represents a valuable insight into Dubai’s historic and remarkable contemporary story.

The exhibition, consisting of several main galleries and an interactive cinema experience help to retell the story of Dubai Creek and its most important asset, it’s people.

GSM Project developed a blend of traditional, contemporary, unique, interactive and immersive spaces that delight the senses whilst delivering a strong educational and heritage message.

In conjunction with the Perfume House, dpa lighting responded to this brief through the development of a robust yet flexible lighting concept that enabled all aspects of the museum experience to develop at an individual level.

Traditional exhibits such as maps and chandlery were illuminated to enhance their tactile and material qualities.  More contemporary exhibits such as interactive models and history stations demanded a less intensive approach to illumination.

Architectural features have been highlighted to enhance the contemporary exhibition interventions against the more traditional building fabric whilst still revealing colour, contrast, form and texture

Technology has formed a significant part of the realisation of this project.  A sophisticated, dedicated architectural lighting control system forms the backbone of the scheme, ensuring the correct operation of the system whilst delivering flexibility along with cost and environmental benefits.

Conservation also played a major role in the illumination of certain spaces and artefacts within this exhibition. dpa worked closely with the curators to deliver precise amounts of illumination to specific sensitive exhibits.

Client: Dubai Municipality
Exhibition Designer: GSM Project
AV Consultant: XYZ Cultural Technologies
Photography: Alex Jeffries Photography Group