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Saeed Al Nabouda

His Excellency Saeed M. Al Nabouda
Acting Director General, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

In March 2008, His Excellency Saeed Al Nabouda joined the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) as Chief Executive Officer of Projects. In 2010, he was appointed as Acting Director General in June 2010, where he ensures that Dubai Culture's initiatives are aligned with the Dubai Plan 2021.
 
As Acting Director General, Mr. Al Nabouda oversees the wide range of activities and initiatives of the Authority, all of which contribute towards enriching and strengthening Dubai's cultural and creative scenes. These programmes fall under four pillars, which include: nurturing young talents, sustaining Emirati heritage, inspiring a happy community and enhancing the lives of Dubai residents. All four of Dubai Culture's pillars contribute towards achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a city of happy, creative and empowered people who proudly celebrate their cultural identity.
 
Mr. Al Nabouda joined Dubai's Department of Economic Development in 1997, immediately after his graduation from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai. The recipient of a Higher Diploma with Honours, he earned a dual major in Business Administration and Accounting. During his academic studies, Mr. Al Nabouda was named the 'Most Successful Business Student' for three consecutive years. He was also amongst the first group to graduate from the Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development.

A resourceful business leader and strategic thinker, Mr. Al Nabouda started his career by managing the finance function of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and later the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS). In 2000, he moved to the marketing department, where he demonstrated a unique blend of creative and operational strengths which earned him the promotion to Chief Marketing Officer in 2001. In this role he managed the DSF and DSS brands, with a special focus on product formulation, communication strategy and alliance building.

Prior to joining Dubai Culture, in 2002 Mr. Al Nabouda was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Organising Committee of Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises. His vision and strategy proved instrumental in expanding these two events into new areas. Under his leadership, these events developed into major drivers of tourism for Dubai as world-class festivals with a truly global appeal, that consist of a diverse range of activities across culture, arts, heritage, and sports.

H.E. Al Nabouda has served in different Government committees such as the Crown Prince's Championships for Heritage Sports as well as the Dubai Film and TV Commission. He is currently a Board member of the Social Development Committee for Dubai, as well as holding the positon of Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees for the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award.