Mission & History

About > Mission & History

“To bring the community together to celebrate art, create opportunities for cultural exchange, and support the creative and artistic sectors of the emirate.”


The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival was established in March 2013 through an initiative of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research. An integral part of the Al Qasimi Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the cultural development of Ras Al Khaimah, and the Fine Arts Festival is part of this effort.

The Festival is a nonprofit initiative designed to showcase the talent and work of local artists, photographers, and filmmakers in a community setting. It brings together individuals from across the UAE and around the globe to celebrate art and support the development of the arts in Ras Al Khaimah. To this end, the annual Festival showcases the creative spirit of both Emirati and expatriate artists in a variety of categories.


Past Festivals & Milestones

The Festival has grown every year since it was launched in significant ways – including the quality and quantity of submissions, breadth of programming, and patron attendance. What initially began as a three-day festival in 2013 has grown to two-weeks of programmed events and a six-week visual arts exhibition. The newest chapter in the Festival’s history was launched in 2019 to much acclaim with a successful large-scale, outdoor exhibition in Al Jazeera Al Hamra Old Town, which was modelled after La Gacilly Photo Festival in France. As it looks to the future, the Festival aims to provide new surprises that continue to inspire and promote the arts in meaningful ways.

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