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Akram Miknas honoured with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Award 2013


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 May 2013: Akram Miknas, Chairman of MCN Group, was today honoured with a revered Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Award in the second highest category – for his Moving Image Museum. Akram Miknas was personally presented with the award by HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, in recognition of his contribution to the Emirate’s artistic development.

The stylish award ceremony was held under the auspices of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, and was attended by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. Now in its fourth edition, the awards were introduced in March 2009, by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the intention of honouring individuals and organisations that have contributed to the growth of the cultural scene in Dubai.


“I am grateful to Dubai for being a great home for our museum and more so to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards for the recognition I have received. It motivates me to do even more for the museum and for the arts scene in this region,” said Akram Miknas, the founder and owner of the Moving Image Museum, and Chairman of MCN Group.


The Moving Image Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the world focusing on the history of the moving image, and is the only museum of its kind in the Middle East. Charting the evolution of the moving image, from the first primitive cave drawings to the birth of the motion picture film, the Moving Image Museum houses Akram Miknas’ private collection, painstakingly accumulated over more than 30 years. The Moving Image Museum was born out of his wish to share his collection with the public, hoping to inspire and educate the region with an exciting part of history. All items in the museum are original, dating back from the 1730s to the twentieth century.

The museum is located on the first floor of MCN’s Hive building, located in Tecom Section C in Dubai.