Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting and hosting a programme of events and participatory activities for Dubai’s many multi-national communities and visitors alike.
The Theatre & Arts Centre is the first modern, non-profit, cross-community creative centre in the Gulf. This flagship project was the brainchild of local theatre-lovers, arts enthusiasts, artists and business people who recognised the need for an entertainment and educational centre for the community and future generations of Dubai.
Located on floor two of Mall of the Emirates, and spanning some 77,952 ft sq (7,424 m sq) the venue includes:
The centre is also home to an Arts Materials Shop and The Old Library.
DUCTAC hosts and produces a huge variety of shows, events, exhibitions, workshops and classes spanning almost every creative genre.
Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre was built thanks to the commitment and support of many leading companies and individuals who participate in the Centre's Patronage and Corporate Sponsorship Schemes.
This state of the art Theatre, tiered on two levels and featuring a 120m2 (1291 ft2) proscenium stage.
It has a 543 seat capacity.
The Kilachand Studio Theatre is an intimate space ideal for smaller performances, seminars, experimental theatre and community productions.
Kilachand has flexible seating that can be configured into various styles, including to a flat-floor empty space and raked seating of 151 seats.
Gallery of Light
The Gallery of Light is a large, contemporary art gallery space situated in a prime strategic position in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The gallery is dedicated to working with under-represented, emerging and established artists and curators, and to exhibiting arts practice that is evolving and experimental. The space plays host to all genres of contemporary art including painting, print work, digital art, experimental film and video, sound art, sculpture, design work and more.
The gallery has held exhibitions featuring 2013 UAE Venice Biennale artist Mohammed Kazem, Hassan Sharif, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, William Kentridge, Sara Al Haddad, Manal Al Dowayan, Tarek Al Ghusein and Ephrem Solomon, amongst others.
The Gallery of Light is operated on not-for-profit principles putting all income received from sponsorship or rental hire back into its cultural arts programming, educational outreach and the welcome of all visitors.
Rehearsal & Dance Studios
There are three rehearsal studios specifically equipped with dance and sound equipment, floor to ceiling mirrors, ballet bars/hand rails, sprung floors and sound proofing. Please see attached brochure for more information.
Wilkie’s Balcony Lounge
The Wilkie’s balcony lounge is situated on the upper level of the Theatre building and is equipped with a bar, stools, chairs and tables as well as comfortable leather sofas.
This lounge can be configured to suit a number of casual or formal settings and is ideal for conferences, corporate gatherings, workshops and large scale interviews.
With access to an outdoor terrace area, The Balcony Lounge is also ideal for serving food and beverages at pre and post show events, as well as during show intermissions.
The Arts Centre building comprises: Fully equipped white wall Visual Arts Gallery / Exhibition Hall Pottery Studio with firing kilns Mosaic Workshop 14 Art Studios ranging in size and capacity.
These spaces are available for visual arts exhibition, product launches, seminars, conference breakout rooms, arts workshops, language classes and so on.