An Art-Lover's Guide to Dubai

Dubai was home for a few years and in that time I saw the arts scene grow exponentially. From local talent to world-class artists- the galleries have something to offer everyone. There are always new exhibitions and events so there is always something new to discover

Gulf Photo Plus

I love photography and GPP is great for someone who wants to learn more about the art. There are classes at all different levels if you are looking for a new hobby or simply to improve; the photo walks are a great way to discover the city through a different perspective. This is the place to come for inspiration before picking up that camera or simply to enjoy the skills of others.

I love photography and GPP is great for someone who wants to learn more about the art. There are classes at all different levels if you are looking for a new hobby or simply to improve; the photo walks are a great way to discover the city through a different perspective. This is the place to come for inspiration before picking up that camera or simply to enjoy the skills of others.
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Al Bastakiya البستكية

Take a late afternoon stroll through the old quarter of Dubai. This area takes you back in time and you can start to experience what it must have been like before the city's industrialisation took place. Head to Basta Art Cafe for afternoon tea and make sure you check out the XVA gallery.

Take a late afternoon stroll through the old quarter of Dubai. This area takes you back in time and you can start to experience what it must have been like before the city's industrialisation took place. Head to Basta Art Cafe for afternoon tea and make sure you check out the XVA gallery.
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The Fridge

The Fridge isn't an art gallery but it is the perfect place to see emerging music after a day wandering around the galleries in Al Serkal. The programme is often eclectic and the best place to see your favourite Arab hip-hop artist ( or to discover that you even like Arabic hip hop!)

The Fridge isn't an art gallery but it is the perfect place to see emerging music after a day wandering around the galleries in Al Serkal. The programme is often eclectic and the best place to see your favourite Arab hip-hop artist ( or to discover that you even like Arabic hip hop!)
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Dubai Design District (d3) (حي دبي للتصميم)

D3 is the design hotspot in Dubai. Most of the art and design shops are pop-ups which means that the area is constantly changing and innovating. Explore the spaces before stopping off at Lighthouse for lunch- this concept store offers a curated selection of design and food.

D3 is the design hotspot in Dubai. Most of the art and design shops are pop-ups which means that the area is constantly changing and innovating. Explore the spaces before stopping off at Lighthouse for lunch- this concept store offers a curated selection of design and food.
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The Third Line

This warehouse gallery has a mission to get everyone talking about the art from the Middle East. There is an entire wing filled with books by artists. Get involved with their regular programmes to immerse yourself in the future of Middle Eastern arts.

This warehouse gallery has a mission to get everyone talking about the art from the Middle East. There is an entire wing filled with books by artists. Get involved with their regular programmes to immerse yourself in the future of Middle Eastern arts.
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Ayyam Gallery

Originally from Beirut, this gallery has helped to bring Art to the forefront of the cultural scene in the Middle East. They manage established and emerging artists from around the world so there is always someone new to discover. Art Night events are always well thought out and guaranteed to bring a crowd.

Originally from Beirut, this gallery has helped to bring Art to the forefront of the cultural scene in the Middle East. They manage established and emerging artists from around the world so there is always someone new to discover. Art Night events are always well thought out and guaranteed to bring a crowd.
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Opera Art Gallery

Opera hosts everything from graffiti to album covers but all in the setting of Dubai's financial district. There is something refreshing about seeing works by artists like Keith Haring juxtaposed in an area filled by suits rushing to make their millions.

Opera hosts everything from graffiti to album covers but all in the setting of Dubai's financial district. There is something refreshing about seeing works by artists like Keith Haring juxtaposed in an area filled by suits rushing to make their millions.
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Green Art Gallery

This gallery started out above a bookshop in Syria before moving to a villa in Dubai back in the 90s. Now it is known for its focus on contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. If you want to discover a talent before they become well known, then Green Art is the place for you.

This gallery started out above a bookshop in Syria before moving to a villa in Dubai back in the 90s. Now it is known for its focus on contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. If you want to discover a talent before they become well known, then Green Art is the place for you.
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Tashkeel Art Studio and Gallery (www.tashkeel.org)

This is a true artistic hub where future talent is nurtured. Much of the art on display belong to creators who have their roots in the UAE. Tashkeel offers a more traditional take on art but if you ever wanted to explore arabic calligraphy or etchings, then this is the place to come

This is a true artistic hub where future talent is nurtured. Much of the art on display belong to creators who have their roots in the UAE. Tashkeel offers a more traditional take on art but if you ever wanted to explore arabic calligraphy or etchings, then this is the place to come
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