Follow Dubai’s art trail for a dose of the creative and contemporary
Industrial area Al Quoz has recently emerged as a trendy arts district, with a plethora of galleries, cafes and concept stores sprouting up within and around the vacant warehouses.
Alserkal Avenue is the go-to address for all things arty in Dubai. It’s home to galleries, studios and performance art venues that make the most of the generous minimalist spaces. Plus, with cultural hubs like The Fridge, restaurant pop ups and an eclectic calendar of events in the area, Alserkal Avenue is a definite stop for the cultural traveller.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
The upscale Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) houses a selection of high-end galleries and some of the city’s finest restaurants alongside banks and financial institutions. A must-visit in DIFC is the Farjam Foundation, an initiative involving local and international organisations to give audiences a greater understanding of Islamic art and culture.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood located by Dubai Creek, houses art galleries within the rooms and courtyards of its historic houses.
One of the oldest galleries here is XVA, where you will find not only Middle Eastern art but a boutique hotel comprising rooms with locally inspired decor.