Photo courtesy of Warehouse421
While the United Arab Emirates is young, the region's rich heritage is timeless. Warehouse421 is an Abu Dhabi space like no other—it serves as a cultural center, museum, art gallery, and creative-community hub for regional artists who put together exhibitions and events based on Emirati traditions. Presentations focus on everything from the classic garb to the legendary perfumes of the UAE and the bedouin tribes whose existence here precedes the nation's founding. Warehouse421 also hosts workshops where you can learn traditional art and object-fabrication skills from experts in their fields. On your way out, take a look across the street at the lot filled with old dhows waiting to return to the waters of the Persian Gulf in the shadow of the Abu Dhabi skyline.
By Jonathan Burr, AFAR Local Expert
On a stretch of road lined with unused warehouses at Mina Zayed (Zayed Port) near the docks where the fishing dhows are moored, Warehouse421 is a new gallery space that combines elements of traditional Arabic architecture with a contemporary “downtown” aesthetic. The building houses permanent photo archives about Emirati history and culture, rotating art exhibits and Wednesday workshops on topics from digital design and urban planning to photography.
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