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The Arts in Dubai

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It comes as a surprise to many travelers that Dubai has an arty side, yet Emirati culture is steeped in artistic traditions, from oral storytelling and poetry to traditional song and dance. Dubai is home to a dynamic contemporary arts scene and burgeoning independent film movement. Find it at cutting-edge galleries, art fairs, and film, literature, and music festivals.
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Gate Village - 03 Sheikh Zayed Rd - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Originally established in Damascus in 2006, the superb Ayyam Gallery now has branches in Dubai - at both Dubai International Financial Centre and Al Serkal Avenue, home to a handful of art spaces - as well as Beirut, Jeddah and London. You can...
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Street 8 - Al Quoz 1 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Carbon 12 is a hub for international contemporary artists in Dubai. Having opened in 2008, the gallery has hosted numerous exhibitions, and continues to grow in influence. Artists like Philip Mueller, Jamie Baldrige, and Katherine Bernhardt have...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Archive in Safa Park is probably the coolest place around to sip at a coffee and brush up on your North African and Middle Eastern literature. Not only does it boast a full-service cafe, The Archive also hosts musical concerts, art & pottery...
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Bastakiya - دبي - United Arab Emirates
The Majlis Gallery is more than a conventional art gallery—here innovative displays complement the work of a wide array of artists in a beautiful courtyard. The name also hints at its purpose, as a 'majlis' is Arabic for 'place of sitting,' or...
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St. 5 and 20 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
If art and skateboarding had a baby in the Middle East, it would be called Tashkeel. Only in Dubai could such a cross-cultural affair create such a striking beauty as a skate ramp made in the shape of the Arabic language itself - in this case with...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's art scene continues to grow with the addition of the Emirates' newest art venue, Baginskaya Gallery. Located within Jumeirah Lake Towers, the space is both a showcase for works of fine art and a photography studio—staffed entirely by women...
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MCN Hive, 1st Floor, TECOM - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's Moving Image Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Middle East. Opened to the public in 2013, this once private collection showcases the progression of visual entertainment from the 1730s through to modern-day digital cinema and...
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Gate # 8,Gate Village - Al Sa'ada St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a city of extremes: from the world’s tallest building to a fully indoor ski resort, this is a city for thrill-seekers. And what could be more thrilling than learning how to hang suspended from flimsy pieces of fabric, high above the...