An insider's guide to Art Dubai and World Art Dubai

Dubai’s art scene blossoms in March


An insider's guide to Art Dubai and World Art Dubai

Dubai’s art scene blossoms in March

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If you admire contemporary art, then March is the perfect time of year to explore Dubai. Here we take a look at two exhibitions taking place so you can discover graffiti, robo-art and wearable art created by emerging and established artists.


Discover eye-catching artworks

Now in its 15th year, Art Dubai showcases artists and artworks from around the world. View works by the Amman-based design studio Naqsh Collective, which is run by sisters Nisreen and Nermeen who are renowned for creating contemporary pieces that feature traditional Palestinian motifs, and look out for Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj’s vibrant portrait photography.

With Art Dubai returning to Madinat Jumeirah from Thursday 10 March to Saturday 12 March 2022, the event promises fresh perspectives on the region’s cultural heritage while celebrating contemporary art across three galleries.

First, the Art Dubai Contemporary gallery will showcase international galleries, spanning emerging art spaces and established institutions, with the aim of introducing visitors to global art practices and achievements. The Art Dubai Modern gallery shines a spotlight on accomplished artists from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.

Finally, the Bawwaba gallery displays works created in the past year or specifically for the fair – as a result, it's ideal for discovering what’s hot in the art world right now.

Discuss the inspiring pieces you’ve seen over dinner at the beachside retreat Jumeirah Al Naseem or at Jumeirah Al Qasr, both of which are close to Madinat Jumeirah.

Dining at Jumeirah Al Naseem Kayto


Attend a retail art fair

Expect an eclectic range of artistic styles at World Art Dubai, as Emirati and international artists and photographers descend on the World Trade Centre from Wednesday 16 March to Saturday 19 March 2022. World Art Dubai launches the careers of up-and-coming artists by recognising new talent with awards such as the Emerging Visual Artists Prize, so it’s a great place to purchase art by tomorrow’s most-coveted creatives.
Promising a spectacular collection of more than 2,000 artworks from acclaimed and emerging artists, you’re sure to find a piece to take home with you. Look out for Pakistani artist Batool Jafri’s modern twist on traditional Emirati design flourishes and Egyptian artist Samar Kamel’s vibrant depictions of modern women that are aimed at smashing stereotypes.

The Urban Art Dxb hub showcases graffiti and large-scale murals by maximalist master Mark Barretto; Pure Evil, whose spray-can creations are inspired by Pop Art, and the UAE-based Maddy Butcher, who creates supersized, abstract landscapes.

Intent on pushing boundaries, the fair will introduce visitors to new and unusual techniques thanks to a range of live performances and curated talks. Take a seat alongside the runway to see Dubai-based designer Samar Rafaat’s latest collection of wearable art and stare in wonder at robo-art, a futuristic machine powered by artificial intelligence that analyses photos and recreates them as paintings.

Retreat to Jumeirah Emirates Towers nearby to contemplate the day’s inspiring exhibits.