Cool Arts & Culture
If you’re interested in the arts and contemporary culture, Dubai has more to offer than you might expect! Plan an outing to the industrial warehouses of Alserkal Avenue to discover emerging Middle Eastern artists. Then visit the DIFC for more established galleries. Stop in between for a fabulous lunch or dinner. (Check out our suggestions for Destination Dining!) Many intriguing shopping concepts are nearby in the Jumeirah neighbourhood. Ask for tips from the concierge team at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.
Every March, Dubai hosts the leading international art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. About 90 galleries from the UAE and around the world present contemporary art as well as specially themed programs.
Founded in 2007, Alserkal Avenue is Dubai’s foremost arts hub, located in the Al Quoz industrial district. Explore the rows of warehouses, home to art galleries and creative workshops, offering a hip, laid-back atmosphere.
A highlight of Alserkal, Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery with a mission to promote innovative artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Friendly, informative staff bring the art to life.
The Cartel is Dubai’s only conceptual fashion retail showroom, presenting a collection of artistic, progressive clothing. You’ll find high fashion, wearable art and accessories. Located in the cool Alserkal Avenue area.
Built out of shipping containers, this offbeat outdoor concept offers specialty retail and dining, including Marimekko and Imaginarium. It’s a hip, innovative shopping centre that makes for a fun Dubai destination.
DIFC Art Galleries
In the Dubai International Financial Centre, you’ll discover a dozen well-established galleries featuring acclaimed artists. Notable spots include the Ayyam Gallery, The Empty Quarter and Christies Dubai.
Visit this colourful Jumeirah showroom for lovers of graffiti, street art and pop art. You’ll be amazed by all the variations, including abstract and vandal styles, and cartoon characters on canvas and wood.
Discover an exquisite treasure of vintage fashion pieces and accessories from the 1930s to the 1980s. The shop’s collection is a mixture of everyday classics and designer pieces. Located nearby on Jumeirah Beach Road.
A fascinating place to browse, Comptoir 102 is a concept store for interior design, art, fashion and jewellery – also including a café! You never know what you’ll find! Close to Four Seasons on Jumeirah Beach Road.
On Jumeirah Beach Road, D.tales is an intriguing interior design shop that offers high-level furniture and accessories of Scandinavian origin. Shopping here is a great way to pick up a lasting souvenir of Dubai.
In Dubai Mall, S*uce (pronounced “sauce”) is an award-wining multi-brand boutique, offering a variety of quirky, contemporary fashion accessories and gifts – ideal for the tech-savvy shopper.