Dubai has a thriving art scene that runs the full gamut of styles and influences. Hip art hub Alserkal Avenue (+971 4 333 3464), in Al Quoz, comprises more than 60 art, design and creative spaces, including galleries The Third Line (+971 4 341 1367), Custot Gallery Dubai (+971 4 346 8148), and all the way from New York, Leila Heller Gallery (+971 4 321 6942)
On the other side of town, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) also boasts several art galleries, eacb attuned to its swanky surrounds, including an outpost of the internationally renowned Opera Gallery (+971 4 323 0909), home to some magnificent contemporary art pieces, and The Empty Quarter (+971 4 323 1210), the city’s only space devoted exclusively to fine art photography.
Street art initiatives are also adding new creative impetus to the city’s public spaces. Check out the Dubai Walls project at City Walk, where the work of 16 renowned artists including Ron English, Nick Walker and Blek Le Rat take pride of place. Similarly, the Dubai Street Museum project on 2nd December Street in Satwa draws on themes from the UAE’s history and heritage for an eye-catching stroll.
A game-changer for Dubai's contemporary art scene, Jameel Arts Centre (+971 4 873 9800) is already making waves as the country's first non-profit, non-government cultural destination. Located on Jaddaf waterfront, the museum is home to striking curated commissions, projects and solo and group exhibitions drawn from both the Art Jameel Collection and collaborations with regional and international artists. Open Sat-Thur from 10am- 8pm, Fri 12pm-10pm.