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March 20, 2019 Destination Middle East / Dubai No Comments Email Email

Over recent years, Dubai has cemented its position as an artistic hub, both in the region and around the world. From large annual set-piece events such as Art Dubai that enthral the city, to breath-taking street art and arty restaurants, Dubai’s art scene is vibrant, eclectic, and ever-evolving.

This month, leading international art fair Art Dubai (20-23 March) aims to broaden the appeal of art beyond traditional art centres and galleries. The event is highly regarded in the international art world and provides a platform for emerging talent, showcasing them alongside firmly established centres and well-known artists. This year’s event includes 25 new galleries, 68 returning galleries and 42 countries. Artists, gallerists and art collectors flock to Dubai from all over the world to attend the fair, which is one of the main pillars of Dubai’s art season.

(Sikka Art Fair. Image: David Goff)

The Sikka Art Fair (16-24 March) is another cultural highlight that was created to support and showcase Emirati artists as well as up-and-coming artists based throughout the region. The Fair is built around artist-led practices, initiatives and discourse, and runs a diverse programme of events for all the community to enjoy – including fascinating art exhibitions, inspiring installations, live music from local musicians, thought-provoking film, interactive workshops and more.

In addition to established galleries, Dubai’s variety of beautiful, expansive and diverse public spaces make the perfect artistic canvas for talented artists.

The entire area of beachside destination La Mer is dotted with colourful walls, adding to its already trendy Insta-friendly look. Whilst over at the Walk at JBR, and a perennial favourite with visitors and residents alike, the murals range from the traditional to the quirky, with giant pieces of 3D art on the stairways and buildings running alongside the street, as well as spectacular works of Arabic calligraphy in the quieter residential areas.

(Street art in La Mer)

For those who like to enjoy their art over a relaxing meal with friends or coffee break, Dubai offers a range of cafes and restaurants that house world-class collections, including:

Bistro Bagatelle in Dubai is one of the top restaurants in the city and, like its sister restaurants across the world, has been designed to reflect classic Parisian elements, highlighted by bold artwork across the restaurant. The vibrant mix of works on display in the restaurant are provided by Opera Gallery. They include works by graffiti experts Gully, SEEN and Mr. Brainwash, and all are available to buy.

(Bistro Bagatelle)

La Cantine du Faubourg was brought to Dubai from Paris, where the restaurant is one of the most coveted addresses in the city, La Cantine du Faubourg’s concept relies on five key principles: sound, music, image, art and food. The restaurant’s creators, Pierre Pirajean and Helena Paraboschi, are artists and sculptors and it is their vision for La Cantine du Faubourg to be “more than a restaurant; it’s an artistic rendez-vous, a lifestyle statement.”

(La Cantine du Faubourg)

This is just a taste of what Dubai has to offer for art-lovers. We have plenty more examples of cafes, hotels and restaurants with impressive art collections, as well as art galleries and street art.

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