Dubai has now become one of the more influential artistic and cultural centers of the Middle East. Its thriving gallery scene has evolved into a significant showcase for artists in the region. This newfound cultural status is reflected by Art Dubai which is an art fair highlighting the works of contemporary art galleries in the city. Some of the best known contemporary art galleries have been shortlisted that are worth visiting during your tour of Dubai.

The Third Line

Located on 3 6 Street, this is an art gallery that focuses primarily on contemporary Middle Eastern art. Over the years, it has played an important role not only in shaping the local art scene in the city but extending its glory to overseas as well. The gallery hosts exhibitions showcasing the works of contemporary local, regional and international artists of the Middle East.

The Third Line

Apart from the monthly exhibitions, it also organizes a wide range of non-profit programmes. The various art works on display have enough charm in them to leave any onlooker spell-bound.

Tashkeel

This is a worthy addition to the city’s rapidly expanding art scene. Situated in Nadd Al Shiba 1, the gallery displays famous works of both international as well as local designers and artists of the United Arab Emirates and beyond. Encouraging ties with other international cultural and artistic organizations, it develops a cross-cultural dialogue and promotes creative exchange.

Tashkeel

Tashkeel features programmes for visitors that give them access to its studios and an opportunity to be awestruck by the many masterpieces. The gallery also offers thematic and solo exhibitions, workshops and screenings with a commitment to bring art to a larger audience in Dubai.

Lawrie Shabibi

Another new addition to the city’s growing art landscape is Lawrie Shabibi. Found in Al Serkal Avenue in the Al-Quoz district, the gallery represents contemporary artists from South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. In its short life span, it has managed to successfully support the emerging artists and has held exhibitions from various exciting and upcoming local artists.

Lawrie Shabibi

Besides hosting different exhibitions and events, Lawrie Shabibi also organizes special public programmes on a regular basis. A few of the finest artists of the gallery whose works captivate the visitors include Hamra Abbas, Yasam Sasmazer and Wafaa Bilal.

Hunar Gallery

Opened since 1998, this gallery has dedicated itself to the promotion and preservation of contemporary Middle Eastern Art. Located in Al Rashidiya, it hosts some amazingly innovative exhibitions and has become one of the prominent art centers in the city. It represents a host of upcoming and young artists from the region and contributes to their progress in the international art world.

Hunar Gallery

Hunar Gallery is renowned for showcasing paintings, metal works, ceramics and sculptures by eminent artists from across the globe. It also displays several magnificent artifacts at Dubai Summer Surprises and Dubai Shopping Festival.

The city’s contemporary art scene is among the most exciting in the world and makes visiting it essential for any art lover. There has been an eruption of new galleries in the region that focus on local talent and innovative artwork. International artists too are attracted to the stature and cultural prestige of the city. When in Dubai, try not to miss out any of the above mentioned art galleries while we bring you some more in our next update.

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