Serial collectors and those with an appreciation for regional fine art should make a beeline for Jumeirah Beach Road this week. Now at the city’s slick Sunset Mall, Sukoun Gallery is Dubai’s newest art space, having officially opened its doors on Thursday October 6.
Home to more than 500 pieces and artefacts, many more than 100 years old, the exhibit features items ranging from ornate clocks to antique tables. The unique collection features a mix of art, furniture and antiques, all sourced from across the Levant region.
Founded by Walid Akawi and Imad Ghannam, both prolific art collectors, the name of the gallery itself describes an accent symbol used in the Arabic language.
Speaking of the space, Akawi says: “We live in a new century consumed by technological advances. However, as an avid art collector, I have always enjoyed complementing modern styles with historic elements.
“Sukoun Gallery will give buyers the chance to go back to their roots.”
Some of the items on show at the gallery date back to the late 18th century, including an Ottoman casket inlaid with bone and mother of pearl. Other pieces on display include an antique flintlock pistol from the early 19th century and a bronze and hand-painted porcelain clock that was made in France in 1875.