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Art and Antiques of the Islamic World: The Ottoman Levant Between the 18th and 19th Centuries This special viewing is open to the public, enabling art lovers to see artefacts from the Ottoman Empire before they are sold in auction on October 17. Until October 16. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Indelible Marks: Hasan and Husain Essop This 20-piece photo show is the work of South African artists and twin brothers Hasan and Husain, who use their cameras to express their thoughts on religion’s place in today’s society. Until October 20. Gallery IVDE, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 348 8797).
The Birthday Party Dubai Drama Group performs Harold Pinter’s classic play over three nights. The comedy revolves around Stanley Webber, a lodger in a run-down boarding house in an English seaside town. Two strangers arrive and turn Stanley’s birthday into a nightmare. Entry is by A Dhs50 suggested donation. 7.30pm. Until October 15. Thejamjar, Al Quoz, www.thejamjardubai.com (04 371 7303).
Yeh Hai, India Darling! A group show featuring the works of contemporary Indian artists. This exhibition reflects the struggles of the traditional subcontinent to come to terms with the country’s rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. Until October 30. XVA Gallery, Al Musalla Roundabout, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383); Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Enter the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Awards These awards aim to promote emerging artists in the Middle Eastern region. Open to all UAE residents, male and female, between the ages of 18 and 30, the major requirement is that the artist has never had a solo exhibition. Deadline for submissions: November 30. www.youngartistaward.ae (04 349 9922).
Substations These photographs by Sinisa Vlajkovic and Mohamed Somji portray diesel stations as the objects from which the Middle East evolved. Until October 30. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Uber-Construction and Dust Breeding at The Pavilion Two exhibits are currently running at this space in Downtown Dubai. A solo show entitled ‘Dust Breeding’ by Turkish artist Ergin Cavusoglu consists of a large-scale interactive perspective floor drawing in vinyl, and provides commentary on the vast expansion within the UAE. Meanwhile, ‘Uber-Construction’ by Carolin Kropff is a collection of photographic works that touches on a similar subject. ‘Uber-Construction’ until October 30. ‘Dust Breeding’ until December 2. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.pavilion.ae (04 447 7025).
Brave New Wonderland In this colourful exhibition, UK artist Jennifer Simon celebrates the evolution of the UAE and juxtaposes tradition with fantasy using a mix of bold outlines, colour, stencils and spray. Until November 10. The Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya (04 353 6233).
From Around the Globe Featuring separate collections from four different artists, including ‘State of Reflection’, ‘The Grace of a Belly Dancer’, ‘Colour Conversations’ and ‘Enchanted by the Arabic Script’. Until October 31. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
MENAlab 2011: Discovering Al Quoz Walks Dust off your skateboard, bike or walking shoes: As part of the MENAlab 2011 project, the community is being urged to join local gallery thejamjar on a two-hour walk through Al Quoz to record the journey with photography, notes and mapping. The aim is to build a better understanding of the complex cultural fabric of Dubai’s new art hub. Register via the email below.Thejamjar, behind Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 341 7303).
Middle East, Middle Kingdom For the first time in Dubai, 25 contemporary Chinese artists, including The Gao Brothers, will feature in a controversial show that aims to present an accurate view of the problems facing modern China. Until November 12. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
The State: Social/Antisocial? A show featuring works from Rami Farook’s own collection, posing questions about how society functions. It features a number of pieces from street artist Banksy. Until October 20. Traffic Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Women in Art VII Ten female artists (of seven different nationalities) from Dubai’s contemporary art community will feature in this exhibition. Now in its seventh year, it focuses on women and the female form. Until October 27. Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Ahmad Moualla A dramatic show of large-scale works by an acclaimed Syrian artist. Moualla’s thought-provoking postmodern pieces invite viewers to explore concepts such as the strained relationship between society and the individual. Until November 10. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Self Stories: Birds and I Egyptian artist Ahmed Askalany’s debut Dubai exhibition in Art Sawa’s new DIFC gallery is a set of simple bronze sculptures and animals, inspired by life within his native town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. Until October 16. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
vs Him This solo exhibition by Palestinian-Iraqi artist Sama Alshaibi features mainly video installation and photography. Her works are themed around controversial topics that are often considered taboo. Until October 20. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Chants From Paradise Focusing on a history of Islamic art, the gallery will display a selection of Safavid carpets (there are only 2,000 in the world) from the 16th and 17th centuries to provide insight into the most renowned time in carpet-weaving history. Until November 10. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
High Tension As the name implies, Erwin Olaf’s first solo exhibition is a collection of photographic works exploring touchy subjects such as gender, despair, grace, tragedy and humour. Until November 10. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).
Nostalgia In this tribute to one of the Arab world’s greatest female voices, Syrian artist Asaad Arabi’s collection of recent paintings portrays the late Egyptian singer Om Kalthoum in concert, backed by an orchestra and in various stages of movement. Until October 27. Ayyam Gallery Dubai, Podium Level, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Hurouf Al Noor (Letters of Light) Five artists stemming from diverse backgrounds in the region use their creative approaches to produce contemporary Arabic calligraphy. Until October 27. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
Questions of Conditioning Jordanian-British artist Julia Ibbini presents a multi-layered body of work exploring her own personal interpretation of issues that relate to the human condition. It’s a colourful feast for the eyes. Until October 20. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Art Nights @ Gate Village Make your way down to DIFC this evening to see several exhibition openings at the Gate Village galleries, plus live art by Fathima Mohiudeen and a music performance by Hamdan Al Abri. 7pm-9pm. Until October 19. Gate Village Podium Level, DIFC (04 439 2395).
High Tide Stephan Geisler’s colourful urban-style artworks are refreshingly upbeat. He uses bright colours and fantasy themes as a form of escapism, to depict occurrences in day-to-day life. Until November 20. Showcase Gallery, Villa 679, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 8797).
Mondaseen Syrian artist Monif Ajaj’s insightful exhibition is a series of portraits depicting the recent events in Syria (‘mondaseen’ means infiltrators, after the word used by the government to describe protestors). His drawings are classical, but he uses modern materials, such as graffiti spray. Until November 10. Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).