Art Emirati Showcasing established Emirati artists Farid Mohammed Al Rais, Mattar Bin Lahej and Khalid Ali Al Jallaf, each of which has a varying style. Until January 15. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Place in the Sun Art Select and Mantram Art Foundation, a non-profit art association from India, present an exhibition featuring 22 contemporary Indian artists. The show explores the journey of life and features themes relating to faith, hope, happiness and energy. Until December 12. Art Select Gallery, Level 10, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (050 864 4370).
Sharjah Biennial 10: Film and Audio Commissions This exhibition features seven films and three audio works by filmmakers including Karim Aïnouz, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, Hicham Ayouch, Ali Essafi, Sean Gullette, Bahman Kiarostami, and Rania Stephan. Some were invited to make a new short film based on the Sharjah Biennial 2010’s title, ‘Plot for a Biennial’, using conceptual keywords such as treason, affiliation, corruption, devotion and translation. Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org (06 568 5050).
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature writing competition In the run-up to the literary festival in March 2012, writers of varying ages are encouraged to enter the Litfest Story Writing Competition by submitting prose relating to the theme ‘The Open Door’. Writers can also enter the Talaam Poetry Award competition and write poetry relating to the theme ‘Who Am I, Who Are You?’ The winning entries will be featured in a book and the winner will receive prizes including an invitation to a creative writing workshop. See the website for rules and entry forms. www.emirateslitfest.com (no number).
Double Entendre This show looks at artists’ use of language and how words and text are used to either back up or question the image. Artists include Manal Al Dowayan, Ayman Yossri Daydban and Nadine Kanso. Until December 14. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents a nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society. Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
Warriors NYC-based Italian photographer Francesca Galliani’s first solo show uses painting and photography to create a collage-like effect. The fine arts photographer has also just been commissioned to shoot the new campaign for denim brand Levi’s in Italy. Until December 31. Showcase Gallery, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 8797).
Hadutta Masriya Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the intriguing story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring. Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Ziad Dalloul This Syrian painter’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse but virile landscapes. He uses materials such as ink, sepia and hand-made paper. Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space. Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).
Hamza Bounoua The contemporary Algerian artist presents a solo exhibition at the Grand Millennium Dubai that has been inspired by a selection of Arabic calligraphy and nature. Until December 21. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Nothing, Nobody Working with philosophical undertones, Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji presents a solo show of large-scale paintings and installation art that depict a reappearing shadowy figure and provide commentary on the conflicts and desolation facing humanity. Until December 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Still Nature Lebanese artist Zena Assi presents an exhibition celebrating the ancient Greek art form of still life. She uses bouquets and sculptures to comment on the physical ‘sitting’ nature of the subject and how it can be used as a subtext to symbolise the way in which society lets go of its will to act, and therefore becomes a lifeless form. Working directly on canvas (without sketching first), Assi creates her base layer using mixed media, before adding a layering effect using materials such as tissue paper, cloth and broken brushes. Until January 10. Art Sawa, Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Caravan The Barjeel Art Foundation presents a curated selection of more than 500 contemporary works from Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi’s personal collection, exploring the concept of travel and nostalgia, and showcasing regional talent. It’s worth the journey. Until February 20. Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah (06 556 6555).
Disconnected Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war-torn streets of Karachi in Pakistan. Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Marie Marie, the devil in me has taken you for a ride This solo exhibition by Lebanese painter Marwan Sahmarani is a complex personal insight into the artist’s own journey into fatherhood. It covers the conflict he feels as an artist to be more detached, when as a father he desires more involvement. Until February 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Sadegh Tirafkan The Iranian artist presents a solo exhibition featuring four series of works, including digital collages and installations, that document his life during the time period between 2004 and 2010. Until December 19. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage and Dubai’s past and present. Until February 24. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Muqtanayati As a follow-up to the UAE’s National Day celebrations on December 2, thejamjar presents a 100-piece exhibition in which Dubai residents have been invited to submit objects and artworks they feel describe their journey within the UAE in the following categories: art, artifacts and domesticity. Until January 1. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Parergon Iranian Canadian artist Babak Golkar’s first solo exhibition in the region is a series of sculptures and inanimate objects that, when viewed from a different angle, appear as well-known architectural designs, such as the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia. Worth a look. Until January 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Drift: an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes This Sharjah exhibition, curated by Sharjah Art Foundation president Hoor Al Qasimi, features 10 contemporary artists: Hala Al-Ani, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Kader Attia, Doug Henders, Bouchra Khalili, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Rika Noguchi, Marwan Rechmaoui, Hrair Sarkissian and Zineb Sedira. Collectively, the works suggest new, fresh ways of discovering and viewing the urban and suburban landscapes we encounter in our daily lives. Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org (06 568 5050).