ArtSpace A contemporary gallery. Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm. Gate Village 3, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.artspace-dubai.com (04 323 0820).
Ayyam Art Center This Syrian gallery offers contemporary art collections, with a focus on Damascus. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm. Podium Level, Gate Village 3, DIFC, www.ayyamgallery.com (04 439 2395). Other location: Ayyam Art Centre, Alserkal Avenue, Al Qouz (04 323 6242).
Carbon 12 Shows a range of artists with a European focus. Open Sat-Thu 11.30am-7pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.carbon12dubai.com (04 340 6016).
Cartoon Art Gallery This newcomer specialises in animation, and features a range of cartoonists and illustrators. Open Sat-Thu 9am-6pm. 4B Street, Al Quoz 1, www.cartoonartgallery.org (04 326 6467).
Courtyard Gallery See a rich mix of international art at this gallery in the Courtyard area. Open Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Off Sheikh Zayed Road, interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz, www.courtyardgallerydubai.com, (04 347 9090).
Cuadro This huge space focuses on international art. Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm; Sat noon-6pm. Gate Village 10, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.cuadroart.com (04 425 0400).
Farjam Collection Gallery The not-for-profit collection holds regular educational programmes for kids. Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm; Sat noon-8pm. Gate Village 4, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.farjamcollection.com (04 323 0303).
FN Designs This creative space hosts seminars and exhibitions. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Unit 26, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com (no number).
Gallery 76 Part of the Dubai International Art Centre. Open Sat-Wed 9am-9pm; Thu 9am-4pm. Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Gallery Etemad This contemporary gallery features an international roster and works from emerging and established artists. Open Sat noon-5pm; Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.galleryetemad.com (04 346 8649).
Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde The gallery (formerly B21) has gathered a wide portfolio, including some of Iran’s most prominent young artists. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.ivde.net (04 323 5052).
Gallery of Light This mall-based community gallery shows local and international artists. Open daily 9am-10pm. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Green Art Gallery Head here for contemporary Middle Eastern art. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.gagallery.com (04 346 9305).
Grey Noise Specialises in multi-dimensional art from Pakistani artists. Open Sat-Thu 11am-7pm. Unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com (050 175 2080).
Heritage House Part of the Alserkal Cultural Foundation, this local gallery showcases contemporary art. Open Sat, Mon and Wed 9.30am-5pm; Sun, Tue and Thu 9.30am-7pm. Building 79, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 5922).
Hunar Gallery Displaying work by contemporary artists. Open Sat-Thu 9am-8pm. Street 49a, Villa 6, Green Coast Village, off Nad Al Hammar Road, Rashidiya, www.hunargallery.com (04 286 2224).
Kenza Art Gallery Showcasing contemporary art, with a focus on the local. Open daily 10am-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6603).
La Galerie Internationale Displays high-end vintage furniture from famous designers such as Warren Platner alongside one-off art exhibitions. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com (no number).
Marsam Mattar A locally owned art gallery that focuses on emerging Emirati talent. Open Sat-Thu 9am-8pm. Villa 21, 4B Street, Al Hudaibah322, Satwa, www.marsammattar.com (04 398 8331).
Meem Gallery An ambitious programme of Middle Eastern art, plus a well-stocked library. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Take a U-turn at the third set of traffic lights next to Marina Interior Design and it’s halfway on main road, next to Pressotto, Al Quoz, www.meem.ae (04 347 7883).
Mojo Gallery A multifunctional space in Al Quoz focusing on fine art and design. Open Sat-Thu 11am-7pm. Unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz, www.mojohq.com (04 347 7388).
Masters Gallery This Bur Dubai gallery focuses on art from emerging and established locally based artists. Open daily 10am-7pm. First Floor, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Opera Gallery Houses works by 50 Masters, plus contemporary greats from China and more. Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm; Sat noon-8pm. Gate Village 3, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.operagallery.com (04 323 0909).
ProArt Gallery Masters, lithographs and serigraphs of 50 artists from 15 countries are permanently on display at this gallery/framing store. Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri 1pm-8pm. Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, opp Jumeirah Mosque. Other location: Sunset Mall, Beach Road (04 345 0900).
RIRA Gallery A newly opened DIFC gallery with a focus on emerging and international-scale Iranian artists. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Gate Village 3, Lower Level, DIFC (04 369 9339).
Rotunda Gallery A friendly university gallery that shows student work, plus a range of artists from the UAE and abroad. Open Sat-Thu 9am-6pm; Fri 2pm-6pm. American University in Dubai, Media City (04 318 3204).
Showcase Gallery A two-level space in Alserkal Avenue with a focus on African and Middle Eastern art. The upper space holds antiques, tribal jewellery and picture frames for sale. Open Sat-Thu 9am-8pm. Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940). Tashkeel A local studio and exhibition space that caters for up-and-coming UAE-based artists. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm. Near Nad Al Sheba Police Station. Other location: Bastakiya, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313).
The Ara Gallery A brand new space with a focus on emerging Arab artists and giving back to the community. Open Sun-Thu 9am-10pm; Fri 3pm-9pm; Sat noon-8pm. Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
The Art Source Gallery and store showcasing artworks, accessories, metal sculptures, framing and more. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.theartsource97.com (04 339 8399). The Empty Quarter Dedicated to photography, this gallery boasts an alterable space and library. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 4pm-10pm. Gate Village Bldg. 2, www.theemptyquarter.com (04 323 1210).
The Majlis Gallery A courtyard and exhibition rooms exhibiting carefully selected local and international art. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, www.themajlisgallery.com (04 353 6233).
The Third Line This gallery shows contemporary Middle Eastern art – one of the best galleries of its kind in the region. Also features the Projects exhibition space, which showcases up-and-coming local artists. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz, www.thethirdline.com (04 341 1367).
thejamjar Contemporary art from local talent. Also offers DIY pick-up-and-paint sessions and community initiatives. Open Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-8pm, Fri 2pm-8pm. Behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.thejamjardubai.com (04 341 7303). Toby Art Gallery This contemporary gallery features a range of artists from across the globe whose creativity bridges fashion, art and design. Open Sun-Thu 10am-7pm. Block 1, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz (04 380 5292).
Total Arts at The Courtyard Offering two floors of art and interior design. Open Sat-Thu 10am-5pm. Near Spinneys warehouse, Al Quoz, www.courtyard-uae.com (04 347 5050).
Traffic Dubai’s premium gallery for contemporary art. Open Sat-Thu 9am-7pm. 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz, www.viatraffic.org (04 347 0209).
Vindemia A JBR-based gallery specialising in art, antiques, furniture and fashion. Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat noon-8pm. The Walk at JBR (04 427 0219).
XVA Gallery This stalwart features a range of key Middle Eastern artists. Open Sat-Thu 11am-7pm. Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Art stores and cafés
Al Abbar Art Gallery Displays a range of work by international artists. Also offers a framing service. Open Sat-Thu 9am-1pm; Fri 4pm-9pm. Beach Centre, Jumeirah, www.alabbarart.com (04 344 9207).
Art House Dubai Jumeirah-based space showcasing global art alongside a framing service. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Al Wasl Road, opposite Jumeirah Post Office, www.arthousedubai.com (04 344 8004).
Aspen Café A mall-based space showcasing work in association with Vindemia Gallery. Open daily 6am-11pm. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 409 5999).
Basta Art Café Food is the star of this café, but a selection of ever-changing art occupies the walls. Open daily 8am-10pm. Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (04 353 5071).
Creative Art Centre Set in two villas, showing Arab heritage-oriented art. Open Sat-Thu 8am-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah (04 344 4394). Elements Café A large café full of mostly abstract art. Open daily 10am-1am. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4252).
Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery Furniture showroom with a focus on art and frames. Open Sat-Thu 9am-9pm; Friday 9am-9pm. Zabeel Road, Al Zomorrodah Building, Karama, www.fourseasonsgallery.com (04 334 9090).
Gallery One Sells photo exhibits and prints. www.g-1.com. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6055). Other locations: Barsha (04 341 4488); The Dubai Mall (04 434 1252); JBR (04 423 1987).
Make Business Hub This new urban café gives Dubai’s mobile workers an environment to meet like-minded individuals. Open daily 8am-10pm. Al Fattan Towers, JBR (04 392 9216).
Miraj Islamic Art Centre A museum, showroom and a showcase for creative art from Islam. Open daily 9.30am-7pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 1084).
NJD-Workz A Dubai-based online shop that specialises in custom photo canvases and all kinds of printing and photography needs. It also offers a delivery service. Open Sun-Thu 9am-11pm. www.njd-workz.com (050 675 1447).
Profile Gallery Shows works by Spencer Tart and Patricia Al Fakhri. Open Sat-Thu 9.30-8.30; Fri 5pm-9pm. Jumeirah Centre. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 1147).
Shelter A new creative space and chill-out zone with a garden, library, cinema, café and store. Open Sat-Thu 9am-6pm. Warehouse 30, Alserkal Avenue. Al Quoz (04 380 9040).
The Pavilion A unique non-commercial cultural hub with two galleries and a café. Open daily 10am-midnight. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.pavilion.ae (04 447 7025).
Crafts & design
Café Ceramique DIY ceramic decoration and craft activities in a café-style environment. Perfect for kids. Open daily 8am-midnight. Festival Centre, Festival City (04 232 8616). Other location: Jumeirah Town Centre (04 344 7331).
Craft Land A sewing fan’s dream: offers fabric, haberdashery, threads, patterns educational workshops and more. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Town Centre, Jumeirah, www.mycraftland.com (04 342 2237).
Lotus Educational Institute Offers educational courses aimed at professional artists. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Al Sufouh Road, Knowledge Village, www.lotus.ae (04 391 1718).
Riot Art A useful resource for artists looking to reproduce their work on canvas. Open daily 10am-7pm. Liwa Heights, Office 3205, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.riotstudio.com (04 445 8488).
Camel Museum Learn about the UAE’s most treasured animal at this museum displaying old camel-related artefacts. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm. Al Shindagha Historical Area, Deira (04 392 0368).
Dubai Museum An informative museum with indoor and outdoor displays, plus information on Emirati culture. Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm; Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm. Al Fahidi Fort, Bastakiya (04 282 1111).
Horse Museum Discover the history and bloodlines of horses, plus the importance of equines in Arab culture. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm. Al Shindagha Historical Area, Deira (04 392 0368).
Museum of Traditional Architecture Displaying traditional Arabic architecture, plus examples of Dubai’s historic buildings. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm. Al Shindagha Historical Area, Deira (04 392 0093).
Salsali Private Museum A non-commercial art space showcasing works from Ramin Salsali’s 400-piece collection of Middle Eastern and European art. Open Sun-Thu 10am-6pm; Sat 1pm-5pm. Warehouse 14, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. www.salsalipm.com (04 380 9600).
Edventure Travel Organises on-location photo workshops for those with basic skills. Day tours, photography-focused overnight trips or overseas adventures all offered. www.edventuretravel.com (050 715 9457).
Gulf Photo Plus The heart of the photography community. It holds events, workshops and shows, and sells books and camera gear. Open Sun-Thu 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.gulfphotoplus.com (04 380 8545).