A selection of the best artistic and cultural events in Dubai
A Verse Imprinted: Islamic Art A collection of artworks by 12 calligraphers inspired by the Holy Qu’ran and Arabic poetry. Until August 31. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Lebanese artist Shawki Youssef’s figurative works investigate the effects that disease, war, love and lust have on the human form. Until July 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Knots of Love Expert
Mahdieh Soltani (aka Mady), founder of The Carpet Workshop hosts an event, discussing the art of weaving. Until July 11. Objects and Elements Studio (050 848 1807).
Reza Derakshani The renowned Iranian artist’s textured canvases explore modern-day conceptual and philosophical ideas. Until July 9. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
#besomebody The graffiti exhibition is part of an ongoing global event, involving 30 countries. In Dubai, the art works will be linked to the themes of future and imagination for the 2020 Expo. Ongoing. Al Serkal Avenue, Exit 43 off Sheikh Zayed Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 416 1900).
DUCTAC’s summer camp for kids
The summer camp allows children and teenagers to engage in creative activities in DUCTAC’s art and pottery studios, as well as the chance to meet environmental representatives in Dubai (such as the The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project). Until August 1. Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 341 4777).
Mussawir Gallery The summer exhibition showcases a varied collection of paintings by nine of the gallery’s most popular contemporary artists: Jamil Naqsh, RM Naeem, AS Rind, Mashkoor Raza, Farrukh Shahab, AQ Arif, Ali Azmat, Mansoor Rahi and Abrar Ahmed. Until 31 July. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Traces Bringing together the works of four artists: Nadia Kaabi Linke, Marwan Sahmarani, Selma Gübüz and Shahpour Pouyan, this collection explores the continuing role of paper in art and why it’s still relevant today. Until July 18. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Victims of War Showcases photographic works by an Australian TV news anchor in the Middle East. Hermoine Macura has spent over a decade covering the Arab world and the images document refugees and their tales of hardship, sorrow, torture and persecution, as well as shedding light on the horrors of war. Until July 15. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Art Matters The summer workshops are being held for children six to nine and ten to 14 years of age. They are aimed at developing the artistic skills of children over this period. Until August 1. The Jam Jar, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Birth of a Museum
The first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works and ancient artefacts. Until July 20. Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 657 5800).
Object to Print Seven UAE-based print artists from different creative backgrounds, including textiles, architecture and graphic design, showcase their works to celebrate and raise awareness of Dubai’s print culture. Until August 12. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue Street 6, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Breathing Walls | EGYPT New York-based Lebanese artist Rhea Karam shares photos of urban art on walls in Egypt. Until August 31. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Rana Begum’s third solo show in Dubai is an exhibition of metal sculpture coated in vibrant colours. Her work explores the relationship between colour and three-dimensional space. Until July 30. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Hung From the Moon Emirati artist Farah Al-Qasimi’s photo exhibition explores how the spaces we inhabit become a home. Until August 31. The Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Project Space: Amir H Fallah Inspired by Dutch/Flemish floral paintings, Amir H Fallah’s solo exhibition showcases mixed media and collage pieces. Until July 30. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).