Our critic's pic of the best art currently on show in Dubai
CBRE Photographer of the Year Competition There’s just ten days left to enter this Middle Eastern urban-based photography competition, which is open to all. The theme for this year’s contest is ‘cities at work’. The winner will be rewarded with a luxury foreign safari trip. Until August 31, www.cbrephotographer.com
Resonating Script This show is a celebration of the rhythmic vibrancy of calligraphic art, exhibiting the creations of nine contemporary artists. Until August 28. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
My father was many and I am happy as a sailor Part II The third solo exhibition of surreal paintings from Austrian artist Philip Mueller is an exploration of universal themes, such as where do we come from and where are we going? Until September 6. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Spoken Art: Victor Sitali Zambian-born, Dubai-based artist Victor Sitali is exhibiting his modern oil paintings. The concept of the show is to let the art speak on behalf of the deaf painter. Until August 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, Festival City (04 601 0101).
A Verse Imprinted: Islamic Art A collection of religious 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 (04 454 2784).
Breathing Walls | EGYPT NYC-based Lebanese artist Rhea Karam explores transient testimonies of life through photos of urban art on walls in Egypt. Until August 31. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Demolition Iranian artist Fereydoon Omididi’s solo calligraphy exhibition is a showcase of his hypnotic art, where he uses repetition of letters to achieve a rhythmic, dance-like quality to his paintings. The large-scale homages to Persian art are created through his layering of oils on the canvas. View by appointment, until September 30. XVA Gallery. Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
International Shorts Screening Hosted in collaboration with Beirut Animated, The Animation Chamber will be screening a diverse and broad selection of international short films for the evening. August 24, 7pm-9pm. Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah (06 556 6555).
P Gnana In a collaboration with online gallery Kobo, Scafa restaurant will be exhibiting a selection of Gnana’s paintings. Based in Singapore but raised in India, Gnana is fascinated with collage, building layers of ideas and the evolution of thoughts. The pictures will be changed every three weeks. Ongoing. Scafa, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 379 40 44).
The Shadows Collection A collection of richly coloured Arab-inspired abstract calligraphy by Syrian artist Helen Abbas, the exhibition includes 18 original pieces that have not been released before and which reflect the transient nature of everyday life. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Mégatours: toujours plus haut! Mega towers: higher and higher! Designed by Parisian collective Universcience, this exhibition explores the possibility of skyscrapers, and covers the construction of a ‘mega’ skyscraper, which began this year in Jeddah and is set to be more than 1km high. Until October. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai (04 335 8712).
Patrice Palacio Taking its origins from cubism, Patrice Palacio’s fragmental art is a concept he developed with well-known ceramicist Xavier Llongeras. Palacio’s first presentation includes a unique portrait of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Until September 3, ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah (04 345 0900).
Hung from the Moon The first solo exhibition from Emirati artist Farah Al Qasimi, her photographic prints explore the idea of an irrational fear of returning home and the role which everyday objects play in how we define ourselves. Until August 31. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Islamic Art Splendour Local and international artists who specialise and calligraphy and Qu’ranic art. Until August 30, Ahmedia Art Gallery, Ahmedia Heritage Guest House, Deira (04 225 0085).