Essential info on all the emirate's best known art hubs
Time Out Dubai staff
1x1 Art Gallery Specialises in art from the subcontinent. Open Sat-Thu 11am-8.30pm. Warehouse no. 4, Plot 364-22 Al Marabea Street, Al Quoz, www.1x1artgallery.com (04 341 1287).
4 Walls Art Gallery Offers a tumult of Middle Eastern contemporary art. Open Sat-Thu 10am-8pm. Behind Gargash Used Cars, opposite Knotica, www.4walls-dubai.com (04 338 8892).
Arsh Art Gallery Displays contemporary Middle Eastern and international art, and runs creative workshops for adults and kids. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.arshartgallery.com (04 420 3471).
Art Couture Gallery Hosts art shows, events and original works. Open daily 10am-10pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City, www.artcoutureuae.com (050 598 8206).
Artinhouse A space featuring works by various local, regional and international artists. Open daily 10am-7pm. The Gallery, first floor, Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).
Art Sawa Shows work from the Middle East and North Africa region. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Road 323, Al Quoz, opposite Shirawi Equipment (04 340 8660). Other location: DIFC (04 386 2366).
Ayyam Gallery This Syrian gallery offers contemporary art collections, with a focus on Damascus. Open Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Podium Level, Gate Village 3, DIFC, www.ayyamgallery.com (04 323 6242). Other location: Ayyam Art Centre, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).
Capsule Arts Exhibits and sells limited-edition prints by regional and international artists. Warehouse A2, Street 4, Al Quoz 3, www.capsulearts.com (04 388 1799).
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 Specialises in animation, cartoonists and illustrators. Open Sat-Thu 9am-6pm. 4B Street, Al Quoz 1, www.cartoonartgallery.org (04 346 6467).
Courtyard Gallery Features a rich mix of international art. Open Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Off Sheikh Zayed Road, interchange 3, Al Quoz, www.courtyardgallerydubai.com (04 347 9090).
Cuadro Gallery with a focus 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).
FN Designs This creative space hosts seminars and exhibitions. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Unit 26, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com.
Gallery 76 This gallery is part of Dubai International Art Centre. Open Sat-Wed 9am-1pm, Thu 9am-4pm. Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Gallery Etemad Contemporary venue with a wide roster of artists from across the region. Open Sat noon-5pm, Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. The Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz, www.galleryetemad.com (04 346 8649).
Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde Has a wide portfolio, including prominent up and coming Iranian artists. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.ivde.net (04 323 5052).
Gallery of Light A mall-based gallery for local and international artists. Open Sat-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Gallery One A vast collection of photography by international artists, with a regional focus. Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu-Sat 9am-12pm. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4488). Other locations: The Dubai Mall (04 434 1252); The Walk, JBR (04 423 1987); Souk Al Bahar (04 420 3619); Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6055).
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 Represents work from South Asia, Middle East and Europe. Open Mon-Thu & Sat 11am-7pm, Fri & Sun closed. Unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.greynoise.org (04 379 0764).
Gulf Photo Plus The heart of the photography community. Holds workshops, events and exhibitions, and sells books and all sorts of camera accessories. Open Sun-Thu 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).
J+A Gallery Features rare European vintage furniture and old-school industrial-style relics. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Street 4A, Al Quoz, www.ja-gallery.com (055 395 0495).
Kenza Art Gallery Showcases contemporary art, with a focus on the local. Open daily 10am-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.artkenza.com (04 368 6603).
Kobo Art An online gallery showcasing art from new and upcoming UAE-based artists. www.koboart.com (050 625 4577).
La Galerie Nationale Displays delightful vintage furniture from designers such as Warren Platner. Open Sun-Thu 10am-9pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com (04 380 4652).
Meem Gallery Middle Eastern art, plus a well-stocked library. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Al Quoz, make a U-turn at the third set of traffic lights next to Marina Interior Design and it’s halfway down the main road, next to Pressotto, www.meem.ae (04 347 7883).
Mojo Gallery Focuses on fine art and design. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz, www.mojohq.com (04 347 7388).
Mottahedan Projects Displays art from emerging and established artists from the US and the Middle East. Open Sun-Thu 11am-6pm. Al Joud Center, Showroom 17, Al Quoz 1, www.mottahedan.com (04 380 5525).
Muse Artz Sells affordable fine art prints, photography and original art by emerging artists. Open Sat-Wed 9.30am-10pm, Thu-Fri 9.30am-midnight. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.museartz.com (04 388 1516).
Mussawir Art Gallery Contemporary art from Pakistan and beyond. Open Sat-Thu 11am-7pm. Al Marabea Street, Unit 2, Al Quoz 1, www.mussawir.com (04 388 1663).
New Masters Gallery This Bur Dubai gallery focuses on exhibitions of works by both 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-10pm, Fri 4.30pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm. Gate Village 3, DIFC, www.operagallery.com (04 323 0909).
ProArt Gallery Masters, lithographs and serigraphs of 50 artists from 15 countries. Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 2pm-8pm. Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, www.proartuae.com (04 345 0900).
RIRA Gallery A DIFC gallery with a focus on Iranian artists. Open Sun–Thu 10am-8pm, Sat noon-6pm. Gate Village 3, DIFC, www.riragallery.com (04 369 9339).
Showcase Gallery Shows African and Middle Eastern art, antiques, tribal jewellery and frames. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.showcaseuae.com (04 379 0940).
Tashkeel A local studio and exhibition space that caters for up-and-coming UAE-based artists. Open Sun-Thu 8am-10pm. Near Nad Al Sheba Police Station, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313). Other location: Al Fahidi.
The Ara Gallery Focuses on emerging Arab artists with a give-back-to-the- community ethos. Open Sun-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 3pm-9pm, Sat noon-8pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, www.thearagallery.ae (04 454 2784).
The Empty Quarter Dedicated to photography, boasting an alterable space and decent library. Open Sat 2pm-8pm, Sun-Thu 10am-10pm. Gate Village, DIFC, www.theemptyquarter.com (04 323 1210).
Thejamjar Contemporary art from local talent, plus offers pick-up-and-paint sessions. Open Mon-Thu and Sat 10am-8pm, Fri 2pm-8pm. Street 4, Al Quoz 3, www.thejamjardubai.com (04 341 7303). The Majlis Gallery Exhibitions of both local and international art. Open Sat-Thu 9am-6pm. Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai, www.themajlisgallery.com (04 353 6233).
The Third Line Middle Eastern and international art. Open Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz, www.thethirdline.com (04 341 1367).
Total Arts at The Courtyard Two floors of art and design are offered here. Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. Near Spinneys warehouse, Al Quoz, www.courtyard-uae.com (04 347 5050). XVA Gallery Art by some key Middle Eastern artists is on show at this Bur Dubai stalwart, which also happens to be a hotel boasting a pleasant café. Open daily 10am-6pm. Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, www.xvagallery.com (04 353 5383).
Museums & sites of interest Al Ahmadiya School & Heritage House Established in 1912, this was the first ever school in Dubai and was renovated as a museum in 1995. Free. Sat-Thu 7.30am-7.30pm, Fri 2pm-7.30pm. Near Gold House building, Al Khor Street, Al Ras, www.definitelydubai.com (04 226 0286). Coin Museum Boasts seven rooms displaying currency from the region, including the Levant, Turkey and Egypt. Free. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm. Al Seef Street, Al Fahidi, Deira (04 353 9090, ext. 253).
Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort The museum exhibits ancient artefacts from Dubai, including spears, knives and other items recovered from graves dating back to 1000BC. It’s housed inside a fort built in the 1800s as the former ruler’s residence. The area offers an interesting walking tour through Al Fahidi. Dhs3. Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm, Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm. Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street, Bur Dubai (04 353 1862).
Heritage Village Walk through the lanes of this traditional-style village with different shops, galleries and historic display and exhibitions, such as a typical Arab courtyard and mock Bedouin camp. There’s also a guesthouse, so you can opt to stay in this traditional environment, plus several restaurant options. Free entry. Open Sat-Thu 7.30am-8.30pm, Fri 3pm-10pm. Al Shindagha, near Dubai Creek, www.dubaitourism.ae (04 393 7139).
Jumeirah Mosque Arguably the most beautiful mosque in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque stands at the northern end of Jumeirah Beach Road. Non-Muslims are not normally allowed inside mosques, but the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) organises guided tours. Sat-Thu 10am. Dhs10. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Majlis Ghorfat Um Al Sheif Built in traditional style from coral and stone, this two-storey majlis was used by the late ruler of the city, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the founder of modern Dubai. Admission Dhs1 (adults and kids aged above six years). Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm, Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 4, www.definitelydubai.com (04 394 6343).
Museum of Traditional Architecture Displays traditional Arabic architecture and examples of Dubai’s historic buildings. Free. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm. Al Shindagha, Bur Dubai (04 392 0093).
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House Built in 1896 out of coral covered in lime and sand plaster, this house was the home of Dubai’s former ruler (grandfather of the present ruler) until his death in 1958. Admission Dhs3 (adults), Dhs1 (children). Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm, Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm. Al Shindagha, www.definitelydubai.com (04 393 7139).