Time Out pays a visit to Old Town as Satwa unveils new street art murals. See pictures of graffiti in Dubai celebrating Arabic culture
If there was any doubt in your mind that Dubai is quickly becoming a global graffiti hub, you have to check out these fantastic new murals that have popped up in Satwa.
The urban art initiative, known as Dubai Street Museum, has transformed 2nd of December Street into an open-air gallery and an homage to Emirati heritage and history.
The works of art include a group of Emirati children hoop rolling, a psychedelic map of the UAE, Arabic calligraphy, portraits of Emirati royals, a golden dallah (coffee pot) and more traditional imagery from the UAE (scroll through the gallery above to see them all).
In total, 16 building facades running along 2nd of December Street are being given a colourful and artistic spruce up.
Approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the five-year long project will see other parts of Dubai converted into street art hotspots.
Another part of the city that recently became home to some very eye-catching murals is Karama, with multi-coloured graffiti including a gigantic image of a lion to one of a ship crashing into the waves.
The most encouraging aspect to all these projects is that they’re professionally conducted and, as opposed to amateur graffiti work and tagging in other cities around the world, the end result adds value and beauty to the cityscape.