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Objects and Elements
USP: If you want to kill a couple of hours in Al Quoz, come here. This sleek space is home to quirky accessories, homewares (most imported from Indonesia) and cool artworks, each hand-picked by owner Claudia Granberg. What’s more, the price range will suit all budgets.
Why go? The racy artworks are like nothing you’ll have seen in Dubai, and the quirky stock is updated every two months. From feather chandeliers to antique key-style bottle openers or puppet-like rabbits, this niche homewares world is your oyster.
Where? Street 8 (opposite Alserkal Avenue), enter through the back street, Al Quoz (04 323 6182).
1 Artwork, Dhs2,500
2 Carved skull, Dhs4,200
3 Feather chandelier, Dhs1,350
4 Artwork, Dhs895
5 Rabbits, Dhs175 for a set
6 Bottle opener, Dhs45
USP: If this isn’t already on your visitor tick-off list, it should be. Its junkyard-like façade is all part of its charm. To find the hidden entrance, pass Objects and Elements on the right, then take the first right. The entrance is on the right, covered in statues. On finding it you’ll be given a medal (we joke) and a carry bag, before being welcomed through another archway. On the other side lies a whimsical world of knick-knacks and statues from countries such as Turkey, Thailand and Taiwan. Beware: you will get lost, and that’s half the fun.
Why go? To stock up on Dubai-centric tat, pashminas (prices range from Dhs10 to Dhs12,000), a life-size statue of a brooding grizzly bear (who doesn’t need one?) and Moroccan-style accessories. But more so, come for the adventure. Amid the bizarre mix of antique trumpets, chronographs and puppets, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a secret movie set. And maybe you have. Hmmm.
Where? Opposite Alserkal Avenue – pass Objects and Elements and take the first right at the next street. Antique Museum is on your right (04 347 9935).
1 Pocket trumpet Dhs185, trumpet Dhs290, euphonium Dhs480
2 Burkha babushka dolls, Dhs25 for a set
3 Framed gun, Dhs685
4 Moroccan lantern, Dhs280
5 Vietnamese wardrobe, Dhs850
6 Life-size bear statue, from Dhs25,000
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