A Real Dream
This solo exhibition by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul features several new additions to the ‘Dream’ series, which in the past have been themed around a despairing woman in isolated quarters.
Until November 30. Ayyam Art Centre, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).
A joint exhibition by European artists including realistic painters Willem and Walter Dolphyn, a father-and-son duo from Belgium, and French architectural jeweller Philippe Tournaire. During the week, viewers can also attend ‘high tea’ seminars with the artists.
Free. Until November 24. Squisito, Loft Gallery, Al Quoz 3, behind Natuzzi (04 338 7775).
Editions: Prints & Multiples
View prints from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Those on show include Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Yue Minjun, Banksy, Blek Le Rat and Mr Brainwash.
Until November 30. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, First Floor, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Emirati artist Saeed Khalifa presents his first solo photo exhibition, a magical collection of surreal fairytale-like images that comment on acceptance in modern society.
Until November 29. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Go to the Corner
Working with ceramics, British artist Michael Cooper has created an intriguing group of blocks and adorned each with decorative imagery to give them their own individuality.
Until November 26. Thejamjar, Street 17A, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).
Moon, Stars and Electric Lights
Check out the works of contemporary Japanese artist Juri Morioka, in which she uses colour to call up memories of her past and hopes for her future.
Until December 15. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Spot the 40
As part of the planned 40 days of events being held this year in the run-up to National Day on December 2, when the UAE will mark its 40th year, organisers are inviting people to snap photos of the number 40s they spot around town (on signage or elsewhere).
Send in your submissions via the website to be included in a collage of visual representations. en.uaenationalday.ae/spot-40.
Erbil-Dubai: Chasing Utopia
Kurdish-Iraqi artist Walid Siti, who this year was invited to exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale, presents his latest body of work, which comments on parallels between the ancient city of Erbil in Iraq and modern Dubai.
Until December 5. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Celebrating local artistic talent, this exhibition will feature a variety of mediums such as oil and watercolour, mixed media and pastels. It will present the latest works from the region’s artists, including a four-year-old child, as well as established professionals.
Until November 30. Dubai International Arts Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4398).
Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents a nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society.
Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
Art in Iraq Today
An exhibition featuring selected works of contemporary Iraqi artists, and curated in the memory of author Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.
Until December 3. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Documentary Voices: Focused on Women
This event offers a platform to discuss socially relevant themes through the screening of thought-provoking documentaries. This year the focus is on women and will feature four French documentaries, as well as brainstorming sessions by documentary makers. For screening timings, call the number below.
Until November 29. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the intriguing story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring.
Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Limited Edition Prints and Rare Signed Posters: American Pop Artists
Come here to check out prints by some of the world’s most revered Pop artists including Cy Twombly, Richard Serra, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol.
Until December 8. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Street 4, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).
This Syrian artist’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse landscapes.
Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land
In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space.
Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).
The contemporary Algerian artist presents a solo exhibition at the Grand Millennium that has been inspired by Arabic calligraphy and nature.
Until December 21. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Working with philosophical undertones, Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji presents a solo show of large-scale paintings and installation art that depict a reappearing shadowy figure and provide commentary on the conflicts and desolation facing humanity. For more details, see the opposite page.
Until December 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war-torn streets of Karachi.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Mind’s Eye This solo exhibition
from Turkish artist Selma Gurbuz features several large-scale works of oil on canvas and ink on paper.
Until December 7. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
The Iranian artist presents a solo exhibition featuring four series of works, including digital collages and installations, that document his life during the time period of 2004 and 2010.
Until December 19. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
The State: The Coming Insurrection
This group exhibition features a handful of up-and-coming local artists, including Ubik and Aman Mojadidi, as well as the firmly established Damien Hirst. It comments on the causes of injustice, corruption and resulting unrest within societies.
Until December 3. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar
This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage and Dubai’s past and present.
Until February 24. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).
To coincide with the UAE’s National Day celebrations on December 2, thejamjar will present a 100-piece exhibition in which Dubai residents were invited to submit objects and artworks which they feel describes their journey within the UAE in the following categories: art, artifacts and domesticity.
Until January 1. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Parergon Iranian Canadian artist
Babak Golkar’s first solo exhibition in the region is a series of sculptures and inanimate objects that, when viewed from a different angle, appear as well-known architectural designs, such as the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia. Worth a look.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
The National Pride Art & Culture
Exhibition Showcasing UAE-inspired arts and crafts from 30 artists across the emirates, this exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of UAE National Day and will also include exhibitors offering henna, nail art, books and food for sale.
Until December 3. The Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa and Orient Guest House, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (050 551 5979).