Our picks of the week
1 See vibrant watercolours at The Majlis Gallery
See Wed April 30.
2 Experience Russian theatre at the Madinat Theatre
See Thu 1.
3 Consider Soviet military at The Third Line
See Thu 1.
4 Be moved by calligraphy in Sharjah's Heritage Area
See Sat 3.
5 See spiritual photography at The Empty Quarter
See Fri 2.
Wednesday April 30
Drawn to Dubai: David Paskett
Acclaimed artist and former president of England's Royal Watercolour Society's collection of paintings includes scenes of the Creek and old Dubai. Expect a combined fascination of still life and distinctive waterway imagery.
Until May 24. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).
The Rose and the Nightingale: A Persian Iconography
Group exhibition curated by Maneli Keykavoussi explores the popular themes of the 'gol o bolbol' in Iranian art. Often used as a metaphor for perfection and devotion, the theme has been used for centuries by Persian artists.
Until May 29. JAMM Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).
Thursday May 1
The Iranian artist's work expands on his motif of the complex role of ornaments in modern painting. These works, and the corresponding book, were inspired by the floral patterns of a Persian carpet.
Until May 3. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Mirror for the Soul Innovative Russian drama group
Theatre Alterum brings its unique brand of non-verbal, physical performance to Dubai. Expect to see a mysterious and challenging fictional world created before your very eyes.
May 1-3. Madinat Theatre, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).
The Lost Empire: Fouad Elkoury
The Lebanese photographer's third solo show in Dubai documents his journey through abandoned Soviet military bases. The topography of war and human conflict are regular themes for Elkoury.
Until May 29. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
The Greater Middle East Unveiled Collection
Sought-after modern and contemporary works by artists from Cairo to Tehran showcase the growing interest in the region's vibrant and eclectic scene. Features mixed media work by Sabhan Adam, Fateh Moudarres, Youssef Nabil and many more.
Until May 6. The Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Spirit of a Place: Sami Nabeel and Martin Smith
Documentary filmmakers Nabeel and Smith exhibit their travelling body of work in DIFC. The pictures reveal many ways in which man has brought a sense of spirituality to natural locations.
Until May 22. The Empty Quarter, DIFC (04 323 1210).
It's All Square
Fifteen illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds (newspaper, tattoo, comic book and advertising design) are aiming to spark dialogue about their art form. The event will feature sketchbook sessions and workshops. Use thejamjar space afterwards to make your own art.
Until May 12. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).
Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial
Outside Dubai's city walls but well worth a trip, this calligraphy exhibition is a celebration of Arabic lettering and the beauty of Islamic script. Includes masterpieces from Europe, USA and China.
Until June 2. Calligraphy Square, Heritage Area, Sharjah (06 512 3355).
The Eye of the Woman
Five female artists join forces for an exhibition celebrating women around the world. Freedom and honesty are also important themes explored.
Until May 5. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (050 598 8206).
My Universe of Imaginary
Creatures Widely travelled Saudi artist Hadil Moufti's exhibition at the Showcase Gallery is a recreation of dreams in which fictional animals roam through imaginary worlds.
Until May 18. Showcase Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Amateur painter and acclaimed artist has added paintings to her website. Popular with collectors across the city, her works tend to be vivid dreamscapes and vibrant iconography. A percentage of the profits for all sold paintings will be donated to help children in need of an education.
Ongoing. Private collection viewable at www.ikewlani.com (no number).
Yearning of Freedom: Mahsa Naghibzadeh
Iranian artist presents her thoughts on the multiple faces of freedom and her drams of a brighter future.
Until May 1. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 341 4666).