New graffiti street art in Dubai’s Karama – first photos

Time Out has information and pictures of new graffiti street art in Dubai's Karama – first photos and Instagram posts of the city's freshest urban artwork

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UPDATE: So after more than a month of hard work by international artists giving the previously bland building frontages a facelift, Karama is the talk of the town.

News organisations have followed Time Out's lead in profiling the wonderful work being done by the group, and now the official short film celebrating the project has been released.

Featuring in-process footage of Pakey, Abdul Rashade and Sored One, it shows off quite how large this unique undertaking was, and the incredible impact it has had on a Street 18B.

There are a total of 24 murals, each with a different style and subject matter, from 3D art to freestyle graffiti, from animals to abstract.

GALLERY: SEE ALL 24 MURALS FROM THE KARAMA STREET ART PROJECT


HOW TIME OUT FIRST REPORTED THE PROJECT BACK IN JUNE

Synonymous with budget shopping and excellent Indian and Pakistani restaurants, Dubai’s Al Karama neighbourhood now has another unique selling point to draw in tourists and Dubaians alike.

Practically overnight and without any social media hype, many of Karama’s longstanding and traditional buildings have been given a fresh and colourful new coat of paint.

That, in fact, is a massive understatement, as the iconic Old Dubai district is quickly transforming into one of the coolest graffiti spots in the city.

From a gigantic mural of a lion to one of a ship crashing into the waves, many of Karama’s building facades are being transformed by a group of gifted local and international street artists.

“We’re going to create 24 murals in total and we’ve completed about 50 percent so far,” Mohammed, of Dubai's urban artwork group Graffiti told Time Out.

“We estimate that in about 12 days the finished project will be ready for everybody to come down to Karama and check out.

“It’s a mixed design of 3D art, freestyle and traditional.”

Anyone who’s dropped by this part of town before will be familiar with the quirky, urban clothing adorning Karama’s shop windows.

This ingenious project, commissioned by Wasl Properties, not only breathes new life into the district but also adds an extra layer of eccentricity to one of Dubai’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Only last April, fifteen of the world's best-loved urban artists were given a blank canvas on which to decorate Citywalk in Jumeirah.

If you want to see what their creative minds were able to produce, click here.

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