Five ways to see art in Dubai International Airport

Don’t head off without a culture fix

Five ways to see art in Dubai International Airport

Dubai is one of the world’s top cities for art – but did you know about these pieces that are in DXB?

If you’ve been visiting loved ones or are jetting off on a relaxing post-Christmas break, then it’s time to get your culture fix.

There are sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and more waiting for you.

Here’s your guide to five of the best:

This piece hangs on the walls of DXB’s Al Majlis VIP facility. It was created by Mattar Bin Lahej – the noted Emirati artist and photographer, and CEO of the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children – and it addresses clarity on colour and light mass.
Al Majlis VIP Facility, Terminal 3.


Forms and subjects such as oil, pearls and rhythm inspire Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi’s work. But it’s the rich culture and heritage of his home country that influences him most. Arabic calligraphy, in particular, forms the basis of his sculpture, Love-Red. The word “love” here, however, has been translated to the Arabic “hobb” and Al Suwaidi uses calligraphy to represent his native language. It’s one not to be missed.
Concourse D, Terminal 1.

My Dallah

Elsewhere, at Arrivals, Terminal 3, you’ll find Al Suwaidi’s striking gold sculpture My Dallah, made out of fibreglass. It’s an abstract representation of an Arabian coffee pot and cup, known as the “dallah” and “fenjan”, which are important components of the UAE culture, symbolising “originality, kindness and hospitality”.
Arrivals, Terminal 3.

Spirit of Dubai and Mawaheb artworks

This permanent piece created by Mawaheb is a pop art-inspired diorama illustrating daily life at DXB. And you can now see the brilliant piece in the flesh when you’re at the airport. It features as part of an art installation – a 46-metre-long wall between Concourses B and C – presenting two distinct pieces. The Spirit of Dubai is the coming together of Emirati artist Abudllah Lufti’s work, complemented by a graffiti installation on the opposing wall.
Walkway between Concourse B and C, Terminal 3.

Year of Zayed Gallery

For all the magnificent Year of Zayed events last year, it’s DXB’s art gallery that caught our attention the most. Stunning pieces include Emirati artist Diaa Allam’s portrait of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE. Plus, there are photographs from landmark dates in the UAE’s history including the moment HH Sheikh Zayed signed the declaration that sealed the federation alongside the founding fathers.
Departures, Terminal 3.

Don’t miss the rock ’n’ roll exhibiton of memorabilia for the world’s biggest music stars at the Hard Rock Cafe in Concourse B, Terminal 3.

There are pieces from Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Shakira and Eric Clapton.

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