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Art Lover’s Guide to Dubai

Art Lover’s Guide to Dubai

Boasting one of the Middle East’s most vibrant art scenes, Dubai offers rich pickings for all types of collectors and enthusiasts. From museums displaying works by established Emirati and international painters and sculptors to contemporary performance spaces, here are some amazing art venues to visit in Dubai.

 

XVA Gallery—Contemporary art from across the globe

Tucked into the Al Fahidi Historical District, the XVA is a leading light in Dubai’s art scene and a must-visit spot for modern and Emirati art fans. Connected to the XVA hotel and café, this gallery stages exhibitions focused primarily on works by contemporary Emirati, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African artists. Visit on your own or, for local context, see the venue on a guided walk around Al Fahidi.

 

The Majlis Gallery—Art in a private home

Housed in a restored courtyard villa in Al Fahidi, this privately-run gallery is one of Dubai’s premier venues. Exhibitions and collections include everything from calligraphy, ceramics, and sculpture to paintings and drawings of local scenes, thus appealing to a wide variety of arts buffs.


Bait Al Banat Women’s Museum—Contemporary women’s art

This museum—often included on Dubai’s heritage walking tours—celebrates women’s art and achievements in the emirate. Situated in the heart of Deira, the museum showcases pieces by established and emerging local female artists and will appeal to anyone interested in women’s contribution to culture in Dubai.

 

Al Quoz—Cutting edge venues

Modern art fans will love Dubai’s industrial-style Al Quoz district, where warehouses contain cutting-edge galleries, event venues, and performance spaces, many of which offer free admission. The heart of the complex is Alserkal Avenue, a hub of galleries displaying painting and conceptual art pieces by hot new talents from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

 

La Mer—Street art of all kinds

This outdoor, beachfront shopping destination in Dubai’s Jumeirah neighborhood (handily near a stop on a Dubai’s hop-on hop-off bus route) doubles as an open-air gallery. The walls of local buildings are coated in murals, graffiti, and stencils, making the area a great introduction to the city’s contemporary art scene.

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City Sightseeing Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See Dubai's main attractions on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass, enjoy unlimited sightseeing along multiple routes, taking you to several top Dubai attractions including Jumeirah Beach Park, Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Museum, Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Road, Madinat Jumeirah, the Gold Souk, and Dubai Creek. Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a Global Village entry ticket, a night tour, and more fun perks!
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  • 25 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Culture and Modern Tour

Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Culture and Modern Tour

Dubai is a tale of two cities; with its skyscrapers usually overshadowing its older, traditional areas. With this private tour, experience both sides in a single outing, without having to hire cabs or hop between metro stops, and with a driver-guide to share their stories. Discover old wind towers, lanes, and souks; and cap them with photo ops at 21st-century wonders such as the Burj Khalifa, Palm, and more.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
Price varies by group size
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$215.00
Price varies by group size
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Full day Historical and Cultural Dubai Tour

Full day Historical and Cultural Dubai Tour

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Dubai may be known for its ultra-modern buildings and flashy facade, but not long ago it was a humble fishing village. Learn more about the city’s rich heritage on this comprehensive tour. Visit historic neighborhoods, the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, gold souks, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Mosque, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.00
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$162.00
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Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Discover traditional Emirati culture and art on a 4-hour tour of old Dubai, with a local guide. See the mud-brick wind towers and courtyards of Al Bastakiya and Al Fahidi, visit boutique art galleries, and admire the beautiful Diwan Mosque. Savor Arabic coffee and fresh dates during a fascinating interactive question and answer session about Emirati life and culture; see Deira’s glittering Gold Souk, and explore women’s role in Emirati life and art at Dubai’s Women’s Museum. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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$79.00
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Cultural Tour: A Modern Glimpse of the Past from Dubai

Cultural Tour: A Modern Glimpse of the Past from Dubai

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Explore the age-old Bedouin customs, 20th-century architecture and atmospheric bazaars of Dubai during this 4-hour cultural-themed city tour. Travel through the city by private luxury vehicle, starting with a tour of the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and a walking tour of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. You’ll also have time explore the Camel Museum, Horse Museum and Heritage Village before checking out Al Fahidi Fort. This Dubai culture trip includes a guide, private vehicle and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
Price varies by group size
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$175.00
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