An Art Lover's Guide to Dubai in 24 Hours

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Thais Kelly

In the midst of skyscrapers and ground-breaking technology, there’s art. Although Dubai might not have a reputation as the most artistic city on the globe, it certainly has no shortage of places where art can be both admired and created. For those who wish to awaken their inner artist, Dubai might just be the place to do so. Here’s how to enjoy the artistic side of Dubai in 24 hours.

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Morning at Alserkal Avenue

This collection of warehouses located in the middle of the industrial area of Al Quoz might be the trendiest place in Dubai right now. On Alserkal Avenue there are a series of art and photography galleries, unique cafes and even a vintage car showroom. However, what makes this place perfect for all art-lovers to spend their mornings is the jamjar, a place where people can come to paint and bring out their inner artist.

Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, +971 50 556 9797

Alserkal Avenue

Lunch in DIFC

For those who love art, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the best place to grab lunch. Other than being home to some of the chicest restaurants in Dubai — such as La Petite Maison and Cipriani — the neighborhood is also populated with art galleries. Be sure to check out Opera Gallery, The Empty Quarter and Cuadro, among many others.

Dubai International Financial Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 4 362 2222


Afternoon in Bastakiya

The late afternoon is the ideal time to head over to the other side of Dubai , to the Old Quarter, to check out XVA Gallery. This is located in Bastakiya, the oldest residential quarter in Dubai, dating back to the 19th century. The whimsical Old Dubai atmosphere will inspire all art-lovers. Head to Basta Art Cafe for afternoon tea.

Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, +971 4 515 5000


Stay at Jumeirah Beach Residence

After a non-stop day of art, it’s time to head for a good night’s rest. In keeping with the theme of the day, head to a Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). JBR includes a wide selection of internationally renowned beachfront resorts, such as Doubletree by Hilton and The Ritz-Carlton, catering to many budgets. However, it’s the streets of the JBR that will be leave art-lovers in awe, with colorful graffiti art and gigantic sculptures on display.

Jumeirah Beach Residence

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