Best Art Galleries in Dubai

A sprawling metropolis and towering desert oasis, Dubai is not only a hub for global innovation but also a vibrant center for art and culture.

The city’s shimmering skyline complements its artistic soul, making it a haven for art enthusiasts.

Let’s dive into Dubai’s top galleries, giving a special mention to Eden Gallery Dubai, a symbol of Dubai’s embrace of modern and innovative artistry.

1. Eden Gallery, Dubai

Location: Fashion Av – The Dubai Mall – Unit FF – 290 – 58 Financial Rd – Downtown Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Alec Monopoly, Eduardo Kobra and David Kracov

Size: Approximately 11,000 square feet

Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs: 10 am-11 pm and Fri to Sun: 10 am-12 am

Opened: 2022

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Angelo Accardi, Fred Allard, Metis Atash

What We Liked: Mesmerizing sculptures, contemporary techniques

Expect to See: Fusion of traditional and modern artistic styles

2. The Third Line

Location: Unit H 78, Alserkal Avenue – Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Sophia Al Maria, Farah Al Qasimi

Size: 8,300 square feet

Opening Hours: 11 am-7 pm daily

Opened: 2005

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laleh Khorramian

What We Liked: Emphasis on Middle Eastern contemporary art

Expect to See: Contemporary artworks reflecting the culture of the region

3. Opera Gallery

Location: Gate Village, Building 3 – 03 Sheikh Zayed Rd – Trade Centre – DIFC – Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Fernando Botero, Manolo Valdés

Size: 10,000 square feet

Opening Hours: Sun to Wed: 10 am-10 pm, Thurs: 10 am-12 am Fri: 2 pm–9 pm, Sat: 11 am-9 pm

Opened: 2008

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí

What We Liked: International contemporary and modern art

Expect to See: Sculptures, paintings, and mixed media pieces from globally renowned artists

4. Grey Noise

Location: 46RG+J9Q – Al Quoz – Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Mehreen Murtaza

Size: Not listed

Opening Hours: Tues to Sat: 11 am-7 pm

Opened: 2008

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Joana Escoval, Lantian Xie

What We Liked: Thought-provoking and unique exhibitions

Expect to See: Artworks that challenge conventional narratives and forms

5. Meem Gallery

Location: Umm Suqeim Road, Barsha 2, Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Dia Azzawi, Parviz Tanavoli

Size: 3,000 square feet

Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 10 am-6 pm

Opened: 2007

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Ismail Fattah, Mohammed Omar Khalil

What We Liked: Arabic art and modern Islamic art

Expect to See: A mix of paintings, sculptures, and prints with Arabic calligraphy and motifs

6. Lawrie Shabibi

Location: Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Zak Ové, Shahpour Pouyan

Size: 3,000 square feet

Opening Hours: Sun to Thur: 10 am-6 pm, Sat: 11 am-6 pm

Opened: 2011

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Driss Ouadahi, Farhad Ahrarnia

What We Liked: A blend of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African art.

Expect to See: A platform for innovative approaches in the art from the region and Global South

7. Carbon 12 Gallery

Location: Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Exclusive Artists: Gil Heitor Cortesao, Amba Sayal-Bennett, Bernhard Buhmann

Size: Not listed

Opening Hours: Sat to Thurs: 11:30 am-7 pm

Opened: 2008

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Olaf Breuning, Andre Butzer, Rui Chafes

What We Liked: Forward-thinking and progressive contemporary art.

Expect to See: Multidisciplinary artworks from a global perspective.

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8. Ayyam Gallery

Location: Unit B11, Alserkal Avenue Exit 43 of SZR – Discovery Gardens Street 8 – Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Sama Alshaibi, Eliaz Izoli, Kais Salman

Size: 1,500 square feet

Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 10 am-6 pm

Opened: 2006

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Faisal Samra, Rula Halawani, Mouteea Murad

What We Liked: A strong emphasis on Middle Eastern artists and dynamic exhibitions.

Expect to See: Intriguing paintings, sculptures, and photography, often with socio-political themes reflecting the regional context.

9. Green Art Gallery

Location: 8 17th St – Al Quoz – Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Shadi Habib Allah, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Seher Shah

Size: Not listed

Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 10 am–7 pm

Opened: 1995 (as a framing store; later transitioned to a gallery in 2010)

Entrance: Free

Artists Featured: Kamrooz Aram, Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Ana Mendieta

What We Liked: The gallery’s commitment to representing a diverse combination of emerging and established artists.

Expect to See: Contemporary pieces with a fusion of traditional and modern interpretations, often bridging the East-West dichotomy.

10. Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA)

Location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Exclusive Artists: Not dedicated to specific artists, but rather a confluence of visual art, 3D sound, and scent.

Size: 20,000 square feet

Opening Hours: 10 am-11 pm daily

Opened: 2019

Entrance: Paid, with various ticketing options, including access to immersive experiences.

Artists Featured: The space often integrates the masterpieces of artists like Van Gogh, Monet, and Kandinsky into digital immersive experiences.

What We Liked: ToDA provides a unique multisensory experience combining visual art, 3D sound, and the scent of themed aromas.

Expect to See: Not traditional art hanging on walls, but an immersive digital art experience that takes visitors on a journey through art, time, and space.

Where can I see art in Dubai?

Dubai’s art scene is predominantly concentrated in areas like Al Quoz, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and Downtown Dubai, with the arts and culture district Alserkal Avenue serving as contemporary art’s epicenter.

Can I buy artwork in Dubai galleries?

Yes, many galleries, including Eden Gallery, offer artworks for sale, making Dubai the perfect destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

What is the largest gallery in Dubai?

While size can vary, Eden Gallery is one of Dubai’s most expansive spaces dedicated to art. The new Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) is also very large, though not a traditional gallery.

Does Dubai have an art museum?

Indeed, Dubai is home to several art museums, including the Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) and Jameel Arts Centre, that exhibit a wide range of contemporary and traditional art forms.

Final Words

Dubai’s bustling art scene reflects its cosmopolitan spirit. From traditional Islamic and Middle Eastern art to cutting-edge contemporary artworks, the city offers a diverse array of artistic experiences.

As you plan your art excursion in Dubai, remember to check each gallery’s website for the latest exhibitions and events. Dive deep into the world of art in the heart of the desert!

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