7 Best Art Galleries In Dubai For Art Enthusiasts

From contemporary art hubs to galleries steeped in tradition...

by Priyanka Fernandes
7 Best Art Galleries In Dubai For Art Enthusiasts

Dubai’s thriving art scene is a testament to its rich cultural landscape, drawing art enthusiasts worldwide. The city boasts an eclectic array of art galleries showcasing local talent and international masterpieces. From contemporary art hubs to galleries steeped in tradition, Dubai offers diverse artistic experiences. Here are the seven best art galleries in Dubai, where creativity knows no bounds, and every art piece tells a story.

1. Alserkal Avenue


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Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, a visionary leader, founded Alserkal Avenue in 2008, transforming it into a globally recognised arts district and cultural centre in Dubai. It is a vibrant arts and culture district that showcases local and global talents across various creative platforms. Initially an industrial area, it has transformed into a dynamic hub housing art galleries, design studios, and performance spaces. With over 60 venues, including contemporary art galleries and creative ventures, Alserkal Avenue has become a focal point of artistic activity in the region.

Where: 17th St – Al Quoz – Al Quoz Industrial Area 1 – Dubai
When: Sunday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm

2. Opera Gallery


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Launched by Gilles Dyan in Paris in 1994, Opera Gallery has become a prominent dealer in modern and contemporary American, European, and Asian art. With branches worldwide, including one in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the Opera Gallery showcases artworks by renowned artists like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The gallery hosts exhibitions and participates in art fairs to make modern art accessible. Keep an eye out for DIFC Art Nights, where the city’s art scene comes alive in Gate Village.

Where: Gate Village, Building 3, Trade Centre, DIFC – Dubai
When: Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, Friday from 10 am to 11:30 pm, Saturday from 1 pm to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm

3. Majlis Gallery


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The Majlis Gallery, nestled in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, epitomises Dubai’s artistic spirit. Originally an expatriate’s home (interior designer Allison Collins), it has evolved into a vibrant art hub, showcasing diverse works ranging from paintings to sculptures. The gallery’s unique setting, with its traditional barista-style ceilings and teak doors, gives visitors a glimpse into Dubai’s heritage and culture.

Where: Al Fahidi – Dubai
When: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday Closed)

4. Green Art Gallery

Green Art Gallery features a diverse collection of contemporary artworks, from traditional paintings to modern installations. The gallery initially started as a “salon d’art” but has since expanded its reach to include artists from different regions and generations. Visitors can see international pieces from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Turkey, and beyond. The gallery collaborates with curators and guest artists to bring new perspectives to the exhibitions. Additionally, Green Art Gallery participates in prestigious art fairs like Art Dubai and Art Basel to increase its global presence.

Where: 8 17th St – Al Quoz – Dubai
When: Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm (Sunday Closed)

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5. XVA Gallery


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In Dubai’s Al Fahidi district, the XVA Gallery at XVA Hotel & Cafe showcases modern Middle Eastern art. Currently, it hosts an exhibition by Outsider artist Alireza Asbahi, known as CC, featuring his latest carpet collection. From March 28th to April 23rd, 2024, this exhibition blends personal experiences with cultural impacts. The gallery also presents works by artists like Samira Abbassy and Yoshihiko Tsutsumi, offering diverse perspectives and cultural insights.

Where: Al Fahidi Neighborhood, 312th Road – Al Fahidi St – Dubai
When: Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm 

6. Meem Gallery


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Meem Gallery, founded in 2007, is a key player in promoting modern and contemporary Arab, North African, and Iranian art. Led by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Mishal Hamed Kanoo, and Charles Pocock, the gallery hosts exhibitions featuring renowned artists like Dia Azzawi and Parviz Tanavoli. With a focus on primary and secondary market sales, Meem Gallery’s artists are showcased in esteemed institutions worldwide. The gallery also manages Meem Editions, a publishing program, and the Al Noor Library for Middle Eastern Art, boasting over 20,000 resources on the region’s art.

Where: Umm Suqeim St – Dubai
When: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday Closed)

7. Jameel Art Centre

Discover the vibrant world of art at the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. Established and supported by Art Jameel, this independent institution fosters a thriving artistic community through captivating exhibitions and engaging interactions among artists and enthusiasts. With workshops, lectures, and a Sculpture Park, it offers diverse opportunities for exploration and dialogue in contemporary art.

Where: Jaddaf Waterfront – Dubai
When: Saturday to Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm (Tuesday Closed) and Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm

Dubai’s art scene blends heritage and modernity. Galleries like Alserkal Avenue, Majlis, Opera, Green Art, XVA, Meem, and Jameel Arts Centre offer a unique exploration of culture and imagination. These art galleries are creative hubs that captivate and inspire visitors, making Dubai a global cultural destination.

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