Why should you visit Art Dubai 2018?

March 21st, 2018

The prospect of Art for a novice can be daunting and over whelming, especially if you are a bit like me who does not know her Andy Warhol from the Picasso! But well, one can always begin somewhere and if you are in Dubai, then Art Dubai it is!

Art fairs are your way to begin as a collector and not only that, they offer a wealth of insights and education into the regional and international art climate, culture and a lot more! You will be intrigued, excited, elated, educated and a lot more even if it was not what you wanted!

We give you a few tips to be comfortable if you are a novice:

Check out the website, the programme and figure out what may interest you and have a sort of an idea before you land up there!

Don’t get overcome with all the arty and arty types around. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask if you do not understand something.

There are a lot of workshops and sessions alongside the art fair and you can participate in a few to understand more. Try and have fun while you are at it as art is for enjoyment. Soak in the atmosphere of the art fair and revel in it.

Take a lot of pictures for your album and for your Instagram.

Talk to artists about their artwork and the inspirations behind them, you may unravel fascinating stories!

If you love something, just go for it, do not try to apply logic and reasoning; art is like a piece of jewellery or a book, you look or read the blurb and you want it! It makes you feel good so go for it! After all, art is meant to bring joy!

Art Dubai 2018

The 12th edition of Art Dubai is back in its full glory and welcomes a variety of exhibitors from all over the world and premiers a new gallery section, alongside a wealth of talks around art and beyond. Discover art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, sourced from 105 galleries from 48 countries.

Abraaj Group Prize: The winner of the $100,000 award this year is Beirut-based Lawrence Abu Hamdan. He unveils his dream project, developed with guest curator Myriam Ben Salah.

Walled Unwalled -Lawrence Abu Hamdan Abraaj Group Art Prize Winner 2018-Courtesy of Photo Solutions

Khaleeji artist collective GCC presents GOOD MORNING GCC, based on talk shows featured on TV stations across the Arab world. The programme will include daily segments on fashion, cooking, beauty, health, lifestyle, and environment. Visitors can interact and be part of the audience.

Suliman Al Qassar - Al Qassar Show

As part of Art Dubai’s new partnership with the Misk Art Institute, the fair will present a museum-quality exhibition entitled, That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life, featuring rarely-seen Modern works from across the region as well as Reframe Saudi, a Virtual Reality documentary film that explores Saudi Arabia by looking inside the studios of Contemporary artists based in the Kingdom.

Mohammed Alsaleem, Desert Spring, 1987. Private Collection.

The Global Art Forum entitled “I AM NOT A ROBOT” will explore the highly topical theme of automation; the power, paranoia and potentials of automation as well as the Modern Symposium, which addresses the lives and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Global Art Forum

The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program features Japanese-Australian Artist Hiromi Tango as the lead-artist, who will work with children throughout the week as part of her project Healing Garden, which will feature an interactive installation that invites children to participate in creating a nurturing environment based on local plants and flowers. The workshops and immersive installation will provide hands-on opportunities for children to create and explore the space that is energized through the interplay of light, colours, textures and shapes. Alongside the onsite workshops, the program will see the return of the popular Discovery Tours for children and teenagers at the fair, as well as a growing number of schools taking part in the Artists-in-Schools Initiative.

Hiromi Tango, Hiromi Hotel, Peformance Installation, 2017. Photography Sarah Malone. Courtesy the Artist and Sullivan+Strump, Sydney


Nidhal Chamekh, Le Battement des Ailes A, 2017. Courtesy Selma Feriani Gallery

With 78 galleries from 42 countries, including first-time gallery participations from Iceland, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kazakhstan, this year’s Contemporary gallery halls are a platform for discovery for art from across the world and meeting point for art from established centres and emerging scenes alike.


Abdulsattar AlMussa, Marriage in Refaa, 1986. Courtesy The Artist and Hafez Gallery

The 5th edition of Art Dubai Modern will feature 16 galleries from 14 countries and introduce, for the first time, collective exhibitions, in addition to solo- and two-artist shows.


Poonam Jain, Chanting, 2016. Courtesy 1x1 Art Gallery

Premiering this year, Residents is a programme-cum-gallery section at Art Dubai, with 11 international artists coming to UAE for a residency, producing work which will be presented by the artists’ respective galleries in this new section.


Karim Noureldin, Des, 2016 (Studio Shot). Courtesy von Bartha - Bernhard Knaus Fine Art - RIBOT arte contemporanea. Photo Ariel Huber

This exhibition by Swiss-Egyptian artist Karim Noureldin will feature two large, textile installations based on drawings made by the artist and produced in India.




Piaget presents its latest jewellery and watch collection: Sunlight Journey. Inspired by the scenic beauty of the Amalfi Coast, the collection is an escapade punctuated by joyful effervescence and dazzling radiance. In collaboration with The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Piaget reveals Summer Muse by Emirati artist Jawaher Alkhayyal, inspired by Maison Piaget’s Sunny Side of Life high jewellery collection.


Art Dubai is held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in partnership with The Abraaj Group. The fair is sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme, which includes Campus Art Dubai and the Art Dubai Fellowship. It also presents the Global Art Forum with support from Dubai Design District (d3).

Venue: Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim
Dates: March 21 – 24

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