Best Art Galleries in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Dubai loves to showcase its artistic side in many different forms. There are vibrant street art displays in several of the city’s historical districts and in newer areas such as City Walk, art exhibitions held throughout the year, and art galleries located across the city. Whether you are a connoisseur or simply an art enthusiast, here are some of the best art galleries in Dubai for you to visit.

1. XVA


One of the most well-known art galleries in the Middle East, XVA highlights art from across the region, and neighbouring areas such as India and Africa. It is a great opportunity for emerging artists to be discovered and for masters in the field to display their work. The XVA gallery is located in the historic Al Fahidi District, which presents a snapshot of the UAE’s heritage with its winding lanes and traditionally designed buildings. The gallery is joined by the XVA Art Hotel, so you don’t have to limit your appreciation of the arts to just one visit.

2. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Gate Village in DIFC is home to some of Dubai’s best art galleries, including Cuadro Gallery, which showcases artwork from both local and international artists. The gallery also publishes art books and offers a three-month residency program for artists, making it a true home for lovers of fine art.

3. Fann A Porter

Fann A Porter

Fann A Porter is located in The Workshop Dubai, a unique villa that contains multiple art and creative spaces. Fann A Porter is a contemporary gallery that shares the villa with antique boutique Vindemia, alongside a library, cafe and design studio. You can also find custom-made furniture here, with in-house design services provided. A trip to Fann A Porter could result in an addition to your private collection as well as a new statement piece to wow your guests.

4. The Third Line

The Third Line

The Third Line is located in Alserkal Avenue, an unexpected haven of art in the industrial district of Al Quoz. This Dubai art gallery hosts exhibitions as well as non-profit events aimed at increasing art awareness and interest in the region. The gallery also has a book wing that publishes books by leading regional artists.

5. Lawrie Shabibi

Lawrie Shabibi

This is yet another art gallery in Alserkal Avenue, focusing on the work of young and upcoming international artists so their talents can be put in front of a wider audience and has helped to grow the contemporary art scene in Dubai. Lawrie Shabibi has also run special showcases of historic art by older artists from the Middle East and Africa. As of this year, the gallery will have an outpost in the United Kingdom as well.

6. Elmarsa Gallery

Elmarsa Gallery

The oldest gallery on this list, Elmarsa was founded in Tunisia over 25 years ago to promote Arab art and to build bridges to the wider international art community. Since then, the gallery has established a presence across the Middle East, leading to the opening of its second branch in Dubai in 2015. The gallery is, of course, located in Alserkal Avenue, where it continues with the mission to be a leader of modern art in Dubai.

All images courtesy of the Facebook pages of the respective art galleries.