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Find works by established and up-and-coming artists at these 10 best art galleries in Dubai

Opera Gallery

Since its inception by Gilles Dyan in Paris in 1994, Opera Gallery Group has been offering its international collectors unique access to a diversity of multicultural artists, from the works of modern masters such as Picasso, Chagall, Buffet and Warhol, to the most sought-after contemporary art by the likes of Marc Quinn, Yayoi Kusama and David Mach, to name a few. The group opened its first gallery at Dubai’s International Financial Centre (DIFC) in 2008, where it has been offering a selection of high-end contemporary paintings, photography, furniture, sculpture as well as early modern masters and nineteenth century pieces from around the world.
Bldg. 3, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre; +971 4 323 0909;

Custot Gallery

Building on his great success in the international art scene – a mission undertaken 25 years ago in Paris then in London with the Waddington Custot Galleries, Stephane Custot chose Dubai as the next location for his latest gallery, which opened at Alserkal Avenue in March 2016. The curatorial calendar of Custot Gallery Dubai showcases major figures in Modern Art such as Dubuffet, Calder, Miro, Picasso, de Staël, alongside contemporary names including Soulages, Indiana, Halley, Verdier and Davenport.
l-84, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1;; +971 4 346 8144;

The Empty Quarter

The Empty Quarter is one of the handful galleries in the UAE devoted exclusively to fine art photography, serving a rapidly growing membership of artists and photo enthusiasts. The gallery deals with emerging and internationally renowned photographers such as award-winning Steve McCurry, Bruno Barbey, Marc Riboud, and Al-Moutasim Al Maskery, among others.
Bldg. 2, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre; +971 4 323 1210;


Founded in 2003, Artspace Dubai is dedicated to the promotion of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern Art and Artists. The gallery caters to the tastes and trends of the sophisticated Dubai art scene and its discerning worldwide collector base. In addition to regularly hosting highly acclaimed exhibitions, Artspace also provides consultancy to art investors and corporate art services to the business community. Bldg. 3, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre; +971 4 323 0820;

Street Art Dubai

The only gallery in Dubai dedicated to Street Art. With a portfolio of more than 50 great Artists from the USA, Europe and the Middle East; Street Art Gallery runs solo exhibitions of legendary graffiti artists (Legend) as well as young and talented (Toys), allowing enthusiasts to discover different styles of street art from Stencils, Writing, Abstract, Cubism, Vandal, Pop and all the variations of ‘wild writing’ to cartoon characters on canvas, wood and road signs. Villa 23, 10B Street, Jumeirah 1; +971 55 888 8247;

M.A.D. Gallery Dubai

M.A.D. Gallery by MB&F is a captivating universe of kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme. The first M.A.D. Gallery opened in 2011 in Geneva on Rue Verdaine. A second M.A.D. Gallery opened in Taipei in 2014 and a third one in Dubai in January 2016. Inside the galleries, not only will you find the complete range of MB&F Horological Machines and Legacy Machines, but you will also have the pleasure of discovering carefully curated collection of ‘Mechanical Art Devices’ from around the world.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1; +971 4 330 7366;

La Galerie Nationale

La Galerie Nationale specializes in original art furniture made by top designers representing the 20th century – one of the most prolific periods in design, the birthplace of generations of extraordinary designers handling all the Art forms. La Galerie Nationale promotes these outstanding designers and offers their exceptional objects to collectors. With twenty years of experience in France and Europe, the gallery has a representative space in Dubai at Alserkal Avenue.
Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1; +971 4 380 4652;

Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Founded in 2008, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery at Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) has quickly become one of the UAE’s premier contemporary and modern art venues. Each year, Cuadro assembles a substantial curatorial program in four distinct visual areas of interest: Painting, Paper, Photography, and Sculpture. Each exhibition centres on a significant educational paradigm that is accompanied with lectures, workshops and panel discussions.
Bldg. 10, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre; +971 4 425 0400;

Leila Heller Gallery

Since its establishment in New York over three decades ago, Leila Heller Gallery has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in promoting creative dialogue and exchange between Western artists and artists from the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia. In November 2015, Leila Heller Gallery opened its first international location in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue, bringing the city an active and innovative exhibition schedule from international contemporary artists to modern masters, specialising in artists from the Middle East.
I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1; +971 56 829 8026;

XVA Gallery

Established in 2003, XVA is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East specializing in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran and the Subcontinent. Its exhibitions focus on works by the regions foremost artists as well as those emerging onto the scene. The gallery’s artists express their different cultural identities and perspectives while challenging the viewer to drop prejudices and borders.
XVA Gallery is located in Dubai’s heritage district, known as Al Fahidi Neighborhood. Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai; +971 4 353 5383;

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