Art Dubai

Art Dubai 2018  features 105 galleries from 48 countries, making it the fair’s most globally diverse season with a host of activities, workshops and talks for the entire family.

Beat the traffic and park at the nearby Dubai Police Academy. There is a continuous shuttle bus service to the fair from there. The nearest metro station to Art Dubai is Mall of the Emirates, which is less than a 1-minute taxi ride from Madinat Jumeirah.

Hailing a taxi is recommended if attending the fair during peak hours as valet parking will not be available at those times and during the evening events.

The Global Art Forum 2018 focussed on the power, paranoia and potentials of automation. Entitled “I Am Not a Robot”, the 12th edition of the transdisciplinary summit was programmed by Commissioner Shumon Basar, with Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation Noah Raford, and Curator of Digital Culture & Design Collection at the MAK, Vienna, Marlies Wirth, as Co-Directors.



From discussion on intelligence, cognition, and concepts of the self across cultures and species to fears of automation of human labour and the concept of Hyperstition, ponder over the reality of the not-so-distant future was at the sessions on March 21.

On March 22, technology and art experts were in discussion on the notion of the cyborg using texts, how artists engaging with technologies of automation and a playful encounter between crafters of live experiences, experimenting with voice, text, electronic music and vocal processing .


On March 23, philosopher and writer Aaron Schuster  will discuss why AI is typically portrayed in popular culture as murderous or psychotic , while Cinema Akil organised a series of sci-fi genre films.

Pick from the best galleries in Art Dubai’s gallery halls

Art Dubai Contemporary  features 78 galleries from 42 countries, from the world’s most influential galleries to dynamic young art spaces. The artists range from emerging and upcoming practitioners from lesser-known art capitals to household names. The works they present cover all artistic media—including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance.

Art Dubai Modern presents museum-quality work by masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, whose work has been influential throughout the 20th century. The 2018 fair  features 16 galleries from 14 countries with solo, two-artist and group exhibits. Misk Art Insitute is the exclusive partner of Art Dubai Modern.

Art Dubai Residents, which is the newest addition to Art Dubai is dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists have completed a 4-8 week residency in the UAE. Residents 2018 presents an intimate selection of 11 solo gallery presentations by artists from around the world working across all media. The galleries in this section will be presented in a special exhibition between the two Contemporary gallery halls. The programme will conclude with a round-table discussion, including representatives from each of the residency spaces as well as the artists on March 24 at 4pm, at the Global Art Forum Tent, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah.

Get acquainted with the life and work of 20th century masters

Art Dubai Modern Symposium is a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Renowned curators, scholars and patrons lead the sessions that delve into the styles, influences and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced in the 20th century. The Art Dubai Modern Symposium took place in the Misk Lounge on March 19, 21 and 22 .

Discover the artworks from Arab cities spanning five decades

The exhibition That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life presents a number of artworks by some of the leading members of five modernist artist groups and schools spanning five decades from five Arab cities: the Contemporary Art Group in Cairo (1940s/1950s), the Baghdad Group for Modern Art (1950s), the Casablanca School of Art (1960s/70s), The Khartoum School (1960s/70s), and dār al-funūn al-sa’udiah (The House of Saudi Arts) in Riyadh (1980s).  Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the exhibition derives its title from the 1951 founding manifesto of the Baghdad Group for Modern Art, reflecting these groups’ passionate contributions to the intellectual and artistic discourse surrounding modernism within their respective socio-political contexts.

Participate in an immersive experience at The Room

Titled GOOD MORNING GCC (.صباح الخير جي. سي. سي), this year’s edition of The Room will recreate a live TV show on site, using the tropes of daytime talk shows commonly featured on TV stations across the Arab world as an anchor for the programming, which will include daily segments such as fashion, cooking and health.

Hear palace designer and architect Xavier Cartron talked about the way architecture and the built environment is a manifestation of direct impact on culture, and how politics are experienced and symbolized .

On March 22, Fair-goers  attended a lifestyle segment with Sarah Abu Abdullah for her predictions of the present  & also an educative lesson on the environment with Dr. Sarah Al Ateeqi, the Operation Director of Alshaheed Park Museums.

Mohammad Dashti will hosted a beauty segment showcasing the craft of makeup on  March 23, followed by a style segment with YouTube star Mohammad Diego, who transfomed someone from drab to fab.

The Ministry of Happiness will lead a Wellbeing segment at 3pm on March 24, while Reiki healer Anfal Al Qaisi will do a radical realignment for one exclusive client on the same day in her Holistic Body Works segment at 3.30pm.

Young ones excited about art with the Sheikhal Manal Little Artists Programme

Titled Healing Garden, this interactive installation by Japanese-Australian artist Hiromi Tango, invited children to participate in creating a nurturing environment based on local plants and flowers from March 21 – 24. With the iconic date palm as the focal point of the garden, Healing Garden explores the many ways that local plants and flowers can contribute to wellbeing. 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, colors, textures and shapes.


Mingle with the art crowd at the GCC After Dark parties

From Wednesday, March 21 – Friday, March 23, GCC’s TV studio set on Fort Island will serve as the background for a series of after-hours parties, featuring a line-up of internationally renowned DJ’s. The night events/segments will take place under the title GCC After Dark. To sign up, visit

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