Art Dubai 2021 brings back unique attractions to the emirate

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE’s leading art fair, the 14th edition of Art Dubai will be held in a range of purpose-built venues at the iconic Gate Building and around the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC).

Art Dubai, which is taking place from 29 March to 3 April, is one of the first global in-person art events taking place since the pandemic. The 6-day event will include exhibits from over 50 galleries representing 31 countries.

A specially curated sculpture park in the Gate District will feature large-scale sculptures by eight artists, including Emiratis Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and Hussain Sharif.

A new program at Gate Avenue will showcase single-channel films produced by more than 20 regional and international artists. The films are thematically categorized to cover Nature, Journeys, Dystopias, Conversations, Performances, and Animations, among others.

Art Dubai is a joint venture between DIFC Investments and Middle East Fairs and forms part of DIFC’s wider approach to developing the art and culture scene in Dubai.

Arif Amiri
Arif Amiri
Board of Art Dubai

“Art Dubai and DIFC are synonymous with art and culture. This year, more than ever, we are looking forward to safely bringing together artists, visitors, and buyers. Being home to the fair contributes to DIFC’s reputation as one of Dubai’s leading lifestyle destinations and complements our ongoing art program. The event will inspire, provide perspective, allow time for reflection and open our minds to new ideas. During the last year, many of us have missed seeing the creativity of artists and the opportunity to meet with like-minded people. As the first major global art and cultural event to be held with a physical presence following the global pandemic, it is an opportunity to safely showcase the city as a safe destination for large events and welcome over 50 galleries from 31 countries around the world.”

DIFC’s lifestyle offerings include three five-star hotels, seven renowned art galleries, hundreds of culinary concepts, and over 350 retail outlets, making it a vibrant and creative ecosystem of over 2,900 registered businesses, many of which featuring exceptional art showcases.

Gate Avenue, which spans 286,000 sqft has a diverse portfolio of leading lifestyle, retail, art, fashion, food & beverage brands. It also features South Market, a 9,000 sqft urban food hall with a bustling mix of gourmet kitchens and rotating artisan food kiosks offering cuisines from around the world.

According to the company statement, all the COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed including thermal screening in addition to extra precautions to manage the capacity. Visitors can also book time slots in advance using the newly released Art Dubai App.

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