Dubai’s new Women’s Museum is tricky to find and, sadly, not at all worth the effort, looking suspiciously like an out-of-control vanity project concocted by founder Dr Rafia Ghubash for her personal glorification. The downstairs exhibition space is attractively designed, although the stuff on display – random dresses, bits of jewellery, cosmetics, herbs, cooking utensils and so on – is of virtually zero interest, while signage includes rather too many mentions of the marvellous Dr Ghubash and her various remarkable chums. Upstairs, fawning displays kiss the metaphorical derrières of sheihks Zayed and Mohammed and eulogize their role in the development of the UAE, although exactly what a pair of blokes are doing taking up so much space in an allegedly women’s museum is anyone’s guess. A few forgettable paintings by female Emirati artists and some irrelevant exhibits of photos and stamps complete the displays.

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