Art galleries have positively mushroomed over Dubai during the past few years. For comprehensive listings, check out wartinthecity.com, which also covers galleries in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. The (unlikely) hub of the city’s art scene is undoubtedly the run-down industrial area of Al Quoz, off Sheikh Zayed Road, whose low rents have attracted a string of gallery owners from across the Arab world. There’s also a cluster of more upmarket galleries in the Gate Village at the DIFC. The city hosts two big annual arts festivals in mid-March, when Art Dubai and the SIKKA Art Festival hit town.

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