‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’ – we stand by this saying, especially when it comes to uncovering one of the hippest overlooked hangouts in the UAE. In amongst the industrial warehouses of Al Quoz sits Alserkal Avenue, the region’s foremost arts hub, spread across 250,000 sq ft, which has recently undergone a massive expansion and doubled in size.
The Avenue offers visitors an eclectic mix of industrial businesses and arts spaces housing numerous galleries of international repute and homegrown cultural initiatives. Home to emerging, mid-career and established artists, Alserkal Avenue hosts exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, Young Collector’s Auctions and community events such as the popular Galleries Night. It also played host to the 2016 edition of RCA Secret as part of Dubai Art Week.
The cultural hub supports local talent and cultural projects yearly: Quoz Arts Festival, the first free community arts festival in the UAE, Galleries Night, a biannual feature on Dubai’s art calendar, and Urban Market, a seasonal daylong outdoor festival designed to bring the greater community together to celebrate arts, food and creativity.
Whether you’re new to the arts or a well-educated enthusiast, Alserkal Avenue has something for everyone. And when you’re tired of exploring and uncovering new gems hidden amongst this treasure-trove of artistic talents from both near and afar – we highly recommend you swing by Alserkal Avenue cafe tucked away inside the A4 Space, to grab a bite to eat and a coffee for the road.
Insider tip: Keep up to date with the various events and news on the official Facebook page here