The 2018 edition of the fair presented an intimate and diverse line-up of 105 galleries from 48 countries, making this edition the fair’s largest and most globally diverse to date. Alongside 77 returning galleries, the fair welcomed 28 first-time exhibitors from around the world.

Art Dubai’s Contemporary section featured 78 galleries from 42 countries in 2018, including first-time participants from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.

Art Dubai Modern 2018 presented a record number of 16 galleries from 14 countries exhibiting works by twentieth century masters. For the first time, Art Dubai Modern offered the opportunity to see galleries present tightly curated collective exhibitions, in addition to solo and two-artist shows.

The fair’s 2018 edition also saw the launch of Residents, a new gallery programme dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists took part in a 4-8 week residency. The programme took place in the UAE and encouraged artists to immerse themselves in the local art scene to create a body of work which merged their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings. The final works were displayed in the new section of the fair, presented by the artists’ respective galleries.