Each year, Art Dubai invites arts enthusiasts to apply to be part of our Volunteer Programme, a structured initiative which sees young people get involved in all aspects of the fair and experience its programmes first-hand. Our dedicated volunteers serve as the ambassadors of the event and play a vital role in ensuring the successful execution of the event.  On-site volunteers are given capacity building opportunities that involve working with galleries, manning welcome desks, interacting with guests and audiences, providing information to visitors and other specialized tasks within different programmes and areas. Our volunteers are highly valued and are the backbone of the fair.

We encourage applications from UAE nationals and residents as well as international volunteers.


  • To develop their skills and experience in the global contemporary arts industry
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of a leading international art fair
  • Work closely with the Art Dubai team
  • Assist in areas that utilize your specific skill set, expertise and learn new skills
  • Foster local community involvement
  • Opportunity to engage with a week-long event dedicated to art, attended by local and international influencers in the field

What volunteer roles are available?

Our volunteers have a chance to experience working in various roles across the breadth of the fair, including the three gallery halls, Art Dubai Projects, the Global Art Forum, VIP and Guest Relations, the children’s and education programmes, and fair and event management.  The roles include but are not limited to the following:

  • Galleries
  • Art Projects
  • The Abraaj Group Art Prize
  • Global Art Forum
  • Hospitality and VIP Relations
  • Communications
  • Film and Radio Programme
  • Childrens Programme
  • On-Site Events
  • Fair Management
  • Volunteer Office
  • Administrative

Application process

Simply fill out the application form below, upload your C.V and click submit! You will receive a confirmation email within one week.

If your application has been deemed successful, you will be contacted and interviewed within two weeks of your application (in the case of overseas volunteers, a Skype interview will be arranged). Applicants will be screened based on their experience and skills. Please note that preference is given to volunteers who can work full days throughout the fair.

Successful applicants will be notified in February 2017.

There are a limited number of volunteer spots. Once all volunteer roles have been filled, the remaining applications will be added to our database for future opportunities.

Please note that applicants must be 18 years or older to apply.

Volunteers will receive

  • Participation Certificate
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Experience for your C.V
  • Membership of the Art Dubai Volunteer Alumni Network
  • Two free tickets to Art Dubai fair for family and friends

Applications for the Art Dubai Volunteer Programme are open, please contact volunteers@artdubai.ae for more information.

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