Al Fahidi Neighbourhood
The footprint of this neighbourhood first appeared in the 1690s, so it is a natural place to start when exploring the UAE. It is now a protected heritage area and the new Al Seef project alongside allows for uninterrupted strolls along the Creek. Explore the web of pedestrian alleys called Sikka – hence the name for its annual festival – and find a treasure trove of creative delights.
The warehouse district of the city where you can find manufacturers of practically everything – first became an arts hub when the leafy Courtyard opened in 2000. The Courtyard remains a hip hangout with a theatre, galleries, boutiques, designer coffee shops, and farmers market. Across the road sits the resplendent Alserkal Avenue, which opened in 2016 and is now home to 16 contemporary art galleries and over 40 creative businesses.
As Dubai expands, new pockets of creativity open up across the city. Be inspired by visiting areas such as the Dubai Design District, the DIFC and the newly opened Jameel Arts Centre at Al Jadaf. Creative spaces in Jumeirah such as The Workshop or Comptoir 102 have special exhibitions this art week, as does Tashkeel in Nad Al Sheba.