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The Art Dubai 2019 volunteers


Art Dubai and its associated fairs and events are always looking for driven, excellent arts enthusiasts and professionals to join our growing team based in Dubai, UAE. In general, we tend to look for employees with strong English language skills and preferably also Arabic as a first or second language. UAE Nationals and those residents in the UAE are encouraged to apply. Written and spoken French / Russian / Farsi / Hindi / Urdu are also desirable. We also list a range of job opportunities within the arts and cultural sector from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Please note that we offer a limited number of professional development opportunities, in the lead-up to the fair, including Internships, Traineeships, Volunteer and Apprentice Artist programmes, and a tailored course focusing on education tours at the fair. These (highly-sought-after) positions offer the opportunity to take on a key role at Art Dubai at an early stage in your career and gain highly valuable experience. Please check the links below and follow us on social media as these positions become available over the next few months.


The Traineeship placement is an intensive three to six month programme, where trainees gain direct experience in one department in the lead up to the fair, as well as hands on experience during the fair in March.

Traineeships at Art Dubai are aimed at young professionals who have completed internships within the art world, or for those who have experience in other fields and are looking to make a switch to the art world. This unique opportunity gives individuals the opportunity to gain real hands-on experience working alongside the Art Dubai team, and to take on areas of responsibility through the three to four month period in the lead-up to the fair. The role also includes regular meetings and mentoring by senior members of the Art Dubai team. One third of the interns have been Emirati and the remaining came from countries from across the Arab world as well as Iran, India, Peru, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, among other countries.

Department areas include:

  • Fair Management & Production
  • Commissioning Programme
  • VIP Relations
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Exhibitor Management
  • Education
  • Sponsorship

Traineeship openings for Art Dubai are currently closed.


The Volunteer Programme invites arts enthusiasts to 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 specialised tasks within different programmes and areas.

Applications for volunteers at Art Dubai 2021 are open and can be submitted here.


Apprentice artists will work closely with a lead artist as part of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme. They will assist the lead artist in devising and developing the programme of workshops, while having the opportunity to discuss and absorb ideas, and develop a practice that includes teaching/learning.

Applications for apprentice artists are currently closed.


The Discovery Tours are specially designed educational tours that give children and teens between the ages of 5 to 17 the opportunity to discover key pieces around the fair via thematic activity maps and storytelling. Guides need to have an interest in arts and art education and will be expected to develop engaging educational tours at Art Dubai.

Applications for discovery tours are currently closed.