Art Dubai is the Middle East’s leading international art fair, taking place every March in Dubai.
Over the past 13 years, Art Dubai has cemented its role in being a major catalyst in the local, regional and international conversations on art from the Middle East and surrounding region (MENASA – Middle East, North Africa & South Asia), and putting art from these territories onto the global map.
As one of the world’s most international art fairs, Art Dubai has further expanded its commitment to cultivating a culture of discovery, offering exciting new global perspectives and broadening conversations about art beyond traditional western-led geographical scopes and narratives. Featuring four gallery sections (Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Residents), the fair drives meaningful engagement with the rich cultural heritage and contemporary art practices of the region and extending to territories across Southeast Asia, the African continent, Latin America and Australasia.
In its role as talent incubator, Art Dubai has been the launch pad and development platform of the successful careers of artists, curators and art professionals, and continues to celebrate art excellence through extended fair Programming, artist Commissions and initiatives such as the Ithra Art Prize, while platforms such as Gulf Now highlight community building and promote grassroots perspectives by showcasing the Gulf’s emerging, independent, self-organised art communities. Art Dubai also works closely with its Partners in producing innovative art programming and supporting the cultural community.
Art Dubai’s mission extends to cultivating an ecosystem of not only art, but also education, mentorship and thought leadership, through programmes such as the Global Art Forum, Bawwaba Talks Programme and Campus Art Dubai. Through unique platforms such as the Invited Curators Programme, Art Dubai aims to foster cross-continental dialogue and exchange, enhancing the international curatorial landscape and building lasting relationships.
Art Dubai is part of a vibrant and dynamic local art ecology, and operates in close collaboration with institutions that are the heartbeat of artistic production in the UAE, such as the Jameel Arts Centre, Ishara Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation, Maraya Art Centre, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Tashkeel, NYUAD Art Gallery and Alserkal Avenue among others.