Art Dubai’s Traineeship Programme was initiated in September 2007. Since then, over 400 students and recent graduates from over 40 nationalities have participated in the scheme, many of whom have gone on to further work opportunities within Art Dubai and its extensive network of partner organisations.

The below opportunities are only available for those 18 years old and over, and based in the UAE. Exceptions to this can be considered if the applicant has scholarship or independent funding available to cover their travel, visa and accommodation in Dubai.

The Traineeship programme offers intensive three to six month placements, during which trainees gain direct early-career experience in the production of Art Dubai in the lead up to and during the fair.

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 for a career change. This unique programme gives individuals the opportunity to take on areas of responsibility within the arts under the mentorship of senior members of the Art Dubai team.

Please note that the successful completion of a traineeship does not guarantee a permanent placement with Art Dubai or one of the fair’s partner organisations.

Department areas include:

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


Fair Assistant

Required: Full-time, traineeship position, November 3, 2019 – April 2, 2020

Deadline for applications: October 19, 2019

Art Dubai seeks a highly organised and motivated quick learner to assist in the production of the overall fair logistics. The Fair Assistant will be calm under pressure, have a keen eye for detail, tech-savvy and must be comfortable working in both English and Arabic languages.

The selected candidate will play an essential role in the fair production team, will be comfortable liaising with contractors and suppliers and proficient with Microsoft Excel. This role provides an opportunity to work with senior members of the team and gain invaluable experience about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing the week-long international event.

Download the full job description here.

To apply, email your application including a cover letter and CV to

Special Projects Assistant

Position: Traineeship

Required: 6 weeks, immediate start

Art Dubai seeks someone who is interested in both art and design and is keen to help organize and grow the company’s artist and designer regional database. This person should be detail oriented and comfortable handling and processing large volumes of information.

Someone proficient in both Arabic and English is preferred, but not required. The selected candidate will work extensively in excel and should be comfortable learning new web based database systems such as Airtable. People skills are also required as we may require an audit of the database and check with the relevant parties if their information on file is correct. This role is crucial in making the company aware of all talent in the region and engaging with them on future projects.

To apply, email your application including a cover letter and CV to

VIP Assistants

Required: Full-time, traineeship positions, November 3, 2019 – April 2, 2020 or January 12 – April 2, 2020

Deadline for applications: October 19, 2019

Art Dubai seeks two VIP Assistants to support the VIP Relations department, one position commences in November and the second position begins in January, both positions will run until April 2020.

The VIP Assistant will play an essential supporting role in coordinating Art Dubai’s different VIP programmes, the day to day running of the VIP Relations department and will also be one of the first points of contact for VIP guests attending the fair. The selected candidate will get to learn about all aspects of the VIP Relations department and will actively contribute to outreach, managing events, conduct research and liaise with galleries, institutions, and other key players in the art world.

This unique opportunity allows for a real hands-on experience, and will yield excellent experience in the contemporary international and regional art scene as well as in the events industry.

Download the full job description here.

To apply, email your application including a cover letter and CV to