Reasons to go back to… Alserkal Avenue

Check out the wave of creative happenings at this thriving arts and culture hub, where homegrown concepts rub shoulders with international gallery outposts

Book a hands-on lesson. The two commissioned works that adorn the roofs of Alserkal Avenue – When Did You Arrive and When Will You Return – speak volumes about the hub’s ability to lure you back. The community events offer a chance to explore your talents, like the two-hour weekly workshops on drawing techniques at thejamjar. Taking place on Tuesdays from 5 February.

View the new art exhibits. Jasmine, soil and Aleppo soap-inspired visual artist Sara Naim in her solo exhibition Building Blocks, at The Third Line until 27 February. Marking the Syrian artist’s second outing at the gallery, the magnified cellular structures of her subjects, mounted on wood and plexiglass, reveal their stunning complexity. There are plenty more to galleries to discover besides.

Main images credits: photo courtesy of Alserkal Avenue

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Gulf Photo Plus

Snap to it. The 15th annual edition of Gulf Photo Plus’ Photo Week, taking place from 4-8 February, has exhibitions and workshops by leading photographers, as well as free talks and sessions. The headline exhibition, hosted at Concrete, shines a light on seven photographers from the Arab world, including Hicham Gardaf whose Intersections project explores urban development in Morocco.

For the record. It’s not strictly new, but we think The Flip Side, Dubai’s only independent record shop, will be your jam. It carries music from around the world and has a cool line-up of events hosted by local music buffs. There are also documentaries and talks on music in the region, making it an educational experience.  

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Wild & The Moon

Wild flavours. Even the eateries here are creative. Refuel at Wild & The Moon with an energy ball (sprouted raw walnuts, almonds and raw cocoa sweetened with dates) prepared by the vegan chefs, accompanied by a colourful tumeric latte.