Do you remember I said that a load of art galleries had recently opened in the Al Quoz area?
On first glance you’d think they’d be little reason to venture into this dusty, industrial estate crammed with factories, hidden ‘labour camps’ and chaotic warehouses.
Over the past five years I may have taken the wrong turning and got lost there once or twice (apart from visiting Farqi Antiques – but I’ll leave that for another blog). But nowadays, more and more frequently I am purposely taking the Al Manara turning off the SZR and turning East. Here you’ll find – apart from a branch of the Lime Tree Café – a horde of art galleries.
Admittedly I know diddly squat about art, but a friend of mine wanted me to join her on a visit to the new Hamail Art Gallery. So I did.
Apart from being a bugger to find, this gallery is well worth a visit. It features work from Pakistani and Indian artists – a politically explosive combination but artistically a beautiful mix. What’s more, much of the work from this part of the world is still very much up and coming – particularly in this region. Hence, the pieces are really affordable. I fell in love with this piece by an artist called Dr Jain from India – AED 10,000.
A lady called Pamela runs the gallery and she is super friendly and very unpretentious and ‘unarty’. Go on, do something different today.
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).