It’s a masterpiece

WT Writer
Sep 1, 2018
Combine a love for travel and art with a stay in the UAE capital for Abu Dhabi Art


For art enthusiasts in the region, a trip to Abu Dhabi may well be on the horizon, as the emirate’s annual art fair gears up for its biggest and best instalment yet. 

The 10th edition of Abu Dhabi Art is taking place from 14-17 November at Manarat Al Saadiyat, and is set to showcase a coveted collection of modern and contemporary art from leading international galleries. There’s an impressive line-up of globally-respected figures such as Dr. Omar Kholeif, Hammad Nasar, and Tarek Abou El Fetouh curating stimulating sections. As such, you can expect to brush shoulders with pioneering local and international creatives, including Emirati artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, who will be in town to present the Beyond: Emerging Artists section, for which three rising UAE-based artists will be commissioned to produce works as part of a tailor-made programme.  

“Each edition brings a different constellation of cultural leaders together and this year promises to be an engaging edition thanks to their depth of knowledge, expertise and generous contributions to the programme,” says fair director Dyala Nusseibeh. 


Having set the bar high, with its most extensive programme to date, we recommend you make a long weekend out of it in order to view it all. Among the attractions on our radar is Gateway, a visual art exhibition curated by Hammad Nasar, which considers artworks that explore the built environment and language as structures. 

There will also be an opportunity to engage with contemporary performance art through the sixth edition of Durub Al Tawaya, Abu Dhabi Art’s performing arts programme developed by Tarek Abou El Fetouh. The programme will give rise to site-specific performances throughout the fair, and in different locations across the city until January 2019. Indeed, don’t fret if you can’t make the opening, as many of the exhibitions will remain active beyond November thanks to an extended off-site programme, giving you plenty of reasons to return time and time again. 

If you can’t wait quite that long for your art fix, you can pay a trip to Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, which will be exhibiting Camille Zakharia’s works at Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi in September, as part of Abu Dhabi Art’s ongoing programme of gallery exhibitions presenting contemporary artworks for sale.

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