"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
In the last decade, we’ve seen the UAE explode with a variety of up-and-coming galleries and artistic hubs. Alserkal Avenue, Dubai’s artistic hub, has nearly doubled in size since it was first conceived in 2009, and new galleries are being added every year. Not to mention the popularity of returning art festivals like World Art Dubai and Art Dubai.
In Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has become not just a popular destination for residents and nationals, but it also brings in world visitors and tourists seeking solace among the artworks under the dome. Indeed, even Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has been pouring investments into the kingdom’s emerging art scene, and many of the younger Saudis are finding their voices specifically through art. The relentlessly curious who find themselves in Beirut, Tehran, Doha, Kuwait, Jordan, or Bahrain will not be too hard pressed to find alternative regional art fixes anymore either. With so many interesting creative spaces around the region to explore, we’ve selected the top galleries across the Middle East guaranteed to give you a hearty dose of thought-provoking art.