LAST CHANCE Najat Makki & Bénédicte Gimonnet: Confluences

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai

A symbolic exhibition for the Jubilee celebration – the artists worked together for several months to conceive and produce original artworks conceived that celebrate a fusion between East and West, linking both artists’ countries, UAE and France. Both artists regard [...]

Free

The River: dir Ghassan Salhab (2021)

Cinema Akil Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Lebanon’s leading avant-garde filmmaker Ghassan Salhab creates elliptical works that explore liminal emotional states connected with Lebanon’s troubled history, capturing a sense of disturbance that practically quivers with unexpressed tension. The River concludes a trilogy (preceded by The Mountain and [...]

AED 52.50

Maestro Improv

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

Ten actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. After each round you score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and the one with the lowest score is eliminated. Eventually only [...]

Free but donations welcome

FOCAL POINT 2021

Sharjah Art Foundation, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi Arts Square, Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation's annual book fair is dedicated to presenting printed matter and products by publishers and artists. Host to interdisciplinary art publications and independent and alternative practices as well as academic works on art history, theory and criticism from [...]

Free, but pre-booking is required

LAST CHANCE JonOne: The Way of Colors

Jossa by Alserkal Warehouse 45, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The top urban artist (known to his mum as John Andrew Perello) gets an popup show in Alserkal Avenue. Born in Harlem but now based to Paris, JonOne has moved on from graffiti to painting on canvas; his work is [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Growing Like A Tree: Static In The Air

Ishara Art Foundation Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The second part of two for Sohrab Hura’s debut curation. Static In The Air emphasises a traversing of the world through listening. It gestures towards echo-locations in the field of image-making practices across geographic borders, drawing new nodes, maps and interconnections. [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Drop by Drop Life Falls from the Sky: Water, Islam and Art

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization Sharjah

Held as a first collaboration with Fondazione Torino Musei in Italy, this exhibition explores the unique connection between water, life and Islam from its most ancient roots to its numerous and intricate developments.  The exhibition’s four sections – The Blessings [...]

Museum entry AED 10

Tom Butler: IconiCity

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The British artist brings his show-stopping collages to Dubai with an exhibition of original works and print editions dedicated to the city’s iconic skyline. The gallery says his paintings of Dubai “seek to depict the city in way not seen [...]

Free

None of your business: dir Kamran Heidari (2019)

The Yard Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A documentary film on the life and death of Ebrahim Monsefi, known as Ebram; a popular Iranian guitar player, singer and poet in Iran was born 70 years ago and has now been dead for almost two decades. Ebram spent [...]

Free

Al Hosn Festival

Al Hosn Abu Dhabi

A new eight-day cultural event that "reflects and reimagines Abu Dhabi’s heritage ... a space for new cultural conversations to begin and a platform for new artistic possibilities". We're promised art, design and performances alongside traditional crafts in celebration of [...]

Day pass AED 30

XP Music Conference

Riyadh

A three-day music event combining a professional conference with fun nightlife, “created to amplify music futures across the Middle East” and promising “the most forward-thinking gathering of music leaders in the region”. There will be workshops, panel discussions and roundtables, [...]

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Love Labor Leisure

Warehouse 51 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Two evenings of 'conversations' that delve into the ethos of migrant communities in the UAE by reflecting on capital, cultural and political life. Alternative narratives on migratory contexts will be presented through the intersecting lenses of artistic practice and academic [...]

Free, but pre-register

Film Noir Improvised

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

Courtyard improv: world-weary heroes and dames with revenge on their mind react to audience suggestions ...

Free, but contributions welcome

LAST CHANCE Sisters Grimm: 50 For 50

An immersive, multisensory Golden Jubilee exhibition featuring 50 landscape paintings of the UAE with accompanying music. Ella Spira, a Grammy nominated composer as well as a painter, has created the paintings and a unique bespoke score for each of them, [...]

Free

Umsiyat: Naseer Shamma & Barcelona Guitar Trio

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

Oud legend (and artistic director of Abu Dhabi's Bait Al Oud) Naseer Shamma joins the internationally acclaimed Barcelona Guitar Trio (Manuel González, Xavier Coll, and Luis Robisco, all maestros of the classical and Flamenco guitar) for a cross-cultural programme that [...]

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Martin Garrix

Coca-Cola Arena City Walk, Dubai

The prolific Dutch DJ and EDM producer is in town for one night only at the Coca-Cola Arena, which will have a proper open floor area for dancing ("the return of full movement events in Dubai" as the press release [...]

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Al Wasl Opera

Dubai Opera Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

To mark the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, Expo 2020 Dubai in collaboration with Welsh National Opera (WNO) presents an epic survey of the country’s past, present and future – “an inspiring tale of unity, collaboration and innovation” as the press release [...]

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Al Wasl Opera

Dubai Opera Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

A second performance (of four) for this epic survey of the UAE’s past, present and future, presented by Expo 2020 Dubai in collaboration with Welsh National Opera – “an inspiring tale of unity, collaboration and innovation” as the press release [...]

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LAST CHANCE Vantage Point Sharjah 9

Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah

The ninth outing for Sharjah Art Foundation's always-interesting annual photography initiative. It works from an open call: local and international photographers were invited to submit work in four categories – Conceptual, Photojournalism and Documentary, Experimental and Staged Photography – and [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Mukesh Shah: C?N U FEEL IT

XVA Gallery Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bur Dubai, Dubai

Shah’s third solo show at XVA attempts “the zeitgeist of an era” via text as art, screenprinted on powder coated aluminium panels. They form a series of slogans that run to no more than 14 characters over four lines with no [...]

Free

Al Wasl Opera

Dubai Opera Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

The third performance (of four) for this epic survey of the UAE’s past, present and future, presented by Expo 2020 Dubai in collaboration with Welsh National Opera – “an inspiring tale of unity, collaboration and innovation” as the press release [...]

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LAST CHANCE Hair Mapping Body; Body Mapping Land

ICD Brookfield Place Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai

An exhibition featuring three of the UAE cultural landscape’s most prominent voices. Works by Emirati artists Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and Afra Al Daheri works are exhibited together for the first time under the curatorial vision of independent curator Munira Al [...]

Al Wasl Opera

Dubai Opera Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

The final performance of this epic survey of the UAE’s past, present and future, presented by Expo 2020 Dubai in collaboration with Welsh National Opera – “an inspiring tale of unity, collaboration and innovation” as the press release has it. [...]

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The Nutcracker

Dubai Opera Dubai

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House return to Dubai with an all-time Christmas favourite, and get the plum Christmas favourite dates at Dubai Opera with a gratifyingly traditional setup – a full corps de ballet, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s [...]

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LAST CHANCE Tom Butler: IconiCity

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The British artist brings his show-stopping collages to Dubai with an exhibition of original works and print editions dedicated to the city’s iconic skyline. The gallery says his paintings of Dubai “seek to depict the city in way not seen [...]

Free

The Nutcracker

Dubai Opera Dubai

Last (and best?) chance to see the Russian State Ballet and Opera House with the all-time Christmas favourite and a gratifyingly traditional setup – a full corps de ballet, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score played by a full orchestra. [...]

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Tosca

Dubai Opera Dubai

Widely regarded as one of the greatest opera classics, Puccini's melodrama features love, politics and murder plus great arias. Originally set in Rome in 1800s, it tells the story of two idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi; ruthless police officer Scarpia has [...]

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Tosca

Dubai Opera Dubai

Widely regarded as one of the greatest opera classics, Puccini's melodrama features love, politics and murder plus great arias. Originally set in Rome in 1800s, it tells the story of two idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi; ruthless police officer Scarpia has [...]

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Tosca

Dubai Opera Dubai

Widely regarded as one of the greatest opera classics, Puccini's melodrama features love, politics and murder plus great arias. Originally set in Rome in 1800s, it tells the story of two idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi; ruthless police officer Scarpia has [...]

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LAST CHANCE Sunoj D and Namrata Neog: Desert is a Forest

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Alongside the Jameel’s seven gardens designed by Anouk Vogel is a plot reserved for artists to cultivate and experiment. Occupancy is awarded via an annual commission, and this is the third. Sunoj D and Namrata Neog’s Artist’s Garden is an [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Bernhard Buhmann: The Signal and The Noise

Carbon 12 Dubai

Nate Silver’s book of the same name  explains the use of probability and prediction to show how we can all develop detect the true signals amid a noise of data to achieve better foresight in an uncertain world. Buhmann’s exhibition [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Samia Halaby: Flurrying

Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai

Samia Halaby’s most recent works reflect everything but stillness; each canvas has energy and movement, brimming with complexity and infinite layers of moving parts. Continuing her previous explorations towards abstraction, Halaby is progressively removing shape and boundaries to focus solely [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Phantasmagoria’s Illumination in Disenchantment

1x1 Art Gallery Unit 10, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A group show with Anita Dube, Chitravanu Mazumdar, Mithu Sen, Sheba Chachi and Susanta Mandal, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala whose curatorial note says the title alludes to the 18th century magic lantern that projects larger than life images as menacing spectres. "In [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Ana Mazzei: Sleepwalk

Green Art Gallery Dubai

Ana Mazzei’s second solo exhibition at Green Art Gallery takes the fragmented, half-seen consciousness of waking sleep – of being in the world, but not quite there – and materialises this state into a mise-en-scène in which sculpture acts as [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Lantian Xie: Volcano

Grey Noise Unit 24 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

We know very little of this show, but Lie is always interesting so it's going to be worth the trip. From the bumf: "Xie appears as part of an ongoing ensemble deliberation on discursive justice alongside Kabelo Malatsie and Michelle [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Tayseer Barakat: Spiritual Path

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Barakat's style, sometimes reminiscent of prehistoric cave art, uses acrylic on canvas to create artworks infused with the essence of life. In this exhibition he touches upon metaphorical rituals, intimate moments, memories, and magical landscapes. These works show his view of [...]

Free

Exhibition Critique: As We Gaze Upon Her

Online

As the culmination for the Curatorial Development Exhibition Programme at Warehouse421, this online discussion and critique of the exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her will be moderated by Nadine Khalil.

Free, but preregister

LAST CHANCE Here, Now

Misk Art Institute Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall, Riyadh

Misk Art Institute’s third annual exhibition brings together international artists with local talent, with a variety of media on show including paintings, textiles, sculptures, immersive installations, and digital works. Curated by Sacha Craddock with the Institute’s assistant curators Alia Ahmad [...]

Jack Dee – Off the Telly

Dubai Opera Dubai

The grumpy (not to say misanthropic) comic has become a stalwart of British TV and also hosts the legendary I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue on radio. His characteristic all-round cynicism only works if it’s obviously a caricature, and Dee [...]

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LAST CHANCE The Distance From Here

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

This major exhibition of works drawn from the Art Jameel Collection, plus loans and new commissions, highlights personal responses to and interactions with space and time by 11 artists – Mona Ayyash, Yto Berrada, Hicham Benohoud, Jason Dodge, Shilpa Gupta, [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE So Different, So Appealing

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

An analysis of the aesthetics, rhetorics, and rituals of the real estate industry, unpacking the strategies through which it conjures up its many seductions, aspirations, and desires. The included works use humour, parody, appropriation, and mimesis, uncovering the perverse logic [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE As We Gaze Upon her

Warehouse421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

As We Gaze Upon Her comes at the end of the pilot version of Warehouse421’s Curatorial Development Exhibition program, in partnership with the Bombay Institute of Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). The exhibition attempts to expand the notion of ‘woman’, [...]

Free

Versailles and the World

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The first international exhibition of 2022 for Louvre Abu Dhabi tells the story of Versailles as a central diplomatic instrument that solidified the prowess of the French royal court and served as the stage for its fascination with various civilisations [...]

General admission AED 60

LAST CHANCE Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah

For this mid-career survey of the Syrian-Armenian artist, Sarkissian has created two major new pieces – Last Seen (2018-2021) commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation; and Little Apple (working title) commissioned by the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. The exhibition also features [...]

Free but prebook

LAST CHANCE Sublime Convergence: Art, Nature and Technology

Volte Art Projects Warehouse 13, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The official opening exhibition of the new Volte Art Projects gallery and HQ in Dubai promises “a compelling visual dialogue between ancient memory and near futures ... Cutting-edge technologies are used to document and interrogate our constantly evolving relationship to [...]