Art DubaiÕs annual Artists in annual residency programme for artists and curators, run in partnership withÊDelfina Foundation,ÊDubai Culture and Arts AuthorityÊandÊTashkeel.

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Brings together artists of various disciplines and culture for exhibitions around Abu Dhabi.

The Art Hub has exhibition space and rentable studios in Mussafah, focussing on emerging and established visual artists from around the world via workshops, exhibitions, and its artist residency programmes. Art Hub also runs an annual residency programme at its Liwa site.

Members from more than 15 countries socialise and promote an artistic lifestyle in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Big Band offers local jazz players the opportunity to perform as a group. Currently includes over 20 multinational musicians.

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Monthly book club meet-up, usually at an Abu Dhabi café.

Operates as a four-part harmony choir that celebrates the Broadway musical. ADCG is comprised of men and women from all over the world.

ADDS has been running for over 40 years and is a highly respected sub-section of The Club; it does three to four productions each year on the well-equipped stage of The Club's Main Hall.

The official umbrella organization representing all UAE photography associations; English-language meetings every second Monday of the month at the National Theatre.

Two studios, one in Abu Dhabi and one in Khalifa City, teaching the RAD ballet syllabus as well as jazz dance and hip hop.

On the Marina Breakwater. Dated. Used sparingly for performances and other events.

Exhibition and events centre with flexible spaces for larger concerts etc.

Dance classes for kids and adults, private and groups, mixed, couples and ladies only.

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Lessons taught include piano, guitar, drums and bass. AKM also sells, rents and repairs instruments.

Musical instruments and related services including equipment rental. Branches in Muroor Road and Electra Street.

Mixed adult choir. Each year it normally does a Christmas concert and a less formal event in late spring.

Exhibition and conference centre geared to larger events.

Seats 605. Available for private rental, with technical support provided.

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Run by music teacher and singer Stephanie Sell.

Music equipment retailer that also offers lessons.

Concentrates on teaching piano, violin, voice, classical guitar, electric guitar, flute, saxophone, and keyboard to beginners and intermediates.

Provides a space for people of all ages abilities to create and learn via different types of workshops and classes in various mediums.

Open mic event at the ArtHouse cafŽ in Abu Dhabi that aims to create a community of spoken word and art in the capital.

Ballroom dance studio with two locations in Dubai.

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American Women's Network monthly book club meet-up.

Non-profit community theatre company dedicated to staging plays tailored for the Emirati market.Ê

Monthly book club meet-up in Dubai Ð meets every third Saturday.

Dance and physical activities suitable for newborns to 9+years, including yoga, zumba, jazz dance, ballet, creative movement, Kindermusik, and more.

Book cafŽé in Al Wasl Square (food combined with literature that regularly holds events such as book signings, readings, and book clubs.

Monthly book club meet-up Ð meets in various downtown Dubai pubs.

Private and semi-private music and dance lessons for all ages and abilities.

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Private and semi-private music lessons for all ages and abilities. Branches in The Meadows and Mirdiff.

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Nine-member ensemble performing in a variety of styles from European music, madrigals and part songs, and modern music.

Capella Club is a dance, arts and martial arts centre in Dubai Marina.

Dance , drama, and music classes for children.

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Music classes for children (also dance and drama).

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The Centre for Musical Arts is a non-profit organization offering teaching programmes, concerts, recitals and workshops. CMA is one of only seven recognised examination centres in the UAE by the Associated Board for the Royal Schools of Music.

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Drama and speech school for children aged 5-16, with training for LAMDA exams available.

Chamber Music Abu Dhabi puts on concerts and also brings string quartets for week-long residencies to allow audiences and students to interact with the musicians.

Events management including the Short+Sweet play festivals and a programme of top-quality drama training for stage and screen.

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Workshops and masterclasses in contemporary dance by Krista Degaetano.

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As well as its improv comedy troupe, the Playhouse runs workshops and courses.

Newly refurbished 70 seater auditorium that houses improv comedy but is available for rental.

American and international style ballroom dancing.

Mainly supplies DJ gear also does sound and lighting rentals. Also runs DJ Academy (, a school for aspiring DJs.

Dance and theatre training opportunities for the complete beginner through to the young performer heading toward a professional performing career.

The largest skill based acting school in the UAE, offering accredited group tuition to children 3-18 years at DUCTAC.

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Drama Scene has been in operation since 2008 and is the only skill-based performing arts school in the UAE offering classes to children aged 3 to 18 years. It is now the largest provider of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations in the region, offering children aged 5 years and up accredited certification across performance disciplines such as Acting
and Musical Theatre.

Flexible Yas Island venue with good A/V equipment, able to large events, indoor and outdoors, all year round.

Non-profit group that has been presenting plays in Dubai for nearly 30 years. Various productions each year, plus regular social events and workshops.

12-week courses for all ages and abilities including arts, pottery, photography and graphic design.

Innovative performing arts classes in singing, dance and drama.

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An inclusive organisation dedicated to all genres of literature, set up as part of the Emirates Literature Foundation and based in Al Shindagha neighbourhood, Bur Dubai. Regular workshops and other events.

Professional performing arts training including LAMDA and ISTD, Trinity Musical Theatre and Rock & Pop syllabuses.

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The pioneers of comedy in UAE, Dubomedy also has classes in comedy, improv, tap dance, and acting for TV.

The arts centre on top of Mall of the Emirates includes the 543 seat Centrepoint theatre, the more intimate Kilachand studio theatre, and an exhibition space.

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Academic certificate and exam programs in piano, violin, cello, guitar and music theory. Creative group programs include
children’s choir, orchestra, strings ensemble, guitar, band and theory of music.

Elite also offers choreography and drama courses.

A professional group made up of locally based talent.

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Formal space that hosts a variety of shows, from local to international artists and performers.

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"DubaiÕs most inspiring community of photographers" Ð nearly 2,000 members. One or two meetups per month where members show about a dozen of their best shots and answer questions about them.

Aimed at developing UAE photography, encouraging and attracting talented artists, and supporting professional photographers, this respected annual competition features specialised workshops, exchange meetings and seminars, and solo and group exhibitions both here and abroad.

The Society was founded in 2005 under the auspices of the Ruler of Sharjah to support the history and development of photography in the UAE, to provide workshops and courses to improve professional standards, and to represent the UAE officially in regional and international forums.

Semi-formal organisation dedicated to the growth and opportunities of the Arabic writers who make up its members.

Provides training for musicians to graduate to The National Symphony Orchestra.

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Private home service for vocal training in classical Indian singing.

The first Abu Dhabi studio dedicated to dance. Courses (from ages 2.5 to adult) include ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, street dance, tango, Paso doble, ceroc, flamenco, salsa, bachata, and mambo – plus vertical flex, Latin aerobics, modeling, drama and voice.


High-end instrument store that also offers rentals.

Teaches children and adults fitness and dance.

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Non-commercial independent community for musicians and music lovers.

Gulf Photo Plus is a full service photography resource for all levels of photographers offering workshops, opportunities to buy and sell, and connect with others.

HIPA, established by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, is a prestigious annual photography competition. There's also a Saturday workshop programme.

Music lessons as well as tuition in ballet, jazz dance, hip hop, and more.

Piano, vocal and guitar lessons as well as dance classes.

HayleyÕs Comet is a theatre company for children located in Dubai Media City. It offers practical and professional training in acting and musical theatre.

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Individual lessons and group classes from professionally trained instructors on piano, strings, winds, and percussion for all ages; also painting and ballet classes. Home of  the Abu Dhabi International Youth Band and the Abu Dhabi International Youth Choir.

A 4000 sq ft venue offering many dance styles for adults and children.

Dance courses including Bollywood, belly dancing, aerobics, and hip hop.

An annual a cappella concert showcasing groups that sing without accompaniment. Auditions are required to participate.

Drama Classes at Sas Al Nakhl and Khalidiya Village Residence

Performing arts classes for teenagers and kids of all ages, including the Trinity College London syllabus.

Address: Al Forsan Resort
Khalifa City
Abu Dhabi

This group aims to bring poets, musicians, and writers together via open mic events

A complete theatrical production service for schools, events and festivals.

Programmes in art and design for all abilities, some of them accredited certificate courses.

Traditional yet well equipped performance venue in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Practical courses (piano, violin, guitar, singing) plus studio to rent.

Well-equipped 250-seat theatre in the Al Qasba development.

Matt McCobb, an established and practicing artist, offers a range of painting classes in different venues around Abu Dhabi.

Performing and visual arts classes for children.

A wide range of styles and instruments for ages 5 and above including piano, strings, woodwinds, brass,
voice, percussion, and music theory -- ABRSM, TRINITY and ROCKSCHOOL exams available. Lessons can be private or in a
group, at the school or in your home.

On-demand dance courses for schools, organizations, and individuals.

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Mozart Art Centre is an art, dance, and fitness centre for children.

Academy and showroom offering classes, instruments and musical books.

Aims to provide the best quality tuition in music for children and adults via fun music learning opportunities for all ages and all levels. Individual and group lessons include piano, cello, violin, flute and guitar; Music Hub also offers theory and composition to a comprehensive internationally recognised curriculum.

Music lessons are available from this retailer.

A retail/distribution company run by musicians for musicians.

Over 6,500 sq ft of guitars, basses, amps, keyboards, drums, straps, and strings etc. from leading manufacturers. Guitar technicians onsite.

Dated but large and well-equipped Ð main auditorium seats 2,250, lecture and conference hall can accommodate up to 150 people, multi-purpose hall and annex exhibition halls can be used for exhibitions.

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A group of artists practicing in the UAE stage an annual exhibition in Abu Dhabi and other visual projects throughout the Emirates.

Performing arts school focussing on dance and entertainment.

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Modern, well equipped multi-purpose complex on Saadiyat including a 700-seat main theatre, two smaller performance spaces and a private screening room.

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Performing and visual arts classes for children.

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Tuition for piano, guitar and flute using techniques devised by Ovidio de Ferrari that produce musicians rather than merely players.

Various musical curriculums for children and adults.

Dance classes for teens in Green Community and Dubai Marina.

Innovative company originally devoted to resuscitating classical plays for modern audiences and now providing a multicultural take on standards and new works.

Music lessons for all ages on instruments (Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Violin) as well as vocal coaching, singing and songwriting.

Abu Dhabi's first, largest and most successful poetry open mic night.

The recently established RPS chapter aims to build a photographic community on the UAE via regular meetings, workshops, lectures and an annual exhibition.

Large retail supplier of musical instruments. Branches in Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and Deira.

Monthly book club meet-up at Dubai Mall. Unusually their reading choices alternative between fiction and non-fiction.

Multi-use studio and event space in Alserkal Avenue.

A large retailer of musical instruments including digital pianos and DJ equipment.

Various music and dance curriculums for children and adults.

Singing lessons for all ages.

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A range of dance classes from babies to adults, from beginners to more advanced, from funky street jazz to Kinderdance.

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Tashkeel is a vibrant little art centre in Nad al Sheba, with studio facilities, display space for a regular programme of exhibitions and screenings, seminar and workshop rooms, and international fellowships. Tashkeel runs three residency programmes for artists and holds six main exhibition projects a year.

Seven studios available to teach a variety of dance styles.

An independent annual art exhibition plus a programme of talks, events and alternative education methods, all self-funded and organised by TBP members.

a range of dance classes, workshops, and camps.

Develops, manages and promotes over 3, 000 performances annually throughout the UAE.

The Fridge develops, manages and promotes over 3, 000 performances annually throughout the UAE.

The Hive provides space for exhibition, theatrical, and musical performance.

Dancing taught by professionals Òin a new, fun and social atmosphereÓ.

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Performance space (159 fixed seats, black box theatre, professional sound and lighting rig) in Alserkal Avenue

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Music equipment retailer that also offers lessons.

Music lessons for all ages plus monthly concerts and runs Glee Club.

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Performing arts education in a variety of instrument courses and dance styles. Branches in JBR and Mirdiff.

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Successful and highly rated dance company.

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Lessions on piano, guitar, drums,keyboards, violin and singing to ABRSM, Trinity or  independent programmes; styles taught include rock, pop, blues, jazz and heavy metal. TMMI also sells instruments and books and has a recording studio available for hire. Australian owned and operated.

Successful and highly rated amateur group (won 2015 Short+Sweet)

Retailer of musical instruments and audio equipment.

Dubai-based monthly meetings that are live-tweeted (so those who can't make it in person are able to join in remotely via @TwitBookClub).

Address: Grand Hyatt Hotel
Upper Lobby
P.O.Box 7978

NSOÊcomprises the NSO Symphony Orchestra, the NSO Chamber Orchestra, the NSO Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the NSO Opera & Chorus and the NSO Music Agency. They present concerts throughout the year for the general public and for private events.

Community park that includes an amphitheatre for performance.

Music production, band management and music photography.

Yadawei is focused on pottery and ceramic art. Members get open access to the studio to use it as their own for projects and commissions; Yadawei also hosts workshop and classes.  The gallery has a broader remit to exhibit upcoming talent in multiple fields.

A variety of instruments including recorders, pianos, guitars and drums are available.

Phone: 02 667 923

Zouk classes from pro dancers.

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Acting foundations courses for adults in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, running since 2015 in various locations.