Art Dubai

Following a hugely successful 11th edition of Art Dubai, fair director Myrna Ayad explains why it’s a cultural marker for the city

“Art Dubai is a product of its environment. Our city is home to over 200 nationalities, and so with 93 galleries from 44 countries here last month, I felt the 2017 programme really reflected that. It’s now recognised as a leading event in the international art calendar.

“One of the things I love about it most is it’s opportunity for dialogue. If you’re looking to buy art, then here you you can not only talk to the gallerist, but potentially meet the artist, curators and other art practitioners, too. All these conversations can inform your decision to make a purchase.

“As an art writer, it’s been wonderful to witness – and cover – the changes across art and culture platforms in the UAE over the last 15 years. It’s an invaluable experience that helps me contribute to Art Dubai’s year-round programme – that’s another thing people sometimes don’t realise: Art Dubai isn’t just a week in March.”

If the combined efforts of last month’s Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai weren’t enough, then check out April’s World Art Dubai. Head to Dubai World Trade Centre to buy exclusive pieces, take part in workshops, shop the craft market and enjoy live performances and seminars.