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Bringing Affordable Art to The Middle East

A headline event of the Dubai Official Art Season, World Art Dubai brings affordable contemporary art from all over the world to the increasing art demand in the Middle East.

Returning for its fifth edition, World Art Dubai is one of the most anticipated fairs of the Official Dubai Art Season.

At World Art Dubai, we know that good art only becomes great when it creates a unique and personal connection between the artist and its audience. We believe in making art accessible in Dubai and the Middle East for collectors and enthusiasts searching for diverse, affordable and original art from around the world. World Art Dubai hosts an impressive artwork collection of more than 3,000 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs ranging from $100 – $20,000 from 30+ countries.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Our curators

Batool Jafri

Batool Jafri

Determination, passion and a strong belief in spiritual creativity that transcends the physical form are key themes in Batool Jafri’s work. As an artist, mentor, art educator and enabler.

Jafri has produced powerful and poignant work on the subject of the human mind and soul, while challenging historical and cultural prejudices that lead to marginalization of certain segments of society, particularly women and people of determination.

The values and ideas conveyed in her work have been widely lauded, with her work being featured at the Islamic Fashion Design Council’s Modest Revolution event recently held in Dubai, and with her current nomination for Emirates Woman of the Year 2018 in the Art & Culture category. Jafri has exhibited in over 35 solo, national and international art exhibitions across the world, including events held in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, China, Turkey, Egypt, Oman and the UAE, where she lives and works.

Samar Kamel

Samar Kamel

Having acquired her curatorial certification from the Sotheby's Institue of Art, Kamel has also undertaken several curatorial projects in her home country of Egypt as well as in the UAE, where she lives and works.

Samar Kamel is an Egyptian artist, curator and author known for works that examine cultural attitudes towards women and aim to transform stereotypes through their vibrant depictions of the modern woman. Kamel is also an accomplished chef and entrepreneur and has published several books.

She has participated in the coveted Art Dubai, Abu Dhabi Art as an art facilitator, and exhibited in World Art Dubai since its first edition for four consecutive years. Her contributions to art and community have been recognized by her recent nomination for Emirates Woman of the Year 2018 prize in the category for Art and Culture.

Zaahirah Muthy

Zaahirah Muthy

Zaahirah is a passionate art activist hailing from Mauritius. She has curated over 25 art exhibitions in UAE, Singapore, and Georgia, and has been the curator for World Art Dubai since 2017. In particular, she has provided consistently impassioned support for women artists across the globe. 

As a person who aspires to bring about positive changes in the society, she conveys a strong message of empowerment through her art and artistic initiatives. Zaahirah has had her art exhibited in Africa, Europe, Middle East, United States and Asia

Zaahirah is also a savvy business woman. She is the founder of ZeeArts, an international art hub that provides a range of art consultancy services and curatorship with the goal of connecting artists from across the world with diverse artistic projects.

Petra Kaltenbach

Petra Kaltenbach

Petra Kaltenbach moved to Dubai in 2004 when the transforming period of this city begun. This process from the old into the new inspired her for her core theme 'Transformation'. As a fine and video artist, graphic designer and energetic healer Petra experienced the special magic of Dubai. 

Petra intertwined her art with technology to express her inner attitude in many creative ways. She has integrated her healing abilities into her art to mediate positive energies to the viewer.

Shortlisted by the IEAA and for the Burj Khalifa Façade Petra got attention and recognition. In 2018 World Art Dubai awarded her as the best UAE-resident-artist.

Petra’s art is not only playful and profound, but also transports transformatory thoughts in very unusual ways. Her next project, a co-creation with ROXX-Fashion, will be launched in Autumn/Winter 2019.

A Unique Fusion of Art, Education & Entertainment

  • 6,000 sqm of inspiring space for global & regional art
  • VIP preview
  • Exhibition Islam
  • Art For Every Wall under $1000
  • Live art demonstrations
  • Art talks
  • Creative workshops
  • Art collaborations
  • Art installations

Diversity of Art

Calligraphy

Digital Art 

Drawing

Painting

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture

WADA

The WADA’s (World Art Dubai Awards), recognise the talent exhibiting at the show under 5 categories!
  • Best International Artist
  • Best International Gallery
  • Best GCC Artist
  • Best GCC Gallery
  • Special Recognition Award for Charities & Foundations

 

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