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XVA Gallery

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Address: Al Fahidi St | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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+971 4 353 5383
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 18:00

Established in 2003, XVA is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East...

Established in 2003, XVA is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East that specializes in contemporary art from the Arab world and Iran. Its rigorous exhibition program includes works by emerging, mid-career and established artists who are responding to their local environments in thoughtful and provocative ways. XVA conceived of and organized the fair as part of its commitment to raising the profile of contemporary art practice in Dubai. The gallery is also committed to raising this profile internationally, participating in art fairs in Istanbul and Hong Kong.

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An interesting and unexpected find in old Dubai.

We were drawn in by art works visible from the windows, and ended up spending the evening enjoying the atmosphere and tranquility of the gallery and restaurant. If you're looking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 January 2016
Helen I
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Spent the weekend at the hotel and there is artwork, museums and cafes all over the place. It was an great weekend escape from the city and to experience old Dubai. Enjoy!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Nothing outstanding art exhibits. But definitely worth a visit to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee relaxing in the bustling city; running your eyes around few paintings and sculptures.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

We were drawn in by art works visible from the windows, and ended up spending the evening enjoying the atmosphere and tranquility of the gallery and restaurant. If you're looking for something different from glossy hotels and malls, this place might be for you. There was a variety of art on display from regional artists, but it was the setting... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

I haven't been here for a few months now, but first of all is an amazing space in the middle of Dubai and specially in the middle of the Al Fahidi district. This gallery is inside the XVA hotel and it is a very dynamic gallery, you will find beautiful art pieces from arabic artists. And while you are there... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

XVA gallery around Bastakia quarters is one of the many galleries that dots the entire neighbourhood of the Al Fahidi fort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

I really liked this place. It was so fun to wander around to the various courtyards and look at the art they had on display. They also have a little cafe/restaurant and the food was great! If we are ever in Dubai again we will definitely be back!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2015 via mobile

This place is the best combination between local/old Dubai and modern Dubai i've seen until now (and possibly the only one). The building reminds you that this is indeed an arab city, and it gives you a little bit of that culture which seems to be lost in 99.9% of the rest of the city. It's nice to explore the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

In the old part of town this restored old house is traditional in style with wind tower architecture . The courtyard is a place of tranquility and in the cooler months a great place to relax and have a snack or a nice vegetarian lunch that they do so well . The art is a bit ho hum and could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

For some reason, most people have to seek this place out, as it's not really well advertised. This charming little courtyard has a cafe that serves fresh juice as well as a mostly vegetarian menu. It's a tranquil, peaceful, creative space that I will definitely visit again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

XVA is a gallery and boutique hotel. It has a central air-conditioned courtyard where they serve meals. Worth a visit

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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