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DIFC Gate Village Art Walking Tour

Explore the world of Middle East and International Art at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.3 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a financial free zone in Dubai, is an onshore financial and business district. Given ... more »

Tips:  Be sure to check the web sites of the galleries for a whole host of special events open to the public. Of special note is Art Tuesday,... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Begin your tour of the DIFC Art Galleries with the Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, one of the UAE’s premier contemporary and modern art galleries. This gallery is the largest multi-gallery space in The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The gallery’s exhibits “transcend borders and blur the lines between academia and aesthetics.” The... More

2. Farjam Collection

Directly across from the Cuadro Fine Art Gallery is the Farjam Collection.

The Farjam Collection, one of the most impressive privately owned collections in the world today, showcases a rotating series of exhibitions and educational programs. The gallery is free to the public affording the opportunity to learn more about the works, the artists... More

3. The Opera Gallery

The Opera Gallery is located next to the Farjam Collection

The Opera Gallery in Dubai is one of 12 Opera Galleries stretched around the globe in the world’s most prestigious art cities.

The gallery showcases the works of the Masters such a Picasso, Buffet and Dali and also promotes new artistic talent from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Be sure... More

4. Ayyam Gallery

The Ayyam Gallery commands a leading role in the Arab art world. Dedicated to helping the finest emerging artists from the Levan region attain international recognition; the gallery represents some of the region’s most notable contemporary artists.

Founded in Damascus in 2006, the gallery exhibits selections of cutting-edge painting, sculpture... More

5. The Empty Quarter Fine Art Photography

Next to the Ayyam Gallery you will find The Empty Quarter Gallery.

This is the only gallery in Dubai dedicated to fine art photography. Through the exhibit of fine art photography the gallery “expands the understanding and appreciation of photography as an artistic medium.”

Featuring emerging and established photographers from all continents,... More

6. XVA Gallery

The XVA Gallery specializes in contemporary art from the Arab world including works of emerging, mid-career and established artists “who are responding to their local environment in thoughtful and provocative ways.”

The gallery is done in a modern warehouse style with raw poured concrete floors and detailed ceilings that offer the works of art... More

7. Le Petite Maison Restaurant

Tucked around the areas of the art galleries, the DIFC has many good restaurants at all price points. On the balcony of Building #2 (the Empty Quarter Gallery) are a number of coffee and pastry cafes. In Building 3 (The Opera Gallery) you will find a couple of after-work lounges and a Lebanese restaurant. Building #4 (Farjam Collection) has the... More