Al Quoz hotspots
Formerly known simply as the industrial area of Dubai, Al Quoz is on the rise as a haven for the young, hip and creative. Thanks to a few enterprising artists and designers, the region is now a hub of inspiration where you’ll find contemporary art, underground cinema, performances from local and touring entertainers - and seriously good coffee.
Discover galleries, warehouses and hipster haunts in Dubai
The galleries and hip haunts to visit
On the surface, the industrial area of Al Quoz is the polar opposite to what most people would imagine a typical Dubai tourist destination to be. However, amid the dusty streets and large warehouses, Al Quoz is hiding a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered; a vibrant area full of art galleries and performance spaces.
For those new to the scene, the best place to start is Alserkal Avenue – an arts and culture hub that has been evolving slowly since its establishment in 2007. It’s now home to more than 15 contemporary art galleries, and various other performance and creative spaces, set across several warehouses. Beyond Alserkal Avenue, you’ll also discover Al Quoz is also home to some of Dubai’s coolest cafes. Here are the places to go on your tour of the neighbourhood:
A cavernous two-storey warehouse located in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, The Fridge is the natural choice for Dubai's creative types. The versatile venue is used for concerts, theatre productions, press conferences, art exhibitions, classes and workshops throughout the year. Since its inception in 2007, The Fridge has been at the forefront of Dubai’s creative and arts scene, and even has its own talent management agency, promoting more than 3000 performances a year in hotels and live music venues all over the UAE.
+971 4 347 7793
Tom & Serg
hile Al Quoz is not yet overly endowed with gourmet options, the existence of Tom & Serg means that the area can claim to be the home of one of the coolest cafés in town. With a focus on fresh, seasonal produce and a cup of coffee that Dubai’s caffeine lovers come from far and wide to buy, Tom & Serg has gained a reputation as one of the most fashionable foodie hotspots in the city. Although its sister café, The Sum of Us, recently opened its doors across town, Tom & Serg remains extremely popular, so be prepared to queue.
+ 971 56 474 6812
Another hidden gem in the alleyways of Alserkal Avenue, A4 Space is where Dubai’s freelance writers, designers and artists come together to share ideas and collaborate in a forward-thinking, creative atmosphere. Comprising a purpose-built, two-floor loft space, a cinema room, a project space ideal for art exhibitions, a concept store that promotes local artists and designers, and a cafe that does a great 100 per cent organic raw coffee, A4 Space is the place to be for those who thrive on creativity.
+971 50 556 9797
Green Art Gallery
Arriving in Al Quoz in 2010, Green Art Gallery stands out for its works from a mix of contemporary artists across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and beyond. The gallery is a great place to stop if you’re looking for an art space that focuses on local talent – some of the works you’ll find there are from emerging artists and are on display to the public for the first time.
+971 4 346 9305
Art meets fashion in this cutting-edge concept space, where more than 60 designers from around the world are represented. There, you can combine gallery browsing with some shopping for unique pieces you won’t find in the malls. The Cartel also hosts fashion-focused film screenings, exhibitions and talks throughout the year.
+971 4 388 4341
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