Step outside the hotel and walk along Multaqa Street to admire the transformative calligraphy artwork by el Seed on the facade of The Green Planet, an impressive indoor rainforest in Dubai. If you’re short on time, take a taxi to the 2nd December Street nearby or carry on walking to see the home of local graffiti-inspired art. The street presents a series of 12 large-scale building murals, woven around the theme of the UAE’s history and heritage, thanks to the Dubai Street Museum Project.
A 30-minute loop around both sides of the street showcases the talent of acclaimed international artists including photorealist pioneer Case Maclaim, who crafted a close-up of qahwa (Arabic coffee) and German artist 1010’s 3D mural, Hole in the Wall, that symbolises the country in shape and colour: yellow for sun and sand; blue for sea and sky.
Don’t miss the delectable food on offer at the street’s low-key eateries (see our picks here), including Al Mallah Restaurant before wrapping up the tour at the other end, close to the new Etihad Museum. Come back another day to explore this complex by the Union House, where the United Arab Emirates was formally established as a country in 1971.
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