Dubai's arts and crafts
Whether you're looking to learn the traditional arts and crafts of Dubai - such as calligraphy - by yourself - or you'd prefer just to appreciate fine arts in Dubai, you're in luck.
Traditional arts are still commonly practised in Dubai and around the emirate. Throughout the Islamic world, Arabic calligraphy is a symbol representing unity, beauty and power, and is featured during the annual Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, where you can see the work of renowned calligraphers and learn the art yourself through workshops.Or, indulge in exotic art for the home in the traditional styles - wall décor, carpets, cosmetic cases and more that feature a traditional weaving method practised by Bedouin women, can be found in souks and stores across the city. Look for narrow strips of fabric, sewn together into bright, linear patterns for a traditional style.
Likewise, temporary body art finds delicate and fanciful form in henna, as artisans use natural ingredients to adorn hands and feet.