I have just updated our neglected Instagram page with some recent photos I took in Dubai and it got me thinking…
It is perhaps not the first place you would think of for a dose of artistic inspiration, believe me. Sometimes I find it as culturally dry as the vast desert it was built on. But looking back at some of my photos from the past few months, I think perhaps I have been a little unfair on Dubai. Sure, it is a city with a love of all things shiny and superficial and an abundance of gold souks, shopping malls, polo matches and cocktail bars. But if you dig a little deeper, there are also pockets of fascination, where traditional crafts sit alongside a thriving multicultural modern art scene.
The pictures above were taken in my TWO favourite districts of DUBAI -
Bastakiya – a labyrinth of twisting pathways, nooks and alleyways which house a surprisingly varied selection of cool, picturesque galleries, built in traditional Barjeel style. Home of the Sikka Art fair.
Al Quoz – The grimy industrial heart of Dubai that is home to numerous warehouse galleries and events.
So if you get the chance to visit this crazy city, skip the malls and go straight to these places.
I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.