Our guide to one of the hottest cultural scenes in the Gulf right now.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
So, what’s this place about?
As the name suggests, Abu Dhabi Art Hub is exactly that: an art hub occupying various spaces within the World Trade Center mall. The gallery complex displays works by established artists from across the U.A.E. and abroad, all with the goal of providing a platform for cultural and political discourse.
How’s the space?
This gleaming white space sets the stage for various artworks. A two-story mezzanine has ample real estate for wandering the artworks; you can find other segments of the space throughout different locations in the mall.
The art’s the main thing, of course. How is it?
From colorful portraits by solo artists to collective exhibitions revolving around a specific theme, like “Women’s Day” and “Tolerance,” the contemporary artwork all seems to have a point of view.
Did you meet anyone on staff? Did they make an impression?
The staffers will show you around the space and give you a primer on the artists.
At the end of the day, what—or who—is this place best for? This is a good gallery to add to your list if you’re interested in artwork that goes beyond aesthetics—ones that underscore current political and cultural conversations taking place throughout in the region. For a more hands-on experience, sign up for one of the regular workshops, including calligraphy, watercolor, and portrait drawing.