Dubai is rapidly evolving as exciting centre for art in the Middle East . The annual Art Dubai fair has been instrumental in reviving the city’s art culture. Ranging from the dusty industrial surroundings of Al-Quoz to the chic sophistication of the city’s financial centre and the bohochic Bastakia Quarter, the contemporary art scene is buzzing. Don’t picture yourself strolling from gallery to gallery, though: most are tucked away in nondescript buildings or anonymous warehouses and are hard to find. And don’t count on your taxi driver knowing the way. Pick up a copy of the ArtMap publication, which is invaluable because it includes maps of all galleries (www.artinthecity.com). In terms of museums, Dubai may not have the sheer number of other major tourist destinations, but at least those here are free or very cheap, and there are a number worth visiting for insights into Dubai's history and architecture.