It may seem counter-intuitive to come to sunny, beach-filled Dubai and spend an afternoon on an industrial estate, but behind the close-mouthed concrete facade of a cluster of warehouses in Al Quoz, you’ll discover Alserkal Avenue, the heart of Dubai’s budding art scene.
In our fast-moving world, the most enriching moments often come when you’re just standing still. In a museum, for instance, when peering at a painting or admiring an artifact. The emirate of Sharjah fields the densest collection of museums and galleries (22 and counting) within the UAE. Unesco noticed and named it the Cultural Capital of the Arab Word in 1998. The title of Capital of Islamic Culture followed in 2014.
Many travellers imagine that visiting Dubai as a woman is much more difficult, complicated and stressful than it actually is. Dubai ranks high on the list of the world’s safest cities, despite its location in a region that often makes headlines for being in seemingly eternal conflict. However, with the city’s reputation as a blinged-up Disneyland crossed with its Islamic-rooted governance, what is and isn’t allowed isn’t always clear.