With branches at Gate Village and well as here, on the Alserkal Avenue gallery campus in Al Quoz, this top gallery's main mission is to promote emerging Middle Eastern (especially Syrian) artists and to introduce their often provocative, political and feminist work and voices to a wider audience outside the region itself.

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1. Custot Gallery

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This fabulous, vast 700-sq-metre space is associated with the prestigious Waddington Custot gallery in London. The exhibitions promote such major masters…

2. Third Line

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A pioneer on Dubai's gallery scene and one of the city's most exciting spaces for contemporary Middle Eastern art, the Third Line represents around 30…

3. Leila Heller Gallery

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This prestigious New York import presents cutting-edge art from emerging and mid-career artists from the Middle East, Central Asia, southeast Asia and…

4. Chi-Ka

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Escape the heat and bustle by stepping into this cool Japanese art space with changing exhibitions that range from exquisite silk kimonos to photography…

5. Carbon 12

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This minimalist white-cube space serves as a gateway to the UAE art scene for accomplished artists from around the world, and vice-versa. Some of them…

6. Green Art Gallery

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Green Art has been around for more than four decades and played a key role in championing modern Middle Eastern art, including such masters as Fateh…

7. Grey Noise

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Since 2008 this contemporary gallery has built up its reputation as a go-to space for experimental and cutting-edge art from the region, South Asia and…

8. Courtyard

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Housing an eclectic combo that includes a community theatre, edgy concept stores and galleries, this enticing cobblestoned complex wraps around its…