Art Dubai 2018: Why This is the Must Attend Event for Art Collectors Both Novice and Seasoned

Salma Shaheem

Over the past 5 years, the art scene in the UAE has grown rather exponentially, with the steady progress of local galleries exhibiting museum quality artworks, by regional and international artists. Strong gallery programs, the opening of cultural institutions and initiatives such as Art Dubai contribute greatly to the global recognition the UAE art market has gained.

Art Dubai is the leading regional art fair, that takes place annually in Dubai. Founded in 2007, Art Dubai is the preeminent platform to see contemporary artworks from 48 international galleries.

What makes this fair so significant, is the bridging of cultures, the exchange of ideas, networking, educational programs and access to contemporary artists. Art Dubai’s program offers something to everyone, whether it’s just having a look around and learning about different galleries and artists, or attending talks and panel discussions. The fair is much more than just a commercial exchange.

Art Dubai also serves as an ideal platform for a novice collector to gain access to an international, dynamic market.

Salma Shaheem, joint venture partner and head of Middle Eastern Markets at The Fine Art Group, shares top reasons why Art Dubai 2018 is a must-attend for art collectors, both novice and seasoned.

Salma Shaheem
  • Art Dubai is an excellent opportunity to view artworks and learn about the current, contemporary art market.
  • Art Dubai’s educational program has so much to offer, whether you are new to collecting or not, the art market is constantly growing and changing, therefore this is a great opportunity to learn and participate.
  • At Art Dubai, one can find and acquire unique artworks.
  • Art Dubai is a platform for primary market pieces, therefore, acquiring works from the fair positively affects the market for these artists.

“Visiting an art fair such as Art Dubai is very important for a collector because it is a glimpse into the international art market,” states Shaheem. “Art enthusiast or otherwise, I encourage everyone to visit Art Dubai, explore the art market, learn something new and acquire artworks.”

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