Inside Alserkal Avenue, The Middle East's Hippest Art Enclave

March 26, 2015 12:39 PM

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Inside Alserkal Avenue, The Middle East's Hippest Art Enclave

Grit and galleries go together, at least until the latter cancels out the former. From Shoreditch in London to Chelsea in New York City, arts districts have a habit of colonizing industrial neighborhoods blessed with vast warehouses and (initially) low rents.

The rule holds in Dubai too. This month, the region's densest arts district, Alserkal Avenue, doubled in size. Located in the treeless Al Quoz neighborhood, the strip of art and commerce sprung from a converted marble factory encompasses some 20 galleries and various other attractions for the cultur...

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