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‘Star Liner’ by Zak Ové Opening on 19 March as part of Art Dubai, ‘Star Liner’ is the newest exhibition at the Lawrie Shabibi gallery. It’s the first solo show in the Middle East by the British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ove. Ove’s works often deal with the notion of belonging, especially in a multicultural world. He’s known for his large installations, which have been on show at the British Museum and Yorkshire Sculptural Park. ‘Star Liner’ was inspired by the futuristic and psychedelic music of George Clinton, as well as the Black Star Line, a shipping line that transported goods and African Americans throughout Africa. The exhibition includes a mix of paintings, sculptures, and a new series of African masks made from brightly-painted car parts.

‘Inner And Outer Space’ by Kenny Scharf The latest exhibition to go on display at Leila Heller Gallery is ‘Inner and Outer Space’ by Kenny Scharf, and is the American artist’s first solo show here in the UAE. The painter and sculptor is best known for his large, colourful paintings of animals and imaginary creatures, as well as sculptures of televisions and found objects. His latest series of works reflect his concerns about the environment, and in particular the petroleum industry. Two of the paintings, We’re Melting Together Night and Day, and Melty Slop, show a series of brightly-coloured cartoon faces melting down to the bottom of the canvas, and have been made using oil, acrylic, and diamond dust.

‘Cultural Crossroads’ by Tahar Ben Jolloun ‘Cultural Crossroads’, which is on display at La Galerie Nationale, is a collection of works on canvas by the Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun. The poet, novelist and artist is best known for his novel The Sacred Night, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1987. He first started painting in 2013, and since then he’s had his work exhibited in galleries in Rome, Paris, and Algiers. The show came about because of the friendship between Ben Jelloun and Guillaume Cuiry, the gallery’s director and curator. It will debut during this year’s Dubai Art Week, and also marks the gallery’s partnership with the Institut de Monde Arabe, as 2018 is the official year of UAE-Franco Relations.

Philip Taaffe Solo Show at Leila Heller Gallery Leila Heller Gallery will be presenting a new exhibition by Philip Taaffe from 19 March until 31 August, in what will be the artist’s first solo show in the Middle East. Taaffe is one of the most eminent artists of his generation, and the exhibition will feature some of his most recent paintings. The paintings are inspired by a variety of sources – everything from Roman mosaics and Syrian embroidery to calligraphy and Mongolian masks. Known for his fusion of techniques, including collage, silkscreen printing, and marbling, Taaffe has mixed the decorative with the narrative, as well as the ancient with the modern, creating a series of striking artworks.

‘Space and Place’ by Jene Highstein ‘Space and Place’, by the American artist Jene Highstein, is the latest exhibition to go on show at Alserkal Avenue’s Jean-Paul Najar Foundation. The exhibition includes a mix of sculptures and drawings by the late artist. The sculptures are made of bronze, concrete, steel and wood, which he used to create both primal and organic artworks. Their solidity is a stark contrast to some of his more delicate ink drawings. Using intense black pigment and Chinese ink on paper, the drawings serve to show his ideas and thought processes before he set out to create his sculptures.

Ramadan is the Holy Month of mental, physical and spiritual elevation where Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours.

Evening Tours at Alserkal Avenue One of the city’s leading arts and culture destinations, Alsekal Avenue is a district of warehouses-turned-art galleries. This Ramadan, enjoy a truly interactive experience with a guided tour every Wednesday through the Avenue’s exciting collection of galleries, cafes, creative spaces, and more. The tours start from Nadi Al Quoz at 8:30pm, and participants can look forward to behind-the-scenes insight into the city’s burgeoning arts scene. Whether you’re new to Dubai or an oldie looking to discover a hidden gem, you’re sure to enjoy.

Evening Tours at Alserkal Avenue One of the city’s leading arts and culture destinations, Alsekal Avenue is a district of warehouses-turned-art galleries. This Ramadan, enjoy a truly interactive experience with a guided tour every Wednesday through the Avenue’s exciting collection of galleries, cafes, creative spaces, and more. The tours start from Nadi Al Quoz at 8:30pm, and participants can look forward to behind-the-scenes insight into the city’s burgeoning arts scene. Whether you’re new to Dubai or an oldie looking to discover a hidden gem, you’re sure to enjoy.

Iftar at Capital Club Dubai Dubai’s premier private business salon, Capital Club, throws open its doors once more this Ramadan with an expansive Iftar experience for members and guests. Sample classic Arabian flavours with an appetising selection of mezzeh plus delicacies like eggplant moussaka and royal mixed grill as well as a collection of spiced Indian favourites. Situated in the heart of bustling DIFC, Capital Club is where the city’s leading business brains and thought leaders meet to network, and is the perfect place for a networking Iftar occasion for groups of 10 to 80 people.

Iftar at Dubai Opera .For an unusual Iftar experience, the stunning setting of Dubai Opera is the backdrop for a very special Ramadan occasion as the state-of-the-art auditorium is transformed into a magnificent banquet venue from 16 May to 14 June. Award-winning restaurantSean Connolly at Dubai Opera will cater the event with a rotating menu of local and international specialities including sustainably-sourced hammour shakshuka-style and a trio of biryanis. Live Arabic musical entertainment will complement the season while a pop-up market located in the foyer offers a collection of special gifts perfect for the Eid celebrations ahead.  

Iftar at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah  Break your fast this Ramadan with family and friends with a feast of dishes and traditional juices from the Mediterranean to the Levant at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. The delicious iftar spread features classic flavours from Arabia, Morocco and Turkey while late-night suhoor dining is also available at Plantation Brasserie with a set menu including mouthwatering mezza, traditional soups, Arabic mixed grill and biryani. Please note the exact dates are subject to change as per the moon sighting.

Iftar at Capital Club Dubai Dubai’s premier private business salon, Capital Club, throws open its doors once more this Ramadan with an expansive Iftar experience for members and guests. Sample classic Arabian flavours with an appetising selection of mezzeh plus delicacies like eggplant moussaka and royal mixed grill as well as a collection of spiced Indian favourites. Situated in the heart of bustling DIFC, Capital Club is where the city’s leading business brains and thought leaders meet to network, and is the perfect place for a networking Iftar occasion for groups of 10 to 80 people.