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What to expect at Art Dubai 2023

Art Dubai

Here's what to look out for between 1st - 5th March 2023

Words by Aneesha Rai in The Lifestyle · Mar 1st, 2023

One of the most anticipated fairs during Dubai's Art Season - Art Dubai this year features over 100 gallerists from over forty countries. An added focus on digital art, NFTs, & talks this year makes it an even more intriguing visit. 

Art Dubai Modern

Keeping in mind the diasporic rise of various communities in Dubai, this year's Art Dubai Modern focuses on artists from the Middle East and South East Asia who make up a significant part of the population. It was the push towards modernity during the 20th century that opened the door to new social, political, and environmental developments, many of which have emerged as contemporary global issues and concerns in recent decades.

Collector Talks

Conceptualised by Zain Mahjoub in partnership with Dubai Collection, this year's collectors talks will focus on emerging trends in both traditional and digital collecting across the region. It will feature discussions with experts in the field from both established private collectors and younger artists, who are active agents shaping their country's art history today.

Dubai Collection

Offering a digital museum, Dubai Collections holds artworks belonging to distinguished patrons and is open to the public. Each artwork has a story to tell, which can be accessed and viewed on any device. The Dubai Collection is built in partnership with patrons who support the initiative through an innovative format where they lend artworks whilst always retaining legal ownership, allowing for their works to be publicly accessible and making them part of global exhibitions.

Christie's Art & Tech Summit

With a focus on AI, digital asset ownership, financial innovation and Blockchain, this one-day conference brings together international creators and collectors to discuss how technology is transforming the art world. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leading regional speakers including Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and Founder of Careem and Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State of Education and Advance Technology; Chairwoman of the UAE Space alongside international speakers including from Google and Microsoft as well as digital artists and collectors. As it's an invite-only event, it would be best to register your attendance on [email protected].


As the gateway to international contemporary art, Bawwaba 2023 is a curated presentation of adventurous and ambitious solo artist presentations from across the Middle East and North Africa region. Curated by Vipash Purichanont, an independent curator and lecturer at Silpakorn University, the exhibit features works created in the past year or specifically for this fair including those that span wide geographical scopes across “The Global South”.