Revved up for Art Dubai? The annual art fest is back and even has its own dedicated buses made over by up-and-coming artists.
Dubai Culture and Art Authority’s colourful transport returns for its 10th year to ferry art lovers around the city.
With so much going on – there’s Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah, Design Days Dubai in d3, workshop and exhibitions in Al Quoz, live music and pop-up art at Sikka Art Fair in Al Fahidi – the ArtBus is an simple way to see it all.
The shuttle, run by ArtIntheCity, covers all the major art hubs and means visitors can take in all the galleries and exhibitions without having to worry about taxi fares or parking.
Three routes will run daily from Thursday, 16th-Saturday, 18th March, to Al Quoz; Downtown Dubai, DIFC and d3 and Jumeirah to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
It’s been running since 2007 and as is just as creative as its destinations, providing a unique way for local artists to exhibit.
Three UAE-based creatives were picked from open-call to design works for the ArtBus around the theme of ‘A Shared Past A United Future’, taking inspiration from the newly-opened Etihad Museum
Dina Saadi (pictured), Safiya Mohammed and Sultan Al Ramah will each have their work featured on one of three buses, transforming them into moving artworks.
Moscow-born digital artist Dina has travelled the world to paint murals, is inspired by Pop Art and is passionate about empowering Arab women. Her ArtBus commission of colourful patterns signifies the seven emirates of the UAE.
Safiya Mohammed is a “curious and creative” young graphic designer from the UAE whose artwork is a brief timeline of the country’s union.
Doodler by night and illustrator for the Abu Dhabi government by day, Emirati Sultan Al Ramahi drew inspiration from the stamp exhibition at the Etihad Museum to create a wrap for the bus in his signature style.
To book seats on the ArtBus contact ArtintheCity on 04 341 7303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are AED 50.