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Your event guide to this year's DIFC Art Nights

Everything you need to know about this amazing community event showcasing artists from all over the world

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Event information:

What is DIFC Art Nights?

Untitled by Fadi Yaziji

An event that will bring together the community, artists and talent from around the world in an evening of culture and entertainment. Art Night will include showcases, interactive art pieces, music and culinary masterpieces.

When it is?

Wednesday, November 23from 7.00pm to 10pm

Where is it?


DIFC Art Nights is set in the vibrant Gate Village at the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre.

Entrance fees

The free-to-attend programme will serve as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and build on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond.

Transport and Parking

Car Parking is available for free at the Gate Village car park.

Centrally located between new and old Dubai, DIFC has direct access to Dubai's main highway, providing ease of travel.

By Metro

The DIFC can be accessed by two metro stations; Emirates Towers Metro station and the Financial Centre Metro station. Both are on the red line. Visitors to the DIFC Gate Building should alight at the Emirates Towers Metro


Outdoor Displays:

1. Intrude XL By Amanda Parer

This art installation will make you wonder about the natural world and our place within it, provoking thought through the use of light and dark, humour and drama. Brought to you by ICD Brookfield.

Gate Village 9

2. Breathe By Giulio Cassanelli

Art curator Bebe Leone presents ‘Breath’, a live performance by Italian artist Giulio Cassanelli. Cassanelli’s artistic research focuses on the alchemy between soap, ink and gravity. Just like a breath, or the trace of a perfect gesture, fleeting and delicate bubbles are captured in flight on different surfaces. This performance catalyses the whole alchemy in a few infinite seconds of suspense, in which the spectator is brought back to a juvenile state of wonder.

Gate Village 8, in front of La Petite Maison

3. Let Go And Go With The Flow By World Art Dubai And Mawaheb

Amidst the hustle and bustle of DIFC we ask you to pause, let go and pour your emotions into experiencing the most therapeutic form of art. This interactive art piece will allow you to express yourself, using words or paint, directly onto a specially constructed structure.

Gate Village 3 & Gate Village 4

4. Falcons Of Arabia By The Columbia Threadneedle Collection

Columbia Threadneedle Investments presents a unique collection of photographs exploring the ancestral sport of falconry in the Arabian Peninsula. The stunning collection highlights the UAE’s essential role in shaping and preserving this noble tradition, while celebrating the magnificence of the falcon and its power, speed and beauty.

Gate Village 9, by the Four Seasons Hotel

5. High Expectations By Ashat Akhmediarov

This installation, composed of 180 low-stools, is based on a desire to rise to a higher position, using everyday objects such as stools as a metaphor to transport us to a higher position, allowing us to see the world from above. Brought to you by Andakulova Gallery.

Gate Village 5

6. Mirage By Fatima Al Budoor

A mesmerising outdoor installation of brightly coloured, silk organza fabric, suspended between arches around the DIFC Gate Building. The sheer screens of silk flutter all the way down to the ground of the archways as they move and breathe with the wind.

Gate Village 4

7. Live Calligraphy By Diaa Allam

An Egyptian with an Emirati spirit, born and raised in the UAE, Diaa Allam is a calligrapher and live art performer who combined Arabic calligraphy with modern contemporary styles. He will perform live art at DIFC Art Nights, creating a masterpiece, inspired by the iconic DIFC Gate Building, in his quintessential style.

Gate Village 10

8. Ping Pong Dubai

Ping Pong Dubai is a community initiative with a simple aim: encourage people from all walks of life – regardless of age, ability and fitness level – to pick up a bat and discover that ping pong is a fun and social way to be more active.

Gate Village 2

9. Art Space

Figurative to Abstraction by Alfred Basbous expresses a lifelong exploration of the human form and its abstract properties. Focused on the aesthetic principles of shape, movement, line and material, his sculptures display a deeply ingrained sincerity and a search for the essence of beauty.

Gate Village 3

10. Cuadro Gallery

Cuadro Gallery is proud to present 'Saints and Sinners', a solo exhibition by London based artists The Connor Brothers. Using collage to subvert the meaning of old master paintings and vintage romance novels, their work casts a cynical and penetrating eye at contemporary culture. Their work reinterprets objects from the past and in doing so provides a humorous commentary on society’s obsession with wealth, fame and the unrealistic idealism of relationships.

Gate Village 10

11.   Andakulova Gallery

Askhat Akhmediyarov presents a solo show, Malus Sieversii, inspired by the wild apples that gave the former capital of Kazakhstan its name – Almaty, Fatherland of Apples.

Damac Park Towers

12. Art Sawa

Art Sawa will display a collection of artworks from a variety of promising young artists, who are contributing to the growth of the Middle East art scene. Come explore this selection of diverse, thought provoking pieces that offer bold and intense narratives, give a voice to women and allow them to express issues surrounding the Arab world.

Gate Village 8

13.   Ayyam Gallery

Migration Stories, the solo show of Los Angeles-based artist Farzad Kohan records the experiences of mainly Middle Eastern migrants who have resettled in the United States or Europe. Detailing their stories with text-based paintings that are written in American typewriter font, the artist adopts the role of a documentarian.

Gate Village 3


1. Art Nights Sound By M-Events

Brought to you by, one of the region’s leading event conceptualizers, Monarchy, brings you a fusion of classical piano tunes gently fused into smooth house beats. Talented pianist, Benjamin Kunch, leads the show supported by DJ Alina Moldova who elevates the atmosphere though her distinct beats which complements the busting energy of the DIFC Gate Village.

Located in Gate Village 2

Special Menus

1. Bazxar

In celebration of DIFC Art Nights, taste Bazxar’s signature selection of canapés inspired from South East Asia, Europe and the Americas paired with the finest mocktails that will take you on a culinary journey to gastronomy heaven.

Gate Village

2. Fann À Porter At Boca

Jordanian artist, Saad Rabadi’s exhibition will combine complex compositions with vivid and atmospheric colours. Rabadi paints his immediate surroundings with intimate dynamic expression, seeking inspiration from the city streets, where street lamps cast light on the pavements and neon signs glitter in the rain.

Gate Village 5

2.       Gaucho Dubai

Join us at Gaucho Dubai lounge for a unique Cheese tasting experience available all evening during DIFC Art Night. A selection of our finest cheeses with crackers and chutney, matched with what Argentina does best.

Gate Village 5

3. Mercato

Mercato is home to wholesome, Italian dishes just the way Nonna used to make them. During Art Nights, Mercato will offer a classic pairing of Italian beverages and pizza, with lounge music and avant-garde art cinema playing in the background. Art enthusiasts can step inside in what is bound to be a feast for all the senses!

Gate Village

4. Totora Cebicheria Peruana

The newest addition to the DIFC dining and nightlife scene, Totora presents a bespoke menu exclusively for Art Night. Taste a refreshing Tiradito de Rocoto, a delicious grilled marinated octopus and the delectable Lime Garden dessert. Experience authentic Peruvian flavours, contemporary dining and live DJ downstairs in the Lima Lounge

General Dining

1. Indie DIFC

Indie DIFC presents a live band in the Gate Village playing upbeat jazz and funk music. Guests can enjoy the music along with an assortment of eclectic global cuisine, including canapés made from the restaurant’s signature dishes. Indie also will offer a selection of fresh and creative mocktails, developed specifically to complement the evening

2. Taste Of Firebird

Firebird Diner, well known for its gourmet interpretation of American cuisine, will showcase a live band playing all American classics, accompanied by American burger sliders and milkshakes.

Located in Gate Village 9

3. Ritz Carlton

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Just a few short minutes from DIFC Gate Village, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC has art in its DNA. Meet the team to find out more about its artistic and culinary offerings and sample a selection of delicate mini bites from its patisserie and café, Cake.

Gate Village


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