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Affordable Islamic art goes on show in Dubai from Wednesday

Works on display till Saturday will cost Dh367 to Dh73,000

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Dubai: An art exhibition in Dubai this week will feature affordable Islamic artworks from across the Muslim world.

From Wednesday to Saturday in World Art Dubai, a total of 3,000 artworks will be on display. Much of it will cost anywhere from Dh367 to Dh73,000.

And new this year is Exhibition Islam, which is dedicated to works inspired by the Middle East cultural traditions.

Acrylic painting by National Akademi Award winning artist Madan Lal titled Bull Whithin (size 24 X24 inch ) on display during World Art Dubai at World Trade Centre. Courtesy: Madan Lal

The exhibition will also host creative learning workshops, an award ceremony, live painting sessions, and wall art costing Dh3,000 or less.

More than 140 international artists and galleries will be present.

Last year, close to 10,000 people showed up at the art fair, which is now taking place for the third time.

The wide range of art on sale and display ranges from paintings and prints, photography, sculpture, installations, mixed media, and new media.

The event is aimed at both amateur collectors and professionals.

Artwork for sale can also be viewed on the event site at:

World Art Dubai will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre, on April 12-15. Opening times are 6pm-9pm on April 12, and 2pm-9pm on April 13-15.

Tickets can be bought online for Dh15, or purchased on-site for Dh20.


Tips for buyers

Want to buy some low-cost art? Here are six pointers from World Art Dubai organisers:

Do your homework. With all the variety on show, spend some time thinking about the style and size of art you’re looking for.

Don’t be afraid to judge. Before you put down your hard-earned money on a work of art, don’t be afraid to judge the art on its artistic merits.

Ask lots of questions. Find out all you can about the pieces that interest you and the artist who created them.

Try to keep an open mind. If you have strong feelings for the piece you want to buy, then this is the best kind of return on investment you can hope for.

Value is in the eye of the beholder. Just as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, what a work of art is worth can vary depending on how much you may have fallen in love with it.

Bigger is not always better. When you arrive at the show, it’s easy just to head straight for the largest art. However, sometimes the smaller pieces will be better suited to your needs.