SEE THE CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD ON THE VERGE

Gallery hop in an up-and-coming communityExplore the city’s creative hub, set in a revitalized industrial district Stop for snacks at a canteen with French and Aussie bitesArt is one of our biggest passion points at Conrad Dubai, and this couldn’t be a more exciting time for contemporary art in the Middle East. Dubai’s creative arts hub is centered on Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, a revitalized industrial district. We love spending a few hours here exploring some of the best galleries in Dubai. Alserkal is about to undergo a major expansion, but some of our all-time favorite venues include the brand new Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, a private museum helmed by curator Deborah Najar; Lawrie Shabibi; and the Salsali Private Museum. Most taxi drivers still don’t know their way to Alserkal so to avoid having to navigate, we suggest you take an Uber from the hotel and program the address into their GPS from the start. Post- or pre-, head to Al Quoz’s de facto canteen, Tom & Serg, for all manner of Aussie snacks and the perfect flat white. Their gluten-free brownie is a game changer. To check out the art scene, head to 8th Street. You’ll find yourself in the heart of creativity for Dubai. You'll see Alserkal Avenue tucked behind 8th Street, where you'll be able to check out the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Deborah Najar's private museum and the Salsali Private Museum - all within a few feet from each other.​​ALSERKAL AVENUE ARTS AND CULTURAL DISTRICT; Exit 43 off Sheikh Zayed, Street 8, Al Quoz 1; +971-50-556-9797; info@alserkalavenue.ae​​​​​​TOM & SERG 15A St., Al-Joud Center; +971-(0)56-474-6812; tomandserg.com; open till 4 p.m.