We live in a city full of amazing art galleries, but there’s still something wonderful about owning your own art.
Nothing beats smugly admiring your latest beautifully framed painting or piece of photography from the comfort of your own sofa, and luckily the capital is a brilliant place for those who are looking to invest in some creative artworks.
Whether it’s your first proper piece (no, that picture of dogs playing pool does not count), or something to add to your already established collection, you’ll find incredible works from international and local artists up for sale right here in the city.
So to help you get your home looking super cool, we’ve put together five of the best places to buy art in Abu Dhabi.
Pretty soon, you’ll be inviting your friends around every week just to show off your tasteful new masterpieces.
With everything from paintings to photographs and prints, it’s easy to come away with loads of new purchases when you visit Art Central. Amongst the original artworks and limited editions, you’ll find just the thing you’re looking for. There’s also a custom framing service, ready to hang art gifts, vinyl wall decals and acrylic prints. Made sure you head over here next time you’re on Reem Island.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Sham’s Boutik, Al Reem Island (056 201 7970).
Abu Dhabi Art Hub
If you’re looking for any kind of arty service in the capital, this is the place to come. With various art exhibitions and events throughout the year, there’s plenty of interesting pieces from local and international artists up for sale. This inspirational place is designed to encourage people to swap ideas and inspire each other. If you’re a talented artist yourself, you can enquire about exhibiting your own work, plus there’s also art classes, guest speakers, workshops and a framing service.
Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (055 550 9640).
Etihad Modern Art Gallery
Dedicated to growing the art scene in Abu Dhabi, there’s loads to see and do at this dynamic art space. Right now the Art Souq is on until August 19, and this huge display is the place to be if you’re after creative pieces from local artists, collectables, thoughtful gifts or just anything that’s generally very pretty and creative. It also provides art consultancy services, so if you want a bespoke piece of art or a particular type of piece, this friendly gallery will help you find it, whether it be from local fresh talent, or an established international artist.
Sat-Thu 10am-10pm. Al Huwelat Street, Al Bateen (02 621 0145).
Galleries at MAS at Manarat Al Saadiyat
This gallery doesn’t just let you admire amazing art; now you can take it home with you too. Until June 8 you can pick up a huge selection of fantastic works from up-and-coming artists for reasonable prices. Galleries at MAS is an annual initiative from Abu Dhabi Art, and the collection features pieces of work from ten galleries in Abu Dhabi, with the pieces of photography and paintings starting from Dhs350. The artists involved include established names such as Abdul Qader Al Rais, Hassan Hajjaj and Zhivago Duncan, and it’s well worth checking out while you still can.
Open daily 9am-8pm. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island (02 657 5800).
This gallery group is loved across the region for its culturally inspired pieces which have been created with passion and creativity. Whether you want to commemorate your time living in the capital or bring a bit of local culture to your living space, you can find original artworks featuring Abu Dhabi landmarks like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Arabic symbols and of course, camels. The wall art starts from Dhs495, and we’re sure you’ll find something inside to suit every budget.
Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri noon-midnight. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1670).