Abu Dhabi is home to several reputable galleries featuring interesting exhibitions of local art and traditional Arabian artefacts. The Folklore Gallery on Khalidiya Street (+971 2 666 0361) is a great place to browse displays of local pottery and art, and has an excellent framing service. Hemisphere Design Studio & Gallery (Khalifa Street, +971 2 676 8614) is an independent gallery showcasing works by local artists. Gallery One, inside Qaryat Al Beri, has a range of beautiful photographs and artwork that can be printed onto canvas and mounted, or rolled up into a suitcase friendly tube (+971 2 558 1822).
Barakat Gallery (+971 2 690 8950) specialises in ancient art with genuine antiquities from China, Egypt, the Near East, Africa, Greece and Rome. Based in Emirates Palace Hotel, items vary widely and include statues, jewellery, coins, necklaces and pottery.
The Etihad Modern Art Gallery (+971 2 666 0175) is one of the most recent and vibrant additions to the capital’s art scene. Located on Al Huwelat Street, opposite Al Bateen Mall, the gallery encourages the creation of art with local references, showcasing work from well-established and upcoming Emirati and international artists. The gallery is open Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm and there is also a funky café next door called the ArtHouse café.
The funky Ghaf Art Gallery (+971 2 665 5332) stages exhibitions showcasing local and also sometimes international artists, with new talent regularly exhibiting. The gallery is on Khaleej Al Arabi Street, near Khalidiyah Gardens in Abu Dhabi.
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