This piece hangs on the walls of DXB’s Al Majlis VIP facility. It was created by Mattar Bin Lahej – the noted Emirati artist and photographer, and CEO of the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children – and it addresses clarity on colour and light mass. Plus a “hidden brilliant of glory”, as its description states.
Al Majlis VIP Facility, Terminal 3.
Forms and subjects such as oil, pearls and rhythm inspire Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi’s work. But it’s the rich culture and heritage of his home country that influences him most. Arabic calligraphy, in particular, forms the basis of his sculpture, Love-Red (far left). The word “love” here, however, has been translated to the Arabic “hobb” and Al Suwaidi
uses calligraphy to represent his native language. It’s one not to be missed.
Concourse D, Terminal 1.
Elsewhere, at Arrivals, Terminal 3, you’ll find Al Suwaidi’s striking gold sculpture My Dallah (bottom right), made out of fibreglass. It’s an abstract representation of an Arabian coffee pot and cup, known as the “dallah” and “fenjan”, which are important components of the UAE culture, symbolising “originality, kindness and hospitality”.
Arrivals, Terminal 3.
This permanent piece created by Mawaheb is a pop art-inspired diorama illustrating daily life at DXB. And you can now see the brilliant piece in the flesh when you’re at the airport. It features as part of an art installation – a 46-metre-long wall between Concourses B and C – presenting two distinct pieces. The Spirit of Dubai (top right) is the coming together of Emirati artist Abudllah Lufti’s work, complemented by a graffiti installation on the opposing wall.
Walkway between Concourse B and C, Terminal 3.
Year of Zayed Gallery
For all the magnificent Year of Zayed events last year, it’s DXB’s art gallery that caught our attention the most. Stunning pieces include Emirati artist Diaa Allam’s portrait (middle) of HH Sheikh Zayed, Founding Father of the UAE. Plus, there are photographs from landmark dates in the UAE’s history including the moment HH Sheikh
Zayed signed the declaration that sealed the federation alongside the founding fathers.
Departures, Terminal 3.
Year of Zayed Gallery