Dubai Street Museum Project

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The streets of Dubai may be known for architectural superlatives like Burj Khalifa, the highest of the world’s high-rises, and the Middle East’s largest shopping center Dubai Mall. But a group of street artists now also wants to turn the concrete walls of a fast-growing urban sprawl into an open-air museum that celebrates Emirati heritage and speaks to everyone in the multicultural city. From poetry painted in intricate Arabic calligraphy to a portrait of an old man rowing a wooden boat, the art of the government-funded Dubai Street Museum is bringing new life to the city. The project features the work of 16 mural and graffiti artists of different genres and nationalities, including four Emiratis. Each brings their own interpretation of a curated theme — “The Past” — to the 2nd of December Street in the heart of Satwa, one of the older quarters of Dubai.

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