DIFC Hosts Art Nights @ Gate Village

Following the summer break and marking the start of Dubai’s new season of art related events, the much anticipated return of DIFC’s Art Nights @ Gate Village will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-9 PM. Aimed at highlighting the significant role that DIFC Gate Village holds in the development of the arts and culture of the UAE, the forthcoming Art Nights will present a diverse program of events. 

Combining elements of art, music, design and cuisine, Art Nights will offer a relaxed setting in which Dubai residents can encounter all that DIFC has to offer as one of the city’s most popular centers. Showcasing a wide range of talent, Art Nights will emphasize the great extent to which art has become essential to the Dubai experience.

Sponsored by Quintessentially Lifestyle, this edition of Art Nights will present several new gallery exhibitions, live music, prize giveaways, special events and performances. Of note are a special preview of Christie’s upcoming auction highlights and Art Dubai’s pop up bookstore.

Jeffery Singer, CEO, DIFC Authority, said: “Art isn't just an object of beauty, it can also be an investment. This is the foundation of the relationship between the financial industry and art community, and it makes DIFC the ideal platform to bring these two communities together. Art Nights @ Gate Village creates a fantastic atmosphere in the centre, and we proudly support our galleries in this endeavor."

The evening will be complimented by Break DJ Lobito’s tunes, two live music performances by singer/songwriters Zem Viv and Abbo, live art installation by Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh, as well as an interactive drum circle by Sound of Brazil.

Caroline Hargreaves, Quintessentially’s Managing Director, said: ‘As the world's leading members-only luxury concierge service, Quintessentially takes pride in its involvement in the best that any location can offer. So we are naturally delighted to be sponsoring the return of the DIFC Arts Nights’.

Guests are invited to complimentary canapés and drinks provided by The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, and experience the exclusive design furniture provided by Catertainment.

Art Nights @ Gate Village is free and open to the public.

Art Nights @ Gate Village | Full Program | Tuesday October 16 | 7-9 PM


Art Sawa
Exhibition by MONDONGO

Art Sawa is pleased to invite you to an exclusive show  by Mondongo,an internationally renowned Argentine artist group who will have their first show in Dubai with Art Sawa. This Argentinian whose group name means “tripe” in Spanish uses “plasticine” to create a kind of work that is complex by its richness in color and texture.


National Clothesline’ by Shadi Alzaqzouq

ARTSPACE is pleased to be showcasing a new exhibition entitled ‘National Clothesline’, a solo show of works by the Palestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq. Shadi Alzaqzouq’s work relates to the energy of the Arab youth and from the contemporary artistic profusion worldwide. His latest works framed with tires express his deep connection to urban popular movements.


Ayyam Gallery
‘In the Name of Freedom’ by Oussama Diab

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present ‘In the Name of Freedom’, a solo exhibition by Palestinian artist, Oussama Diab. Featuring a selection of his latest paintings, Diab’s exciting Pop and graffiti-inspired expressionistic canvases employ symbolist interpretations of current events and concerns.

The Young Collectors Auction Catalog

We’ll also be giving away catalogs of the 8th edition of the Young Collectors Auction. Comprising over 60 lots and featuring painting, sculpture, photography, silkscreen, and installation works from renowned and emerging artists throughout the region, the auction will take place on October 22 at the Ayyam Art Center.


 Cuadro Fine Art Gallery
Four Solo Shows by Various Artists

Cuadro launches the season with four shows. Ammar Al Attar's ‘Prayer Rooms’ presents these makeshift rooms across the UAE, highlighting their stillness and serenity. Manal AlDowayan’s ‘My Name’ installation of prayer beads carries the names of Saudi women, addressing the custom of never uttering a woman’s name. Athier's ‘Hold Me In’ explores whether construction is deconstructing Arab heritage and identity. Sinisa Vlajkovic presents less obvious aspects of the UAE landscape in his ‘Genius Loci’ series, amalgamating natural and social elements into one ephemeral unit.

Opera Gallery
‘Street Art Show’ – Various Artists

Opera Gallery Dubai presents six major street artists: SEEN, Mr. Brainwash, Mohammad Khodashenas, Charles Munka, Paul Alexis and Blek le Rat. These six artists work with many of the same materials, incorporating pop culture and referring to contemporary art, but ultimately each provides a distinct perspective from which to view modern-day life.


The Empty Quarter Gallery
Identity:  Personal? National? Global?

Empty Quarter Fine Art Photography Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition of five artists’ featuring their visions on the human identity: Changing, Forming and Storming. Isabel Tallos ‘Inner loneliness’, Julia Fullerton-Batten ‘Mother and Daughters’, Leland Bobbe ‘The Feminine Side of a Man’, Torsten Seidel ‘Lost in Time’ and Jack Dabaghian ‘Vietnam Ethnic Minorities’, Shiva Haji Ebrahim Araghi ‘Shedding The Skin’ and
AL-Moutasim AL-Maskery ‘WO-MEN’, all look at these elements of identity through their daily lives.


The Farjam Collection
The Silk Road, An Exhibition on Cross Cultural Influences from the Farjam Collection’

The Farjam Collection invites you to the opening of ‘The Silk Road, An Exhibition on Cross Cultural Influences from the Farjam Collection’. The show will highlight a number of cultures and artistic innovations ranging from the Middle East to Eastern Asia during the Silk Road trade route era. The display will feature ancient scroll paintings, stunning porcelain ceramics, detailed miniature paintings, and Persian glassware and pottery.


RIRA Gallery
‘Emperor's New Clothes’ by Melika Shafahi 
‘Mystic Presence’ by Hooman Derakhshandeh

The second exhibition of RIRA Gallery presents two separate shows of works by emerging young talents, photographer Melika Shafahi and painter Hooman Dearkhshandeh. Shafahi's images all recite age old tales of fabled history modernized with contemporary imagination, where Derakhshandeh's paintings lend an equal value to the human figure and the identity of women.


XVA Gallery
‘Rebirth’ by Sami Al Karim

XVA Gallery is pleased to welcome the return of Iraqi artist Sami Al Karim, for his first solo show in the region. Sami utilizes a large variety of media and materials to create his works; which include video installation, photography, oil on canvas works and found objects. Sami Al Karim has exhibited in the USA, UAE and Europe. Join us for the opening on October 16th to meet the artist and enjoy music and refreshments.



Titanium Collection

ALIEL - Combining the beauty of rose cut sapphires and the unique qualities of titanium, we present a new inspiration that is unquestionably Aliel. Please join us on the 16th October 2012 for Art Nights, where we will be unveiling our new Titanium Collection.


 Andrew Martin
Out of Africa
As the premier destination for innovative and luxurious furniture and home accessories, Andrew Martin invites you to experience a collection of African-inspired objects at their DIFC showroom.  From furniture and textiles channeling tribal influences, to amazing unique artwork and one-off African decorative items, we invite you to come and experience the collection for yourself at the Andrew Martin showroom, located in Gate Village 07. 

Art Dubai
Art Dubai Books
Following the success of ‘Another Bookstore’ at Art Dubai last March, in collaboration with Jashanmal Bookstores, we’re bringing back our pop-up bookshop. Hosted by Cuadro Gallery during ‘Art Nights @ Gate Village’ the bookshop will feature a selection of art publications including artists’ books, monographs and magazines, many of which were sourced together with artists, galleries and Art Dubai friends and family.

The seventh edition of Art Dubai takes place March 20-23, 2013, at Madinat Jumeirah.


Exclusive Highlights from Part I & II Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art sales

Christie’s present a special opportunity to view cutting-edge highlights from the Part One and Part Two Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art sales at Art Nights @ Gate Village before they are displayed at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel for the upcoming auctions on October 23rd & 24th. For further information, please contact Hala Khayat on 04 425 56 47 / [email protected]


The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Art After Dark @ No.5 Terrace

Once Art Nights draws to a close, continue the evening in DIFC at Art After Dark @ No.5 Lounge & Bar, the official after-party, serving drinks and fusion-food, to the tuneful sounds of a DJ. Guests of Art Nights can visit The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC stand, to collect a token for a complimentary 'Art After Dark’ cocktail.


Nail Lounge

Luxury nail lounge, NStyle will be at Art Nights offering complementary polish changes to all guests. There will be a draw for a two hour pampering session at NStyle DIFC for three winners and five of their BFFs.  So come with your business card handy and drop it in the crystal bowl. Everyone will walk away with an NStyle goodie bag after their pampering session.


The Rug Company
Studio Collection

The Rug Company, creators of the most desirable rugs in the world, has introduced its Studio Collection: a collection of hand-woven rugs and cushions that embrace simplicity, affordability and versatility. Visually impactful yet simple in their structure, the rugs are decorative and durable, with bright colors and simple geometric patterns. The Rug Company is located in Gate Village 02.


u energy
Members Reception

U Concept Dubai’s first boutique health club, located in the heart of the Gate Village of DIFC, welcomes its members to an exclusive reception in collaboration with Quintessentially and Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. U Concept will also present two interactive live art performances on the night outside their space in support of the local art scene. This evening is open to the U Concept, Blue Marlin and Quintessentially members only.



Break DJ Lobito

Rated as one of the top five DJs in his style worldwide, Dubai-based Lobito will be playing live exclusively for Art Nights @ Gate Village. Break DJ Lobito is a turntablist and vinyl collector with an eclectic style rooted in deep funk, soul, latin beats, brazilian, afrobeat, classic hip hop, downtempo, reggae, block party breaks and all things drum related.

7.30 pm

Zem Viv

Art Nights @ Gate Village is pleased to present an exclusive live music performance by  singer, Zem Viv. After international success as a model, South African born Zem Viv returned to her love of songwriting and music. She’ll be releasing her first album  ‘Breathe’ - influenced by jazz, world music and hip-hop.

8.00 pm


In partnership with The Fridge Dubai, Art Nights @ Gate Village is pleased to present an exclusive live performance by singer/songwriter, Abbo.After spending the last few years traveling with his guitar and touring his solo projects around the globe, Abbo felt it was time to develop some of his many musical ideas gathered from being on the road and to stop somewhere long enough to record again. A wonderful evening not to be missed for music lovers.


8.30 pm

Drum Circle by Sounds of Brazil

Sounds of Brazil will present the first drum circle at Art Nights @ Gate Village. Join the drummers for an exciting and interactive musical experience as they celebrate an evening of rhythm, fun, music and laughter. Sounds of Brazil is an event management company, specializing in Brazilian and Latin entertainment.



‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’ by Noura Masri  and Anne Gedeon
‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’ is an atypical collaborative project between acclaimed Palestinian artist Noura Masri and Lebanese Jewelry designer Anne Gedeon that will unwrap a marriage of art & fashion. The unique limited edition collection of real 'art' includes individually crafted pieces, each is expressive in its own original way.  

‘Movement or Motility’ by Maisoon Al Saleh

u concept has commissioned Maisoon Al Saleh to carry out a site specific installation during Art Nights. Maison Al Saleh is one of the youngest Emirati artists and entrepreneur who has successfully established herself in her hometown, Dubai and globally. Get involved as she creates an intriguing installation called "Movement or Motility", where she explores the movement of cells across DIFC's pathway based on her observation of her surroundings. 

Guests are invited to complimentary canapés and drinks provided by The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC and experience the exclusive design furniture provided by Catertainment.

Art Nights @ Gate Village is sponsored by Quintessentially Lifestyle.

Art Nights Press Release - Arabic


Art Nights Press Release - English


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