Dubai is glittering with luxury high rises, gold souks, luxury malls, diversity, and many famous art-galleries. But not only art-galleries, exhibitions, festivals are popping in Dubai city but Dubai Municipality is gearing with many colorful themes to paint the town in vibrant hues. They are now focusing on creating permanent colorful murals on buildings, corners, under the bridges, staircases, public places, parking areas which makes Dubai more interesting. These permanent colorful artforms comprise of traditional & cultural art, contemporary art, geometric & 3D art, and even sculptures too. So now whenever in future you are visiting Dubai then look out for vibrant art forms on some walls or corners. I bet, you will find a perfect Instagrammable spot with these art forms. Read this post for Guide to Dubai Street art with some of my favorite locations.
Top Places to see Dubai Street Art | Guide to Dubai Street Art
LOCATION – JBR WALK | Street Art Dubai
GIRAFFES POPPING OUT AROUND YOU – When you descend the staircase from Sadaf(Jumeirah Beach Residences) to JBR The Walk then suddenly you will encounter two huge giraffes popping out and you will feel like standing in a zoo or national park. Children and even adults love to take funny shots with them like feeding them or patting them. They look very realistic.
PERSIAN GEOMETRIC ART – An Islamic art pattern with vibrant turquoise color shades lies in the hidden street just behind the most popular JBR The walk. It lies behind the Bahar Block near round-about of Roxy Cinemas.
A SEA OF HORSES – It is located on the huge movie styled or palatial styled staircase descending from Rimal (JBR) to JBR the Walk. You will see colorful horses galloping an ocean which represents Dubai’s famous Horse race held every year by the Dubai World Cup.
VIEW FROM SUBMARINE – As the stretch of JBR Walk is on the beach this theme very well co-ordinates with the surroundings.
TWO DOLLS – Located on the staircase of Bahar block. Children love to take pictures with them and from some angles, they appear to be 3D also.
GIRL ON A SWING – Girl on a swing with a Mediterranean background in the painting over the stairways of Rimal block to JBR The Walk.
LOCATION – LA MER BEACH | Street Art Dubai
An eclectic beach front of Dubai which is also a paradise for art lovers as you can see a riot of vibrant colors at all places here. The entire walls of this area including shops, restaurants, washrooms, Parking slots are adorned with huge trendy murals. La Mer is the best place in Dubai to find your favorite art on walls.
LOCATION – AL FAHIDI HISTORICAL AREA |Street Art Dubai
Al Fahidi area is very famous for ancient style Islamic art and culture. Here you can see many traditional and national art forms on the walls of the building.
LOCATION – CITY WALK | Street Art Dubai
Here you can find Dubai’s most famous Instagrammable art – I Love Dxb painting. This is is an upscale shopping district of Dubai but also a great place to watch lovely street art on the external walls of shops and buildings.
LOCATION – EXTERNAL WALLS OF DUBAI OUTLET MALL | Street Art Dubai
In the parking area, the external walls of the mall are covered with colorful paintings by upcoming local artists.
LOCATION – D3 | Street Art Dubai
Dubai’s popular commercial art and architecture district where you will find many art and sculpture installations.
As you have there are many different unique locations in Dubai with lots of attractions and therefore you must be confused about where to stay in Dubai? So read this perfect guide on which area to stay in Dubai. Nowadays Dubai is getting a colorful twist which showcases many local and renowned talent from all over the world. There are many more places where you will find huge and interesting mural art on the walls. I always try to explore the colorful and offbeat locations in this vibrant city. If you find something very colorful or quirky in Dubai, do let me know in comments. Experience Dubai Withlocals and enjoy the luxuries, adventures, culture, beaches, desert in this fastest growing city in the world. If you are in Dubai then enjoy the vibrant food scene here as you can find diverse cuisines from all over the world. Or check out famous Indian restaurants in Dubai and if you love beaches then go for stunning beaches of Dubai. Even you can go for a one day trip to Abu Dhabi from Dubai or witness the ancient sites of Iron age in Mleiha.
So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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We loved our two visits to Dubai. But when I looked back, I found that we did not see any street art at all in Dubai. And we do look for it. So I was glad to see your post and see that this art form was well represented in Dubai. And I really can’t believe we missed some of these lovely pieces! Indeed such an eclectic collection.
Actually Linda, Dubai has promoted street arts works recently and now you can find everywhere. May be you have visited Dubai many years before, so you have missed it. Visit again to see artistic vibes in Dubai.
Looking at all that street art is like having a museum on the sidewalks. I LOVE the giraffe and the pipe made to look like a straw. I didn’t realize Dubai had such a vibrant street art scene.
OMG this is amazing art work. Loved it.
I love murals but definitely didn’t now Dubai had such an amazing street art scene! The giraffe ones are my favorite for sure. I love how they’re 3D and so interactive! The View from Submarine is a special one too. It’s so amazing how art can transform the vibes of an entire place and city!
Yes Jas, sometimes art play an important role to give some character or story to a city.
I never new Dubai had street art too. I always thought Dubai was more on technology that saves the environment, but that Street Art looks amazing. Thanks for sharing all his stuff!
Dubai has lovely street art and nowadays you will find it at most of the places
I’ve only had a lay over in Dubai. I tell you what, this is such a different post for Dubai! Really cool, I love street art so much. I never knew Dubai had this edgy cool urban side too it.
Dubai has many unique things and you would love to visit here.
Wow, I never realized Dubai had such an interesting street art scene. I will definitely keep my eyes open for it next time I visit
Thanks Daniel, Dubai is now gearing up with lots of artistic options
I am in love with the giraffe street art! I’ve been to Dubai twice now and have yet to admire all of the beautiful street art. You’re definitely making me want to return now!
Did Kobra do the horse mural? It is fantastic. He is my fave. Looks like his work. The giraffe pieces are insane! They look so freaking real. Wow! I’m a fan of the gals drinking a bottle of soda myself.
I don’t think street art is one of the first things that come to mind while thinking about Dubai but the city seems to have some stellar murals. I LOVE the giraffes…they are so lifelike! Thanks for showing us this aspect of the city.
I did not know Dubai had such an amazing street art scene and at so many avenues. Each one looks amazing and you have captured it well. I’ll certainly try and catch up on these whenever I am in Dubai next.
Thanks Ketki for going through
What a lovely revelation of a lesser known side of Dubai. Street art always fascinates. but Dubai’s street art has a character all its own. Like everything else about the place, the street art too is larger than life. It is also nice to note that the authorities are encouraging and taking steps to give street art a boost.
Thanks Sandy and nowadays street art is very popular in Dubai and even increasing everywhere in the town.
What a lovely collection of street art in Dubai! How did you go about finding all these samples? Some of them are really brilliant.
Thanks Punita and as I live here, so I try to figure out something unique in this vibrant city.
You would not expect so much street art in a city as manicured as Dubai. Being street art lovers we need to get over there to explore more. Thanks for sharing these tips!
Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!
Thank you for including the Fahidi Neighborhood, I’m always disappointed when folks visit Dubai and only check out the glamorous side. This post just makes me want to jump on a plane and head back to Dubai. Love the photos!
I absolutely LOVE street art and finding it everywhere I travel. My top three favorites on your list in Dubai are the Sea of Horses, the I love DXB sign and the D3 area. I would have to find those for sure. And Dubai is a bucket list city of mine!
Thanks for going through
The giraffe and the submarine views are amazing. It seems like Dubai takes their street art seriously. I definitely have the feel of a formal work of art and not the rabid imagination of graffiti.
Street art is always a great way for cities to offer visitors (and locals) an excuse to get out and really notice their urban surroundings.
I especially like the use of the drainage pipe as a drinking straw – perfect!
Thanks Jerry and yes the drainage pipe picture is really well done with shown as straw
This is a beautiful post Yukta. A different perspective of Dxb. . From the usual burj and malls. The giraffe is my favorite and I love your expressions there. Loved the girl. On the swing Too. Another favorite would be the kid with the straw.
I’ve never seen art turn into reality. Animals and plants seem alive. What nice dolls
I had no clue that Dubai has such amazing street art. I had been there before but haven’t come across this. I would love to take pictures with the rich street art that you have shown here. All these are must-see places for me in Dubai.
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Ok. As someone who sets aside time to click photographs of and with street art wherever I go, this post is such a delight. I had absolutely no idea of Dubai’s rich street art!
Thanks dear, I too love posing with street art with vibrant colors.
I haven’t been to Dubai yet, and this is something I would experience and see in Dubai since I love street art a lot. Having myself being photographed with the backdrop of that stunning painting would be one to keep.
Thanks and yes to have photos with these nice art works is always too great thing to do here
I love street art and this looks great to discover in one or several afternoons. I’ve never been to Dubai, yet, but I’m becoming fascinated by it.
I am truly impressed with all the developments in Dubai. Buildings are so amazing. I have some friends who work there.
They are absolutely first class street arts, in my opinion. The giraffes are super cute, like they’re trying to get close to you. I would like to take pictures with the two dolls, too. But I think the ones at La Mer are the best of all.
Wowzers! This is lovely. I never knew that Dubai has such beautiful murals. I never heard about it actually. I love the way you explore your own city and bring something interesting about it every time. I particularly loved the two dolls and the swinging girl murals.
Good to know Dubai also has a thriving street art scene. I particularly like Sea of Horses which looked so majestic
OMG!!! Such cool murals and they are all so colorful. Two Dolls is perhaps the best non abstract street art I have seen in quite some time. I didn’t even know Dubai had so many murals! It is all so pretty. Loved your post, showed me a completely fresh side of Dubai 🙂
Thanks Vaisakhi as watching art and colorful murals are always so relaxing. I am glad you like the post
Wow ! How colourful! I just wish that I had known where to find them when I was in Dubai. I will have to plan some extra time on my next layover to go and see them. Thanks for sharing!
Street Art makes a place special. In your post in Dubai , these look awesome . if i have a chance i would love to check it out for myself. Penang my hometown also have awesome street art which I absolutely love – kudos to the artists for making it so vivid.
Great Adele and I too have heard about Penang and one day I would love to see them. You too plan for Dubai very soon.
The street art all looks really cool, but the giraffes are my favourite!
Wow! I just feel so sad for missing these beautiful street art. We have been to Dubai a couple of months ago but wasn’t able to see this. Love the 2 dolls. Brings back great childhood memories.
Will definitely make sure to check all of these during our next visit.
This is a great post, as it shows a unique side of Dubai. I must admit, when people say Dubai my mind doesn’t automatically go to “street art”, but rather malls and other buildings. I really like the giraffe image, I would love to get to see that in real life.
I too agree that Dubai has got the image of tall buildings and malls, but there are many interesting things to do here for all tastes
I love street art and always look for it whenever I visit a city – I had no idea that Dubai had such great public art. I guess I’m going to have to book a trip there. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Yes Ali, Dubai has great street art and welcome to Dubai
I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times but never paid attention to the art! On my next visit I’ll definitely observe more! Great post.
Thanks Chandni, till your next visit more art-forms will add up in Dubai
Wow! Dubai has changed so much since I last visited 12 years ago. There was no street art and definitely no fake giraffe, which I thought was real for a hot second lol. I need to re-visit.
Yes Kemi, Dubai has changed a lot within 12 years and it is one of the fastest growing city in the world.
I just love the vibrant and modern street art in Dubai! It really is the place to be. You can find everything in Dubai. Hope to be able to travel there soon.
Yes Carmela, you are very much invited to Dubai and make your plans soon
I never would have thought that the street art and murals would be so in-depth. They look 3D which is pretty cool.
To be honest, I never thought there are so many street arts in Dubai, this is definitely mind-opening for me. Thanks for introducing this side of Dubai to me!
Dubai has lot many hidden treasures for art lovers too. Come and explore Dubai
I love the giraffe and the dolls! Did not know Dubai had such a vibrant street art scene, thanks for writing this and sharing where exactly we can find them! And love your tights (slacks?) btw!
Thanks Arunima for all your beautiful compliment
I didn’t think Dubai would be big on street art but they have some amazing ones! The sea of horses on the staircase is my favourite, they look so majestic!
Thanks Rasha and yes Sea of Horses are even my one of the favorites
I did not know that Dubai has such amazing murals also. Seems like the city has everything for a tourist. Each and every street art look unique and innovative.
Thanks Sinjana, the mural art on walls are gearing up in Dubai nowadays
I absolutely love Street Art – very interesting read 🙂
Thanks Richa for loving it
This is amazing. Dubai what a great idea! I love the giraffes and they do look so real. I cannot even pinpoint a favourite – they are all so good and clever. Thanks for sharing!
Yes Jane, all are very beautiful