ARTE – Artisans of the Emirates – is the UAE’s specialist and largest monthly handmade urban arts & craft market, featuring the freshest and hippest vendors residing in the UAE. ARTE hosts several markets every month – on the second and fourth Friday of the month find them in Times Square Center, Dubai and on the third Friday of the month in Al Hamra Mall, Ras al Khaimah.
At the markets in Times Square Center, Dubai, ARTE showcases over 150 contemporary and highly original makers and designers, with items as diverse as fine and casual jewellery, the best in visual arts from photography to watercolours to oils, clothing by local designers, gourmet foods, toys, sculpture, fine and functional pottery, a wide selection of woodworking, stained glass, fashion accessories and lots more. The boutique markets like in RaK feature a much smaller quantity of core and divine artisans. ARTE is the place for you to find that perfect gift, your new favourite cupcake, or the perfect accessory for your next night out on the town!
Nearly in its tenth year, ARTE is now run by Miriam Walsh and her fabulous team. Miriam, a felt maker and experienced artisan regularly featuring at the fairs in Dubai, and long-term resident of Dubai. These markets offer the ideal venue for gift buyers and souvenir hunters, or those just looking for locally made unique and quality art and crafts, as a lasting memory of the Arabian region. You will find beautiful handcrafted objects to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
Today, ARTE has firmly established itself as a friendly, accessible and high quality event, attracting several thousands of visitors to each event, who delight at the quality and extensive range of work. It now boasts a network of over 5000 artisans, from over 30 different countries, offering the public the opportunity to buy original, unique and exceptional design and craft from UAE based artisans.
If you are interested in pursuing a story investigating the growing trend for people branching out into new industries or setting up their own businesses in the challenging economic environment we would be happy to put you in touch with some of our vendors. For further details interviews and high resolution images please contact Miriam Walsh on firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen on 050 4589411.