Dubai's walls get a street art makeover

The new and permanent exhibition at City Walk has attracted international street artists to Dubai.

Neil Churchill April 5, 2016

Five years ago, Dubai used to be slammed for its ‘lack of art and culture’, which was a fair claim. Today though, that really isn’t the case.

The city’s cultural scene has grown rapidly and street art in particular has seen a phenomenal rise. Now with a new and permanent exhibition, courtesy of local developer Meraas, street art is here to stay. 

Dubai Walls is the name of the project, and it involves bringing some of the world’s top street artists to Dubai and offering them a prominent blank wall to leave their mark. 

It’s already begun on City Walk, where 15 works of street art are now permanently adorned. Expect future Meraas-owned areas to follow suit. 

Some of the artists to have already turned a public wall into a permanent street art exhibit include: the French Godfather of stencil art Blek le Rat, creator of pop surrealism Ron English, UAE regular Ben Eine and two of the world’s leading female street artists – Aiko from Japan and US star Magda Sayeg. 

There’s also a nice tale of Iranian brothers Icy and Sot, who have returned to the region to leave their mark (above) for the first time since they left their home country to seek asylum in the US.

Below are some of the works on show in City Walk right now, all free and open to the public. You've just got to find them.