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Al Quoz, Dubai Overview

Al Quoz, also pronounced as Al Goze, happens to be a predominantly residential area located in Western Dubai. It is well known for a number of Art Galleries with the better ones taking up space meant for warehouses in the industrial section of the area. Tourists eager to look and discover masterpieces are often seen wandering around and checking out different galleries here. The top draw at Al Quoz is the ArtintheCity Art Bus operated by the Jamjar Gallery that takes the eager visitors on a tour through the best art galleries around the city.

The warehouse space of Al Quoz  is indeed a misnomer but the tourists are happy to discover art & culture of Dubai being kept alive here. With some of the top art houses such as the Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde and the Third Line flourishing amongst the heat and dust of the warehouse areas provide ample space for the artists to showcase their works.  The dirty motor garages and laborer accommodations also conceal a host of other attractions including the quaint cafes, excellent eateries, hot music scenes and working out areas. Shaped like a long rectangle and sandwiched between Al Khail & Sheikh Zayed roads, Al Quoz is also home to many wealthy Emiraties of Dubai.

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Attractions of Al Quoz

1. Art Galleries- Multiple art galleries are occupying the warehouse space with Carbon 12 Dubai being one of the more prominent ones. It offers a vast selection of artwork created by International artists, whereas the Green Art Gallery showcases the works of Middle Eastern artists and those from North Africa. Almost all the galleries occupy the A4 Space of 500,000 square feet that serves as a co-working space for artists hailing from all across the world. Space also includes a café, a cinema and Loft, a famous hangout area. There are free Wi-Fi services offered here as well making it one of the happening places for the young crowd interested in art and culture.

2. Cartoon Art Gallery- This is indeed a gallery with a difference that has many of the young crowd relive their childhood by looking at the exhibits related to animation clips & cartoons. There are numerous contemporary figures on display as well as conceptual pieces created as abstracts on canvas. 

3. Mirzam Chocolate Makers- This is the very first chocolate factory to open shop in Dubai. The ones looking for craft chocolates will not be disappointed by stepping into the premises at Al Quoz. The entire procedure from start to finish can be viewed at the assembly line with the visitors also being offered an opportunity to sign up for a tasting of the chocolates.

4. J+A Gallery- This is a gallery with a difference as it displays the vintage and contemporary art in the form of furniture. The artists take their inspiration from the Bauhaus art school in Germany. Select pieces from the gallery are also available on rent.

5. The Warehouse Gym- This is the place to go to for working out in style. Spread over a vast area of 1400 square meters this is an urban gym par excellence offering circuit training, boxing classes, and cardiovascular exercises with the aid of the latest gym equipment sourced from across the world.

Tips

1. It is not advisable to drive as there are only a few parking lots available. Most of the visitors choose to park on the sandlots instead
2. Carrying an umbrella and protecting the head and face is essential while walking through the industrial area during the day
3. It is necessary to follow the traditional practices of Dubai and not indulge in public display of affection

How To Reach Al Quoz

International tourists prefer to hire cars by contacting their hotels or book a taxi to go up Sheikh Zayed Road. It is also accessible by metro with the nearest station being Noor Islamic Bank Metro Station. Bus Nos F15, F25 & F26 travel through Al Quoz as well.

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