Hit up XVA art gallery—one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the Middle East and a quaint and cultured gem in this area. It features both well-established and up-and-coming local artists, who aim to challenge viewers’ stereotypes of Dubai. This stop is worth visiting for a genuine understanding of Dubai’s contemporary art scene and for a relaxing, artsy experience. Additionally, there is also a beautiful café whose menu comes in the form of painted canvas with tablecloths covered in signatures from previous visitors. There is also a Hotel at XVA, so if you are interested, ask the staff to show you one of their rooms.
XVA art gallery is STOP 2 on the HISTORIC BASTAKIYA tour.