Updated 12 January 2022
Arab News

From Saudi Arabia to the UAE, art events to look forward to in 2022 

From Saudi Arabia to the UAE, art events to look forward to in 2022 

Read on for six art events in the region that you will not want to miss this year. 

  • Desert X AlUla

    Staged from Feb. 11 to March 30, the exhibition explores the theme of Sarab (which translates to mirage in English). It will present large-scale public artworks in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla. 

  • Abu Dhabi Art

    The fair will take place on Nov. 16-20 at Manarat Al-Saddiyat in the UAE capital, bringing together local and international galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions and installations.

  • Art Dubai

    Art Dubai will open its doors from March 11-13. Its gallery sections will highlight rich cultural heritage and contemporary art practices from around the world. 

  • Ras Al-Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

    The festival will take place from Feb. 4 to March 31 in the emirate. Artists will showcase works that reflect themes of ancestry, individual growth and national identity to celebrate the UAE Golden Jubilee. 

  • Illuminate: A Noor Riyadh Capsule

    This exhibition takes place at Jeddah’s new arts hub, Hayy Jameel. Running until April 30, it features light-based works by 11 Saudi artists.  

  • Diriyah Biennale

    The Kingdom’s first international contemporary art biennale is running until March 11. It explores spiritual themes, environmental heritage and conservation, gender issues and more.