THE GALLERISTS

Asmaa Al-Shabibi and William Lawrie founders and owners of Lawrie Shabibi in the Alserkal Avenue District
What makes Alserkal Avenue so unique? “With its old warehouses, it’s visually arresting. We’re one of around 15 galleries, including Carbon 12, The Third Line and Grey Noise. Visitors are always very excited by the blue-chip quality of the galleries and the artists. It’s an edgy oasis away from the glitzy side of the city, but still in the center of Dubai.”

Why did you decide to found Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai? “To do something new with Dubai’s art scene. I was working at Art Dubai, while William was at Christie’s, and we wanted to work directly with artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, such as Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Shahpour Pouyan and Mona Saudi.”

 

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What makes Dubai’s art scene so special? “It’s a small, but concentrated and high-quality scene. Top artists can be found in the galleries here, so curators, museum directors visit Dubai and discover a lot.”

 

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