Al Quoz – where art and industries meet

This unglamourous side of town carries an identity that is uniquely its ownImage Credit: Supplied

Mention Al Quoz and images of a vast desert space filled with sand-coated factories, warehouses and worker accommodations come to mind.

Unappealing, yes – that was Al Quoz of long ago. Today, the place has become a byword among artists, art enthusiasts and foodies on a hunt for the newest restaurant or café to hit town.

Co-existing with the usual Al Quoz “residents,” which also include the permanent fixture Dubai Bowling Centre, are massive art galleries, studios and other creative venues where local and international artists can showcase their craft. These creative haunts offer offices, hot desks and areas to host film screenings, art exhibits, musical performances, photography and art-related workshops, seminars and lectures, and art consulting, among many others. Among the known spaces in the area are Alserkal Avenue, The Courtyard, thejamjar and Art Sawa.

The locality does not only witness a flourishing art landscape. Its restaurant scene is also heating up, with more restaurateurs opening a new venture or a branch in the area, giving it a buzzing and lively vibe. Dining establishments such as Tom&Serg, Organic Foods & Café, The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen and Balance Café are constant crowd drawers.

With a wide range of vehicle showrooms dotting the place, Al Quoz is also a popular destination for vehicle buyers and renters alike. Sharing space with all the mentioned establishments are furniture showrooms, hardware stores, garden centres, retail shops and shopping centres like Times Square Center, Oasis Centre, Al Quoz Mall and Al Khail Mall.

Meanwhile, the Al Quoz Pond Park provides the much-needed pocket of green in the area.

All these developments have given Al Quoz a sense of identity that is uniquely its own.

Handy Hints:

* Al Quoz is traditionally an industrial area filled with warehouses

* Today, it is a meeting place for art lovers and food enthusiasts

* It is home to vehicle showrooms, small shopping centres, cafes

Find out why Al Qouz is a popular destination.

Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer

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