Every city’s got one of those artsy hideouts. The ones that are hidden gems not because they’re trying to fly under the radar. But because they let their scenic ambience, handpicked merchandise and breezy bohemian vibes spread the word and earn them clout. In Dubai’s case, that spot has long been held by The Courtyard in Al Quoz.
When I say long, I mean 25 years long. This vibrant collective of small businesses, including a community theatre, has held sway over Dubai’s artsy and creative types since 1998. In fact, founder Dariush Zandi (an architect and designer) was inspired by his time in New York’s artistic Soho neighbourhood and developed a magical little sanctuary along the same lines.
Two decades on, The Courtyard is celebrating its vibrant community with a special exhibition that charts
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