© Traffic

© Traffic

The creative space known as Traffic has undergone at least three incarnations since it opened in 2007. In its first, behind one of the city’s largest malls2007年にオープン以来、3度の転身を遂げている「トラフィック」は現在クリエイティブ・スペースとして知られている。オープン当初は大型モールの裏手に店を構えたハイエンドな家具を販売するデザインスタジオだった。2010年にアルクオーツがアート地区として有名になった時、トラフィックも同地域に移り純粋なアート・ギャラリーとして焦点を絞った。




住所:179 Umm Suqeim Rd, Dubai
TEL:+971 4347 0209

Text: Mamiko Kawakami
Translation: Izumi Watanabe
, it was a design studio for selling high end furniture. Then, in 2010, it moved to the thriving art district in Al Quoz, and with a focus as a pure art gallery.

Since the beginning of the year 2012, however, Traffic has also incorporated more community programmes. It recent opened an area called ‘The Studio’ which has sewing machines and laser cutters, and has scheduled workshops every month on various craftwork.

In addition, the space also hosts open mic nights for talented local musicians, workshops on organic cooking and voice training, film screenings, a public library and even a ping pong tournament. One of the most popular events is a flea market called ‘the market of everything’. Here, members of community can sell their belongings, including everything from furniture and artwork, to cars and even pets.

However, Traffic still focuses mostly on art. The space is divided into two galleries, with one half regularly displaying the private art collection of the owner, young Emirati Rami Farook. The other half of the gallery features exhibitions often tackling
weighty political issues affecting the wider Middle East region. In addition Traffic also produces and sells furniture, clothing and other items from UAE designers under the brand name ‘Local’.

Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, Traffic offers a deep insight into the local arts and culture scene in Dubai.

Address: 179 Umm Suqeim Rd, Dubai
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Saturday 12:00-18:00)
Closed on Friday
Tel: +971 4347 0209

Text: Mamiko Kawakami

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