Courtyard
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Located in the gritty Al Quoz industrial area, the Courtyard is an art and community centre that seeks to inspire and encourage creativity in all its forms. To that end, the centre has an art gallery, a theatre that seats 70, an incubator business centre, a flower boutique, photography studios... the list goes on. It’s an escape from the glitz and glam of Dubai, and a great way to experience its society and culture in an abstract manner, with unique perspectives.

Pro tip: Pay special attention to the 10 buildings that flank the courtyard — each of them display a variety of architectural and regional styles, with the one commonality being that they’ve been salvaged and restored by Dariush Zandi, the founder of The Courtyard.