Culture in Dubai: Top three shops with artistic flair
International Centre for Culinary Arts
Leave it to the chefs to whip up a dish that tastes and smell delicious, but to make it look incredibly appetising? That’s for a culinary artist. Dubai International Centre of Culinary Arts teaches the cooks of the city how to craft the perfect dish, whether at an amateur or professional level. There’s a list of artisan classes, including bread-making and sweet chocolate-making, but there’s also more advanced sessions for those looking to master the art of sugar paste – the key ingredient in making those dazzling sculptures on wedding cakes or the ones you see on Cake Boss. There’s even an artisan pizza class for those just looking to make an eye-catching homemade pizza to impress their friends and family. If you thought cooking wasn’t a form of art, take one of these classes and the master’s will teach you otherwise.
When: Saturday-Wednesday, 8am-5pm, Thursday, 8am-1pm
Where: Block 8, Dubai Knowledge Park, near Main Gate
Contact: +971 4 457 8811
KAVE The Story of Things
Sometimes we need a space that will serve you healthy grub, offers work benches to customise bikes and furniture, and is pet-friendly. Sound like something you’d like to try? Alserkal Avenue’s new upcycling café, KAVE: The Story of Things, is all about protecting the environment by using ze-ro-plastic and using cutlery and crockery that are either up-cycled or recycled after use. KAVE offers simple but healthy dishes, including a bowl of pho along with freshly made roti, which guests can pay for by buying someone else a roti. There’s also a bundle of different workshops that take place weekly, including guitar making, embroidery lessons, meditation sessions, bottle cutting workshops and chaircycling rides.
When: Monday-Saturday, 11am-9pm
Where: Warehouse 20, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Contact: +971 55 102 4469
Look, over in d3! Is it a café? Is it a restaurant? Is it an arty shop featuring exclusive items? Well, it’s actually all three. You’ll always pass by something of interest to put up in your home at the cool Dubai Design District. It sells items inspired by minimalism, timelessness and functionality-featuring glassware, serveware and lifestyle accessories. Better yet, it also has a site featuring 28 different brands, 15 of which are exclusively available in Dubai, including MoMA Design Store from New York which makes Eames Chair coasters and iconic Magritte mugs. There’s also Skogsberg & Smart from Stockholm, specialists in hand-blown glass vessels with each piece made by skilled craftsmen in Czech Republic, as well as Chase & Wonder from the UK, an independent gifts and stationery brand.
When: Sunday- Friday, 8am-11am; Saturday 8am-5pm.
Where: Building No.6, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 4 422 6024