For energetic salsa beats, mouth-watering tapas, and incredible Latin art, travelers would traditionally head to Latin America. But on Jan. 30, Dubai’s artistic hub of Alserkal Avenue will be transformed for the Latin Art Fest, the largest Latino fiesta in the UAE.
Get a group of friends together and head down to the artistic neighbourhood of Al Quoz. From 7 p.m., the usually quiet, warehouse-lined streets between 8th Avenue and the Artissima Gallery will be a riot of color, culture, and energetic beats – sure to bring heat to the cooler Dubai nights. Walking the streets surrounded by Latino art, the smell of grilling meats in the air, and the hip-shaking rhythm of salsa in your ears, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped straight onto the bohemian streets of Buenos Aires.
Make your first stop the Artissima Gallery, which will feature the first solo exhibition in the Middle East of the award-winning British photographer, Tariq Zaidi. The exhibition, titled Latinos in the UAE, shines a spotlight on the close-knit Latino community in the Emirates via captivating images of people in their expat desert home. The exhibition will be open for two weeks after the Latin Art Fest, should you want to come back for more.
Gallery browsing is bound to work up an appetite, so follow your noses to the line of food trucks in the alleyway off 8th Street, hosted by some of the city’s most popular Latin restaurants. With the likes of Taqado, Señor Pepe’s, Café Martinez, and Casa de Tapas involved, the gourmet choices will be overwhelming. Get everyone in the group to order something different, from burritos to croquettes and Brazilian coffee, then grab a picnic table and settle in for an evening of delicious snacks and traditional Latin music. If you aren’t feeling too full from dinner, finish your experience with a little salsa dancing under the stars.