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PHOTOS: In Dubai, an art show's return reflects city's new normal

Updated On Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

It was a scene reminiscent of pre-pandemic Dubai: Art lovers dressed in designer clothes or alternative fashion, walking around in one of the city's many swanky locations. Bloggers, VIPs and influencers filming on their mobile phones. People mingling and laughing. The only difference? They all wore masks. After being canceled in March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Art Dubai returned this week to the sunbaked desert metropolis it calls home, becoming one of the first in-person international art fairs of 2021. The show is part of the city-state's efforts to reopen to international trade and tourism that power its economy.

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A gallery employee works in front of Angeles Agrela paintings at the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

A gallery employee works in front of Angeles Agrela paintings at the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)(AP)

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People visit Saudi artist Rashed Al Shashai's work titled Brand 14, Light Boxes, Plastic Cases, at the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

People visit Saudi artist Rashed Al Shashai's work titled Brand 14, Light Boxes, Plastic Cases, at the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP)

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People visit Ayyam gallery of the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

People visit Ayyam gallery of the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)(AP)

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People visit Perrotin gallery of the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

People visit Perrotin gallery of the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP)

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People visit Swiss Fog Magnified of the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

People visit Swiss Fog Magnified of the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP)

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Dubai : A woman visits oil on canvas paintings by Ayesha Sultana of the Experimenter gallery in 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. AP/PTI(AP03_30_2021_000263B)(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

Dubai : A woman visits oil on canvas paintings by Ayesha Sultana of the Experimenter gallery in 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. AP/PTI(AP03_30_2021_000263B)(AP)

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People arrive for visiting the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

People arrive for visiting the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP)

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People visit the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:54 PM IST

People visit the 14th edition of Art Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, which features 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP)

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