Dubai gallery grows as area is unlikely haven for artists
4 August 2013 Last updated at 18:51 BST
Now fine art has long been associated with clean, polished galleries - so it is a bit surprising that in Dubai the art scene is taking root in a dusty industrial zone.
But such is the area's popularity, construction work has begun to double it in size.
And in a region beset with political instability - it is proving to be a safe haven for artists fleeing troubles back home.
Howard Johnson reports from Dubai.