First Look: Warehouse421 brings art and culture to Abu Dhabi

First Look: Warehouse421 brings art and culture to Abu Dhabi

Regional art takes centre stage in Abu Dhabi

Warehouse421 is Abu Dhabi's newest cultural hub designed to support regional talent

Welcome to Warehouse421! The new cultural destination in Abu Dhabi's oldest commerical port, Mina Zayed, which has been the city's main port for over 40 years is now transforming into a series of warehouses, which abound with art. Created as the go-to platform for artistic expression, Warehouse421 will showcase a roster of galleries and artists, setting the scene for creativity throughout the city. 

The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation's main mission is investing in the future of the UAE and its people through art and cultural initiatives. To help develop and support in the areas of arts, culture & heritage, Warehouse421 has been designed for all ages and interests and is aimed at encouraging visitors to explore the world of art, culture, design and music. 

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In celebration of the launch, Warehouse421 is set to host a three-day event where art lovers can enjoy musical performances, various types of workshops led by industry figures, and a creative market, which will feature stalls by 22 artists and designers from aorund the region showcasing jewellery, furniture and art.


Lest We Forget: Emirati Family Photographs 1950-1999, is a series of photographs spanning 49 years and it will be shared with the public for the first time. The exhibitons runs until June 18, 2016.


1:100 The Warehouse Reimagined, presents various artistic representations of 3D warehouse models. The exhibit continues until March 19, 2015.

Mina Zayed is an exhibition through the lens of Jack Burlot, a French photographer, who will take viewers through a day in the lives of people in Al Mina. Open until March 19, 2016.


A Vernacular Story, is a workshop led by product designer Younes Duret from Morocco. Design professionals and students are invited to tour the Mina Zayed area, find materials and then create new products.


Draw & Stitch is a craft-oriented workshop led by Ola Dajani of Vinny Dolls, where guests can create sculptures inspired by famous figures from the art, design and fashion world. 

Print Making by Mix & Match Abu Dhabi and Studio Kawakeb of Lebanon works with people to create tote bags. Prints inspired by stamps related to the urban landscapes of Abu Dhabi and Mina Zayed are used in the process. 


The Creative Market will feature stalls by 22 artists and designers from the region, featuring everything from jewellery and furniture to art. Look out for Abjad Design, Aljoud Lootah, Architecture + Other Things, Bil Arabi, Carlo Massoud, Etqaan, Ghassan Salameh, Hey Studio, Khaled El Mays, Khaled Shafar, MadeByNative, Mariam Mourabit, Naqsh Collective, Niloufar Afnan, Sayar&Garibeh, Silsal Design House, Taher Asad-Bakhtiari, Younes Duret, Visionaire and Tashkeel. 

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The performances

Tinariwen is held at 8.30pm, November 19, 2015 for one night only. The Grammy award-winning band of Tuareg musicians from northern Mali are known for their compositions of Berber and North African rhythms and instruments, including the lute and one-string fiddle.

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Mulatu Astatke's performance will take place at 8.30pm, November 20, 2015. The Ethiopian musician and music arranger also know as 'the father of Ethio-jazz, who trained in London, New York City, and Boston, combines his love of jazz and Latin influences with folk music from Ethiopia. 

Tarabband will take to the stage at 8.30pm, November 21, 2015. Formed in 2008, the group is made up of six Swedish folk musicians originating from countries around the Arab world. Their music is influenced by folk, flamenco and jazz.

The launch of Warehouse421 will take place from Novemeber 19-21, 2015 in Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi.