Last December Dubai hosted the 1st phase of the Dubai Street Museum project. During the duration of the project the city hosted a selection of international mural and graffiti artists that created a total of 16 murals on themes drawn from the UAE’s history and rich heritage.
Implemented by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, and Dubai Municipality, the first part titled "2nd of December Street" was curated jointly by Rom Levy and Sanaz Askari, founder of The Mine art gallery based in Dubai. The works created were all inspired about the UAE and the Gulf’s tradition and culture, presented through the brushes and spraycans of the artists that travel the globe and sharing their work. While giving the artist the opportunity to create in a city that isn't easy to get permissions to paint in, it also gave the locals the chance to see some of the world's freshest urban art in it's natural habitat - on the street. The full lineup of participating artists included 1010 (Poland), Seth (France), Case Ma'Claim (Germany), Julia Volchkova (Russia), Kan (France), Ashwaq Abdulla (UAE), Maisoon Al Saleh (UAE), Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi (UAE), Martin Whatson (Norway), Inkman (Tunisia), Hua Tunan (China), Vincent Abadie Hafez aka Zepha (France), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), NA7T (Egypt) and L'Atlas (France). —Sasha Bogojev