In pictures: Artists tell local narratives through murals on Dubai’s 2nd of December Street

Street artists from around the world have decorated Dubai’s 2nd December Street, formerly known as Al Dhiyafah, with a series of giant murals on the walls of its buildings.

The street stretches from Union House off Jumeirah road, crossing Satwa, to the Dubai World Trade Centre Roundabout.  It was renamed from the original Al Dhiyafa to mark the 40th anniversary of UAE national day.

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The 12 artists, who include Paris-based Julian Mallard, Ernest Zacharevic, born in Lithunia but now resident in Malaysia and regarded as “Asia’s Banksy”, along with Julia Volchkova, who lives in Thailand.

Local and regional artists were also involved in the regeneration of the area, including Ahwaq Abdullah, a young UAE artist, Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh and Hamdan Bati Al Shamsi.

Architect Ivar Krasinski of EDGE, who spoke on the topic at last year’s designMENA Summit said: “[The form] turned what used to be subversive into an extension of the cultural narrative as the establishment appropriated it.

“The next stage of the [2nd December Street] redesign will see influences from across the world including canopies, play areas and even bus stops transformed.”

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