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About Dubai International Art Centre

Since inception DIAC has operated under four names; 'The Art Society of Dubai' (1976-1985), 'Folk Art Charity Association for Teaching and Showing' (1986-1989), 'The Dubai Arts Centre', and finally, since 1995, the 'Dubai International Art Centre' or better known by its acronym 'DIAC'.

The last change in name was suggested by the changing character of Dubai itself. No longer a mysterious Sheikhdom settled on the shores of the Arabian Gulf Dubai was fast becoming an international business center with diversity and growth at its core. With this came more students, teachers and friends from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The new Dubai also demanded more and better art and art facilities.

Ever present change in a fast moving City of the 21st century required DIAC to leave the original Jumeirah Beach Road home in 2004 and set up in its new location near Mercato Mall.
By now the pressure of funding fast rising rents and increased operating costs represented the greatest challenge in DIAC's history. Fortunately this was offset by the boom in both the creative art scene and business done by art galleries in Dubai and the massive growth in Dubai's population.
From 2005 through careful stewardship by DIAC's Board and good day to day management DIAC weathered these challenges and has emerged strong and focused and ready for the next stage in its development.Art for All.

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