As summer heats up in Dubai, things to do are dwindling—and finding the latest hot spot (with cool air) is even more difficult. But don’t wall yourself into your air-conditioned flat just yet. Here are our top five picks to investigate this month.

1. Exhibition of Photographer Olivier Escarguel: Le territoire à l'infini - d'Arabies et d'ailleurs/ Borderless Territory

A bit more than Dubai's usual polish, a photography exhibition of travel and Arabia, French photographer Escarguel presents his new works at Alliance Française Dubai.  A photographer who loves travel and new faces,  the exhibition bring new photographs from the UAE, Oman and Yemen. When to go: Last two weeks of May, at Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Medta.

2. Creative Chaos at The Mine  

At this funky venue in Al Quoz, you can browse to your hearts content.  Their pop up markets once a month are a great place to go for great original art finds, either for your wall or to wear.


3. Saturday crowd: Time Square Mall

A familiar group of artists and crafters exhibit here every Saturday. Bonus: Plenty of parking, air conditioning, and iced coffees.


4. Al Quoz - Third Line Art Gallery

A fabulously creative venue in the Courtyard Dubai, and always a lovely spot to browse and get inspired. Pop next door to Lime Tree Cafe once you have quenched your artistic soul, quench your parched throat with their famous Lime Mint Cooler.  

5. The Taskheel artist community in Nad Al Sheba

Last but not least, we want to clue you in on these well kept secrets of these galleries exhibiting members work. It is astounding to see the talent hiding in the sands of Dubai, and has us wondering why there aren't more places for young, upcoming talent like it.