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Broach the topic of culture in Dubai, and you’re practically guaranteed to encounter a wide spectrum of opinions. Needless to say, shopping for a friend who takes an interest in art, theater, museums, and more at this time of year can feel very, very tricky – and that’s where Savoir Flair steps in with five fab suggestions to get you started.


Annual Membership to the NT Live Program

Courtyard Playhouse

It’s essentially impossible to find a better gift for a theater buff in Dubai. National Theatre Live is an initiative by National Theatre to broadcast the best of British theater live from the London stage to cinemas around the world. And with Courtyard Playhouse in Al Quoz acting as a partner venue, annual membership will give your friend access to a minimum of ten productions per year — alongside other perks such as discounts on Courtyard Playhouse workshops and paraphernalia. Past screenings have included the likes of Follies, Hamlet, and Hedda Gabler.

To buy an annual membership, click here.

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A Gift Voucher to the City's Culture Hub

Dubai Opera

In no time, Dubai Opera has established itself as the city’s leading – and most architecturally impressive – cultural institution, so a gift voucher is sure to trigger a squeal of utter delight. With denominations ranging from AED 250 to 5,000, the gift voucher will be valid for 12 months, making it the gift that will keep on giving well into the new year. Dubai Opera has already announced that it will host smash hit Evita, legendary ballet Swan Lake, and musical sensation Rag’n’Bone Man in 2018, so there’s plenty to choose from.

To buy a gift voucher, click here.

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A Gift Card for a Budding Photogapher

Gulf Photo Plus

You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone perpetually on a culture quest in Dubai who doesn’t rave about the exhibitions and artist talks at photography center Gulf Photo Plus in Alserkal Avenue. This Christmas, give a friend a boost to her photography skills by treating her to one of its brilliant workshops through a gift card.

She can then join the Photography Level 1, Photography Level 2, Adobe Lightroom Level 1, Adobe Lightroom Level 2, or Introduction to Studio Lighting workshop. Alternatively, you can can pick a custom amount and give her the flexibility of availing a printing service or buying a product from the GPP shop.

To buy a gift card, click here.

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A Gift Voucher to an Award-Winning Festival

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

After nine editions and countless awards, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is still one of the city’s favorite events amongst anyone who takes even a remote interest in reading and writing. Next year’s instalment – taking place from March 1st to 10th – will feature Kevin Kwan of Crazy Rich Asians fame, celebrity chefs Ken Hom and Madhur Jaffrey, world champion slam poet Harry Baker, and plenty more.

A gift voucher to the festival for a bibliophile is therefore a total no-brainer. Denominations range from AED 100 to 1,000, and can be redeemed against the Foundation Friends membership and/or tickets to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature events.

To buy a gift voucher, click here.

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Art Club Membership to the Capital's Pride and Joy

Louvre Abu Dhabi

After ten years in the making, there’s finally a Louvre outside of Paris – and it’s right here in the UAE. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean NouvelLouvre Abu Dhabi boasts 55 buildings that house gallery rooms, a café, a children’s museum, an auditorium, and more. The museum’s permanent collection includes 620 works, with its pièce de résistance undoubtedly being “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci.

However, many of Dubai’s residents still haven’t gotten around to visiting this gem of an institute due to its location on Saadiyat Island. If your culture-loving friend is one such resident, gift her an annual membership to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club. It will give her unlimited yearly access, priority bookings for events, discounts on workshops, and even free entry to partner museums in France.

To buy an annual membership, click here.

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