An oud fragrance artisan at the Global Village in Dubai.


Master artists who wowed us at Global Village. Words and photos by Jonathan Ybera


DUBAI – It only takes a stroll through Global Village in Dubai to inspire you with the amazing arts and craft of street artists and artisans from around the world. We round up five of the master artists we spotted.

Traditional weaver

At the India pavilion, our lens captured the masterful hands of this lone weaver creating a beautiful Global Village rug. It was incredibly amazing to see this show of skill that has been handed down from generation to generation. We can’t wait for him to finish this rare piece!

Woodwork artist

What’s in a name? Everything. Just ask this young artist who can turn her already unique woodwork or handmade items into signature pieces with your name on it! Her kiosk is just outside the Floating Market.

Thai fashion painter

Over at the Thailand pavilion, this artist has taken artwear to a whole new level with her beautiful paintings on woven hand fans and traditional umbrellas. It’s mesmerizing to see her work her magic on these colourful art pieces you can actually bring with you.

Turkish sherbet server

These artisans in full costume definitely make it to our top five for making your Turkish sherbet or fruit drink a fun experience. There are plenty of them roaming around Global Village with their gigantic flask fastened to their back.  A sip with style? Cheers to that!

Saudi oud mixer

Finally, at the Saudi Arabia pavilion, you’ll be enchanted by the aromatic scents of oud, the world’s most prized fragrance ingredient, masterfully mixed by artisans, like this guy (who wanted to remain anonymous). We definitely like the smell of it!

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