ARTE, Times Square March 25th

Wow! Don’t miss ARTE tomorrow at Times Square from 11:00am – 6:00pm. It’s a good Friday to start celebrating spring, Mother’s Day and Easter! ARTE volunteers have been working around the clock to bring you a handmade in the UAE experience you won’t want to miss!


ARTE’S Artists


Uzaan – Hang On

March 25 – This really will be a good Friday with Easter, Mother’s Day, spring and rain celebrations all happening at ARTE in Times Square, Dubai – from 11:00am -6:00pm – FREE parking!. The ARTE Volunteers have been working like little bunnies to bring you a very festive market so hop on down and spend some time hunting for the best locally produced handmade items around!

And while you are at ARTE, check out this week’s South African crafter, Uzaan.



Originally from Cape Town, Uzaan, Owner of Hang On, has lived in Dubai for 7 years, however, she has only been an ARTE member for three months! Uzaan told me she had been coming to ARTE as a customer for years. She was in awe of the great handmade products she would find. She has always been creative and has done a lot of bead work and home décor for her family and friends, but she never thought she would one day be selling her own work at ARTE!



One day, Uzaan was thinking of the times when you have brief moments of cold like in the cinema, on a plane or Dubai winter evenings. She noticed her pashminas and scarves were always falling off or were too bulky to carry around. She wanted something like a poncho, but more elegant, lighter, easy to carry in your handbag. So she came up with a gorgeous shoulder throw which she calls a “Hang On”!



Simple; comfortable, yet fashionable, Uzaan lightly adorns her throws on one side with crocheted roses, buttons, lace or beads. She keeps the colors plain so you can match them to any outfit. She is happy to custom make her “Hang On”to suit any special requests her customers may have. Just let her know what you want!



Uzaan also creates beautiful accessories you can wear with or without the “hang on”. Her accessories use recycled materials, along with beads and charms, so nothing is wasted.



Stop by Uzaan’s table this Friday at ARTE and say hi!



ARTE’s Artists

Sharon of Shataz

When was the last time you were in Ras Al Khaimah? Well, here is the excuse you have been looking for: ARTE is in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) this week at the Al Hamra Mall from 11:00 am – 8:00pm. An easy drive from Dubai and a stone’s throw from the Al Hamra golf course.

This week’s artist, Sharon lives in RAK in the Yasmin Village, but is originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Sharon has been a member of ARTE for 10 years!



Sharon has always loved working with her hands. In South Africa, Sharon started an arts and crafts business with her daughter Taryn. They combined their names to form Shataz. Sharon and her daughter did a lot of work with pottery, decopodge and Fabric painting. Sharon adored making ceramics, but when she moved to the UAE, she was not able to continue. She really missed doing pottery, but then then a friend introduced her to jewelry making and that lead her to ARTE.


Sharon’s other passion is card making and she makes reasonably priced cards for any occasions. This Friday in RAK is the perfect time to get your Easter cards! Don’t see the card that is right for you? Just ask Sharon to customize one for you.



Sharon is known at ARTE for her bubbly personality and for her ribbon fairies. I like to buy her small ones to tie on gifts and I have her larger fairies all over my home. They always bring a smile to my face.



Recently, Sharon has started making more three dimensional fairies.



Sharon’s husband Rob keeps Sharon company at the fairs and you may be seeing his mosaic work at ARTE in the future. Be sure to stop by Sharon’s table at The Al Hamra Mall this weekend or at Times Square on March 25th and say hello!

#ARTE the makers Market



ARTE’s visuals for March 2016

We are so proud of the fabulous work that comes from vendors collaborating with the team of ARTE. See for yourself, and let us know what you think of March…

We would like to give the many vendors involved a mention for their awesome work. We hope we have left nobody out. François & Eva, Alexandra, Jesse, Terhi, Inka, Adele and Josie – you have done an amazing job!

Our next events are this weekend in Times Square Center and Festival City LitFest.