ARTE’s Success Stories

The Camel Soap Factory’s Journey with ARTE

Five years ago, traveling through Australia, my husband and I came across a little treasure of a place called The Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory. Set in the Western Aussie bush, it had a retail outlet and factory where visitors could see the soap being made, and buy locally made products and produce. I came home with a dream for Dubai!

My first steps were to learn to make soap. Not much in my background in payments software had prepared me for this. I found a course in London and met my soap mentor and guide, Melinda Coss, without whom the factory might not have happened as quickly. Paying somebody every month certainly focus’s the mind.

Next was learning how to make soap with camel milk. There are not too many books on the subject. I thought I would attend two school fairs that Christmas. I never made it to the second one after we sold all our stock at the first.

That’s when I decided I needed to dream a little bigger and faster.

But I realized that moving into bigger and different markets meant that I was going to need a license. Initially I was allowed to manufacture from home under a trading license but as we got bigger I needed to get a full industrial license. We now have a factory situated in the heart of Dubai and export across the globe.

Without Arte, it would have been impossible for me to get the business off the ground.

Selling at ARTE, The Makers Market helped me refine my product and learn more about our wonderful customers who buy our soaps. It allowed me to gather market intelligence, work out what sold and what didn’t. It allowed me to start to build cash to invest in growing the business. And most of all I made the most wonderful friends among the other ARTE vendors. Friends who have left the UAE, and now sell our soaps as distributors in other parts of the world.

Thank you ARTE, we are deeply grateful.

Stevie Lomass is the founder and creator of The Camel Soap Factory in Dubai.

If you are an artist or artisan that makes handmade items in the UAE and would like more information about becoming a vendor at the ARTE Markets, contact us via email – or read our section Book a Table for more information.

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The Best Gifts for Mother’s Day

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with a unique, handmade gift.

Mother’s Day is that special time that we can show our Moms how much we love and appreciate them. ARTE has chosen the best hand made, one-of-a-kind gifts that your Mom is going to love and you will definitely be voted as the Child of the Year.

The Holistic shop

The Holistic Shop creates crystal healing art and these rose quarts hearts and planters is specially made to show your unconditional love for Mom.

Agate handmade Jewelries

Gorgeous handmade fashion jewellery and accessories made with a variety of products including, gemstones ,beads ,brass and copper.

Desert Patch

Mom loves when you put effort into the gifts that you give. Join Desert Patch and create your own unique decoupage hearts that Mom will treasure forever.

pictoresca design

Lina Saurez will create your custom pillow filled with special memories of you and Mom.


Make sure your Mom rocks her jewels with a signature piece from Deseneros!

H makes bags

Handmade bags made by Heather, using a combination of new, vintage and recycled fabrics.
Grab one of the  Burqa sisters and spoil Mom.

Ups designs by Upasana kapoor

Her handmade abstract journals ,feather bookmarks and cute jute or brocade bag will definitely make your Mom smile.

Jewellery by Leah

Pure silver personalised jewellery from bracelets and necklace pendants. Children’s hand prints, footprints and drawings can be incorporated on to the jewellery to make gifts and keepsakes perfect for Mother’s Day.

Handy-Craftz & Artz

A beautiful union of candles and the traditional art of henna.These elegant candles are hand-painted with natural henna paste and will look lovely in any home.

Audrey’s Cat

Vintage Moms will be delighted with any of Lynda Kirby’s vintage collection items. Jewellery, clothing or even a stylish hat that she can wear to the Horse races later this month, will make her day.


Each picture is handmade to order and with a pattern of Arabic letters and numbers. Spell out your Love for Mom.

Handlettered by lama

Fantastic cups that lets Mom know how special she is to you.

Arlene’s Dreamcatchers

Make sure Mom gets a good nights rest with one of these lovely hand created dream catchers. Make sure you chat the Arlene to get a customized item that will be as unique as your Mom.

Blooming Basket

Real preserved flowers from Blooming Basket has under gone a preservation process which allows the flower freshness and suppleness to be kept for a long time without losing its beauty. A flower that lasts.

If you have forgotten about the most important woman in your life, make sure to join us at the ARTE Market , Friday 17th March at Mercato Mall and Friday, 24th March at Times Square Center to find your perfect Mother’s Day gift.

We would like to wish all our special ARTE Moms a very Happy Mother’s Day. We appreciate your hard work and dedication.

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ARTE’s Artists

Moonberry Studios by Lene

March is the month of horse racing, art and literature in Dubai which makes me want to race on down to ARTE at Times Square, tomorrow, Friday, March 10, 2017. Do not forget our new hours: 10am – 6pm.  Looking for that special hat to wear to the races or a gift to share with your favourite jockey? Than ARTE is the place to be! Remember, our artists make what they sell and everything is handmade with love in the UAE. Plus, look out for ARTE this weekend at the Emirates Literature festival.

This week’s ARTE artist is Lene of Moonberry Studios

(Instagram: Moonberry_Studios, Facebook: Moonberry Studios1, e-mail:

Lene is originally from South Africa, but has been living in the UAE since 2005. Lene’s first ARTE market was in 2008. Shortly after her first market, Lene learned that she was pregnant with her first child. Lene decided ARTE would have to wait.  Today,  Lene  has two beautiful children who inspire her art work everyday.  In 2015, Lene decided to return to ARTE and she’s been with us ever since.

I asked Lene how she became involved with card making and she told me that one day she saw a page with a rose and writing on it. She loved it so much that she started talking to the artist, who introduced her to scrapbooking. Lene was hooked!

My photos do not do justice to her beautiful work. Lene creates each of her designs by hand. There is a great amount of love and care that goes into each card.

Lene believes in quality over quantity. A card is just as important as an art piece. This is why she uses pigment inks which are not heat dried. They take longer to dry but, are worth the wait.

She cuts out her images by hand, as well as using the latest embossing techniques.

Plus, Lene’s work is environmentally friendly, as she uses recycled books and paper to create her gorgeous cards.

Lene’s cards are perfect for holidays.  With Easter and St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, (and don’t forget all those birthdays!) you must come and check out her latest cards at ARTE.

Lene also handcrafts the most adorable gift tags.

for any occasion:

They even make great bookmarks:

Although Lene, loves making her cards, her true passion is mixed media. In 2008, Lene was a finalist in the Red Bull art show. When you visit Lene’s table, you will also see her art pieces for sale.

Lene describes her art as “historic ephemera”. She uses items from the past which would normally have a short term use like tickets to a movie, and transforms them into something beautiful. Here is an example:

If you look closely, you will see tickets. These tickets are from the 1970s. Originally, they were used to raise money for a trip to the fresh water angling world championships in Europe.

In this piece, Lene has taken pieces that her grandmother crocheted and incorporated them in her art. Lene feels that art is a way to connect our pasts and futures. If you are interested in learning more about her mixed media pieces or if you are interested in taking a morning mixed media art class, for adults only, Please stop by Lene’s table at ARTE for a chat.

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Five Genres You Cannot Miss at #DubaiLitFest

Once again, ARTE has the privilege to work with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to present ARTE, The Makers Market at EAFOL. Visit our wonderful creatives as they display their hand made products on Friday 3rd March and Saturday 11th March  at the InterContinetal Hotel and Conference Center in Festival City.

And don’t forget, there is something for everyone at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Whether you are a cooking fanatic, love thrillers or are looking for a motivational biography, this year’s Festival has you covered.

We have listed the top five genres that you should definitely check out at the Festival!

Food & Nutrition

Pimp My Rice by Nisha Katona

Nisha Katona was the first female Indian barrister in the North West region of the UK before she decided to follow her passion for food and cooking. She founded Mowgli Street Food in Liverpool, which brings authentic Indian food to a British audience.

As a second-generation Indian, Katona knows how to marry different cuisines together to create mouth-watering dishes. Her debut book, Pimp My Rice put the Indian staple rice front and centre. Once you read her recipes for Pimped Rice Piri Piri, Beefed-Up Bibimbap, Black Rice and Coconut Sorbet, to name a few, you will find yourself reaching for that bag of basmati.

Fellow foodie authors include Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Sabrina Ghayour, Chef B himself, Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi, Justine Kanter and Nawal Alnuaimi.

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Crime & Thriller

Raakshas: India’s No. 1 Serial Killer by Piyush Jha

If you like thrillers, Raakshas: India’s No. 1 Serial Killer is a great dramatic read that will have you on the edge of your seat. The story follows Additional Commissioner of Mumbai Police Maithili Prasad on her manhunt for a serial killer. No sooner has Maithili come to grips with the killer’s motives that he makes her the object of his revenge.

Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director and author. His novels are usually inspired by the streets of Mumbai,.

Our Crime & Thriller strand is packed this year. We have Bones writer and producer Kathy Reichs, true-crime writer Liz Porter, James Naughtie, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Martin Edwards, Vaseem Khan, Raymond Khoury, Bernard Minier, Eric Van Lustbader, Parker Bilal, and the return of the Murder Mystery Dinner!

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Young Adult

Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman

Award-winning British writer Tanya Landman is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. Her latest, Hell and High Water, is a ‘heart-stopping story of race, class, family and corruption’.

In Southern England, Caleb’s father is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Caleb is sent to live with his aunt where he finds himself the victim of racial discrimination. When it seems things can’t get any worse, Caleb finds his father washed up on shore…

Landman will be joined by a host of award-winning young adult writers including Tamsyn Murray, Ms Marvel creator Sana Amanat, Rachel Hamilton, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi, Philip Reeve, Frances Hardinge and Amanda Calderon.

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Biography & Memoir

Dare to Do by Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge in France in 2011. She circled the globe by cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America and the Atlantic. After being caught in the midst of a tropical storm, Outen managed to push through to finish what she had started and became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East.

Outen is joined by fellow adventurer Abdullah Al Jumah, Elon Musk biographer, Ashlee Vance, John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, Leila Aboulela, Jon Ronson, Christina Lamb and the inspirational young Nujeen Mustafa, whose biography Lamb wrote, Frank Gardner, Alan Titchmarsh, HE Omar Saif Ghobash, perfumer Jo Malone, Ram Buxani, Andy Miller and many more.

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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and Director for the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

His critically-acclaimed book examines how the Silk Roads brought the East and West together, encouraging trade and leading to the spread of cultures and religions. In an increasingly globalized planet, his book has been described as ‘very much a work of our times’. The Silk Roads has received huge critical acclaim and is a number one Sunday Times Bestseller.

At the Festival, we look at global history with JE Peterson, HE Adnan Pachachi, Bettany Hughes, Kanishk Tharoor, Simon Garfield, Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard.

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The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be held from March 3-11 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

For more information and to buy tickets, head to and download the Emirates Literature Foundation app, now on Google Play and iOS App store.

The journey begins here…


ARTE’s Vintage Artists

ARTE would like you to meet their vintage artists: Hmakesbags by Heather, Audrey’s Cat by Lynda , Lunetiervintagedxb by Zarina. Check them out at Times Square from 10am – 6pm Friday, Feb. 24!

Audrey’s Cat sells Original Vintage Jewellery and Accessories.

Every item is unique and has its own story to tell. It is my passion to inspire new owners to love, cherish and to take it on its next journey.

I am personally driven by my passion of Vintage. I have been carefully hand selecting and collecting investment pieces for over 40 years from all over the globe. In my current collection, I have many iconic styles and designs from past decades that will never date.

Owning a piece of Vintage is a way of revealing your individual style.  The more you enjoy your piece of vintage, the greater your pleasure will be dis​​playing it to the world. Vintage pieces are all one-off pieces which will last beyond our own lives and can be worn with your contemporary wardrobe to give you that unique individual style.

Audrey’s Cat has carefully selected costume jewels, antique gold and precious stones, bags, hats, scarves, scarf clips, cufflinks and other accessories dating back to the by gone eras of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco, c1930’s, c1940’s, c1950’s, c1960’s , c1970’s, c1980’s  & 1990’s. 

Hmakesbags by Heather

Hmakesbags creates unique handmade fabric handbags. Every bag is one of a kind, many using vintage fabric. Heather’s designs take inspiration from vintage styles throughout history.

Many of her bags are made from upcycled  fabrics. She recycles  jeans, old clothes, curtains  and duvet covers. Heather loves the idea that reusing and upcycling is her small effort to Save the Planet one bag at a time.

Heather can also custom make bags using any available fabric. Do you have a favourite dress or old shirt that you hate to part with? Why not get Heather to make a bag out of it? Do you have an item of clothing from a dear departed loved one? Heather can custom make you a Remembrance Bag.

Heather’s creative process is ever changing and although she might start to make a bag with one idea, it could end up much differently as there is an organic flow to each item. This also means that her bags are always changing and this keeps her work unique. So dare to be different. Why follow the crowd, be yourself and let your personality shine through with one of  Heather’s handmade vintage fabric bags.


Lunetier Vintage dxb run by Zarina

The exclusive vintage sunglasses business .. Lunettes Vintage of Portobello is now in Dubai .. and at ARTE!

In a city that demands the exclusive, the quality, the individualism .. where the sun shines every day .. who wouldn’t want Mint Condition, Never Worn, Vintage, Original Sunglasses .. that can make a big statement and give that touch of truly unique style that Dubai is all about.

This is the most secretive and select corner of the Fashion Industry .. sourcing New Old Stock from Opticians and Boutiques around the World! Zarina carries vintage Stock from the 70, 80s and 90s. In the past,  the fashion houses and designers, all had individual designs, production and innovation which set the template for Timeless Quality & Style. So Timeless that those in the know can look at all the Modern Collections and see exactly where the Inspiration/Blue Print came from!!

The current Dubai Collection ranges from Vintage Cartier, Cazal, Christian Dior, Carrera, Gerald Genta, DuPont, Ultra, Versace .. the list goes on and on. These vintage glasses need to be seen to be appreciated!

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Top Ten Gifts for Valentine’s Day from ARTE

Show your love with a one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift.


February is the month of LOVE and Cupids. Valentine’s Day has become a commercialised event with malls and shops churning out the same old same old. This year you have the chance to dazzle your loved one with the most original and unique gifts, limited numbers, hand crafted by the best artists, jewelry designers and more from the UAE. ARTE has been running art and craft markets since 2005 and shows the creme de la creme Artisans of the Emirates to inspire you for Valentine’s day.
Create a romantic evening.
 Shea Body Butter and Bath Salts using the best quality raw organic cold pressed oils and organic essential oils from with Raw Sensation Body Butter.
A woman can never have too much jewelry.
Designer Jewelry by Hayet Zerelli Jewelry- Timeless pieces that travel through cultures, continents and generations.
 The Ladies will love a one-of-a-kind, designer handbag or journal.


Upsdesign – Upusana Kapoor is an abstract artist from Dubai that creates handmade jute bags, journals and more.

Bring your other half and select a painting together to celebrate your love.

ART by Jocelyn  – Jocelyn Lewisham is a Dubai based New Zealand Artist. Much of her work is inspired by her new homeland and is dominated by local and Arabian themes.

Hand lettered  and personilised mugs.

The perfect gift, with a hand lettered message, to make your loved one remember how special they are,  while sipping their morning cup of coffee or tea. Pop in and Handlettered by Lama will personilise your card, mug or journal.

For the Décor Lover we have these beautiful hand created pillows with unique designs.

Pictoresca design – Exclusive hand-made designs tailored to your personal taste and imagination. Custom made items, stunning gifts and décor pieces for you and those that you love. Cushions, hand-painted mugs, makeup cases and more.

Lilly’s Art & Decoration – From handmade original paintings to crafted & customized home accessories surely you will find your needs, all this comes with an Oriental Twist.

Something sweet…

Jo Baked –  Homemade sweet treats from gourmet and decorated cookies to cupcakes and simply decorated cakes using fresh ingredients and containing no preservatives.

Kikki’s Bake – Tempt your taste buds with home quality handmade cakes, muffins, cupcakes, cake pops and more straight-from-the-oven

Capture her dreams with a Dream catcher.

Arlene’s Dreamcatchers – Entirely handmade, all original designs using quality materials.

Words of Love or a special personalised card will melt their hearts…

Zebratini – Sacred geometry inspired designs reflected in greetings cards. Colourful, abstract paintings and prints.

Gingersnap – made to order frames and letters. Personalised gifts for all occasions.

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ARTE’s Artists – Sundar

ARTE‘s countdown to National Day and Christmas continues tomorrow, Friday, November 18  at the Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah and the Mercato Center in Dubai.

This week’s artist is Sundar from the Indian Christian Women’s Charity organization (


Sundar has lived in the UAE for 30 years and has been a member of ARTE for 8 years. As a boy, Sundar remembers how all the women in his neighborhood used to crochet and make lace to earn a living.


Overtime, the demand for such beautiful work lessened as younger generations began to see Aukindoe handmade work as old-fashioned; not the modern way.


Fewer people buying has meant that women are no longer able to make money to support themselves. It has also meant that the craft is dying out because younger women no longer learn the skills involved.


When you buy something from Sundar, you are helping women in need. The women who make these beautiful creations, get a monthly wage and they are preserving this craft for future generations.


Everything is handmade from 100% cotton and the lace is done in delicate white and cream.


The women create doilies


glass covers


food covers




Just look at that design work!




Take a closer look


(Wouldn’t this one be beautiful on your Christmas or National Day dinner table?)


You can see how the cloth and lace are matched so beautifully


table runners


and table mats – plain or fancy.



The women also make clothes like this beautiful piece modeled by Suzan ( Facebook  ).


Need a special size or shape? Have a dress idea? Custom orders are gladly accepted.


Intricate patterns and designs that are sure to add a touch of class to any home.



So stop by Sundar’s table and say hi the next time you are at ARTE in Times Square!

ARTE’s Artists – Sarah

There are only 4 more Time Square ARTE markets until Christmas; 2 more before National Day; 1 before American Thanksgiving – time is running out to get unique handmade gifts for the ones you love. Don’t miss out! Get over to ARTE this Friday, November 11 from 11am -6pm at Times Square. Parking is free and many vendors are ready for business by 10am!

This week’s artist is Sarah from Hector’s Handmade( , Facebook). Sarah will be at all 4 upcoming Times Square ARTE markets.


Sarah is originally from Kent in England, but has lived in the UAE for 7 years. Sarah creates many wonderful household accessories, but she is most famous for her cushions.


Sarah blames her mother for her love of crafting.  From an early age, Sarah helped her out with making homemade bobbin lace. This led to sewing, which Sarah found she was good at. After coming to Dubai, Sarah quickly learned that everyone here loves camels so she created her special camel applique shape, and Hector’s Handmade was born!


I asked her how she came up with the name for Hector’s Handmade and she told me it was named for Hector’s House, a children’s TV show that featured a dog named Hector. Next time you are at ARTE, stop by Sarah’s table and look at her handmade mascot, Hector and check out her great cat and dog cushion collection.


I love that Sarah’s functional cushions use clean lines and simplistic designs and come in 3 sizes: 50×50




and 60 x 30


These cushions fit perfectly in any furniture situation and every cover comes with its own cushion so its a perfect fit every time.


The cushions are stylish,


but also practical because these robust cushions are easy to wash which make them child friendly.


Covers are made from cotton and the Union Jacks are made in faux suede which give them a luxurious feel, but are animal friendly.  Great for Movember,


National Day



and Christmas.


Plus, Sarah can make custom orders for your friends and family.


Sarah makes a lot more than just cushions. She has lavender sachets to hang in your closets or put in your clothes’ drawers. They would even be beautiful on your Christmas tree.


Custom made Union Jack


and England curtains that are just perfect for your living room or man cave! Have a flag curtain idea you would like to see in your home? Discuss it with Sarah and she will see what she can do.


Sarah also makes Pencil cases


table runners


and bunting that is perfect for that special party or event!


You must check out her fantastic Christmas designs like her stockings


and Santa sacks!


and of course, cushions!


Next time you are at ARTE, stop by Hector’s Handmade  table and see what Sarah can do for you!

#artethemakersmarket, #christmasARTE, #artisansoftheemirates, #movemberARTE, #wemakewhatwesell.

Have a look at these past ARTE’s Artists:

Craft by Two by Saeid and Lui

Arti Karnek (Hearti Grub)

Lina Suarez (Pictoresca)

Chetana Badiger (Craft Paper Nest)

Darcy (The Camel Lady)

Suzan (Glass Art – Hand Engraving)

Hollie (Phlox and Two Bunny Bracelets)

Mehwish Riaz

Natalia (Handmade Gifts)

Eva (Eva’s Cats)

Katrina (Petite Lamb)

Sharon (Shataz)

Manuella Garfia (Ever Charms)

Uzaan (Hang On)

ARTE’s Artists – Craft by Two

Welcome to November! Or should I say Movember! The countdown to Christmas and National Day has begun! With less than 8 weeks to go you will want to hurry out to ARTE at the Oasis Mall this Friday and start shopping for those unique one of a kind handmade gifts which will impress your friends and family!

This week’s ARTE  artist is Craft by Two by Saeid and Lui, a husband and wife team who create masterpieces from recycled building materials (Facebook ,, , Instagram: craftbytwo)img_8421

Saeid and Lui have lived in the UAE for 20 years. Originally from Iran and the Phillipines, they have been members of ARTE for one and a half years. They create industrial rustic home decorations such as furniture




and signs.


They use all natural materials and recycle as much as possible.


I asked them how they got started. Saeid told me that his home in Iran has an orchard and he does the plumbing and electrical work when he is home. This is a big job and as a result, there are always a lot of extra pipes lying around. Saeid wanted to do something with them and this fueled his passion for elemental and functional art.


He discovered by using his electrical skills he could turn left over pipes into lights. Using the elements of metal, glass and wood gives his steampunk  creations a lifelike quality which is both charming and whimsical.


Many of Saeid’s pieces can be moved to change shapes, but my favourite feature is that you can just touch the lamp to adjust the light. There are 4 settings – dim, medium, bright and off. That means you can go from a bright room lamp to a softer reading light to turning off the lamp just by touching it. No more fumbling around for the switch as your drifting off to sleep!


Saeid is happy to make custom designs that would look great in any home or business.


Stop by Craft by Two at ARTE and see what Saeid can do for you.


Let’s not forget Lui and her rescued, recycled and repurposed wooden sign creations that beautifully complement her husband’s work.


I asked Lui how she got involved in sign making. She told me that it bothered her to see so much wood that was just left lying around after a building project was finished and she felt that so much could be done with it so  she started making signs.


Lui loves historical, antique, rustic vintage things and she wanted her signs to reflect this. She works hard to weather the wood for the perfect old-fashioned look. She spends a lot of time, energy and love to create her unique work.


She is also inspired by old Americana designs


and humour


which she combines to create modern signs perfect for the UAE.


Her signs come in a variety of sizes and are not mass produced – everything is handmade – and she is happy to custom make a sign that is perfect just for you.


What a great Christmas gift idea. Stop by Craft by Two next time you are at ARTE and see what Saeid and Lui can do for you!




Check out previous ARTE’s Artists:

Arti Karnek (Hearti Grub)

Lina Suarez (Pictoresca)

Chetana Badiger (Craft Paper Nest)

Darcy (The Camel Lady)

Suzan (Glass Art – Hand Engraving)

Hollie (Phlox and Two Bunny Bracelets)

Mehwish Riaz

Natalia (Handmade Gifts)

Eva (Eva’s Cats)

Katrina (Petite Lamb)

Sharon (Shataz)

Manuella Garfia (Ever Charms)

Uzaan (Hang On)



ARTE’s Artists – Hearti Grub

This week ARTE has two pop up markets: Mercato Mall, Dubai and Al Hamra Mall, Ras Al Khaimah. Celebrating Halloween while raising awareness for breast cancer makes ARTE your go to place this weekend. All items are handmade – created and designed by artists and crafters in the UAE. Do not be afraid to ask for custom orders – our artists love a good challenge and you will love what they make just for you!

This week’s artist is Arti Karnik of HeArti Grub (Facebook, img_8375

Arti is a food artist who joined ARTE a year ago. She creates butter, relish, granola,  and  nut & seed mixtures that are healthy, gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and just so delicious!


Originally from Mumbai, India, Arti is a graphic designer who has lived in Dubai for 30 years. She considers Dubai her home because she went to school and University here; her first job was here; she even got married and raised her family here!


Arti has always had a passion for cooking and clean foods. Arti describes clean food as all natural ingredients, no artificial colorings, no preservatives – no nasties!


While her kids were growing up, Arti found she could get lots of healthy food in Dubai, but it was difficult to find healthy , clean snacks so she started making granola for her family. The granola was so popular with her family that it did not last long!


It was Arti’s sister who kept pushing her to expand her cooking horizons. Finally, Arti agreed and made a jar of granola for her sister’s husband to take to his office. The jar was a huge success. Everyone, who was lucky enough to try it, loved it and the orders came flying in. Hearti Grub was born.


Thanks to Arti’s graphic design experience, Hearti Grub ‘s packaging is very professional looking and makes great gifts especially for Diwali, Christmas and New Years. Imagine the joy you would feel getting a basket of these goodies for UAE National Day!


Plus, everything comes in reusable packaging so you do not need to eat it all at once although you may want to!


Of course, Arti wants her packaging to be user friendly, but a glamourous package is not as important as the delicious product that goes inside. Quality control and cleanliness are very important to Hearti Grub. Arti strictly follows the hygiene laws set for food preparation in the UAE, as well as the health standards set by ARTE for its food vendors.


Hearti Grub is a clean business and Arti is not willing to compromise her quality, taste or ingredients just to make money. She wants to make a product you can depend on now and in 10 years time.


One reason Arti loves having a stall at ARTE is all the wonderful people she meets. She loves the personal relationships she builds with her customers. She loves when someone tries her product for the first time and the joy that comes from that first taste.


Hearti Grub is popular because it appeals to everyone – Arabs, Asians and Europeans can all enjoy these delightful products! Which one is your favorite?

img_8379Next time you are at ARTE, stop by Hearti Grubs table and say hi to Arti! You’ll be glad you did!





Want to see previous ARTE artists? Check them out here.