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 [...]

Happy New Year – ARTE 2015 is here!

The ARTE team is recuperated after a short hiatus, eager and ready for 2015. Welcome back to the management and the volunteer crew who remain the backbone of our venture. Warm greetings go out to our ARTE followers to whom we are grateful for their continued support. And we are looking forward to seeing the [...]

Featured Artisan – Glass engraving by Suzan Gathoni

A Dubai resident for six years, Kenyan artist Suzan Gathoni specializes in glass engraving. Trained in Kenya with a British Master Glass Engraver and a member of the Guild of Glass Engravers, Gathoni is now a freelance artist participating in the ARTE markets.   Gathoni specializes in the technique of intaglio engraving, which she explains [...]

New ARTE Bookmarks for 2013

The best part of the ARTE Souk is that you have three choices: You can take part in either the souk at Dubai Festival City (First Friday of every month) or the souk at Times Square Centre (Second friday of every month). Or both! Introducing the new ARTE Bookmarks for 2013. What do you think [...]

Have a hUmorki day

Aneta Dersley narrates how hUmorki (notice the capital U) starts with her daughter Amelia and her different moods. She takes the chance to make stuffed toys that also look sad or angry, something so unusually in stuffed toys. At kindergarten Amelia couldn’t find any toys to play with. So Aneta came up with the idea [...]

Meet our Soap-er Heroes

Handcrafted soap is a blend of both science and art. Whatever your needs, ARTE Markets features a number of soapmakers who offer natural chemical-free beauty & grooming options in a wide array of colours, scents, shapes, sizes and formulations designed for serious skin care. We asked a few of our regular soap-er heroes to share [...]

Ways to Go Green! (Recycled Gift Ideas & More)

Our ARTE Markets are an invaluable resource for visitors to discover a wide variety of beautifully locally crafted items for the home. Among others, ARTE also welcomes a variety of locally-based artisans, who are committed to using sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Here are a few green gift ideas for any occasion, - hand produced by ARTE [...]