Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal
Founder of Alserkal Initiatives
When I founded Alserkal Initiatives, I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to arts and culture in the UAE and in the region – one that was befitting of the legacy that the Alserkal family had built so far.
Alserkal Initiatives is a socially responsible and forward-thinking arts and culture enterprise based in Dubai dedicated to developing homegrown initiatives, cultural production and events, while supporting creative minds and contemporary non-profit research.
Founded in 2007 by Emirati businessman and patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal Initiatives is renowned for our ground-breaking artistic productions, experimental approach, and for the creation of culturally meaningful spaces that inspire and shape communities. We have three primary areas of activity:
cultivating a creative economy in Dubai and building a collaborative network of civic cultural institutions through our renowned cultural district, Alserkal Avenue;
supporting public artist commissions, residencies, research grants, and educational programmes through our non-profit, Alserkal Arts Foundation; and,
providing advisory services to public and private sector entities.
Alserkal Avenue: a vibrant cultural district
Alserkal Avenue was established in 2008 by Alserkal following the visionary thinking of our founder Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, who sought to cultivate a vibrant creative community and support cultural production in Dubai. Spanning 500,000 sqft in the Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai, Alserkal Avenue is home to a community of over 70 contemporary art galleries, visual and performing arts organisations, designers, home-grown and entrepreneur-led businesses, and community spaces. As one of the region’s foremost destinations for contemporary art, and home to Dubai’s risk-takers, makers and wide-ranging creative communities, the Avenue provides cultural experiences for local, regional and international audiences through its extensive year-round programming.
Alserkal Avenue is home to Concrete, a multi-disciplinary exhibitions space conceptualised and programmed by Alserkal. Inaugurated in 2017, Concrete is the first building in the UAE to be completed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas. An adaptable venue, Concrete’s ability to metamorphose to bring creative visions to life makes it suitable for international, museum-grade exhibitions as well as events across art, design, fashion and the performing arts.
Alserkal Advisory is a multidisciplinary practice of thinkers, researchers, and specialists covering diverse fields and multiple geographies.
The Alserkal Advisory leverages Alserkal's collective expertise in arts initiatives and cultural production, heritage creation, community building and engagement, as well as urbanism and planning for the creative industries, to guide public and private sector entities in developing sustainable and responsive business models.
Alserkal Arts Foundation
Alserkal Arts Foundation is a non-profit that extends Alserkal’s mission to support cultural production, offering opportunities for research and artistic production to cultural practitioners and researchers with strong regional or contemporary relevance whose work challenges the conventional boundaries of disciplines. Through support for artistic projects, research grants, alternative learning, and artist residencies at purpose-built studios located in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, the Foundation seeks to incubate creative thinking that contributes to the region’s cultural sphere, leading to new forms of knowledge. Alserkal Arts Foundation is supported by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal and the Alserkal family.