“Recollections” is a unique exploration of the natural and cultural landscapes of the United Arab Emirates and Oman, as depicted by watercolour masters John Harris and Trevor Waugh. For over 30 years, these esteemed artists have been integral members of the Majlis Gallery family, and their deep connection to the region is expressed through their powerful works.

John Harris is able to transport you to the serene beauty of landscapes across the UAE and Oman. His meticulous brushstrokes capture the subtle play of light on mountains, the vibrancy and tranquility of winding wadis, and the enchanting allure of coastal vistas. Harris’s dedication to capturing the essence of the natural world unfolds across every canvas and has led to the creation of striking landscapes that transcend time.

Trevor Waugh, a seasoned artist known for his multifaceted perspectives, skilfully captures the essence of the region. From the dynamic interplay of old and new Dubai to the timeless elegance of camels and horses, Waugh’s canvases offer a nuanced exploration of the cultural and natural diversity of the UAE.

“Recollections” is a poetic merging of two distinct artistic voices, each echoing the beauty and spirit of the Arabian landscapes. Join us between March 1st and March 31st 2024 to revel in the brand new works of John Harris and Trevor Waugh.

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Ode to the Nation

The Majlis Gallery, a steadfast bastion of art and culture in Dubai, is proud to present “Ode to the Nation: A Celebration of Local Talents.” This momentous exhibition joyously highlights the incredible artistic talents of Emirati creatives, showcasing their boundless creativity and deep connection to the country. In a country that has witnessed remarkable growth and transformation in a relatively short span of time, this exhibition serves as a vibrant celebration of the thriving artistic spirit that enriches the UAE’s cultural landscape. Through the creative expressions of local Emirati artists, we embark on a visual journey that traverses time, encapsulating the soul and spirit of the nation. “Ode to the Nation” showcases a diverse array of artistic interpretations, each a testament to the artists’ profound connection to their homeland. It’s an exploration of the present and the aspirations for the future, as seen through the eyes and hands of those who call the UAE their creative muse .Through an array of mediums and styles, this exhibition invites you to delve into Emirati artistry, where tradition and innovation harmonize, and where the spirit of the nation is woven into the very fabric of the artworks on display. We invite you to experience the depth and diversity of Emirati artistry, and join us in celebrating the remarkable talents of our local artists, whose creations shape the vibrant cultural landscape of the UAE. “Ode to the Nation” is not just an art exhibition; it’s a celebration and a visual narrative of the boundless creativity within this nation.

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Collection of Contemporary Art

We have some superb work from Astrid Harrison, Alan Halliday, Jenny Croxford, John Harris, Jamal Abdul Rahim, Khaled Al Saai, Lynette ten Krooden Paul Wadsworth and Trevor Waugh to name a few Our stock of Ceramics, Candles, Glass, Limited edition Prints and Furniture is further discounted, great solutions to early festive shopping

Alison is also selling some of her personal collection including this very early Julian Barrow Oil of Deira Souk painted in 1986.

We are still hopeful that someone will be mad and brave enough to give the gallery a new life but for now we are happy to be moving on feeling that we have fulfilled our original mandate of

Providing a meeting place for Artists and Lovers of Art We really do look forward to welcoming you one more time to The Majlis Gallery

Our Opening hours have Changed Again !

we are closed on Friday and Saturday, Open Sunday to Thursday 10am – 2pm

Some gifts for you

While we’re not able to visit our wonderful galleries and museums, let the experts bring the learning journey to your home instead! Meet Rose Balston, Art historian and founder of Artscapes UK, a cultural tour company dedicated to enriching lives through education and exploration of the world of art. With a Masters in Art History and 13 years of lecturing, Rose is passionate and engaging; a regular presenter for SkyArts and the BBC, the perfect guide to demystify art for people of all ages. Through these free video talks, Artscapes Home will deliver the best of London’s art and culture straight to you, to inspire, enlighten and lift your spirits. Stay tuned and stay connected with these superb arts and culture talks.

Introducing Artscapes Home

Noli me tangere – Titian

The Deposition from the Cross – Pontormo
Blenheim Palace

Get painting and keep smiling.

Dear everyone we thought that these 4 videos by our very good friend and much loved artist Trevor Waugh would help to fill your days with creativity. Please e-mail us on with photos of your paintings as with your permission we would like to post them on our web site. It’s not a competition but  every week we have a Trevor Waugh signed limited edition print to give to the 3 best efforts. Get your kids painting too.

Watercolour Camels by Trevor Waugh

How to Paint Figures in Watercolour Part 2 Trevor Waugh

Trevor Waugh Oriental Watercolours 2015

Watercolour : From Sketch to Painting

Keep safe & keep smiling

Thank you for visiting our website. The current movement restrictions and life style changes have led us
to take the decision to hibernate for the summer months, conserving our energy and reserves for the
time when Art and sociability can be truly enjoyed again. In the meantime whilst our door is physically
closed we invite you to browse through our extensive Artists Portfolios, any piece can be reserved for
you until such time as we reopen. We will respond quickly to all e mails and enquiries.

Emirati artist Mona Al-Khaja

Observe + Absorb
An exhibition by pioneering Emirati artist Mona Al-Khaja

Emirati Artist Mona Al Khaja studied art from 1976 to 1981 at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo, where she developed a natural talent for oil and acrylic painting. Since then, the mother of 6 and grandmother also of 6 has evolved her style from realism to abstract as a way to continue expanding her journey as an artist. Her pieces are studded with Middle-Eastern motifs and Islamic patterns and can be distinguished by her signature use of bold colors. Balancing her time as a full-time artist, wife, mother and a grand-mother has been challenging for Mona, but she hopes that her work will be appreciated by art lovers and inspire other Emirati women to pursue their passions and creativity.

Below, a poetic message from the

Below, a poetic message from the artist herself:

“Painting is my world, a place where I can freely swim with my thoughts and exercise my ability to describe the world as I desire. I arrange it according to my imagination, returning to thoughts, places and themes that can only be expressed by observing and absorbing them into a visual story. 

In my opinion, a good work of art consists of using time and space, depth and movement, shadow and light, to enrich the eyesight and provoke inner-thoughts. Personally, I am influenced by the changes in colour and form that take place in everything that surrounds me, from the change of seasons to the diversity of light in different regions. I observe how a blue sky turns to shades of night, how a light wind raises dust that disturbs a clear sky – giving it a yellow tinge that hides the contours of shadows on the floor. 

I grab my brush and the ideas grapple inside me. I find them bound by some of the influences that stem from inherited legacies. I attempt to break free from them to give my ideas the opportunity to explore beyond these constraints. I try to paint new forms and use slightly different methods, but they tend to return back to their origins, as if they were fixed in my being.”

There is no direct human form in my work, but its fingerprints are still present in my paintings. I often use decorative elements inspired by my local and Islamic heritage, such as nature, jewelry, clothing and calligraphy, as well as architectural symbols and motifs. These elements constantly enrich my ideas.

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Celebration in Colour

Paul Wadsworth

We are celebrating summer with a collection of Paul’s very colourful Large Paintings Paul has exhibited with us for over 20 years, his energetic paintings talk to your soul. They are crying out for big walls and dynamic interiors. If you love colour this collection is for you. This Celebration in Colour opens on Saturday 25th of May 10am – 6pm

Evening Mosque 85 x 185 20,000 Dirhams

For Paul, painting is just as much concerned with the physical and sensuous properties of the paint itself as it is with expressing a personal response to things felt and seen. Inspired by the coast and landscape of Cornwall and the landscapes and cultures of the Middle East and India, his work is essentially about capturing moments, feelings and emotions rather than meticulously depicting a particular view of a place. In order to respond and create in this way, he prefers to complete as much of the painting as possible on site, where he is surrounded by the elements that consistently motivate and energize his work

Creative Diversity

Sikka 2019. 16th – 24th of March

The Majlis Gallery is renowned for the wide scope of the artists we represent and the great variety of the materials and genres they work in, for Sikka 2019 we bring together 5 artists and a writer who between them will fill the galleries 4 main exhibition spaces, its beautiful courtyard and surrounding external areas with stunning Art and Artifacts under the title of

Creative Diversity  

All the artists will be here for the first week of Sikka to personally introduce you to their work

“Love” Oil on Canvas 90 x 120 by Sophie Walbeoffe
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The Amboseli ecosystem is unique. No other place in Africa combines its special hydrology, topography , geology and cultural history. Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya is famous for its views of Kilimanjaro and its iconic elephants.  Cynthia Moss has been studying these elephants for the last 46 years, her project is the longest continuous study of elephants in the world.

Sophie Walbeoffe has exhibited regularly with the Majlis Gallery over the last twenty five years having lived in Dubai in the 1980’s. Combining their special talents and experience Sophie and Cynthia share the amazing beauty of Amboseli and the elephants in a book with Sophies paintings and Cynthias words. Many of the paintings and drawings will be exhibited and for sale in the Majlis gallery during Sikka 2019 with the book being officially launched at the same time

    Caneworks by Peter Bowles      Wild flower perfume bottles by Anne Clifton

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Glass Manifesto is the Creative Partnership of Peter Bowles & Anne Clifton.

Peter Bowles is recognised as one of Australia’s finest makers. Renowned for his technical mastery, his inventive approach to his craft and a dedication to a practice that spans object making, contemporary craft and public art. A prolific and fastidious artist, he has exhibited, lectured, researched and made work throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Anne Clifton brings an unparalleled enthusiasm and a sense of wonder to her work. Her innate curiosity drives her practice which has taken her throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA. Her commitment, vision and deep regard for community engagement have positioned her as a significant member of the international studio glass movement.

(to see Jamal’s complete collection click here)


There will be plenty of parking during Sikka in fact there is plenty of parking all the time now just a short stroll away in the new Al Seef area at the bottom of our road.

For more details on Sikka Art Fair 2019 contact

tel +9714 3536233




Seeking Al Seef

Opening on Saturday 24th November.
We welcome the winter months with Seeking Al Seef by Martin Giesen an exhibition of works on paper exploring the multi facetted world of Dubai Creek.

If you travel along Al Seef the stretch of waterfront along Dubai’s creek, you could be forgiven you thought you were in a historic neighborhood. Wind tower houses, narrow alleys, restaurants and shops all seem grown organically over decades into a port community on the Arabian Gulf. In reality, Al-Seef is a typical Dubai project: brand new and unabashedly geared towards commerce. It utilizes the Venice-like appeal of a city on the water. It boldly appropriates the historical appearance of 19th century regional architecture but constructs this nostalgic tableau with contemporary building technology. The result is a 1,8 km long neighborhood with invisible underground parking, upscale hotel and event facilities, all hidden behind the stage set of an artfully aged and romanticized market town of merchants and pearl fishers. 

Memorable art always tells at least two stories: The story of content and the story of form. The content story of Dubai reflects our contemporary dilemma. We demand universality and equality but insist that identity is a treasure. We seek global integration and witness a shrinking planet but aim to safeguard cultural authenticity.

The formal story of Giesen’s watercolors reiterates modernist concerns. It plays with degrees of abstraction, explores patterns both repetitive and colorful, shifting intermittently to a representational even figurative focus. 

Nestling beside Al Seef is the authentic Al Fahidi Neighbourhood which like the creek has sustained itself through the years. Years that have seen Dubai almost forsake its origins.

 Martins paintings bring us back to those origins

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A Celebration of the Human Spirit

A Celebration of the Human Spirit

An Exhibition of Hot Cast Bronze Sculpture

By Karel Zijlstra opened on Saturday 17th of March

and runs until the end of April

This superb exhibition is our contribution to this years Sikka Art Fair


There is something very special about owning a “real sculpture,” especially a bronze one. They become part of you, their patina taking on the effects of being touched, their personality adding to the spirit of your home, you might even find yourself greeting them as you walk into their space.

It was our good fortune that Karel Zijlstra came across our website a couple of years ago and decided to contact us. The resulting show Black Cloth and Bronze with fellow artists Paul Wadsworth lit up the dark days in the middle of the recession. Karels work reminds one that life has more depth than the here and now and the spirit of past lives still fills the air we breathe.

Visit Karel’s Portfolio

View – Karel Zijlstra Catalogue