Dubai Customs has made an announcement that it is fully geared up to inaugurate the 21st edition of the Carpet and Art Oasis, to be scheduled this year at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Hall 2, from December 20 till January 15.
The Carpet & Art Oasis, which is well-known as one of the longest-running attractions of the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, is a not to be missed exhibition of some of the rarest and most unique carpets and rugs from various carpet-producing countries of the world.
Abdul Rahman Issa, Chairman of the Carpet Oasis’ Steering Committee, mentioned that this year’s exhibition will take place much ahead of time to leverage the festive season and new year celebrations, at the request of traders and customers, as this time sees rising consumer demand of carpets.
To be held over an area of 6,000 square meters, the Oasis will include 54 pavilions spreading over 4,000 square meters. The remaining area will be used to hold auctions on handmade rugs and conduct workshops for visitors to see the technique with which carpets are made and how knots are
This year’s Oasis features as many as 250,000 exquisite silk and wool rugs at an estimated market value of AED 2 billion, crafted in leading rug-making countries; Iran, India, China, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
Around 25% of displayed items are antiques that will be showcased for the first time. Some of these date back to over 400-500 years and are being flown in from Iran and Azerbaijan to the Oasis only as display items.
Issa said: “The Oasis will include a museum that will display historical documents and exhibits that tell the story of Dubai Customs from the beginning till now.”
Entry to the Carpet Oasis is free and it will be open for visitors Saturdays to Thursdays from 10:00 to 22:00 and Fridays from 16:00 to 23:00. Daily raffle draws at the Oasis will offer visitors a chance to take home valuable prizes.
Organized by Dubai Customs every year as part of Dubai Shopping Festival since 1996, the Carpet & Art Oasis exhibition increasingly attracts larger crowds, as it features a multitude of rare and exquisite carpets from the world’s most famous carpet-manufacturing countries.
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