Ubuntu Art Gallery opened its doors in October 2014 and specializes in contemporary
Egyptian artworks and secondary market modern Egyptian art. The gallery was founded by
Ahmed El Dabaa as a separate entity to his family business which has been dealing in
antiques in Cairo’s famed Khan El Khalili market and Cairo’s Zamalek neighborhood for three
The gallery’s mission is to promote both young emerging talent, and artists
with more established practices both regionally and internationally.
The gallery derives its name from the Swahili word “ubuntu” which means “I am because we
all are,” to connote a holistic concept of being. At Ubuntu Art Gallery, a belief in the
interconnectedness of how Egyptian history and society influences Egyptian identity is at
the core of the work presented by the gallery.
Ubuntu runs a program of bimonthly exhibitions so as to showcase work and introduce new
artists frequently. With one gallery in the Zamalek neighborhood, Ubuntu also exhibits in
several satellite locations including the Swan Lake Clubhouse in the suburb of New Cairo.
Ubuntu also provides art consultancy services.