In one form or another, street art spans from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings and has existed since ancient times, with some examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
In modern times, however, paint - particularly spray paint - and marker pens have become the most commonly used tools for street artists.
There are many different types and styles of street art and despite the ongoing debate about its direction and definition, the UAE's art scene - with the government's backing for public art, high-profile supporters, residencies from world-renowned artists, and a small but committed community of local talent - is rapidly growing and developing.
Using Samsung's latest Galaxy S9 smartphone, we made it out to several locations across the UAE to capture the country's mind-blowing street art.
Take a look below:
1. 600-meter mural at Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
2. It was completed in five weeks by Miami-based Elio Mercado and his team of nine artists
3. The artwork serves as an expression of the culture and traditions of the UAE
4. Beautiful art at City Walk Dubai by internationally renowned Tokyo-born artist Aiko
5. With shows all over the world, Nick Walker's presence in the Dubai street art scene is huge
6. Walker's work has served as inspiration for countless emerging artists
7. Incredible work by the talented French-Tunisian artist eL Seed on the Green Planet Dubai Biodome
8. Located between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay, the 13.4 million square foot space is spread over three areas - La Mer South, La Mer North, and The Wharf
9. This artwork exhibited within the beachfront district of La Mer was created by Meraas
10. "Today... Today... I will meet my love today!"
11. This urban art initiative by 1010, known as Dubai Street Museum, has transformed 2nd of December Street into an open-air gallery...
12. ...and an homage to Emirati heritage and history in Satwa, Dubai
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