In line with Maraya's mission to nurture local and regional talent through its residency programs and commissions, the centre has been building its very own art collection since 2010 in order to establish and cultivate the development of emerging art from the Gulf.

The collection comprises of notable works and purchases that have been commissioned by Maraya for exhibitions at the centre. It has also proven to be significant in terms of showcasing local artists' talent and progress over the past few years, as the multitude of institutes, art fairs, open calls and residency exchange programs that have been introduced into the UAE have all played an important role in promoting the careers of local artists.