January 5: Head to Al Mamzar Night Market
Running daily from January 5th until February 18th, this community-based street fair is the perfect place to pick up locally sourced accessories and catch a variety of live musical performances. The market will take place from 3 p.m. through 11 p.m. and entry is free, so be sure to scan the website for the full lineup of activities.
January 6 to 7: Attend the Ballet Grand Gala
Don’t miss the opportunity to see a mix of classic and contemporary ballet performed by Paris Opera National Ballet’s most accomplished dancers at Madinat Jumeirah from January 6th to 7th. Click here for tickets.
January 7: Visit the New Etihad Museum
Brush up on your history by visiting Etihad Museum, which officially opens to the public today. Discover the chronology of the UAE, dating back to its declaration in 1971, and gain a deeper insight into the country’s constitution as well as the principles on which it was founded.
January 12 to 14: Watch National Theatre Live’s Screening of No Man’s Land
Head to Courtyard Playhouse for a screening of No Man’s Land, which will be broadcast live from Wyndham’s Theatre in London. Find out more about the play and showtimes, here.
January 13: Broaden Your Horizons at Cairo Sound Music Festival
With an aim to transfer “the Egyptian spirit to Dubai”, the Cairo Sound Music Festival will feature a variety of bands and genres of music – including rock, jazz, and reggae – all with a unique Egyptian twist. Click here to book your tickets.
January 18 to 19: Splurge on Something New by Mochi
Head to Building 7 in d3 for the official launch of Mochi’s SS17 ‘Morocco’ collection. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the pop-up will feature pieces inspired by the wonderfully chaotic and colorful markets of Morocco. Expect to see plenty of vivid but laid-back silhouettes, vibrant colors, and Berber-inspired tapestry.
January 19 to February 23: View the Journey of Motherhood
Tashkeel presents a series of photographic works entitled New Chapter by its founder Lateefa Bint Maktoum. The solo exhibition will depict the journey from pregnancy to motherhood in varying stages, including the psychological and emotional effects that were experienced by the artist.
January 19 to 28: Support an Emerging Designer
Head to Burj Park for the fourth edition of Market OTB and discover gems by beloved designers like Reemami alongside cult favorites such as Dumyé. The event will be open on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
January 20: Celebrate Arabic Music at Wasla Music Festival
With artists such as Mashrou’ Leila, Jadal, and Emel Mathlouthi coming from across the Middle East to perform in Dubai, this full day of concerts celebrating alternative Arabic music is not to be missed. Find out more, here.
January 20: Attempt the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
If one of your resolutions was to pound the pavement more often in 2017, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon should be your starting point. Click here to register and view the routes.
January 22: Discover an Unlikely Surf Community
Playing as part of the film series Reel Palestine, Gaza Surf Club is a feature-length documentary about the surprisingly active surf community of Gaza City – and the power of just 40 surfboards in giving its protagonists a fleeting sense of freedom. The film screening will take place at 7.30 p.m. at A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue.
January 27: Challenge Yourself at Ironman 70.3
The Dubai edition of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon will take place next to the iconic Burj Al Arab, with athletes tackling a grueling day of swimming, running, and cycling. Sign up here if you dare.
January 27 to 28: Pay a Visit to the Quoz Arts Fest
This annual art and culture festival returns to Alserkal Avenue for two days of gallery tours, talks, workshops, and film screenings. Dance as an art form is the focal point of the fifth edition, so expect to see experimental, conceptual, and fusion performances by some of the region’s leading contemporary dancers. Click here for more details.