February 2 to 3: Head to RedFest DXB
The immensely popular music festival returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheater for its fourth edition, this time featuring an all-star lineup with Grammy Award-winning rapper Sean Paul and singer-songwriter Demi Lovato. Also on the roster are the likes of Daya, The Veronicas, G-Easy, and Calum Scott amongst others. Click here for tickets.
February 3 to 4: Attend The Wedding Fair
Hosted by Emaar Hospitality Group at Burj Park, the fair is the region’s largest outdoor wedding event. This year’s installment will feature four different wedding zones showcasing Arabian, Western, African, and South Asian wedding concepts and inspiration. These will be complemented by a display of over 30 venues, both indoor and outdoor, alongside 50 vendors specializing in wedding stationery, cakes, décor, entertainment, and more. Find out more about the event here.
February 3 to 24: Return to Ripe Market
Spend your morning leisurely browsing interesting craft stalls and picking up fresh, organic, and locally sourced produce provided by over 100 passionate business owners and foodies. Ripe Market runs every Friday at Zabeel Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
February 3 to 25: Catch a (Really) Short Play
Short+Sweet, Dubai’s biggest and best short-play festival, returns to The Junction and Madinat Theater, bringing together the city’s top actors, directors, playwrights, and theater groups. There’s something for everyone – comedy, drama, romance, and thrillers, all of which are just ten minutes in length, thereby keeping even the most fidgety of theatergoers intrigued. Find more details here.
February 4: Join a Fruitful Conversation
Afikra, a salon-style evening during which two members of the community present cultural and historical topics they are curious about, will be held at the recently renovated Al Khazzan Park. The idea is to bring together like-minded individuals and explore a stimulating subject that relates to the Arab world. In the past, topics have been diverse and covered everything from 1960s Egyptian films to Yemeni architecture and hair salons in Morocco. You can reserve your spot here.
February 8 to March 2: Browse an Art Exhibition
Iranian artist Farhad Ahrarnia returns to Lawrie Shabibi gallery at Alserkal Avenue for his second solo exhibition entitled Something for the Touts, the Nuns, the Grocery Clerks, and You. Expect to see new pieces from his ongoing wall-based Khatam series inspired by the sparse compositions of Max Bill, El Lissitzky, and Kazimir Malevich as well as new works on cardboard with gilded illuminations painted on their surfaces. The exhibition will run until March 2nd.
February 10: Participate in an Al Fresco Yoga Session
Piloga Studio will be conducting an hour-long Full Moon Yoga session at the stunning Four Seasons Resort Dubai. Taking place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., it will be held on the grass area, overlooking the flowing waters of the Gulf. More details can be found here.
February 10 to 17: Sharpen Your Photography Skills
Eight days of workshops, photo walks, product launches, film screenings, talks, exhibitions, and more await at GPP Photo Week, the longest-running photography festival in the region. Taking place at Alserkal Avenue, the 13th edition will – once again – unite leading photographers with professional and amateur photographers looking to develop their knowledge and skills. The complete program can be explored here.
February 12: Rewatch a Beloved Classic
If quotes like “We’ll always have Paris” and “Play it, Sam” bring about a wave of nostalgia, head to Courtyard Playhouse for the free screening of Casablanca as part of its ongoing Vintage Film Night series. The film will be introduced by the venue’s resident classic-film expert Jessica Pratt, adding to the flavor of the night, so be sure to RSVP in advance.
February 12 to 14: Reflect over Dinner with INKED
Conceptual dining space INKED returns, this time inviting guests to converse both with themselves and total strangers at its latest pop-up concept entitled Tête-à-Tête. Guests of the dinner series, which will take place each night from February 12th to 14th, can expect to reflect on themselves and society as a whole in a humorous and experimental dining experience like no other. For bookings and more information, click here.
February 14 to 18: Fall in Love with West Side Story
Combine the complicated romance of Romeo and Juliet with the grit of street gangs circa 1950s New York and you get one of the most successful musicals of all time. Audacious and deeply moving, this award-winning production will be held at Dubai Opera and feature the original choreography of Broadway legend Jerome Robbins and timeless classics like “Maria” and “I Feel Pretty”. Book your tickets by clicking here.
February 15 to 18: Explore BRIDE Dubai
Wedding fever continues with the return of one of the region’s leading wedding and lifestyle events, BRIDE Dubai. This year marks its 20th anniversary, so expect an edition bigger and better than ever before. Touted as a one-stop shop for all things wedding, the event will be held at Dubai World Trade Center and showcase the latest bridal and wedding trends through fashion shows, beauty demonstrations, a pop-up jewelry souk, experts sharing their tips and advice, and more. Discover the complete lineup here.
February 22 to 24: Listen to Jazz – And So Much More
Tom Jones, Mariah Carey, and Enrique Iglesias are just some of the big names you can look forward to alongside New York blues act The Rad Trads and Argentinian singer-songwriter Raúl Midón at the annual Dubai Jazz Festival. Tickets for the three-day event tend to sell out fast, so click here to buy yours before they’re gone.
February 23 to March 11: Dine Your Heart Out
Few events bring as much joy to such a wide spectrum of people as the Dubai Food Festival – and for good reason. The 17-day citywide celebration of food honors everything from the most elite dining spots to hidden eateries through events, new concepts, and appearances by celebrity chefs. Highlights include Miele Dubai Restaurant Week (gourmet set menus for AED 199), Beach Canteen (dining and entertainment aplenty at Sunset Beach), and Eat the World DXB (street food from around the world). Learn more about the food fiesta here.