March 1 to 25: Usher in Spring with Dior
Dior is hosting a series of pop-up stores around the world to mark the arrival of the SS17 collection, and Dubai is along for the ride. A pop-up will be hosted at Level Shoes in The Dubai Mall, where outfits inspired by fencing uniforms, the revisited ‘Bar’ suits, feminist slogan tees, and more will be presented in a graphic setting.
March 2 to 3: Feast Right at Street Nights
48 hours of food trucks, the region’s top graffiti artists, live performances, and a bustling night bazaar – all accented by the region’s top B-Boys showing off their breakdancing moves in a quest for bragging rights and a cash prize. The third installment of this cool cultural event will be free to attend and take place at Bay Avenue in Business Bay.
March 2 to 3: Attend a Legendary Opera
Eastern and Western cultures collide with tragic consequences at Madam Butterfly, an iconic production set in 1890s Japan. Watch as the story of a young geisha named Butterfly and her husband, an American naval officer, unfolds with Giacomo Puccini’s irresistible score setting the tone. Tickets can be bought here.
March 3 to 11: Celebrate the Written Word
The region’s largest celebration of all things literary returns to the InterContinental Hotel at Dubai Festival City with 170 writers from 35 countries in attendance. Expect to see sessions with renowned author Jeffrey Archer, leading journalist Christina Lamb, and famed Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti. To browse the program and buy tickets, click here.
March 3 to 31: Return to Ripe Market
The city’s favorite market continues into the month of March. Spend your morning leisurely browsing interesting craft stalls and picking up fresh, organic, and locally-sourced produce provided by passionate business owners and foodies. Ripe Market runs every Friday at Zabeel Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 9 to 10: See the New Face of Saint Joan
Director Josie Rourke’s take on George Bernard Shaw’s electrifying play Saint Joan will screen at Courtyard Playhouse, with actress Gemma Arterton depicting the iconic Joan of Arc – a woman “with all the instinct, zeal, and transforming power of a revolutionary”. Entrance is free, and you can RSVP by clicking here.
March 9 to 11: Relish Another Round of Puccini
Set in Paris in the 1830s, La Bohème is easily one of opera’s greatest love stories, and one not to be missed. This stirring tale follows a seamstress and a penniless poet as their passionate romance comes to a tragic end amidst turmoil and poverty, with Giacomo Puccini’s evocative score amplifying the story with arias and duets aplenty. Buy your tickets here.
March 9 to 11: Sample What the City Has to Offer
Taste of Dubai is an institution in its own right, as evidenced by the fact that 2017 marks its 10th anniversary. The event will feature immersive food experiences by fine-dining restaurants complemented by live music, celebrity chefs such as Gary Rhodes, cooking demonstrations, and lots more. Learn more about the entire lineup of festivities, here.
March 10 to 18: Immerse in Art at Alserkal
New gallery exhibitions, artist commissions, and pop-up projects will be hosted during Art Week at Alserkal Avenue alongside a series of public talks and workshops. Opening night will see the highly anticipated inauguration of Concrete with Syria: Into the Light, featuring works from the Atassi Foundation collection. See the full program here.
March 11: Perform Yoga Under the Moon
This particular full-moon yoga session at Fairmont The Palm marks the event’s one-year anniversary and will feature 60 minutes of yoga followed by 30 minutes of meditation in a relaxed beach setting. The session is priced at AED 75 per person and advance booking is required, so secure your spot by sending an email to Palm.Healthclub@Fairmont.com.
March 11 to 21: Support the Local Art Scene
SIKKA Art Fair returns to Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, showcasing the talents of UAE-based artists from far and wide. The site-specific works will span an array of mediums including audio and video installations, multi-disciplinary initiatives, music performances, and visual arts such as photography and sculptures. Find more details here.
March 13 to 18: Dine with Dali at INKED
Conceptual dining space INKED returns, this time inviting guests to embark on a dream-like journey into Salvador Dali’s universe at its latest pop-up concept entitled Plaisirs Supremes. Guests can expect to dine on a five-course meal inspired by the book Les Diners de Gala in a multi-sensory experience. For bookings and more information, click here.
March 14 to 17: Discover Design at Its Finest
Leading furniture and design fair Design Days Dubai returns for its sixth edition, this time taking place at d3. Both emerging and leading designers and galleries from across the globe will be showcased alongside a program consisting of talks, panel discussions, live performances, workshops, and more. Visitor information can be found here.
March 15 to 18: Tour the Global Art World
With 277 artists in attendance alongside over 90 galleries from 44 countries, this year’s edition of Art Dubai promises to bring the best of the art world to our doorstep. It will also feature commissioned projects and performances, artists’ and curators’ residencies, and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum. Tickets to the art fair can be bought here.
March 25: Catch Sia’s Dubai Debut
While the Dubai World Cup is renowned for being the world’s richest horse race, it’s the entertainment that gets spectators most excited. Following in the footsteps of Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, Australian popstar Sia will be closing the 22nd edition of the iconic race at Meydan Racecourse with a 70-minute performance. Tickets start from AED 450/SAR 460 and can be purchased here.