Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from fashion pop-ups to film screenings, music festivals, and more.
April 1: Shop at Robinsons
The Singaporean department store, which has just opened its doors in Dubai Festival City Mall, is the largest in the region. With John Lewis home collections, a Wild & The Moon juice bar, and over 90 exclusive fashion and beauty brands, Robinsons should be the first destination you pencil into your April diary. You can also look forward to VIP valet parking, hands-free shopping, monograming services, a shoe-customization bar, a kids’ cinema to keep your little ones busy, and a French restaurant specializing in gourmet burgers.
April 1: Catch a Black Comedy
Two shows of Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1939 black comedy by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, will be staged at The Junction theater. Prepare for an evening of laughs as the shocking secrets of the Brewster family – filled with homicidal lunatics – unravel within a period of 24 hours. You’ll never guess how they handle the bizarre situation. Find more information here.
April 7: Run for Fun
The Dubai Desert Road Run returns, welcoming everyone from first-time runners to some of the UAE’s best athletes. Choose from two distances (3km or 10km), both of which will be covered on private, traffic-free roads. Each race will start and finish at The Sevens Stadium, which is located roughly 40km off the city’s coastline. You can register here.
April 7 to 13: Sing Those Tunes Again
The iconic musical Grease needs absolutely no introduction – and it’s scheduled for a seven-day run at Dubai World Trade Centre. Be sure to brush up on the lyrics for that beloved score, which includes musical gems like ‘Greased Lightning’ and ‘Summer Nights’, to relive your teenage years through Danny and Sandy all over again. Tickets can be purchased here.
April 7 to 28: Return to Ripe Market
The city’s favorite market continues into the month of April. Spend your Friday 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.
April 8: Practice Yoga Under the Stars
To celebrate the full moon, join yogi Imogen Harding as she guides you through your practice on the beach of Fairmont The Palm hotel. The one-hour session will be followed by 30 minutes of meditation. To book a mat, call (+971) 4 457 3330.
April 11 to 15: Feel Blue (In a Good Way)
How do you grasp the idea of three bald men painted entirely in blue who combine comedy, music, dance, custom instruments, kooky props, and the latest technology on stage to put on an epic multisensory performance that has already been seen worldwide? You don’t. You simply take our word for it and buy your tickets on the Dubai Opera website by clicking here.
April 12 to 15: Discover a New Side of Music
Dubai will host Red Bull’s Music Academy Weekender for the first time with seven shows and over 30 local and international artists to look forward to. A diverse array of events, workshops, and parties will celebrate Dubai’s new musical and cultural identity. Explore more details here.
April 12 to 23: Delve into the World of Dior
The iconic French maison is hosting an exhibition entitled Dior, The Art of Color at The Dubai Mall that will be unveiled by – wait for it – none other than Bella Hadid and Peter Philips. It will mark the launch of the brand’s latest book, which features illustrations by the legendary artists behind the House Makeup, including Philips, Tyen, and Serge Lutens. Expect a celebration of color and the house’s foremost quality: audacity.
April 13 to 15: Get Creative
Animators from Disney and Pixar, photographers from National Geographic, and designers from IBM and Google are just some of the talents who will be present at the –ING Creative Festival at Alserkal Avenue. The festival promises to be a veritable feast of creativity thanks to a program brimming with talks, workshops, panel discussion, and more. Find the visitor guide here.
April 13 to 22: Breathe New Life Into Your Scarves
If an Hermès scarf has long been on your wish list, head to City Walk 2 to explore the ‘HermèsMatic’ pop-up concept. This luxurious take on a retro laundromat will feature dip-dyed scarves with some of the label’s iconic designs for sale as well as the opportunity to dye your own Hermès scarf using the machines in its mini-laundrette – for free! Find out more here.
April 16: Go Back in Time
The Vintage Film Night series at Courtyard Playhouse is always a treat for cinephiles, and this edition is no exception as Adam’s Rib will be screened. The 1949 romcom depicts the mounting tension between a husband and wife when they start working as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. Entry is free, so book your spot early.
April 19: Shop a Beloved Brand
Swedish fashion brand & Other Stories opens at The Dubai Mall today, its first-ever store in the Middle East. This trendy destination is a must-visit if you credit your wardrobe staples to the likes of COS and H&M. Expect to see 890 square meters brimming with affordable yet high-quality clothing, accessories, and beauty products as well as a special collection of stationery and travel accessories inspired by the gift shop experience of hotels, museums, and festivals.
April 25 to 29: Gear Up for Ramadan
Ramadan will be here before you know it, and that means one thing for your wardrobe: kaftans. And for that, you need look no further than Tasyourah 2017, Symphony’s pre-Ramadan exhibition. The multi-brand boutique has teamed up with regional and international designers to produce kaftans and accessories for the Holy Month. Held at The Annex in Burj Khalifa, the exhibition will feature brands like Osman and Mochi.
April 27 to 29: Adorn Your Ears
Lamb & Lu, a fine-jewelry platform based in the GCC, is bringing its Piercing Annex to Dubai this month. Shop some of the coolest ear jewelry from brands like Maria Tash and schedule a piercing (or two) at this pop-up event held at INKED in Alserkal Avenue. Book your spot here.