Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from jazz concerts to award-winning musicals, fashion exhibitions, lifestyle masterclasses, and more.
May 1: Celebrate International Jazz Day
International Jazz Day is celebrated on April 30th across the globe, but we’ll happily overlook the delay. The Fridge will host the region’s most talented jazz artists – Armenian pianist Samvel Gasparyan, Cuban trumpet player Tonatiut Isidron, Sri Lankan bass sensation Anthony Muthurajah, and Irish drummer Satya Darcy. Tickets can be purchased here.
May 1 to 25: Relive Your Childhood
If the Disney film Mary Poppins remains synonymous with your childhood, be sure to catch the award-winning stage adaptation at Dubai Opera. Revisit the beloved character, who is still the world’s favorite nanny, through a production brimming with dazzling choreography, incredible effects, and timeless songs such as “Jolly Holiday” and “Step in Time”. Book your tickets here.
May 1 to 31: Give Back Beautifully
The Bold Is Beautiful campaign runs throughout May, with all profit made by Benefit Cosmetics through brow waxing going to charity. This year, the brand is aiding DFWAC, which offers support services to women and children against domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. To support the campaign, book a brow-waxing session at any one of the Benefit brow bars at Sephora.
May 2 to 13: Live and Learn
You’re never too old to learn something new, and that’s where Maison Impériale comes in. Designed just for adults, the elective-educational academy will host a series of masterclasses during the month of May, covering everything from the art of conversation and table decoration to cross-cultural intelligence and hosting etiquette. You can learn more and book a session by clicking here.
May 3 to 7: Witness Fashion History
A Burberry travelling exhibition entitled The Cape Reimagined arrives at Concrete, presenting a curated edit of the limited-edition capes first unveiled as part of the February 2017 runway show. Each cape has been handmade using unique constructions and referencing elements from the Burberry archive. The capes were designed in the brand’s London atelier and are available for special order.
May 4 to 5: Support the Arts
If your loyalty to Matt LeBlanc ever led you to watching comedy series Episodes, you’ll love the twist on Twelfth Night – the classic Shakespearean comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love – with the talented Tamsin Greig playing the character of Malvolia. Entry to the screening at Courtyard Playhouse is free of charge, but be sure to RSVP in advance here.
May 4 to 6: Help Defy a Stereotype
If the man in your life thinks yoga is a fluffy workout only practiced by bendy, lyrca-clad women, prove him wrong at one of the four sessions held at Urban Yoga. Hosted by Boys of Yoga – who are coming to Dubai for the very first time – the weekend of workshops is specially dedicated to men, illustrating the more physical side of yoga and its many benefits. You can find more details here.
May 5: Bend, Stretch, Twist
Feel the full moon rising at Dubai Internet City Amphitheater with 136.1. Five teachers from the yoga studio will lead this event, exploring several styles of yoga including the ancient practice of yoga nidra. Kicking off at 4 p.m., the event is free of cost and everyone is welcome. You can register here.
May 5: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
If you’re looking to celebrate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla – because why not – head to one of the many fiestas happening around town. Nikki Beach will celebrate with Mexican-inspired cuisine, costumes, and entertainment while Loca is hosting a whopping seven-hour brunch from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tortuga’s resident band will perform Latin tunes aplenty, and Maya at Le Royal Meridien will take its ‘Mas Mas Brunch’ into the wee hours of the night with a DJ and other festivities.
May 6 to 27: Return to Ripe Market
The city’s favorite market continues into the month of May, only this time, it’s moving indoors in honor of the scorching Dubai summer. Spend your time leisurely browsing interesting craft stalls and picking up fresh, organic, and locally sourced produce provided by passionate business owners. The summer edition of Ripe Market will run every Saturday until the end of October at Times Square Centre from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 7: Run for Good
The global charity event Wings for Life World Run is made up of multiple simultaneous races around the world, with the Dubai edition starting at 3 p.m. There is no set distance, time, nor finish line; the race only ends when you are overtaken by the “Catcher Car” that will be on course at each event location. Register here.
May 8: Meet a Design Guru
If the world of design is of interest to you, then Nada Debs needs no introduction. The furniture designer has built her reputation by merging the minimalist and ornate aesthetics of Japan and the Middle East respectively. Her new collection, entitled Now & Zen, will be showcased at Comptoir 102 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During this time, visitors can both meet Nada and purchase her handmade pieces.
May 14: Pay Tribute to Mamma
An Italian man and his mother – a dynamic relationship that has inspired endless humor across the world. Far from a laughing matter, however, is an Italian mother’s culinary passion, which the chefs at Roberto’s will pay tribute to in celebration of Mother’s Day on May 14th. Expect a four-course menu inspired by their childhood memories as they share their mothers’ most beloved homemade recipes.
May 18: Eat Your Heart Out
If you love brunch but hate waking up for it, you’ll love the ‘Cirque de Cuisine’ night brunch taking place from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Atlantis, The Palm. The culinary extravaganza will feature signature creations from Nobu, Ossiano, Bread Street Kitchen, The Burger Joint, and more alongside street performers, jugglers, and acrobats. Dinner will be followed an electric after-party at N’dulge. Tickets can be bought here.
May 20: Tour Alserkal Avenue
Navigate the many exhibitions at Alserkal Avenue with ‘Saturday Tours’, a series of one-hour tours across its many galleries. The meeting point for these free tours is Nadi Al Quoz at 4 p.m. To reserve a spot, drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 20 to 23: Feed Your Passion
Aspiring designers can look forward to the ‘Designing a Fashion Collection’ course by London College of Fashion. This combination of lectures and workshops will be guided by Richard Sorger, immersing you in the world of a fashion designer. You can book your spot by clicking here.
May 26: Usher in Ramadan
Ramadan is expected to begin on May 26th, and Savoir Flair is along for the ride. We’ll be covering everything from unique iftar destinations to all things health and wellness during the holy month – think: how to hydrate your skin while fasting, the optimal time to work out, and more. You can also expect to see a roundup of the best activities and events taking place across the city, so watch this space.