Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from a marathon and legendary musical to an arts festival, a shopping extravaganza, and more.
January 1 to 27: Treat Yourself
Nearly four weeks of sales to celebrate the start of 2018 – need we say more? The annual Dubai Shopping Festival continues into the month of January, featuring discounts and promotions by malls, entertainment venues, theme parks, and even hotels across town. Expect these to be accompanied by stage shows, interactive workshops, fireworks displays, and giveaways. For more details, click here.
January 1 to April 7: Tour the World
Impulse purchases, street food, cultural performances, and extreme rides – if you want to kick off the new year with a little old-fashioned fun, Global Village is where it’s at. The 22nd edition spans 1.6 million square meters, over 75 pavilions, and more than 12,000 entertainment shows. Details on events can be found here.
January 1 Onwards: Hold Your Breath
The region’s first permanent show takes place at Al Habtoor City on a daily basis and is a truly spectacular one. Entitled La Perle, this collision of mesmerizing aquatics, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, 65+ performers, and more has been inspired by Dubai’s culture and created by Franco Dragone of Le Rêve fame. Buy your tickets here.
January 2 to 30: Catch a Flick
Relaxed garden terrace The Backyard at Steigenberger Hotel continues to screen the type of titles you’ll happily watch a second or third time on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., with special deals on food and beverages to keep you fuelled. On the roster for January are films such as Top Gun, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Pretty Woman. Buy your tickets here.
January 4 to 16: Feel the Blues
Cutting-edge acrobatics, puppetry, and stagecraft complemented by a dazzling cinematic score come together as Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s Avatar for TORUK – The First Flight. Transporting audiences to the far-off world of Pandora, the show will be presented over a span of 12 days at Dubai World Trade Centre. Buy your tickets here.
January 5: Bend, Twist, Stretch
Yoga with a side of philanthropy is always a good idea, so head to Dubai Knowledge Park as Yogafest hosts a Full Moon Friday session, which will combine hatha and yin yoga. Participants will be requested to donate AED 50 to support the efforts of Dubai Cares for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. To register, click here.
January 5 to 26: Return to Ripe Market
With the scorching summer behind us, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite al fresco market – has moved outdoors to the lush greenery of Zabeel Park. Spend your time leisurely browsing fashion, jewelry, and craft stalls and picking up organic, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. It will run every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 11 to 19: Have a Laugh
Eight days of belly laughs await as The Laughter Factory’s next tour will feature the likes of award-winning Scottish comedian Mark Nelson and Carmen Lynch, who has appeared on shows such as Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Buy your tickets here.
January 11 to 20: Support Local Talent
Head to the fifth edition of Market OTB and discover gems by beloved local labels and global brands alongside yoga sessions, live music, wellness classes, food trucks, and film screenings – all spread across 11,300 square meters at Burj Park. The event will be open on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
January 13: Grab Some Grub
Dubai’s obsession with virtually anything cooked in a vehicle continues as TruckersUAE heads to Emirates Golf Club, pairing the city’s favorite curbside cuisine with live music, children’s activities, and a craft market. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with free entry for all ages. For more information, click here.
January 18 to 20: Crack the Case
Fans of mystery are in for a treat as Sherlock Holmes comes to life at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue with stage show Sherlock. The production will see the world’s most famous detective tackling a tricky case with the help of Dr. John Watson and Mrs. Hudson. Even better? Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to two local charities. Buy yours here.
January 19 to 22: Dine Herbivorally
For a dinner pop-up done in style, INKED is a no-brainer. The creative space located in Alserkal Avenue is getting foodies off to a healthy start in 2018 through a five-course meal that is entirely vegan. The menu will feature an array of wholesome ingredients coming together to create “plantiful” dishes that look as good as they taste. To book a spot, click here.
January 22 to February 3: Sing Along
Dubai Opera’s streak of legendary musicals continues with a 12-day run of Evita, which tells the story of First Lady of Argentina Eva Peron. It will feature songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber including, of course, the iconic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”. Buy your tickets here.
January 26: Test Your Limits
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to pound the pavement more often in 2018, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon should be your starting point. You can opt for the ‘10km Road Race’ if you’re in shape or the ‘4km Fun Run’ if you’re looking to start slow. Feeling ambitious? Sign up for the ‘42km Marathon’. All three are further broken up into subcategories according to age and fitness levels, so participation is accessible to all. To register, click here.
January 26 to 27: Support the Arts
The popular Quoz Arts Fest returns to Alserkal Avenue for two days of gallery tours, live music, workshops, food trucks, and film screenings. The focus of the sixth edition will be supporting homegrown talent, with Sima Dance Company hosting a program featuring local performers and inviting audiences to get involved. Click here for more details.