Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from an alternative Arabic music festival and full-moon yoga to an unmissable art exhibition, Valentine’s Day happenings, and more.
February 1 to 3: Revisit an Icon
Dubai Opera’s streak of legendary musicals continues with its 12-day run of Evita, which tells the story of First Lady of Argentina Eva Peron. Winning rave reviews amongst culture vultures in the city, it features songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber including, of course, the iconic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”. Buy your tickets here.
February 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.
February 2: Celebrate the Region
With artists such as Egyptian rock band Cairokee, Lebanese singer-songwriter Tania Saleh, and Bahraini fusion folk band Majaz coming from across the Middle East to perform in d3, this full-day festival celebrating alternative Arabic music is not to be missed – especially considering the massive success of its debut edition in 2017. Buy your tickets here.
February 2 to 23: Return to Ripe
With the scorching summer a distant memory, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite al fresco market – has taken up residence amongst 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 runs every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 2 to March 3: Think Ten
Beloved short-play festival Short+Sweet returns to The Junction, bringing together the city’s top actors, directors, and playwrights. There’s something for everyone and each play is just ten minutes in length, so even the most fidgety of theatergoers are kept intrigued. See the complete calendar here.
February 3: Bend, Twist, Stretch
Kicking off at 8 p.m. is the monthly full-moon yoga session at Fairmont The Palm. Taught by resident yoga teacher Melanie Swan, it will entail 60 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes of meditation. Mats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we suggest you bring your own. To book your spot and learn more, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 7 to 10: Dream Big
Taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre is BRIDE, the definitive event for brides-to-be across Dubai. This year’s installment will feature four days of fashion shows, makeup and beauty demonstrations, a pampering zone, and even live music. These will be complemented by over 200 wedding suppliers specializing in wedding stationery, cakes, décor, and more. Find out more here.
February 7 to 12: Snap Happy
Six days of workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and photo walks await at GPP Photo Week, the longest-running photography festival in the region. Taking place at Alserkal Avenue, the new edition will – once again – unite leading photographers with both professionals and amateurs looking to develop their knowledge and skills. The complete program can be explored here.
February 8 to 9: Listen Up
Big-name performers unite for RedFestDXB, a two-day music festival taking place annually at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The first day of the fifth edition will be headlined by DJ duo The Chainsmokers, while singer Kesha will take to the stage on the second. They’ll be joined by the likes of R&B star Craig David and music producer Marshmello. See the line-up and buy your tickets here.
February 11 to April 22: Discover Dalí
In a very exciting first for the city, original paintings created by the world’s most iconic surrealist artist will be displayed for several weeks as part of the Salvador Dalí. The Memories exhibition. Staged at Dubai International Financial Centre, the showcase can be viewed on weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from weekdays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
February 12 to 17: Spoil Yourself
Needing an outfit for Valentine’s Day is a valid excuse to splurge at the very first pop-up hosted by Ounass at the prestigious 101 Privé space in Only & Only The Palm. Taking place from noon to midnight, it will feature all the luxury and local designer must-haves that are perfect for a date-night outfit – or a chic wardrobe upgrade. Even better? Personal shoppers from Ounass will be onsite to provide you with sartorial guidance.
February 13: Laugh Aloud
Vintage Film Night returns at Courtyard Playhouse and, this month, it will delight rom-com addicts with a free screening of When Harry Met Sally. The beloved 1989 movie starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal is an absolute must-watch if you’ve ever asked the question, “Can men and women just be friends?” To reserve your spot, click here.
February 14: Celebrate Love
Whether you’re coupled up or “single and fabulous”, take today to celebrate your loved ones – your friends, your siblings, and your parents included. Over the course of this month, Savoir Flair will bring you alternative suggestions on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day, help you explore the romantic power of perfume, and more. Watch this space.
February 16: Break a Sweat
Join community fitness group Fitness in DXB for a bootcamp session that guarantees to challenge your stamina, burn some calories, and energize you for the rest of the weekend – for free. Starting at 8.30 a.m., the 60-minute workout will welcome people of all fitness levels and feature a combination of cardio and resistance training. Register here.
February 21 to 23: Jazz It Up
John Legend, Ricky Martin, and Duran Duran are just some of the big names you can look forward to alongside Renegade Brass Band and Mexican-American conguero Poncho Sánchez at the annual Dubai International Jazz Festival. Tickets for the popular three-day event tend to sell out fast, so click here to buy yours before they’re gone.
February 22 to March 10: Please Your Palate
Dubai Food Festival honors everything from elite dining spots to hidden eateries through events, new concepts, and appearances by celebrity chefs. Highlights include Dubai Restaurant Week (fine-dining for AED 199), Beach Canteen (dining and entertainment at Sunset Beach), and Hidden Gems (little-known foodie haunts). Learn more here.
February 23: Party Hard
Hosted by Emirates Golf Club, electronic- and dance-music event Groove on the Grass is making waves across Dubai as it gets ready to welcome Grammy-nominated producer Simon Green – better known as Bonobo – for its its sixth season. Joining him will be an eight-piece band as well as plenty of other acts. Tickets are guaranteed to sell fast, so buy yours here.
February 24: Take a Tour
Saturdays tend to be on the slower side, so make use of the free time and navigate the many exhibitions at Alserkal Avenue with an art expert in tow, courtesy of the free guided tour that kicks off at 4 p.m. You’ll be given the opportunity to visit its many galleries and creative concepts without sacrificing more than an hour. To reserve a spot, drop them a line at email@example.com.
February 24: Test Your Limits
Every single one of us is perpetually on the quest for balance and inspiration, which is why the Limitless Mindset workshop is one to look forward to. Led by Waqi Munim, Founder and CEO of Courageous Minds, it will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Building 6 in d3 and is designed to help you unleash your full potential. To rsvp, click here.
February 27 to March 3: Journey East
Hypnotic feats aplenty come courtesy of Shaolin Warriors – the original Kung Fu spectacular – at Dubai Opera. The show artfully displays Buddhist meditation alongside deadly martial-arts expertise, both complemented by atmospheric music, spectacular lighting, and vibrant costumes. This one’s for the whole family, so book your tickets here.