Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from al fresco cinema and full-moon yoga to an art festival, a literature festival, and more.
March 1: Eat Big
One day, four hours, and six restaurants worth of feasting takes place at Madinat Jumeirah as Big Bite Out returns. It will feature seafood at Rockfish, Mexican cuisine at Tortuga, Chinese favorites at Zheng He, and more from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. You can stay for as little or as long as you want at each, with buggies and abra boats on hand to take you from one eatery to the next. Click here to book.
March 1 to 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.
March 1 to 3: Think Ten
Beloved short-play festival Short+Sweet continues at 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.
March 1 to 10: Please Your Palate
Dubai Food Festival continues into the month, honoring 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.
March 1 to April 7: Tour the World
Impulse purchases, street food, cultural performances, and extreme rides – if you want to pair the month’s idyllic weather 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.
March 1 to April 14: Catch a Flick
A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience awaits on the Festival Bay helipad. You can purchase absolutely anything at Dubai Festival City Mall and exchange your receipt for a free ticket to Helipad Cinema. Expect to catch titles like Power Rangers, Monster Family, and Florence Foster Jenkins. Find more details here.
March 1 to April 22: Discover Dalí
In a very exciting first for the city, original paintings created by the world’s most iconic surrealist artist are being 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.
March 2: Feast for a Purpose
Global fundraising initiative #CookForSYRIA works alongside top chefs, restaurants, and volunteers to raise funds for UNICEF’s Children of Syria fund, and it has finally arrived in our region through INKED at Alserkal Avenue. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the four-course dinner is priced at AED 495 per person, with all proceeds going to charity. Book your spot here.
March 2 to 10: Celebrate Literature
The region’s largest celebration of all things literary returns to InterContinental Hotel at Dubai Festival City with over 185 writers from 37 countries in attendance. On the roster are sessions with Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa, leading biographer Andrew Morton, slam poet Harry Baker, and Cheryl Strayed of Wild fame. To browse the program and buy tickets, click here.
March 2 to 30: 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.
March 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, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 8 to 10: Revisit Old Outfits
If you associate your wardrobe choices with key moments in your life – both good and bad – then you’re sure to love Nora and Delia Ephron’s hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Performed by the Dubai Drama Group at Courtyard Playhouse, it will feature intimate monologues that recall memories triggered by certain outfits and accessories. You can book your spot by clicking here.
March 9 to 10: Feel Beautiful
Beauty icons, influencers, bloggers, and experts will come together for MyBeautyFest at Burj Park. Here, visitors can delve into the latest trends, attend panel talks, and participate in masterclasses led by Hrush Achemyan and Fouz Al Fahad. Complementing the line-up will be brands such as Huda Beauty, TRESemmé, and more. To learn more and buy tickets, click here.
March 11 to April 23: Immerse in Art
Another must for art buffs comes in the form of the Van Gogh Alive exhibition, which will project the legendary painter’s works onto walls, ceilings, and floors using 40 high-def projectors – all accented with a curated score. Designed to make you feel as though you’re walking into the paintings, the multi-sensory experience will run daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at d3. Buy your tickets here.
March 16: Party Hard
Tinie Tempah needs no introduction and, to the delight of Dubai residents, he’s returning to the city for a free gig at WHITE Dubai. The English rapper will headline Disturbing Dubai – a night he launched through his own boutique cultural consultancy Disturbing London – alongside appearances by DJ Charlesy and DJ Moky. The event will kick off at 11 p.m. and run late into the night.
March 16 to 17: Balance Your Chakras
XYoga returns to the city, this time at Kite Beach. The yoga festival will consist of two days packed with sessions covering different types such as hatha, power, vinyasa, and even art therapy. These will be complemented by stalls selling yoga gear and health food. The best bit? Each session will be free of charge. To register and learn more, click here.
March 17: Explore Your Qi
If you’re perpetually on a quest to enhance your environment – both internal and external – head to wellness center Life ‘n One for Introduction to Classical Feng Shui. The free 90-minute talk by feng shui consultant Susanne Schutz will start at 11 a.m. and cover the basics of the ancient Chinese science that studies how Qi (cosmic energies) can be harnessed to reach our full potential. For more details, click here.
March 17 to 24: Support the Arts
Art Week returns for its seventh edition, featuring over 500 different activities at 140+ spaces including galleries, hotels, and universities. Highlights include Art Dubai (a world-renowned fair exhibiting the best of the best), Art Week at Alserkal Avenue (new exhibitions and artist commissions), SIKKA Art Fair (a showcase of emerging artists), and more. Find a total guide here.
March 19 to 24: Dine Differently
INKED joins the festivities of Art Week 2018 with La Casa Azul to celebrate one of the most significant artists of the 20th century: Frida Kahlo. The pop-up dinner will combine an immersive five-course dinner with a 360-degree multimedia art installation entitled “INSIDEOUT” by flora&faunavisions, both of which will inhibit Kahlo’s indomitable spirit. To book your spot, click here.
March 19 to 24: Get Social
Leaving culinary theatrics and overpriced menus aside in favor of authentic food and fabulous company is The Italian Way, which has partnered with Ma’ Hidden Kitchen to host a supper club at The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill. The six-day dinner pop-up will be arranged as an intimate 30-person table, thus pairing guests with fellow foodies who have similar interests. Book your spot here.
March 22 to 24: Spoil Yourself
Get a head start on updating your summer wardrobe by making a pit stop at The Amanqi Edit Pop Up II, which will be hosted by Society Café & Lounge. Here, you can shop the likes of NYC-based brand Here/Now, jewelry by Hiba Jaber, and designs by local talents like Lanéj and Chosen by Fluke. The pop-up will also feature limited-edition tees illustrated by graphic designer Marwa Hashim.
March 29 to April 1: Switch Off
Make the most of the remaining good weather by escaping to RAK-based Alma Retreat for its ‘Family Retreat’. The all-inclusive program is designed to help you spend quality time with your family members while connecting with nature and participating in activities such as yoga, sunrise meditation, and stargazing around a bonfire. Find more details on upcoming retreats here.