Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from a Ramadan showcase and women-only obstacle race to a beauty extravaganza, a circus-themed brunch, and more.
April 1 to 7: Tour the World
Impulse purchases, street food, cultural performances, and extreme rides – if you want to pair the last of the decent 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.
April 1 to 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.
April 1 to 23: Immerse in Art
Another must for art buffs comes in the form of the Van Gogh Alive exhibition, which projects 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 runs daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at d3. Buy your tickets here.
April 4 to 7: Fall in Love
“Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded.” To the delight of theatergoers, Almost, Maine – a collective nine short plays that explore love and loss in a mythical almost-town – will show at The Junction. The tragicomedy is considered one of the biggest hits in modern theater worldwide, so this one’s not to be missed. Buy your tickets here.
April 5: Party Hard
If you’re looking to kickstart the weekend by blowing off some steam, Zero Gravity is where it’s at – Grammy-nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ Paul van Dyk will return to the beach club for one night only. Tickets are expected to sell out fast for this one. Find more details and buy your tickets here.
April 6 to 27: Return to Ripe
With the scorching summer drawing closer, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite al fresco market – will take up residence amongst the lush greenery of Zabeel Park for one last month before moving indoors. 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.
April 7: Test Your Inner Warrior
Celebrating female empowerment is the inaugural Women’s Warrior Challenge, which will push you to your limits by testing your mental and physical aptitude through a series of fun obstacle challenges. The race is open to women aged 16 upwards, and participants can register as either individuals or in teams of four. Find more details here.
April 7: Spice It Up
Mix things up with one of the most unique fitness concepts around: pole dancing. Equal parts effective and enjoyable, it guarantees a stronger, more toned body – and PoleHouse is here to prove it. Setting up shop at The Warehouse Gym, it’s offering free one-hour classes from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And with names like “Pole Twerk” and “Booty Bar”, why not give it a try? For more details, call (+971) 4 323 2323.
April 8 to 21: Be Well
Harvey Nichols – Dubai is taking holistic wellness up a notch (or 14) with two weeks’ worth of talks with fitness experts, advice by life coaches, mindfulness meditation sessions, yoga classes, workshops on wholesome vegan treats, and more. To stay updated on daily schedules, follow the Harvey Nichols – Dubai Instagram account here.
April 9 to 10: Usher in Ramadan
The holy month is about restraint and self-reflection, but that doesn’t mean your style has to take a backseat – that’s where the Ounass ‘VIP Style Suite’ pop-up comes in. Featuring the latest collections and Ramadan exclusives, it will take place at Zabeel Ladies Club from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also on hand will be personal shoppers from the luxury e-tailer to assist with curating your wardrobe.
April 11 to 13: Get Creative
Animators from Disney, photographers from National Geographic, and product designers from Facebook and Instagram are just some of the talents who will be present at the –ING Creative Festival. Taking place at d3, the festival promises to be a veritable feast of creativity thanks to a program brimming with talks, workshops, a market, and more. Find the visitor guide here.
April 12: Take the Challenge
Sports icon Nicholas Anelka has become a huge fan of the “fast feet” setting at the interactive Prama by Pavigym circuit sessions at Fairmont The Palm, and can hit over 350 steps in 30 seconds. Now, the resort is inviting you to beat his record. The top three scorers of the #AnelkaChallenge will be in the running to win prizes such as a two-night stay at the hotel’s presidential suite, spa treatments, and more. Secure your spot here.
April 14: Defy the Desert
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 15 to 18: Spoil Yourself
LuxCartel, an incubator for emerging luxury brands, will partner up with Dubai-based Pop-Up Shop Factory for a trunk show, hosting a carefully selected roster of the most exciting designers from the fashion industry’s rising creative class – think: Anais, Bakari, Marlo Laz, and more. The pop-up will take place at La Ville Hotel & Suites in City Walk.
April 17 to 20: Get the Girls Together
Escape to RAK-based Alma Retreat for its ‘Ladies Only Bootcamp’ if you’re looking to get fitter with your friends in tow. The all-inclusive program is designed to help establish your personal goals, learn more about nutrition, and determine which exercise is best for you – all complemented by team games, food workshops, and meditation sessions. Find more details here.
April 18 to 21: Invest in Art
Buying art no longer feels like an inaccessible luxury, courtesy of World Art Dubai. The fair returns to Dubai World Trade Centre for its fourth installment, bringing with it affordable art by artists from across the globe. This edition will expand its offering to feature the likes of origami and photography. Find more details here.
April 19: 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 p.m. onwards at Atlantis, The Palm. The culinary extravaganza will feature signature creations from Nobu, Ossiano, Bread Street Kitchen, Ronda Locatelli, and more alongside street performers, jugglers, and acrobats. Dinner will be followed by an electric after-party at YUAN. Tickets can be bought here.
April 19 to 21: Feel Beautiful
Beauty Pop will take over d3 to bring you the ultimate experience of all things beauty. Expect to see celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin and beauty entrepreneur Huda Kattan in panel discussions, masterclasses taught by celebrity makeup artists Mary Phillips and Bassam Fattouh, brand launches and activations, and plenty more. Buy your tickets here.
April 19 to 21: Support the Arts
The story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet needs no introduction, which is why ballet lovers are guaranteed to be enthralled by Moscow City Ballet’s performance about the star-crossed lovers at Dubai Opera. Pairing a dramatic musical score with an epic love story, this powerful production will be further enhanced by a live orchestra. Find more details and buy your tickets here.
April 28: Learn Something New
Spend your Saturday acquiring a new skill – one taught by globally renowned artist El Seed, at that – at Tashkeel. The contemporary art organization is currently celebrating a decade of art and design with a series of exhibitions, talks, and workshops. It will host a six-hour workshop delving into the possibilities of graffiti and street art in an intimate setting. To register, click here.
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