Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from a literature festival and indie film screenings to art-centric events, a culinary extravaganza, and more.
March 1 to 2: Meet Rachel Corrie
If the name Rachel Corrie doesn’t ring a bell, it should. The late real-life heroin stood between a Palestinian house and an armored bulldozer on what would be the the last day of her young life – she was only 23. Honoring her memory, Courtyard Playhouse will present My Name Is Rachel Corrie, a moving play based on Corrie’s actual writings and diaries. Register here.
March 1 to 9: 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), Swyp Beach Canteen (dining and entertainment at Jumeirah Beach), Hidden Gems (little-known foodie haunts), and Foodie Experiences (workshops, tasting menus, and more). Learn more here.
March 1 to 9: Celebrate Literature
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature returns to Dubai Festival City with over 185 writers from 37 countries in attendance. On the roster are Jane Hawking (writer and wife of the late Stephen Hawking), cookbook author Mira Manek, avant-garde British artist Patricia Millns, and Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame. To browse the program and buy tickets, click here.
March 1 to 25: Be Wowed
Las Vegas is synonymous with grander-than-grand performances and, luckily for us, a sliver of it has arrived in Dubai as WOW takes residence at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. This award-winning variety show stars over 30 acrobats, dancers, aerialists, and contortionists performing mind-blowing choreography on a stage lit by everything from 3D projections to holograms. Buy your tickets here.
March 1 to 31: Watch This Space
Movie screenings continue daily at Cinema Akil in Alserkal Avenue during the month of March, with the independent cinema platform hosting a flawlessly curated selection of documentaries, foreign flicks, and animated films. On the roster? French drama film Hannah, animated movie Dilili in Paris, jukebox musical Moulin Rouge, and more. We’re most excited about the screening of Oscar-nominated Capernaum by Nadine Labaki. See the complete schedule here.
March 1 to April 6: Think Global
Impulse purchases, cultural performances, street food, extreme rides, and family-friendly attractions – if you want to pair the return of cooler weather with a little old-fashioned fun, Global Village is where it’s at. New attractions here include a multi-cultural floating market serving Southeast Asian food, a circus featuring performers from across the globe, and more. Details on the ongoing 23rd edition can be found here.
March 2: Eat Clean
All-vegan feasts continue on the first Saturday of each month at Rove Healthcare City. This time, Zendy Marsam of @flavorsbyzendy fame will take over as host, serving a specially created menu of Italian vegan dishes such as plant-based lasagne, gnocchi with pesto sauce, coffee tiramisu, and more. Learn more here.
March 6 to 27: Train Your Palate
A series of hour-long sessions entitled Chocolate Tasting Workshop will be hosted by artisanal chocolate factory Mirzam every Wednesday, providing participants with the opportunity to learn about the different flavor notes of single-origin chocolate and the production process from bean to bar. These one-of-a-kind experiences will take place in Warehouse 70 at Alserkal Avenue. Register here.
March 7 to 9: Sample Something
Taste of Dubai returns for its 12th anniversary, featuring three days of immersive food experiences by fine-dining restaurants complemented by live music, world-class celebrity chefs such as Matt Preston and Masaharu Morimoto, cooking demonstrations, and lots more. Oh, and if prefer a more hands-on approach, both a cooking challenge and a bake-off await. Learn more about the entire line-up of festivities here.
March 8 to 9: Celebrate Women
Celebrate International Women’s Day with SUPERCULTURE at Building 5 in d3. Jointly hosted by art gallery The Cave DXB and feminist platform Female First Sessions, the two-day event will feature interactive panel discussions featuring women breaking barriers across various industries and an all-female line-up of Dubai’s most celebrated DJs and live performers. Find more details here.
March 9: Take a Walk
Explore a side of Dubai you may not have seen with an Unseen Trail by the name of Naif by Night. Jointly hosted by Gulf Photo Plus and Frying Pan Adventures, this five-hour trek is ideal for food and photography enthusiasts alike as it comes rife with photography tips and the finest food that Old Dubai has to offer. To book a spot, click here.
March 10 to 11: See the Stars
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and Covent Garden Dance Company have joined forces to host Ballet Under the Stars, a dance extravaganza under the open sky. Kicking off at 7 p.m., the evening will consist of 12 short, dynamic works performed by a star-studded cast of dancers accompanied by a gourmet three-course meal in a beachside theater within the grounds of the resort. Buy your tickets here.
March 16: Prioritize Yourself
Stress, anxiety, depression – it’s alarming how many amidst us are plagued by such issues. But what are we doing about it? Enter: the How to Conquer Anxiety & Stress retreat hosted by H Retreats. This day-long event will teach participants how to create a mindful relationship with sadness and release negative thoughts with the help of wellness experts. Find more details here.
March 16 to 23: Support the Arts
Art Week returns for its eighth 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 our details preview here.
March 17 to 22: Be a Superstar
Conceptual dining space INKED returns, this time inviting guests to immerse themselves into the world of pop art. Entitled Warhol’s Superstars, the new dinner series is inspired by all things Andy Warhol – his Silver Factory, his fascination for food, and his many muses – and will imagine a five-course menu curated by the legend himself. For bookings and more information, click here.
March 18 to 23: Think 39
Leaving culinary theatrics and overpriced menus in favor of authentic food is The Italian Way, which has partnered with Milanese supper club Ma’ Hidden Kitchen to host a communal dining experience in a never-before-seen venue on the 39th floor of a secret location. And in keeping with the Menu 39 theme, the menu is centered around 39 carefully selected ingredients. Book here.
March 20 to 22: Take a Photo
You constantly take photos with your smartphone – now do it right by attending one of the two Introduction to Mobile Photography workshops at Gulf Photo Plus. These three-hour sessions (March 20 and 22) will delve into essential camera controls, focus, and exposure lock in addition to teaching you the fundamentals of using light and shadow. Also included? How to develop a personal style, apps to conduct in-camera editing, accessories to enhance your phone’s capabilities, and more. Register here.
March 21: Embrace Imperfections
Take a cue from the Japanese and give a new lease of life to something broken at the Kintsugi workshop hosted by Tashkeel art organization. Taking place at House 10 in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, it will guide participants through the age-old art form of repairing broken ceramics using lacquer dusted with powdered gold in order to embrace the damage, thereby making it a symbol of strength, beauty, and fragility. Bonus: the workshop is free of cost. Find more details and register here.
March 23: Thank a Teacher
Teachers never get the level of recognition they deserve, which is why we’re advocating this gig – and the big names behind it. Brought together by education-centric charity Varkey Foundation, Little Mix, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora will perform at the inaugural Global Teacher Prize Concert at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in gratitude of teachers worldwide. Buy your tickets here.
March 26 to 30: Honor a Legend
Michael Jackson’s talent lives on as Thriller Live – direct from London’s West End, where it is now in its record-breaking tenth year – arrives at Dubai Opera for a five-day run. Designed to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer, this electrifying journey of song and dance entails over two hours of Jackson’s biggest hits – pop, rock, soul, and disco included. Buy your tickets here.
March 28 to 30: Get Ramadan Ready
Get a head start on your festive wardrobe by making a pit stop at The Ramadan Pop-Up by The Amanqi Edit at Culinary Boutique. Here, you can shop emerging labels such as Indira Jewelry alongside local talents such as By Sara and La Bulle. Adding to the experiential environment will be a collaboration with prominent illustrator, Marwa Hashim. The pop-up will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 28, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the following two days.
March 28 to April 13: Take a Class
Learning the art of jewelry design is no longer an impossible ambition thanks to L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, a pop-up design school coming to Hai d3 in Dubai Design District. The three-week program will feature workshops, evening lectures, cinema experiences, and exhibitions. No prior experience is required. However, spots are limited, so learn more and register here.
March 29: Dine in the Dunes
You’ve enjoyed being outdoors in venues around the city, but are ready to take it further afield. Enter: Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa. The resort has relaunched its monthly ‘Desert Moon Dinner’ series, during which guests can savor the ultimate dining experience. You’ll arrive in a limo and take in a majestic sunset alongside freely roaming gazelles and Arabian oryx as well as the soothing acoustics of a live band – all accented with an extravagant buffet, of course. Call (+971) 4 832 9900 to book.
March 30: Holler Back
While the Dubai World Cup is renowned for being the world’s richest horse race, it’s the entertainment that gets spectators most excited. Following in the footsteps of Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani will be closing the 24th edition of the iconic race at Meydan Racecourse with an unmissable performance. This will be her second performance in Dubai. Buy your tickets here.