Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from a creativity festival and indie film screenings to art-centric events, wellness workshops, and more.
April 1 to 6: Think Global
Impulse purchases, cultural performances, street food, extreme rides, and family-friendly attractions – enjoy the old-fashioned fun at Global Village while you can as the beloved attraction will wrap up soon. 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.
April 1 to 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 has come to Hai d3 in Dubai Design District. The three-week program features workshops, evening lectures, cinema experiences, and exhibitions. No prior experience is required. However, spots are limited, so learn more and register here.
April 1 to 30: Go Wild
The ‘Banana Pudding’ at Magnolia Bakery needs no introduction. And now, it’s even better, courtesy of the world’s greatest spread: Nutella. Not only has the famed bakery launched a limited-edition ‘Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Pudding’, but there’s also a ‘Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcake’ on the menu. Both new offerings are available in-store at Magnolia Bakery Cafe and in Bloomingdale’s Home as well as through Deliveroo and Uber Eats, but only the until the end of April, so act fast.
April 1 to 30: Watch This Space
Movie screenings continue daily at Cinema Akil in Alserkal Avenue during the month of April, with the independent cinema platform hosting a flawlessly curated selection of documentaries, foreign flicks, and animated films. On the roster? Additional screenings of Oscar-nominted drama Capernaum, controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, Italian comedy-drama Reality, and more. See the complete schedule here.
April 1 to May 4: Be Wowed
Las Vegas is synonymous with grander-than-grand performances and, luckily for us, a sliver of it is currently 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.
April 1 to June 30: Please Your Palate
Bringing a unique and insanely delicious fusion of Japanese and Argentinian cuisine to beachside diners at Jumeirah Al Naseem is the Umi Shio pop-up at Summersalt. Here, Latin flavors bring out the best in delicate Japanese-style fare, ranging from refreshing appetizers like yellowtail sashimi and roasted langoustine to more complex dishes such as Wagyu beef tataki and saikyo miso cod. Book your table here.
April 4: Be Positive
Quiet your mind and reconnect with yourself at the Intuitive Creativity workshop at thejamjar. This two-hour session will highlight the Law of Attraction and, through blackout poetry, teach participants how to tackle negative thoughts. Meanwhile, ThetaHealing road map meditation will be utilized to release the blocks that prevent one from being as creative as they’d like. Book here.
April 4 to 5: Question Your Mindset
Shining a spotlight on the subject of body shaming through Default Mind is NYC-based dance-theater troupe Loom Ensemble. This powerful 75-minute performance will follow characters Ted and Melaina as they struggle for their own well-being in a culture of self-hate. Taking place at Sima Performing Arts in Alserkal Avenue, both shows will kick off at 8 p.m. Even better? Entry is free. Find more details here.
April 4 to 5: Feast Happy
LIMA Dubai is celebrating its second anniversary with a feast fit for a (Peruvian) king. For two nights in a row, the award-winning restaurant will host a nine-course menu whipped up by LIMA co-creator Virgilio Martinez, with guests dining in the company of the famed chef himself. Menu highlights include ‘The Diversity of Corn’ (an intricate dish showcasing the variety and versatility of this Peruvian staple ingredient), ‘Raiz Purpura’ (a signature dish from Martinez’s Central restaurant) and ‘Selva” (which features lucuma, a fruit native to Peru). Find more details here.
April 5: Now Hear This
Bringing together a legendary musical line-up from across the region – think: 47 Soul, Cairokee, Mashrou’ Leila, Massar Egbari, El Morabba3, and more – alongside art and technology installations, drum circles, Arabic street food, workshops, and retail pop-ups is Wasla. The third edition of this alternative Arabic music festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Burj Park. This one’s not to be missed. Buy your tickets here.
April 8 to 29: Listen Up
Season 29 of Concert Series at The Fridge kicks off with Dubai-based soul band Zero Funks taking the stage on April 8, followed by Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Chinua Hawk performing on April 15 and Jordanian percussionist Kdun Albaz performing on April 22. The season will close with an album launch by local favorites Monteath on April 29. Tickets aren’t available just yet, but you can find more details here.
April 11 to 13: Get Creative
A curator from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a concept designer at Adidas, and a product designer from Lego alongside photographers, advertising experts, type designers, and musicians 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 more information here.
April 11 to 14: Work Hard, Play Hard
The first ever Fuel Weekend arrives in the region this month, combining celebrity workouts, killer parties, and plenty of food at W Hotel – The Palm. Powered by the brand’s Detox. Retox. Repeat. philosophy, it will feature Barry’s Bootcamp on the beach, functional movement training with KO8 Fitness, SUP yoga, and more followed by brunch at Akira Back, a poolside party at WET Deck, and dinner at Torno Subito. Book here.
April 12: 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 three distances (3km, 5km, or 10km), all 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. This may just be your last shot at a decent run before summer kicks off. Find more details and register here.
April 12 to 20: Celebrate Spring
It’s only a matter of time before the scorching summer arrives, but before that, make your way to Spring Festival at Al Barari. The family-friendly affair will transform Al Barari’s vast private grounds into an enchanting wonderland featuring everything from a treasure hunt and petting zoo to live performances and the biggest Easter egg in town. Spring Festival will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book here.
April 13: 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.
April 14 to 18: Get Ramadan Ready
Get a head start on your festive wardrobe by making a pit stop at the Pre Ramadhan pop-up by Pop-up Shop Factory. Here, you can shop stylish kaftans designed specifically for the holy month alongside suhoor table treats, gift ideas for Eid, and architectural fine jewelry by New York-based label Marli. The pop-up will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Youth Hub in Emirates Towers Boulevard. Find more details here.
April 18 to 27: Journey Back
A little time travel is in order as the roaring 20s are headed to Dubai, courtesy of the QE2. Entitled Gatsby: The Immersive Experience, it will bring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel to life across three decks of the historic ship, with workshops on how to perfect 1920s style and dance the Charleston, add-ons such as flapper kits, and packages covering everything from dinner to an overnight stay in a luxurious QE2 cabin. Book here.
April 25 to 27: Support the Arts
Two men get talking on a bench at Central Park. One has a great job, a wife, two daughters, and a big house. The other is disheartened, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. That is the premise of The Zoo Story, a one-act play that explores themes of isolation, loneliness, and social disparity. Hosted by The Junction, the adaptation will take place in The Yard at Alserkal Avenue. Buy your tickets here.
April 26 to 27: Feel Like a Kid
You’re never too old for a stage adaptation of Sleeping Beauty at Dubai Opera, especially if it entails a full symphony orchestra, 18th century-style costumes, and 42 dancers. This story of a princess who falls into a deep sleep that can only be broken by a kiss from a prince will set the scene for a truly elaborate ballet – with a score by Tchaikovsky, no less. Buy your tickets here.
April 26 to 27: Get a Taste
Calling all foodies. And all photographers. Gulf Photo Plus is taking the weekend to delve into all things food photography, starting with Introduction to Food Photography – a workshop centered on how to shoot, style, and edit images of food – on April 26. The following day, Introduction to Food Styling for Photographers will introduce participants to the basics of food styling for photography, with tips and tricks on how to prop, prep, style, and conceptualize the visuals. Tempted to book into both? You can avail a special discount by booking here.