Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from photo walks and indie film screenings to retail pop-ups, wellness workshops, and more.
May 1 to 3: Be Rebellious
#DXBExperiments is returning for its fifth interactive experience, this time titled WTF Music Rebels. Expect to journey through music’s greatest decades – starting with the 60s and Aretha Franklin and ending with the 90s and Nirvana – as you dine on a menu of themed dishes and creative beverages. It will run on May 1 and 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on May 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Weslodge in JW Marriott Marquis. Book here.
May 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.
May 2 to 4: Ready, Set, Shop
Rising temperatures in Dubai translate to one thing: moving indoors and indulging in retail therapy. Enter: the 3 Day Super Sale, which returns for its sixth edition. This time around, a whopping 400 brands (high-street favorites like Zara and Mango included) and 1,500 outlets are participating, which means you could end up at any of the major malls like Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif, and practically be guaranteed some killer discounts – up to 90 percent, in fact. Find more details and a full list of participating brands here.
May 2 to 4: Support the Arts
What happens when an Arab architect and an American farmer are stuck in the lift of a high-rise in Dubai? And when a PhD student ends up sharing a train cabin with a distinguished professor? That is the premise of Suspended in Motion, two one-act plays that will be performed by Dubai Drama Group at Courtyard Playhouse, examining what happens when people from different walks of life are thrown together in odd circumstances. RSVP here.
May 2 to 31: Watch This Space
Movie screenings continue (almost) daily at Cinema Akil throughout May, with the independent cinema platform hosting a flawlessly curated selection of documentaries, foreign flicks, and animated films to reflect the holy month. On the roster? The Poetess (the story of a Saudi woman who became the first female finalist on TV talent show Million’s Poet), The Journey (Iraq’s official contender for the Oscars), and more. See the complete schedule here.
May 4: Embrace Imperfection
Think about your jewelry box – rather, the sheer amount of pieces you no longer wear and how you could give some of them a new lease of life. With this mindset, The Workshop is hosting a two-hour Reinvent Your Jewelry Box Content workshop, teaching participants how to find more creative ways to use their accessories, express their visual identity with jewelry in a unique way, adapt their existing pieces to new preferences, upcycle old jewelry, and more. Book here.
May 7: Listen Up
If you take coffee seriously, this one’s for you. Jameel Arts Centre will be hosting a Podcast Listening Party as part of its Ramadan Nights series to spark a conversation around Kerning Cultures’ ‘Serious Jolt’ episode about Port of Mokha coffee from Yemen and its journey to a hipster coffee shop in the US. While you’re there, be sure to take in the Jameel Prize 5 exhibition. Find more details here.
May 7 to 8: Enhance Your Home
Home and Soul, a concept store on Al Wasl Road that stocks gorgeous furniture and home accessories, will host a Ramadan Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. across two days. Expect to shop décor items such as bamboo table lamps, marble coffee tables, rattan stools, and more – all while enjoying 20 to 50 percent off on select items. You can browse and shop online here.
May 8: Set Your Intentions
Ramadan is a great time to explore spiritual practices – whether you’re fasting or not. So where to start? The Set Your Spiritual Intention for Ramadan talk at wellness center Life’n One is one option. Taking place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., this free event will introduce participants to a few tools to help identify their key intentions – be they of a personal, professional, spiritual, or social nature – in order to plant the seeds of what you’re hoping to achieve. Book here.
May 8 to 29: Take a Pause
In keeping with Ramadan, Ferina Natasya from House of Pause has curated a three-part meditation series entitled Root, Release, and Rise. Taking place on May 8, 22, and 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the free sessions will guide participants through breathwork, visualization, and slowing down in order to achieve mental wellness. To register, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19: Bend, Stretch, Twist
Nothing can match the level of peace induced by a full moon, so take it one step further with the beachside Full Moon Yoga session at Talise Spa in Madinat Jumeirah. It promises to unite your body, mind, and spirit as the sound of waves is complemented by soothing music during this journey of self-discovery. To book, call (+971) 4 366 6818 or click here.
May 20: Take Care
If you’re feeling introspective, we recommend the Art Therapy: Creating Self-Care Spaces workshop at thejamjar in Alserkal Avenue. Taking place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and combining an art-therapy talk and practice session with iftar, it will teach participants how to put the spotlight on their needs and express themselves on a canvas. Learn more here.
If you have yet to take in the exhibits at Jameel Arts Centre, do it on a special curator-led tour led by Art Jameel Collections Manager, Dawn Ross. Alongside the tour – a part of the Ramadan Nights series – visitors can enjoy henna art by Dr. Azra Khamissa, who is bringing new life to the long-standing tradition of henna with her minimalist, uber-cool designs. The event is free and open to all, but spaces are limited, so register here.
May 22: Join the Story
Majlis Storytelling, an evening of imaginative narration performed by The Storytelling Company, awaits at The Yard in Alserkal Avenue from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Settle in as the age-old tradition of oration transports you to another time and place, and even become a part of the story as the event promises to take an interactive approach. The evening will also host a special edition of Alserkal Lates, during which galleries will host exhibition openings. Learn more here.
May 24: Get Well
Taking a wholesome approach to the issues that women frequently face is the Women’s Health Workshop hosted by JLT-based yoga studio Yoga Ashram. Led by Amarjeet Sodhi, it will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., covering yoga practices to help maintain good menstrual health, yoga poses that help menstrual discomfort, how to practice yoga in the four stages of life, the emotional and psychological impact of yoga poses, and more. Book here.
May 25: Chew on This
For the Food for Thought edition of PechaKucha, Alserkal Avenue has partnered up with INKED, playing host to speakers who will start a conversation on everything from sustainability in farming to the health benefits of fasting, thereby investigating practices that shape our experience of food in the UAE and beyond. The event is free and will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Register by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
May 29: Support a Cause
Established with the aim of raising awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis is clothing line SOUND.ON Streetwear, which will host a pop-up at A4 Space from 8 to 11 p.m. You can bring clothing from home or purchase something new and engage with artists providing live customization onsite to support the cause – for every garment sold, a share will be donated to support a child in need through UAE-based charity The Big Heart Foundation.