Dubai is like Disneyland for adults (and kids too), but it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to filter through everything our gorgeous city has to offer on the weekends. Let’s be honest, after you’ve worked all week long, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious R&R time sifting through offers and websites. Sometimes, you miss the best events because it takes too long to find them.
Savoir Flair is here to help start your weekend off on the right note, by giving you our favorite picks for what you should be doing this weekend in Dubai. So whether it’s a much-needed day at the beach, a well-deserved spa treatment, or a day of adventure, you have never felt more on holiday than you will in Dubai this weekend.
Visit Shepard Fairey's Exhibit at Opera Gallery
Shepard Fairey has come to Dubai and brought with him his first solo show, not just of 2021, but in the Middle East. His latest show – entitled Future Mosaic – is housed at Opera Gallery in DIFC and has seen unprecedented demand with lines out the door, even ahead of the opening. Fairey’s work is edgy, complex, layered, and fun to explore. He leaves little Easter eggs throughout his work for the discerning person to find – like recognizing which of his works features his wife or tongue-in-cheek newspaper clippings layered under iconic images – as his messages of equality and justice are very much present in his art.
Sylvain Gaillard of Opera Gallery has curated a remarkable show that we have now gone to see three times since its opening this week. Future Mosaic is only open until April 15th, so this is the perfect weekend to catch the full exhibit, however, Fairey also painted two murals in D3 that we also recommend checking out.
Watch Local Dance Performance at Sima Performing Arts
Sima Performing Arts is finally opening its doors again to bring three new dance pieces choreographed and performed by local dancers. On March 19th and 26th, and on April 2nd and 9th, watch Sima’s lead dancers take on mesmerizing choreography by three female choreographers from different corners of the world who have found themselves for one reason or another here in Dubai. Featuring choreography by Elizabeth Stott in Sentience, Tomomi Aramaki in 1000 Feet, and Lahna Fahmi in The Fall at Sima’s performance space in Alserkal Avenue. Tickets are available on Platimumlist.
Catch the Final of the Short+Sweet Festival
Theater’s biggest little festival is coming to an end this weekend at The Junction as 12 remaining plays battle it out for the top awards like Best Play, Audience Choice, Best Script, and more. Each play is no more than 10 minutes long, and is performed by local theater artists ranging from the professionals to the amateur. Every audience member is given a chance to vote for their favorite play and judges will be in attendance as well to award one play the coveted Best Play award. Performances will also be awarded at the Gala Finals this Saturday with Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Newcomer, as well as several other acting awards. It’s the best of the best from the entire festival that kicked off in January, and a finale you don’t want to miss.
Cartier Is Exhibiting 30 Heritage Pieces For the First Time in the Middle East
Cartier has finally finished their two-year renovation for their new flagship boutique in the Dubai Mall and in honor of the opening, they are exhibiting 30 iconic heritage pieces from the Cartier Collection for the first time in the Middle East. The collection features jewelry worn by celebrities and royals alike like the famed ‘Scroll Tiara’, which was created in 1910 and worn by Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians and the ‘Panthère’ brooch sold to the Duke of Windsor after it was created in 1949.
Harif Guzman at The Foundry
New York-based artist, photographer, and filmmaker, Harif Guzman, has collaborated with The Foundry in Downtown Dubai for his latest show: Three Wishes. His works are born from the current climate and global experience we are living as a human race and center on three questions: “How do we adapt creativity during this foreign lifestyle that has shifted the parameters of normaIcy?”, “What are the Three Wishes we all wish we had at this moment in time?”, and “Where is our genie?”
Guzman’s show opens this weekend and will run until May 17th 2021.