Our picks of Dubai’s best cultural offerings this month.
1 March: Immerse in Art
Art Dubai returns to Madinat Jumeirah, bringing with it the event’s largest edition to date. Taking place from 1 to 5 March, the 16th instalment will feature more than presentations from over 40 countries across four sections – Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba, and Digital – as well as performances, commissions, talks and educational programmes. Learn more here.
3 March: Head to Hai
With Ramadan expected to begin on 22 March, Hai Ramadan at Expo City Dubai is kickstarting the festivities. Guests can expect over 50 days of regional cuisine, children’s activities, a communal iftar table, a charity activation and more. Don’t miss the engaging performance featuring Rashid and Latifa on a quest to find the moon while you’re there. Learn more here.
4 March: Journey Back
Our collective longing for the 90s may still be going strong, but the music of the 80s was a lot more influential on the industry today. Feeling nostalgic? Head to REWIND FEST DXB at Bla Bla for a day packed with entertainment straight from that decade – Tony Hadley, Heather Small, Heaven 17, Go West, Marc Almond and more are confirmed as headliners. Learn more here.
5 March: Trust Yourself
If art with a side of emotional expression – and without any self-judgement – is in order, book in for the Blindfolded Painting Workshop led by ceramic and glass designer Ankisha Jhawar. Conducted in English, the 90-minute session will be held at art and events space The Workshop in Jumeirah. Learn more here.
12 March: Capture Nature
Start your day deep in the dunes with the Al Qudra Desert photo walk led by Gulf Photo Plus. With the assistance of a professional photographer, participants will be challenged to capture the essence of the Al Qudra desert and Al Qudra lakes, gaining exposure to the colours, textures, flora, fauna, and atmosphere of the desert. Learn more here.
18 March: Listen Up
It’s been a minute since Demi Lovato performed in Dubai – they took the stage at RedFestDxb back in 2017 – and her fame has only escalated since. Luckily for Lovatics, the award-winning popstar is set to return, performing what will certainly be a sold-out show featuring chart-topping hits like “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry” at Coca-Cola Arena. Learn more here.
19 March: Discover Uzbekistan
As a cultural landmark in a truly diverse city, Dubai Opera boasts an always-diverse programme, one that journeys audiences to exciting destinations. Now, you can journey to Central Asia from its rows of red seats as Bahor – the legendary State Dance Ensemble of Uzbekistan – performs hypnotic folk dances, complete with traditional instruments and colourful national costumes. Learn more here.
24 March: Explore Power
Culture junkies are in for a treat as the National Theatre screening of The Crucible arrives at Courtyard Playhouse for one night only. This unmissable production of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece stars Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma), and follows a group of young women who find that their words have a terrible power as a witch hunt begins in Salem. Learn more here.
31 March: Embrace the Greats
Located at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the Theatre of Digital Art is an immersive art space that continues to diversify, hosting everything from VR experiences and jazz performances to breathwork meditation sessions. We’re marking our calendars for RUMInation, which will highlight the wisdom of poets Rumi, Hafiz, and Omar Khayyam through a 75-minute sound journey rooted in inner peace. Learn more here.