What to do in Dubai this month

Updated: Mar 10

Your guide to this month's must-see, must-do experiences in Dubai


Clorox Holi Beach Party

Festival

Transform yourself into a human art canvas by dressing in white and getting splashed with paint in all the colours of the rainbow to celebrate the Indian festival of colour at the CLOROX HOLI BEACH PARTY. The vibrant event, taking place on Friday 13 March on the beach at JA The Resort, will get you moving with Bollywood music and tasty bites from food stalls from sunrise to sunset (10am-10pm). Single tickets are priced at Dhs120, while groups of four can enter for Dhs200. meraticket.com


Racing

Offering equal amounts adrenaline pumping action and quintessential Dubai glamour, the DUBAI WORLD CUP on 28 March at Meydan Racecourse promises a memorable day out. World-class jockeys will take to their horses in a bid to gallop away with the prize purse of US$35 million. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the race (famously the world’s richest) is a staple in Dubai’s sporting and social calendar, attracting a high-brow crowd who come to see and be seen. Tickets cost from Dhs20 for general admission. dubairacingclub.com


Band

If you're a fan of tunes from the ‘80s, you won’t want to miss British Ska band MADNESS LIVE at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on 5 March. The lively group will perform their feel-good classics, such as It Must Be Love, Our House and Baggy Trousers, with enigmatic lead singer Suggs jumping around the stage along with the seven-member brass brand line-up. Taking place at popular expat haunt, The Irish Village, it’s sure to be a veritable House of Fun. Tickets start from Dhs275 for a seat and Dhs315 for standing. theirishvillage.com/madnesslive


Comedy

Prepare for a barrage of belly laughs as ROMESH RANGANATHAN takes to the stage for DXBLaughs at Dubai World Trade Centre. The British comedian shot to fame after being voted Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Today, he's a household name, with his own TV shows, including The Ranganation, and popular podcast Hip Hop Saved My Life. It's a no-brainer if you're in need of an evening of light relief. Tickets from Dhs295. dxblaughs.ae


Ballet

Pirouetting their way through famous excerpts of classical ballet masterpieces including Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker and more, the STARS OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET bring the magic of dance to Dubai Opera. On 27-28 March, prestigious dancers including Maria Alexandrova and Vldislav Lantratov (Bolshoi) will perform alongside a top company that has graced seven of the world's most iconic stages. They will be executing grand jeté’s from both the classical and contemporary repertoire to captivating precision. Tickets start from Dhs175. dubaiopera.com


Music

If hip-hop is your jam, you’ll be pleased to hear that American singer, rapper and songwriter RUSS is putting on a show at the Coca-Cola Arena on Friday 27 March. Returning to Dubai for his first headline show, the musician, who's famous for singles such as What They Want and Best On Earth is sure to raise the roof of the City Walk arena. Tickets range from Dhs250 to Dhs450. coca-cola-arena.com


Mother's day dining

Holidaying with mum in tow? Celebrate Mother's Day on 21 March by taking her for a memorable meal at Marea Dubai, which is rolling out a special MOTHER’S DAY MENU that's sure to impress. The three-course affair, dreamed up by Chef Michael White, includes grilled octopus, lobster burrata and seared scallops among other indulgent dishes. Located in Dubai International Financial Centre, the Italian restaurant, which was born in New York, is renowned for its quality food and elegant atmosphere. Available for lunch or dinner, the set menu costs Dhs250 per person (mothers dine for free when accompanied by their family). marearestaurant.com


Mena Massoud in Aladdin

Pop culture

Get your geek on as MIDDLE EAST FILM & COMIC CON takes over Dubai World Trade Centre on 5-7 March. Attracting fans of gaming, pop-culture and film, the event promises exclusive screenings, limited edition merchandise and live performances. Fans will also have a chance to meet Mena Massoud, star of Disney’s Aladdin (pictured right), as well as Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh and Elodie Yung from the Netflix series Daredevil. Pay homage to your favourite character by donning your best cosplay outfit and you’ll be in with the chance of winning Dhs2,500. mefcc.com


Food

Calling all gourmands. The TASTE OF DUBAI food festival is back on 12-14 March, bringing with it a delicious line-up of top chefs, live cooking tutorials and food trucks. It's the perfect excuse to delve into Dubai’s diverse culinary scene, with celebrity chefs such as the Michelin starred Vineet Bhatia, 'Giggling Gourmet' cook Jenny Morris, and grilling expert Tarek Ibrahim, taking to the stage to reveal their hottest kitchen secrets. Make sure you arrive hungry, as food stalls from a selection of Dubai’s most popular restaurants will be serving dishes from as little as Dhs15 a pop. Keeping you entertained in between mouthfuls is live music and kids’ activities aplenty. Tickets cost from Dhs55 tasteofdubaifestival.com

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