As the world comes to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, a number of events and experiences in the city have opened up to the online world. Here are some of the best you can experience from the comfort of your home.
Turn up the volume
You can always expect a captivating show at Dubai Opera. Moving its extravagant performances to virtual stages, the Downtown-based hub is hosting musical nights with stars to keep your eyes on. Stay tuned to one-off performances by acclaimed regional and international artists, while for jazz fans, The Green Room Jazz Club Series is an absolute must-attend. Tune in every Monday for weekly performances by local musicians streamed live from the venue's acoustically-flawless studio.
Date: Every Monday at 7pm
Cue the spotlight
Looking to be wowed? Here's your ticket. Enjoy all the glitz and glamour of live entertainment at home with the Rhythm Show. Captivating dance routines will rope you into the magic of this streamed performance, which takes place online every Friday evening. Shimmy to upbeat melodies while talented artists perform breathtaking choreography on screen, guaranteeing everyone a front-row seat. You can even vote to have your favourite dancer promoted to the next show.
Date: Every Friday
Attend a camp for the stars
Here's something for kids to try this summer. Sign children up for Dubomedy's online arts camp where they can hone their skills across a range of performance arts with artists and coaches from around the world. Whether it's theatre, juggling or comedy, your child can test out their talents while engaging with their peers in a safe and fun environment. The camp is suitable for children aged five to 14 years.
Date: 19-23 July; Week 2: 26-30 July
Let the little ones dance
Dubai Opera, in partnership with the Diverse Performing Arts School, is hosting free online singing and dancing sessions for young performers-in-training led by certified instructors. Visit Dubai Calendar for updates on upcoming classes across contemporary dance, vocal classes, tap dancing, musical theatre and more. Once your little star is ready to shine, upload their performance on social media with the hashtag #DiverseDubaiOpera and tag both Dubai Opera and Diverse Performing Arts School for a chance to win free classes with the studio.
Date: 14 July
Find your creative streak
There's no such things as too much art. Decorate your walls and fridges with homemade masterpieces at one of the many free art classes taking place online. For anyone who wants to go at their own pace, World Art Dubai, the city's largest affordable art retail fair, has posted a series of inventive tutorials on their website. Easter may have passed, but you can still doodle on a giant cut-out egg, or make matchbox greetings with children. With so much to choose from, you'll surely find something to keep you busy until the real World Art Dubai arrives in October.
Let's get loud
Jameel Arts Centre always has something creative up its sleeve, and this time around it's Jaddaf Aloud. Find a treasure trove of artistic fun and local talent online across live performances, art workshops and even a virtual grassroots marketplace. You can check out a programme of scheduled activities on the centre's website, or take advantage of a catalogue of DIY art tutorials – all led by UAE-based artists.
Learn easy recipes with a pro
Roberto Segura, a Dubai-based chef and the former head of popular Latin restaurant Waka, is inviting you into his kitchen via social media. The local gastronome is teaching food enthusiasts how to make easy, plant-based meals using accessible store-bought ingredients. Tune into his YouTube channel Cooking With Roberto and Instagram (@chef_robertosegura), where he shares easy recipes and step-by-step video instructions so you can practice gourmet clean eating from the comfort of your home.
Bookmark the online Lit Fest
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the region's largest (and most beloved) event for bookworms, goes digital with a limited series of panel discussions. Pulled from the 2020 edition's archives, which took place in February, you can see a new recording each week with renowned literary figures and thinkers from around the world. Stay up-to-date on new releases by following the Lit Fest on social media (@EmiratesLitFest), subscribing to their YouTube channel or logging on to the elfdubai.org website.
Admire art with Galleries Night
Dubai's creative district Alserkal Avenue is bringing its popular Galleries Night online as an exclusive virtual event. Wander through their warehouse galleries on a special 3D tour, where you can see the latest exhibitions up close. Featuring leading art hubs like 1x1 Gallery and Ayyam Gallery, you can explore diverse mediums on display, along with details about the artists and price. Click here to take the virtual tour.
Practise art at home
From families looking to stay busy to artists craving fun challenges, Dubai's thejamjar is hosting regular tutorials and prompts to get the city's creative juices flowing. Head over to their Instagram (@thejamjardubai), where the creative space is posting quirky art sessions like painting with coffee, illustrating popular idioms and more. Catch up on past activities or jump on new ones – it's an exciting way to get imaginative at home.
Get fit with Dubai
Fitness is key to Dubai – there's even an annual festival geared to daily physical activity. Dubai Sports Council recently launched the Be Fit, Be Safe initiative so people can keep their activity levels high, even at home. No matter where you are, join in this exciting initiative, whether by posting your home workouts online and tagging @DubaiSC, or following expert instructors through theirs. Many gyms in Dubai are contributing, with Alserkal Avenue's CRANK (@crank.dubai) and Dubai Marina's Barry's Bootcamp (@barrysuae) posting routines on their Instagram channels. You can also tune in to the Dubai Fitness Challenge's Instagram for a curated selection of home workouts.
Find your zen online
All you need to get your yoga fix is some space in your house and a mat. Many trained instructors and yoga studios in Dubai are hosting classes online, so you can keep meditation and wellbeing at the top of your to-do list. Dubai-based yogi Dina Ghandour is offering guided Jivamukti sessions through her Facebook page (jivamuktiwithdina) for paying participants of all levels, while popular studios such as Dryp (@dryp_ae) and Yoga La Vie (@yogalavie) are streaming yoga sessions on Instagram Live. Tune in and zen out.
Check out virtual live entertainment
Homegrown ticket vendor BookMyShow is bringing free live entertainment to your screens daily. From comedy shows to poetry readings, catch artists from around the world perform fun 30-minute shows on the website's new home feature, Live From HQ. Indian comedy superstar Vir Das and songbird Kamakshi Khanna have been featured in the past, so don't miss out.
Host a murder mystery dinner
Swap out your regular Zoom calls with friends for something a little more thrilling – host a whodunnit dinner experience for six to 16 people with the help of In The Details Events. Choose one of eight themed dinners for the evening, and you'll receive a full list of characters and contexts to get the show on the road. Two or more costumed actors will join in to guide you through the rules, clues and riddles, as you unravel the mysterious murder at the centre of your story. Call +971 50 382 7294 for details.