As the world comes to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, a number of events and experiences in Dubai have opened up to the online world. Here are some of the best you can experience from the comfort of your home.
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.
Horse racing action
Want to keep up with horse racing in Dubai? Jebel Ali Racecourse launched a thrilling online Pick Six competition for the season's remaining race meetings. Head to their website where you can live stream the sport's last remaining race on 3 April, and select your winners in real-time. It's an exciting online event that keeps Dubai's famous horse racing season trotting on and fans involved, wherever they are.
Date: 3 April
Live music sessions
Injecting some melody into our lives, Dubai's upscale Vida Downtown is hosting free live concerts from its gorgeous terrace. Residents around the hotel in Downtown Dubai can hear the performers from their homes, but if you're far from the location, you can tune in to their Instagram and hear the music sessions in real-time. Concerts will take place every Thursday at 6pm starting from 26 March. Then, at 7pm, Vida Emirates Hills will do the same.
Date: Every Thursday at 6pm and 7pm
Spotlight on local talent
While everyone stays at home, Dubai Calendar is inviting the whole city to enjoy performances by local artists. Find free live entertainment of all kinds, from live-stream workshops to cooking classes and more as part of the Live From Dubai program. Follow Dubai Calendar for updates on upcoming online events and join in all the virtual fun.
Date: Visit Dubai Calendar for updates
Dance sessions for little ones
Diverse, a performing arts school in Dubai, is offering online dance lessons for children. Sign your little one up for scheduled lessons in dance fusion, hip hop, ballet and tap dancing. Or, if you have a multi-talented star in the making, they can also virtually attend private classes for drama, singing and acting. Group sessions start from around AED270 for five classes and are hosted via remote conferencing platform Zoom. Get more details on their website – you could have a future Dubai Opera star in your midst.
Cook with a star chef
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 IGTV, where he shares easy recipes and step-by-step video instructions so you can practice restaurant-quality clean eating from the comfort of your 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 and Dubai Marina's Barry's Bootcamp posting routines on their Instagram channels. You can also tune in to the Dubai Fitness Challenge Instagram channel for a curated selection of home workouts.
Find your zen
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 for paying participants of all levels, while popular studios such as Dryp and Yoga La Vie 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 live streamed concerts, catch artists from around the world perform 30-minute shows on the website's new home feature, Live From HQ. Indian comedy superstar Vir Das and songbird Kamakshi Khanna (30 March) are some of the featured acts – stay tuned to their website for more artist announcements.
Lights, camera, action
If you're looking to develop new skill sets while you stay at home, consider improv. Challenge your imagination while having fun over free virtual improv classes hosted by Dubomedy. Some of the comedy school's talented instructors will live stream sessions on Instagram starting 28 March from 4:30pm onwards. Get first-hand tips on short form, long form and original sketches to put on your own show at home. Feeling good about your material? Share a 30-second cut on social media with the hashtag #CatchASmile.