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.
Discover new talent with Live From Dubai
While everyone stays at home, Dubai Calendar is inviting the whole city to enjoy performances by local artists as part of the landmark Live From Dubai. Find free live entertainment and engaging activities to suit all preferences, including art workshops to cooking classes and more. Follow Dubai Calendar for updates on upcoming online events and join in all the virtual fun.
Anything for a laugh
There's no better gift than the gift of laughter. Let India's top comedians into your home with BookMyShow's 'Ha Ha Ha-Bibi' weekly comedy series. Running from May to June, expect virtual performances by headlining acts that include international funnyman Vir Das, as well as Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and Anshu Mor. Get your tickets now, which start from AED25 for early birds, and settle in for front-row seats to this season’s ultimate desi comedy show.
Date: 28 May - 18 June
Host a murder mystery dinner
Swap out your regular Zoom calls with friends and family 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.
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 November.
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 as and when you please – all led by UAE-based artists.
Cook with celebrated chefs
Master the art of cooking with Dubai's renowned tastemakers, Nick Alvis and Scott Price. The dynamic duo behind the popular restaurant folly by Nick and Scott are hosting free masterclasses on Instagram (@follydubai) with new dishes to try, test and taste. From pan-roasted cod to quintessential British fare, learn how to whip up restaurant-worthy meals to level up home dinners this season. Check out the restaurant's social media channels or Dubai Calendar's Instagram for updates on upcoming sessions.
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 this February, you can see a new recording each week of 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 prompts or jump on the new ones – it's an exciting way to get imaginative at home.
Let the little ones learn to dance
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. You could have a future Dubai Opera star in your midst.
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.
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 30-minute shows on the website's new home feature, Live From HQ. Indian comedy superstar Vir Das and songbird Kamakshi Khanna have been some of the featured acts.