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What’s on this April

The season springs into action in Dubai with a wide variety of can’t-miss events
April holds plenty of excitement for those visiting Dubai, with events to suit all styles. Culture abounds with the return of the Arab-led music festival, Wasla, and a scrolling playbill of world-class shows at Dubai Opera. This month also sees the return of the region's largest celebration of pop culture, a stand-up performance by comedian Al Murray and more.
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Feel the beat

Wasla

Feel the beat

Wasla

A daylong showcase of the region’s top talents

Wasla is a one-of-its-kind music festival dedicated to alternative Arab artists and extraordinary talents from the region. Lebanon’s indie quintet Mashrou’ Leila and Egypt’s rock band Massar Egbari will take the stage, but this year’s edition ups the ante with more than just music. Wasla 2019 will bring you the best of the region’s culture, from Middle Eastern cuisine with a twist to immersive art installations. Visitors will also have the chance to discover local heritage with family-friendly workshops and shop for gifts at the on-site souk.

When: 5 April

Contact Details
  Burj Park, Downtown Dubai

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Artistic flair

World Art Dubai

Artistic flair

World Art Dubai

Peruse the best in affordable art

World Art Dubai, the region’s largest affordable art fair, is a landmark event in Dubai’s vibrant art season. This year, it welcomes over 150 galleries and artists from more than 30 countries. From abstract paintings and mixed media to sculptures and calligraphy, the fair offers an astonishing range of artworks available to buy from just US$100 (AED368). Don’t miss renowned artists including Polish painter Marcin Rogal, renowned for his pop culture-inspired art, and Spain’s August Vilella, whose surrealist works have won him critical acclaim around the world.

When: 3 - 6 April

Contact Details
  Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 308 6358

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Pop culture fun

Middle East Film and Comic Con

Pop culture fun

Middle East Film and Comic Con

Meet your favourite superheroes in Dubai

This year’s Middle East Film and Comic Con will be bigger and better than ever before, with a host of high-profile celebrities and stars scheduled to appear. Mike Colter, who played Marvel’s Luke Cage, is set to come alongside Ross Marquand from The Walking Dead and Tara Strong, the voice behind beloved childhood cartoons such as The Powerpuff Girls. Celebrities aside, the event will also host international cosplayers, directors and voiceover artists, as well as an array of interactive activities, a family-friendly zone and themed competitions.

When: 11 - 13 April

Contact Details
  Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
mefcc.com

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Laugh out loud

Al Murray

Laugh out loud

Al Murray

Experience the art of good comedy

England’s enduring funny man Al Murray is bringing his brand of no-nonsense stand-up to Dubai. The comic is best known for his alter ego, The Landlord – a brash character Murray describes as a “know-all know-nothing.” The personality made its grand debut at the 1994 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has stood by the comic through his meteoric rise to stardom. Murray’s high-energy sense of humour fills up theatres around the world with dedicated fans and tears of laughter. Expect the same at Dubai Opera.

When: 11 April

Contact Details
  Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 440 8888

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Cue the curtains

Dubai Opera

Cue the curtains

Dubai Opera

World-class performances night after night

Dubai Opera’s calendar this month is filled with must-see musical and dance performances. The National Ballet of Ukraine arrives to celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s 150th anniversary, dancing to the tunes of Tchaikovsky’s original score. Meanwhile, George Michael fans are in for a treat as West End’s Fastlove makes its Dubai debut for one night only on 29 April. The show is a fitting tribute to the late British singer, reviving his diverse discography from the wonderful Wham! days to classics like ‘Careless Whisper’.

When: Sleeping Beauty (26 - 27 April); Fastlove (29 April)

Contact Details
  Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 440 8888

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Sport of kings

Dubai Cup 2019

Sport of kings

Dubai Cup 2019

Socialising meets sport at the polo

Closing the Gold Cup Series, the Dubai Cup returns to Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club for an exciting finale to polo’s winter season. The fifth edition of the competition will be played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association. While the on-grass athleticism and prowess make the match an unmissable watch, there’s plenty of action off-field too. As a highlight of the city’s social calendar, the tournament also attracts Dubai’s socialites sporting their most fashionable ensembles.

When: 2 - 12 April

Contact Details
  Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
  +971 4 435 4444

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