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A massive month of art awaits us in March. Inviting the world’s best and brightest cultural minds, from artists and designers to curators and gallery owners, Art Dubai is the largest art fair in the region, presenting three different ‘strands’ – Contemporary Art, Modern Art, and Residents – plus the Abraaj Group Art Prize and the engrossing discussions and the Global Art Forum.
Drop into an exhibition during Art Week, with more than 350 events scattered across the city at creative hubs including Art Nights at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz and Galleries Night hosted by DIFC’s Gate Village. In Old Dubai, Sikka Art Fair shines a spotlight on both modern and traditional Arabic artists in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, as a flagship cultural initiative of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
When: Events take place from 15 - 25 March
One of the year’s biggest events and the culmination of the region’s racing season, the Dubai World Cup is back this March with a thundering of hooves. Known as ‘the world’s richest horse race’, the celebrated track offers a total of US$30 million (AED110 million) in prize money, with the overall winner alone being awarded US$10 million (AED36 million). Hosting nine high-class races on the boards, the electric atmosphere adds to the anticipation.
With the competition equally fierce off the field, the stylish attendees turning heads in fashionable outfits, and of course, their spring racing hats and headwear. The party continues post-race with fireworks and a sensational international musical act headlining. Last year, Sia wowed crowds, with 2018’s yet-to-be-announced performer rumoured to be another chart-topper.
When: Entry from 3:45pm, 31 March
Eat your way around the city with the return of the Dubai Food Festival. A smorgasbord of foodie-focused events, the festival offers 17 days of tantalising treats. Dubai Restaurant Week presents specially curated menus from the city’s best restaurants, for just AED199 per person. With restaurants including folly by Nick & Scott, Pai Tai, Lima, and Scape at the Burj Al Arab all offering their best for less, there’s no better time to try Dubai’s celebrated fine dining scene.
Beach Canteen is back with a bang, with Jumeirah Beach (behind Sunset Mall) once again transformed in a seaside culinary hub. Sample from food trucks, learn to cook Emirati dishes, browse the artisan marketplace or simply kick back with a fresh lemon-mint juice and enjoy the free live entertainment. Meanwhile, Taste of Dubai will be serving up the best in fine dining at the 11th edition of this open-air festival. Enjoy three days of al fresco dining, while enjoying live music from both local and international acts.
When: Dubai Restaurant Week until 3 March; Beach Canteen until 10 March, Taste of Dubai, 8 - 10 March
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature pays tribute to the authors and great thinkers behind today’s best books. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the festival is going all out with 25 different sessions scheduled in. Choose between author readings, interviews and panel sessions featuring international bestselling authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Mark Billingham and Anthony Horowitz.
There’s also the opportunity to meet and greet with the region’s local writing talents, such as fantasy writer, Dubai Abulhoul. Poetry is also part of the mix this year, with the UK’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy included in the line-up of For the Love of Words, hosted by Dubai Opera. Feeling a little wordy? There’s also writing workshops and a brainstorming group for those who are ready to put pen to paper themselves.
When: 2 - 10 March
Experience the works of the Dutch Post-impressionist artist like you never have before at this fascinating exhibition. Combining state-of-the-art immersive 3D technology with Vincent van Gogh’s famous paintings and personal letters, visitors can wander through more than 3,000 super-sized projections of the artist’s dreamy late-1800s creations.
Described as “a vibrant symphony of light, colour and sound”, the international exhibit defies traditional galleries, allowing the viewer to truly connect with the artworks through this unique SENSORY4 multimedia installation. Seamlessly synced with a classical music soundtrack, the segment featuring van Gogh’s iconic ‘The Starry Night’ is alone well worth the admission.
When: 11 March - 23 April
Part of an experimental pop-up series, The Garden has launched at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), serving up refreshing drinks in a natural botanical setting. The lush oasis is filled with everything from a 100-year-old olive tree to fragrant herbs, lemon trees and more. Open only until April, stop by as the sun sets for weekly theme nights, live jazz music and slick service under the starry night sky. This is one lounge you’re not going to forget in a hurry.
When: 6 - 11pm on weekdays, 12 - 5pm on Friday
Songwriter and singer Rory Graham – better known by his stage-name, Rag‘n’Bone Man – will hit the Dubai Opera stage for one night only this month. Winner of the 2017 Brit Awards ‘Break-Through Artist’ and ‘Critic’s Choice’ awards, he’s known for his booming baritone voice, which is showcased in his number one chart-topper hit, ‘Human’. In his Dubai debut performance, the former rapper-turned-blues artist kicks off the season’s springtime schedule, proof of the Dubai Opera’s diverse 2018 programme.
When: 23 March
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