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What’s on this March

Here’s what to do, see and eat this March in Dubai
March is known as ‘art month’ in Dubai and for good reason. With a jam-packed calendar featuring Art Dubai’s exhibitions, talks and forums, plus late nights at Alserkal Avenue and the return of the alternative SIKKA Art Fair, now is the time to discover the city’s cultural side. March also heralds other seasonal highlights, including the world-class Dubai World Cup, literary crowd-puller Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and utterly irresistible Taste of Dubai.
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Art season

Citywide celebrations

Art season

Citywide celebrations

World-class art takes centre stage in Dubai

A massive month of art awaits us in March. Inviting the world’s best and brightest cultural minds, Art Dubai is the largest art fair in the region displaying galleries from over 40 countries across Madinat Jumeirah’s exhibition halls. The new Bawwaba section is a key highlight this edition, showcasing works from artists across the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Africa and Latin America.


Drop into an exhibition during Dubai’s art season, with countless events scattered across the city at creative hubs including Alserkal Avenue, where the district’s contemporary galleries offer unique perspectives. Alternatively, SIKKA Art Fair shines a spotlight on both modern and traditional Arabic artists in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.


When: 16 – 24 March

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And they’re off...

Dubai World Cup

And they’re off...

Dubai World Cup

A day at the races never looked better

One of the year’s biggest events and the culmination of the region’s horse 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$35 million (AED128.5 million) in prize money, with the overall winner being awarded US$10 million (AED36 million). Hosting nine high-class races on the boards, the electric atmosphere adds to the anticipation.

Competition is equally as fierce off the field, with stylish attendees turning heads in fashionable outfits and grand hats. This is the ultimate see-and-be-seen event of the season.

When: 30 March

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Grand gourmet

Taste of Dubai

Grand gourmet

Taste of Dubai

Flagship flavours at this al fresco food festival

With Dubai Food Festival in full swing, the city’s love for gourmet continues with Taste of Dubai. Gourmands from the world over flock to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for three days of non-stop food and fun.


Nobu, Kaftan, The Blacksmith Smokehouse and other trendy eateries are curating menus featuring bite-sized versions of their signature dishes at a discount, so all can indulge in award-winning flavours. There will also be cooking workshops and inspiring talks by celebrity chefs like David Myers and ‘Iron Chef’ Masaharu Morimoto. But this outdoor fair features more than just food; little ones will enjoy family-friendly activities, while adults can enjoy a roll call of star musical acts all day and night.


When: 7 – 9 March

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Well read

Festival of Literature

Well read

Festival of Literature

Meet your favourite authors and hone your own writing skills

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature pays tribute to the authors and great thinkers behind today’s best books. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the festival is going all out with readings, interviews and panel sessions featuring renowned authors including Jeff Kinney and Gerd Leonhard.


In conjunction with the ongoing Dubai Food Festival, the Festival of Literature is also hosting exciting dinner-centric affairs, such as United By Food and the starlit Desert Stanzas. Feeling inspired? There are also writing workshops and a brainstorming group for those who are ready to put pen to paper themselves.


When: 1 – 9 March

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All-out spectacular

Wow in Dubai

All-out spectacular

Wow in Dubai

A variety show that will captivate you

There's no shortage of pomp this month as a sensational new show takes to the stage in a celebration of skill and superstardom. Las Vegas’ all-time glamour spectacle Wow is visiting the iconic Caesars Palace Bluewaters with 30 of its best acrobats, dancers, aerialists and contortionists.


The stage at The Rotunda – a unique 360-viewing venue – is brought to life with expert choreography, incredible 3D projections and cool holograms. Witness an eye-catching, heart-racing display like no other at this world-renowned variety show.


When: Until 25 March

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Groove on

Live concerts

Groove on

Live concerts

Star-studded concerts in Dubai

If music is what you’re looking for, star-studded concerts are what you’ll get. England’s Indie/folk-pop star Tom Odell will make his Dubai debut on 12 March. If you’re in the mood for some early 2000 nostalgia, head over to Irish Village on 14 March as pop-punk trio Busted perform classics such as ‘Year 3000’ and ‘What I Go To School For’.


That’s not all. Liam Payne, Rita Ora and all four of Little Mix are set to perform in Dubai for The Assembly: A Global Teacher Prize Concert. This show will see three of the hottest acts in pop take over Dubai Media City Amphitheatre with a roll call of their chart-topping hits to celebrate teachers around the world.


When: Tom Odell: 12 March, Busted: 14 March, The Assembly: 23 March

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