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May ushers in Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. During this period, Muslims around the world refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, practising self-reflection, charity and spiritual renewal. In Dubai, the month is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour, and evenings are spent feasting with loved ones. Special occasions, family-friendly events and a spirit of togetherness shed a different light on the city. Many elaborate iftars (the fast-breaking meal) are hosted around town, with the Dubai Opera a favourite this season.
When: 5 May - 4 June
See some of the world’s leading female golfers take to the lawns at Emirates Golf Club in a thrilling display of talent at the Dubai Omega Moonlight Classic (formerly known as the Ladies Classic). This prestigious professional golf tournament comes with a hefty prize purse of €500,000 (AED2,057,305) and has been a starred event in the region’s sporting calendar since 2006. Golfing stars such as Annika Sorenstam, Lexi Thompson, Angel Yin and other iconic figures have all walked away in breathtaking victories. Watch the nail-biting competition for free at the club's flagship Majlis Course and tee off a spectacular month ahead.
When: 1 - 3 May
The ‘70s glam-rock band Queen took the world by storm with all-time classics ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. Celebrating 40 years of ‘We Are the Champions’, Queen by Majesty – hailed the best Queen concert show ever – arrives at the decks of the Queen Elizabeth 2 this month. Relive the band’s all-time greatest hits during this energising spectacle, which pays homage to Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon's extraordinary showmanship. The all-action production has won fans around the world for preserving the electricity of Queen's original concerts.
When: 1 May
Dubai Opera’s Music in the Studio is a celebrated showcase of classical talent. The annual programme invites decorated musicians from around the world to perform a series of glittering concerts for local audiences. The latest edition, which has been running since January, is curated by acclaimed pianist Amira Fouad. On 1 May, Fouad will share the stage with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson during the penultimate session of Music in the Studio. The British-Australian artist made history as the first saxophonist to win a Classic Brit Award. The two will be performing a programme of works by Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Milhaud and Piazzolla to inspire music aficionados from the world over.
Join hordes of eager spectators as they make their way to NAS Sports Complex to watch the seventh edition of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament. This annual event sees players and teams demonstrate showmanship, skill and athleticism during a series of sporting challenges, including fencing, volleyball, wheelchair basketball and paddle tennis. Taking place during Ramadan, this year’s tournament tests physical and mental strength, and places a spotlight on local sports stars.
When: 4 - 17 May
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