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.
Creative fun with kids
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 October.
Art in the city
Jameel Arts Centre always has something creative up its sleeve. Find a treasure trove of artistic fun and local talent online across live performances, art workshops and even a virtual film festival. You can check out a programme of scheduled activities on the centre's website, or take advantage of a catalogue of DIY art tutorials – all led by UAE-based artists.
Learn easy recipes
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.
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 in February, you can see a new recording each week with renowned literary figures and thinkers from around the world. Stay up-to-date on new releases by logging on to the elfdubai.org website.
Best of Alserkal Avenue
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.
Art workshops to try
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 activities or jump on new ones – it's an exciting way to get imaginative at 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.
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 fun 30-minute shows on the website's new home feature, Live From HQ. Indian comedy superstar Vir Das and songbird Kamakshi Khanna have been featured in the past, so don't miss out.
Looking for more entertainment? Find out what’s on by visiting Dubai Calendar.