If you are expecting a quiet month with not much else to do other than some me-time, then think again. The calendar this month is packed full of things for everyone to do. There are things for everyone from music lovers, fitness fans, foodies, art enthusiasts, those that love to laugh and comic buffs. Take a look at our round-up of just some of what is happening this month.
When: 4 March
Katherine Jenkins Live
Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins is coming to Dubai for a one-off night to perform at Dubai Opera. Multi-award-winning Katherine has performed all over the world, for the Pope, for Presidents and is a favourite of the Royal Family. Entry starts from Dhs 295. VIP packages are available.
When: 5 March
Madness Live At The Irish Village
The legendary British Ska band Madness, return to Dubai to perform their well-known hits such as 'Our House' and 'Baggy Trousers'. Led by flamboyant frontman Graham McPherson, most commonly known as Suggs, the British band will bring their party vibes to The Irish Village. Entry starts at Dhs 275.
When: 5-6 March
The Tony and Olivier Award-winner and first Asian to play Eponine in the Broadway musical Les Miserables, Lea Salonga, will be performing all her hits, ballads, and her songs from Disney classics at Dubai Opera. Younger fans will recognise her as Disney’s Princess Jasmine and Mulan. Tickets start from Dhs 250.
When: 5-6 March
Ronald Baker At Jazz Garden
American Singer, songwriter and trumpet player, Ronald Baker is flying down to Dubai to perform at The Jazz Garden, an open-door venue in the heart of Dubai Marina at the Habtoor Grand Resort. As a very well know jazz singer, his voice reflects the influences of Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau. Register online for free entry.
When: 5-6 March And 11-13 March
The Laughter Factory
Anyone who claims that ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ needs to purchase a ticket to The Laughter Factory. To sprinkle the happy dust on us in March, the new line-up presents Dominic Holland, Funmbi Omotayo and Justin Moorhouse. There will be four shows in Dubai and one in the capital city. Tickets start from Dhs 160.
When: 5-7 March
Middle East Film And Comic Con
Pick up your favourite superhero outfit and head down to the Dubai World Trade Centre to attend the massive event where you can meet and greet your favourite comic characters, and be one as well. The event will be brimming with a wide range of entertainment options, competitions and workshops. Entry starts at Dhs 185.
When: 6 March
Hatta Hills Run
This race takes place amid the breathtaking surroundings of the Hatta region. Choose from distances of 21km, 10km and 5km, and follow the scenic course along tree-lined villages up to Hatta Dam. There is also an option to choose a 2.5km route. Tickets start from Dhs 175.
When: 12 March
Back by popular demand. Latin pop music legends Gipsy Kings return for one night. The Gipsy Kings have introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through popular singles such as 'Bamboléo' and 'Volare'. Tickets start from Dhs 195.
When: 12-14 March
Taste Of Dubai
The city's best loved food and entertainment event returns. From live performances to chef's tables, cooking classes, tasting menus, entertainment options for adults and kids alike and much more. For 2020, the show will open with a Ladies Night on Thursday night with free entry and two drinks for all ladies.
When: 13 March
Holi Beach Party
JA Resort is hosting a festive beach party for revellers of the colour festival Holi this month. Splash colours and have a good beach day as you groove to the tunes of popular local Bollywood DJ's including Hani, Buddha, Sib, Varun Sharma and Ace. Tickets start from Dhs 100.
When: 19-21 March
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the cornerstones of the operatic repertory, and remains a favourite for singers and listeners alike. This iconic opera has a deep emotional plot With perfectly attuned music, there won’t be a dry eye in the house. Tickets start at Dhs 350.
When: 19-29 March
SIKKA Art Festival
An incredible platform for local and international artists based in the region, the Sikka Art Festival returns for its 10th edition with a new theme of 'Dreamers', for the annual showcase of creative works. The 10-day art festival is filled with art exhibitions, live performances, films, interactive workshops and more. Entry is free.
When: 20 March
Midge Ure Live At The Irish Village
Scottish singer-songwriter Midge Ure will perform at The Irish Village on 20 March. Enjoy his signature hit singles including ‘Vienna’, ‘Dancing With Tears in My Eyes’ and ‘No Regrets’. The musician enjoyed significant success in the 1970s and 1980s as part of bands like Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Ultravox. Entry starts at Dhs 175.
When: 20 March
K-Pop Super Concert
Korean pop (K-pop) fever hits Dubai as sensational music groups Super Junior, NCT 127, RGP, LABOUM and Jun descend upon Coca-Cola Arena. Get ready for an epic performance featuring catchy songs such as Sorry and NCT 127's Superhuman. extravagant outfits and spectacular choreography. Entry starts at Dhs 250.
When: 25-28 March
Art Dubai At Madinat Jumeirah
Art Dubai, an international art fair, returns for its 14th edition. The fair provides a platform for emerging talent to showcase their works alongside established artists. Attend the art fair at the bustling venue of Madinat Jumeirah to see contemporary art pieces from galleries around the world. Entry is free.
When: 26 March
Chris De Burgh - Solo Tour
Chris de Burgh, British-Irish singer-songwriter and sensation behind the evergreen hit 'The Lady in Red' is set to perform at Dubai Opera. De Burgh's classic songs also include: 'Don't Pay the Ferryman', 'Spanish Train', and 'Sailor'. Tickets start at Dhs 195.
When: 27 March
Russ At Coca-Cola Arena
US rapper Russ, the fame behind popular tracks 'What They Want' and 'Losin Control' is coming to Dubai to perform at the Coca-Cola Arena. Russ’ 2017 album 'There’s Really a Wolf' was certified platinum and his follow-up record 'Zoo' ranked number four on the Billboard charts. Tickets start from Dhs 250.
When: 27-28 March
Stars Of Russian Ballet
Russia’s prestigious ballet dancers are set to perform exceptional repertoires from classical ballet masterpieces including Ludwig Minkus' 'Pas de deux', the best pieces of The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet along with modern pieces such as 'Class 101', as a contemporary dance performance based on sophisticated ballet techniques. Tickets start at Dhs 175.
There is hardly a dull moment in Dubai, with something for everyone to do each day of each month, and as the year progresses there is more and more to look forward to. If you are looking to plan ahead of what you can enjoy later in the year, take a look here at a selection of what you can look forward.
When: 1-10 April
Cultures Around The World
Introduce your little ones to the cultures and traditions from across the globe at the Cultures Around The World showcase taking place at Children's City in April. While hearing about customs from different cultures, the kids can also indulge in ‘Hag Al Laila’, an Emirati practice where they dress up and go door to door asking for sweets. Entry starts at Dhs 10.
When: 3 April
Skechers Performance Run 3
Gear up and enjoy the last few days of the bright and pleasant sunny weather at this fun race challenge, with options of a 10km and 5km route or 2.5km family run around Ripe Market. All participants will receive complimentary breakfast, a t-shirt and a participation medal. Entry starts at Dhs 100.
When: 8-11 April
World Art Dubai
The region's largest retail art fair will return for its sixth edition with a stunning collection of more than 3,000 art-pieces from 150 galleries and artists from around the world. The festival features the works of international as well as Emirati artists to cater to a wider audience. Artwork prices start from as little as Dhs 367.
When: 8-11 April
Dial M For Murder
Don’t miss the genre-defining modern thriller Dial M For Murder. The nail-biting stage drama presents an intriguing revenge plot. When a husband, the role played by television actor Tom Chambers, finds about his wife's unfaithfulness, he is consumed by the need for revenge and planning the perfect crime. Entry starts at Dhs 150.
When: 16-18 April
Schools And Childcare Show
Looking for a school? As well as new schools, this show helps parents explore different options including nurseries, preschools, private institutes, after school clubs and other educational facilities across Dubai, all under one roof at Dubai World Trade Centre. Entry is free.
When: 16-18 April
The Greatest Love Of All
This two-hour production will fill you with joy and nostalgia as you are taken on a heartfelt musical journey through Whitney Houston’s greatest hits including 'I Will Always Love You', 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', 'How Will I Know', 'One Moment in Time', 'I Have Nothing', 'Didn’t We Almost Have It All', and more. Entry starts at Dhs 275.
When: 17 April
DXB Comedy Fest
For a one-off afternoon at Dusit Thani Dubai, reserve a spot to laugh unbridled. A stellar line-up of comics from across the globe will put up a show sharing funny anecdotes one after another. Here, the humour will cross geographical boundaries and resonate with each one of us. Tickets start from Dhs 100.
When: 18 April
Louis Tomlinson Live
Former One Direction star, Louis Tomlinson is coming to perform live at the Coca-Cola Arena. Tomlinson launched his solo career once the band split up and his debut single Just Hold On reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Tickets start from Dhs 295.
When: 23 April-23 May
The holy month of Ramadan, expected to begin on 23 April, is a time of spiritual self-reflection. Fast is observed from dawn until dusk when it is broken traditionally with dates at Iftar. During this month experience a wide array of cultural activities including charity to understand the spirit of the holy month.
When: 23-25 May (expected dates)
Eid Al Fitr
Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday is all about spending quality time with friends and family. In the Emirate, one can witness spectacular fireworks and other cultural activities taking place across town. The actual dates depend on the moon sighting and are announced at the time.
When: 17 June-20 August
Dubai Sports World
Dubai World Trade Centre does not let temperatures outside bring an abrupt end to your sports practice and fitness fun activities, and every year equips 25,000sqm air-conditioned space for all things sports for three months. Rent out a court or join a sports academy, there is no excuse to not keep your game going stronger during the summer.
When: 26 June
Russell Howard Live
The British comedian Russel Howard returns to Dubai this summer for a one night show as part of his Respite world tour. The renowned comedy star will bring his quick-fire wit and satirical world views to the stage. Bristol-born Howard is known for his on-screen work as much as for his stand-up. Entry starts at Dhs 150.