Things To Do In Dubai This Month

Things To Do In Dubai This Month

February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn't mean there are any fewer things to do, the opposite in fact with all this going on.  

When: 4-9 February
GPP Photo Week

The regions longest running photography event, Photo Week, is back for another year at Alserkal Avenue’s Gulf Photo Plus. Six days of talks and workshops, along with an exhibition of works from international photographers, this event has something for both experienced photographers and aspiring enthusiasts. www.gulfphotoplus.com

When: 7 February
Jake Bugg Livem

This singing/songwriting talent was once dubbed “the new Bob Dylan.” 24-year-old Jake Bugg has created his very own sound, blending artisanal folk rock with vintage soul that result in debut hits like ‘Country Song’ and ‘Lightning Bolt.’ www.dubaiopera.com

When: 8 February
Groove on the Grass

Fans of EDM are in for treat with the first Groove on the Grass of 2019. Now in its 7th season, the event in the grounds of the Emirates Golf Club, features an international line of up of artists including Underworld, famed for the 1996 chart topper, Born Slippy. www.grooveonthegrass.net

When: 8-9 February
The UK Boarding School Exhibition Dubai

Deciding on the right boarding school for your child can be a whirlwind of emotions. To take the stress off your shoulders, the UK Boarding School Exhibition Dubai helps parents make an informed decision. The show will welcome head teachers of some of the most prestigious schools across Britain. www.andersoneducation.co.uk

When: 9 February
Bride Dubai

Are you planning a wedding? Discover the latest bridal trends as well as amazing and affordable fashions, and new jewellery styles with your friends as you plan that special day. A great place to shop, get new ideas and find those all important health and beauty tips. www.thebrideshow.com

When: 11 February-25 March
WOW

Las Vegas comes to Dubai this month when this entertaining variety show of 30 artists starts a 6 week run. The acts of dancers, acrobats and contortionists will perform amazingly choreographed routines that are set to amaze Dubai audiences, just as they have two and a half million others around the world. www.dubai.platinumlist.net

When: 14-15 February
PIAF! Le Spectacle

We all know of the icon that is Edith Piaf. Performed by singer Anne Carrere, alongside Nathalie Lermitte at the Dubai Opera, celebrate the life and times of the legendary French singer in the internationally acclaimed musical PIAF! Le Spectacle. Through music, journey through the rise of Piaf to global stardom in a spectacular and moving compilation of her hit songs and unreleased photos. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 14-15 February
RedFest DXB

The biggest music festival in the region, RedFest DXB returns this month! Hosted by Virgin Radio at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre this year's star-studded lineup includes some of the industry’s brightest stars such as Macklemore, Camila Cabello, Jax Jones, DJ Snake
and G-Eazy. www.redfestdxb.com

When: 14-22 February
The Laughter Factory

The monthly roaming comedy club once again features a line up of some of the best comedians from around the world. This months tour features John Fothergill, Lateef Lovejoy and Ria Lina. With four shows in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi, all spread across different venues, you are never too far from the laughter. www.thelaughterfactory.com

When: 15 February
Dubai Canal Run

Dubai is not short of interesting backdrops to host different fitness events and the latest one on the scene is a run along the Dubai Canal. Another family-friendly event, the race features three distances, the 1km run, suitable for the children, the 5km and the 10km, which runs the full course. www.raceme.ae

When: 20-22 February
Dubai Jazz Festival

The Dubai Jazz Festival 2019 is back with its 17th edition. The three day musical extravaganza, sponsored by Emirates Airline, plays host to a number of incredible artists each year. This year will see legends Snow Patrol, Jamiroquai and Alicia Keys all performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. www.dubaijazzfest.com

When: 21-23 February
Yas Kidz Fest

An extraordinary magical weekend for kids is on its way to du Arena Yas Island this month. Yas Kidz Fest will be full of outdoor adventures, endless activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a fun family outing. Entry for kids under 18 is free, for adults it starts at Dhs 30. www.kidzfest.ae

When: 22 February
Walk For Arthritis

Arthritis affects 20% of the people in the Gulf region and to continue to raise awareness the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF) are once again organising a 3.5km walk open to everyone. Themed “Bones and Joints”, the walk is free to attend and there is even the chance to win prizes as well. www.arthritis.ae

When: 23 February
Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese? The UAE’s first Cheese Fest gives cheese fans the opportunity to buy from a huge range of different cheeses specially imported from around the world. As well as the event at the Westin Mina Seyahi, leading supermarkets will host tasting sessions and showcase hundreds more different cheeses. www.sopexa.com

When: 26 February-2 March
Dubai International Boat Show

The Dubai International Boat Show is a great chance to get up close with some of the best superyachts from around the world. Set along the Dubai Canal, also featured are some exciting events to watch, including the UAE Aquabike Championship and the final of the Dubai Fishing Competition. www.boatshowdubai.com

When: 17 February-2 March
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Tennis fans are in for a treat as the annual international tennis tournament, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship returns this month. Held over two weeks at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, sports fans can see leading female tennis players compete in a WTA women’s tournament that has been running here for 19 years, along with the world's top men’s players compete in an ATP tournament that is now in its 27th year.

The first week, 17-23 February, is women’s week where some of the biggest names on the WTA world tour will take to the court to lift the coveted trophy. Previous winners of the women’s tournament include Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport, as well as both Serena and Venus Williams. This years line up is as strong as ever and includes nine out of the world's top 10 women’s tennis players. Taking part this year are Elina Svitolina who is defending the title she won last year and the year before, the current Wimbledon champion and world number six Angelique Kerber, world number two Petra Kvitova, world number three Simona Halep, and recently confirmed, the current world number one and winner of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Naomi Osaka.

Week two, 23 February-2 March, is men’s week and this year will see the return of Roger Federer, who will be looking to add to his tally of seven Dubai titles. Federer will line up against tennis stars such as Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Karen Khachanov, world number seven Kei Nishikori, and the recent Australian Open semi-finalist, who knocked out Roger Federer in Melbourne, 20 year old Stefanos Tsitsipas. The winner will join a who’s who of previous champions, such as Novak Djokovic and Rafeal Nadal.

As well as the singes matches, there will be a doubles tournament for both the men and women.

It is not just the coveted title that is at stake, the winner of the women’s tournament will pick up a cheque for a cool Dhs 2.1million and the winner of the men’s tournament will pocket Dhs 1.9 million, from a total prize pot of over Dhs 20 million.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship is a great and entertaining opportunity for all the family to see the world's best tennis players battle it out. www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com

COMING SOON

If all the events this month do not excite you, then don't fret, the next few months have so much going on, there is sure to be something for everyone. Take a look at what is happening and coming up soon.

When: 1-9 March
Emirates Airlines Festival Of Literature

The annual literature festival brings book lovers of all ages closer to authors from all over the world to share and promote the love of books. Now in its 11th year, the festival will feature hundreds of authors and speakers including Chris Gardner, whose autobiography The Pursuit Of Happyness was made into a film starring Will Smith. www.emirateslitfest.com

When: 5 March
Gipsy Kings

Flamenco and Latin music come to Dubai for one night only, when the Gipsy Kings arrive to perform hits such as Bamboleo and Volare. Expect to be clapping your hands and clicking your fingers to this band who have been entertaining audiences around the world since the 1970’s. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 7-8 March
Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo, the best selling children’s book, has sold 8 million copies around the world since it was published in 1982. The book has now been adapted into a play, written by the book’s author Rod Campell, that will entertain adults as well as children, as they see their favourite characters come to life. madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com

When: 7-9 March
Taste Of Dubai

Taste of Dubai is back for a 12th year. Since its launch in 2008 the event has become a firm favourite amongst Dubai food lovers. The festival is a 3 day food extravaganza, featuring some of the cities hottest restaurants along with a line up of celebrity chefs. Watch live cooking demonstrations, take part in cooking classes with top chefs or sample some of the dishes Dubai’s restaurants offer. www.tasteofdubaifestival.com

When: 14 March
Busted

Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson make up English rock band Busted. The trio will be performing hits including What I Go To School For and Year 3000, as well as some new tracks from their fourth album Half Way There, released this month. www.theirishvillage.com

When: 15 March
Da-Bangg

Inspired by the Da-Bangg movie franchise, this live concert starring some of India’s best known celebrities will amaze the audience with it’s hit songs and breathtaking choreography. Featuring Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, this is one show you will not want to miss. www.orbiteventsuae.com

When: 20-23 March
Art Dubai

One of the leading international art fairs, Art Dubai features a diverse line-up of over 90 galleries from 41 countries. Now in its 13th year, Art Dubai provides a platform for emerging artists, and this year launches a new gallery, Bawabba, featuring artists focused on the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. www.artdubai.ae

When: 26-30 March
West End’s Thriller Live

For the true meaning of the word ‘thrill,’ explore Michael Jackson’s voyage from soul to disco and pop to rock–relive 45 years of legend. Direct from London’s West End, the 10-year-old show has held over 4,000 performances. Thriller Live will take to Dubai Opera to celebrate the spectacular career of one of the world’s most renowned entertainers. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 30 March
Dubai World Cup

Always high up on the sporting calendar each year, this years Dubai World Cup is set to be even bigger with the a total prize fund for the day of close to Dhs 130 million. Enjoy the thrill of the nine races, including the main event, itself worth over a cool
Dhs 26 million to the winner. www.dubairacingclub.com

When: 14 April
Boyzone

Since they formed over a quarter of a century ago, the chart topping Irish boy band have decided to call it a day. Expect to hear some of their well known hits including No Matter What, Words and Love Me For A Reason as they bring their Thank You and Goodnight tour to Dubai. www.theirishvillage.com

When: 25 April
Proclaimers

Most well known for their catchy tracks I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) and Letter From America, the Scottish twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid are heading back to Dubai to perform songs from a musical career spanning three decades, as well tracks from their latest album Angry Cyclist. www.theirishvillage.com

When: 26-27 April
Sleeping Beauty

Everyone knows the story and now you can see it brought to life in the form of this enchanting ballet first performed over 120 years ago in St Petersburg. The 42 dancers of the National Ballet of Ukraine and its live orchestra will be performing to music composed
by Tchaikovsky. www.dubaiopera.com

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