April is one of the busiest months on the Dubai calendar, with so many different things to see and do. From concerts to festivals, plays and sporting events, it will be hard to stay at home this month.
When: 2-12 April
The Dubai Cup is the fifth championship in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and attracts some of the world’s top polo players to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. Enjoy watching the competition during a fun day out with family and friends, and while you watch the teams, the children can keep themselves occupied in the special children’s area.
When: 3-6 April
Gov Games 2019
In its second year, the Gov Games sees teams made up of government employees battle it out on a purpose-built obstacle course at Kite Beach in Jumeirah. The event created to encourage team spirit and promote the importance of sport, will end with a womens team and mens team crowned "Gov Games Champions", and receive a Dhs 1 million prize per team.
WASLA, an Arabic alternative music festival, the platform dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African musicians is bringing a set list of Arab artists including Massar Egbari, El Morabba3, Cairokee, 47Soul and Mashrou’ Leila to the city. Talent from around the region celebrates diversity and culture with an array of great live entertainment and outdoor experience at Burj Park.
When: 6-18 April
Al Marmoom Heritage Village
A family fun event weaved around Emirati heritage and camel races aims to promote and preserve Arabic culture in an entertaining way. The two-week festival features Arabic and international music and dance performances, Dubai Police's supercars, art and craft zones and creative heritage pathways. Entry is free.
When: 11 April
British comedian Al Murray returns to Dubai with his unique style of stand up comedy. Very popular in the UK, Murray's shows are always sold out and the reason he is often referred to as one of the funniest comedians on the circuit.
When: 11-13 April
Middle East Film And Comic Con
Every comic enthusiasts dream is back for three days of comic fun. Fans dress up as their favourite superhero and descend on the Dubai World Trade Centre to meet some of their favourite characters and source some rare comic memorabilia. Each day features entertainment, workshops, competitions and an exhibition to buy all your comic wants.
When: 12 April
Indian Stand-Up Comedian Vir Das
Indian stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das is set to perform live inside the 850-seat Rajmahal Theatre at Bollywood Parks. Known for his witty observations and sense of humour, Das will take you on a laughter ride as he shares funny anecdotes from his life and surroundings leaving you in stiches. Tickets start at Dhs 125 and include full day access to the park and its rides.
When: 14 April
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.
When: 18 April
Ard Matthews And Watershed
Singer-songwriter Ard Matthews of ‘Just Jinjer’ will share the stage with rock band Watershed at Dubai Opera bringing the contemporary rock landscape to life as it harmonises with a traditional South African repertoire. The performance will showcase a line-up of hit rock songs of the country.
When: 18-19 April
Ramadan Trunk Show
Boulevard One, an online platform for Pakistani and Indian fashion in Dubai, is gearing up for Ramadan with a trunk show. Explore the latest collections by top designers from across the subcontinent and spruce up your wardrobes in time for all the festivities that come with Ramadan and Eid.
When: 18-20 April
Yas Movies in the Park
Free movie extravaganza at du Arena, Yas Island returns this year with a blockbuster line-up including family, fun and adventurous movies. Expect to watch The Incredibles, Finding Dory and Happy Feet among others. A dedicated kids zone and food trucks are the fun add-ons. VIP tickets start at Dhs 65.
When: 25 April
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.
When: 25, 26 and 30 April
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 month’s tour features Daliso Chaponda, Dana Alexander and George Zach. With five shows in Dubai and one in Ras Al Khaimah all spread across different venues, you are never too far from the laughter.
When: 26-27 April
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.
If all the events planned for April are not enough to get you excited, then take a look at what Dubai has to offer over the next few months. More sports, concerts, comedy and activities for everyone.
When: 1-3 May
Omega Dubai Ladies Classic 2019
An eminent professional golf tournament with an impressive prize purse of over Dhs 2,000,000 (€500,000) attracts top female golf players from across the globe to compete for the coveted title. Returning to Emirates Golf Club’s flagship Majlis Course, the 2019 tournament will be a part of Spain’s Andalucia Open.
When: 4-17 May
Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament
Held during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will return for its seventh edition. The tournament tests mental and physical strength and celebrates the winning spirit during the month that signifies nobility. Competitions include sports like basketball, volleyball and wheelchair basketball for people of determination.
When: 5 May-4 June (not confirmed)
The Holy Month Of Ramadan
Experience a different side of the Emirate as Ramadan, the Holy Month of self-reflection for Muslims begins. Working hours are adjusted to finish early and the city comes alive after sunset with the breaking of the fast at Iftar. The city hosts a number of cultural events and lavish Iftar dinners. The exact dates will be determined by the moon sighting closer to the time.
When: 10 May
Run The Track Ramadan Edition
The Dubai Autodrome is organising a special edition of the evening Ramadan run to merge the spiritual month with health awareness. Runners can choose from 3km, 5km or 10km distances and all those who finish get a medal of appreciation. Entry is free.
When: 16 May
Desert Road Runners Iftar Challenge
Race through the beautiful sceneries of Mushrif Park with Desert Road Runners. Participants can opt for 5km distance and a 2km path for juniors, open to racers of all ages. All junior runners and Desert Road Runners club members can join this community run for free with advanced registration. For others, tickets start at Dhs 75. The race begins at 7.30pm.
When: 3-5 June (not confirmed)
Eid Al FitrEid Al
Fitr celebrations mark the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. During Eid, families and friends get together to enjoy the holiday and celebrate in one anothers company. The city is filled with offers inlcuding a host of dining options, great concerts and shopping bonanza. The exact date of Eid Al Fitr depends on the moon sighting closer to the festival.
When: 15 June-13 September
Dubai Sports World
An indoor stadium for Dubai Sports World will bring outdoor sports into a 25,000 sqm air conditioned space at Dubai World Trade Centre. Continue playing your favourite sports indoor during the Summer. Be it football, basketball, cricket, or table tennis, you will have it all at this indoor facility.