When it comes to fun, you’re spoiled for choice in Dubai. Spend your downtime enjoying the city for its wealth of entertainment, with concerts and stage shows packing the agenda. Enjoy free yoga classes and a movie night with Oscar winners, or turn it up a notch at nail-biting matches between top tennis players. Get your weekend plans sorted with these top seven things to do.
Sing with the stars
Music fans, mark your diaries for Thursday when some of the region’s biggest artists belt out their top hits under one roof. Sing along with RedOne, Balqees. Nawal Al Kuwaitia and Mohammed Assaf at a musical extravaganza during Arab Hope Makers. The annual ceremony, held under the patronage and presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honours individuals who are making a positive impact in the society. Don’t miss out on this inspiring evening of non-stop entertainment.
When: 20 February
Where: Coca-Cola Arena
Movie night with Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and more
Over a week out and you’re still fighting off Oscar fever? Make your way to Cinema Akil where the Academy Award-winning period piece Little Women is playing until 27 February. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s eponymous 1868 novel, this film chronicles the coming of age of Jo March and her sisters. Along with raving reviews from critics and audiences alike, its epic cast is enough of a reason to catch a screening.
When: 21-27 February
Where: Cinema Akil
Free yoga by the sea
Two days of free yoga are coming your way during XYoga, presented by XDubai and Dubai Holding. Make the most of early morning sessions with expert yogis along the shores of Kite Beach, along with classes, workshops and health-focused activities. Top sports and nutrition brands are setting up shop too, so you can explore clothes, food and equipment to fuel a healthy lifestyle. Grab your mat and find your zen with like-minded people.
When: 21-22 February
Where: Kite Beach
Make room for tennis
Roger Federer, Bianca Andreescu, Stefanos Tsitsipas and a line-up of the world’s leading tennis players are gearing up for the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Watch the competition unfold on the court as renowned title-holders battle it out during the ATP and WTA tournaments, which saw impressive wins last year by Federer and Belinda Bencic respectively. That’s not all – there’s plenty for spectators to enjoy off the court, too.
When: 17-29 February
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Turn up the music mania
While Arab Hope Makers sets the bar for concerts in February, there’s plenty more on the city’s playlist to enjoy. Catch India’s critically-acclaimed Shillong Chamber Choir at Dubai Opera, known for revamping old and new Hindi favourites with classical instruments and vocal prowess to keep you on the edge of your seat. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti musical sensations Miami Band are performing hits including Wainik Min Zeman at Global Village.
Spotlights shine on Dubai-based artists of multiple skills throughout the weekend. Short and Sweet Theatre moves into another week of 10-minute plays, inviting collaboration between more than 300 directors, actors and writers at The Junction. Further up north, Jameel Arts Centre is prepping for a free Arabic poetry and music open mic night at the Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park.
Dress with Bollywood flair
Upcoming weddings, milestone celebrations or extravagant dinners – whatever the occasion, get a dress made to impress at the AZA Trunk Show. India’s celebrity designers Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani and more are bringing their latest collections to the racks at the Shangri-La Hotel. Try on dazzling outfits – traditional, modern or a fusion mix – and take your pick of trendy looks to make a statement wherever you go.
When: 21-22 February
Where: Shangri-La Hotel
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