Update: Due to the global Covid-19 outbreak, The Huntr recommends double-checking all of the events listed here before making any plans. Many events have been cancelled and postponed. We aim to keep the guide updated but there may be some delay in announcements and live updates taking effect.
March has arrived and has brought with it an abundance of events, fairs, festivals, exhibitions and dining experiences to satisfy all palates. Your friends at The Huntr have scoured our insider resources to provide you with the definitive guide to everything worth your attention in the Emirates this March 2020.
The month’s highlights include the return of the MENA region’s leading art fair, Art Dubai; the Middle East debut of Ultra Music Festival; the SIKKA Art Fair, held in the historic Al Fahidi district; a programme of curated film screenings held at contemporary arts institution, Jameel Arts Centre; the continuation of the Dubai Food Festival; and much more.
So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in…
Note: We will keep this guide regularly updated with any confirmed events as the month gets underway, stay tuned.
FOLLY BY NICK AND SCOTT LAUNCH A NEW SUNDOWNERS DEAL, ALL MONTH LONG
March may be the last month before the scorching UAE summer hits to enjoy outdoor activities without the burden of a sweaty upper lip. And what better way to enjoy the month’s mild temperatures than by sampling Folly by Nick and Scott’s new ‘Wind Down After Work’ sundowner deal? Featuring one of the city’s most impressive rooftop views, the venue is one of the best spots to impress visitors, enjoy a romantic date or even to grab a cheeky drink after getting your culture fix at the nearby Art Dubai fair (more on that below).
The deal, which can be availed Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, offers two hours of unlimited grape, complemented with a classic European grazing board to nibble on for 150AED per person.
When: Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
TREAT YOUR TASTEBUDS TO A FARM FRESH TASTING TOUR, ALL MONTH UNTIL MARCH 14TH
Emirates Bio Farm, in partnership with Dubai Food Festival, has launched a new farm fresh tasting tour. The experience offers visitors the chance to visit the organic farm, located amidst the red desert dunes of Al Shuwaib, to learn about sustainable farming and taste a variety of plant-based, organic dishes.
The tour is priced at 275AED per person and includes an itinerary of welcome drinks, a tasting tour of 12 distinctive flavour profiles and a five course farm-to-table dinner with a specially-curated menu of freshly-harvested ingredients prepared with robust aromatic seasonal flavors.
When: February 28th to March 14th
CONTEMPLATE THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY WITH ‘PLASTIC’, A GROUP EXHIBITION HELD AT TASHKEEL, MARCH 4TH TO APRIL 14TH
This month, Tashkeel will host a thought-provoking group exhibition, entitled Plastic. The exhibit will spotlight the work of over 30 UAE-based artists, which will examine “the imagined and actual environmental, social, economic, cultural dimensions of the plastics issue that has led to the wasteland engulfing us.”
Through this showcase, Tashkeel has posited its objective to encourage open dialogue around single-use plastic and environmentally-conscious alternatives.
The exhibition will make its way to Tashkeel, Al Fahidi from March 19th to March 29th as part of Sikka 2020 (more on that to come).
When: March 4th to April 14th
INDULGE YOUR INNER FANGIRL (OR BOY) AT THE MIDDLE EAST FILM AND COMIC CON, MARCH 5TH TO MARCH 7TH
The Middle East Film and Comic Con returns to Dubai a month earlier than its usual April premiere date this 2020. The annual convention brings together comic book fans, creators and experts at an event where they can attend panels, go to parties and participate in discussions all centered around comics and pop culture.
The convention will feature the region’s biggest cosplay competition, signing sessions, meet and greets, workshops, live music and an impressive celebrity line up, including Aladdin actor, Mena Massoud; ‘Man of Steel’ Brandon Routh; Carice van Houten from Game of Thrones; the iconic John Rhys Davies, known for his roles in Indiana Jones and the Lord of the Rings trilogy; among others…
When: March 5th to March 7th
THE DUBAI FOOD FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH DUBAI RESTAURANT WEEK, MARCH 5TH TO MARCH 14TH
Calling all fellow foodies… Don’t miss out on a chance to dine at the Dubai Food Festival this month. Visitors to the the festival can sample exclusive set menus from 36 of Dubai’s finest establishments, specially-crafted for the festival’s coveted Restaurant Week.
From the Emirates Bio Farm’s organic food tour to LOWE’s culinary journey celebrating the history of Dubai, there’s something happening to satisfy all budgets and palates.
When: March 5th to March 14th
Where: Various locations all over Dubai
WAREHOUSE421 PRESENTS ‘THE CUP AND THE SAUCER’ EXHIBITION, MARCH 5TH TO MAY 17TH
Premiering this spring at Warehouse421, The Cup and Saucer marks Emirati artist Hashel Al Lakmi’s first solo show. Curated by Warehouse421’s own Munira Al Sayegh the showcase is the largest exhibit for both artist and curator and the culmination of a two-year collaboration between the Emirati duo.
The exhibition and its title derive inspiration from the “metaphorical stance of two objects [the cup and the saucer] created for one another, which only exist as separates when they are pulled away from one another by another factor.” The showcase will feature a wide range of mediums, from paintings and sculptures to video works and sound pieces, with each distinct piece working together to complement its neighbours, underscoring themes of unity, separation, and individualism.
When: March 7th to May 17th
MARAYA ART CENTRE INTRODRUCES SPRING PROGRAMME, MARCH 7TH TO JULY 25TH
Sharjah non-profit art space and cultural platform, Maraya Art Centre has announced the addition of two new exhibitions as part of its upcoming spring programme.
The first of the two exhibitions, Re-arranging the Riddle, marks Emirati artist, Shaikha Al Mazrou‘s first solo show. The pieces shown will attempt to “investigate the dialectic between an autobiographic component and the abstraction of a visual solution that suggests intimacy while denying it at the same time”.
The Place I Call Home, an exhibition commissioned by The British Council and in collaboration with Ffotogallery will follow. Comprised of a photo exhibition and a public outreach programme, the project aims to use “contemporary photography to explore the idea of home related to the experiences of young people living in the Gulf and the UK at a time of rapid change and social mobility”.
When: March 7th to July 25th
Where: Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
IRAQI-AMERICAN ARTIST MICHAEL RAKOWITZ’S FIRST MIDDLE EAST SOLO SHOW TAKES OVER THE JAMEEL ARTS CENTRE, MARCH 11TH TO MARCH 27TH
This season, contemporary art institution Jameel Arts Centre will debut renowned Iraqi-American artist, Michael Rakowitz’s first solo exhibition in the Middle East. The exhibit will feature eight major installations, which are set to take over the first two levels of the venue.
Working with a variety of mediums including architecture, artefacts, and food, Rakowitz “excavates personal, social and material histories and connects seemingly disparate stories across time and space.” The artist has stated a particular interest in investigating how pop culture may be used to access shared cultural narratives. The exhibition will feature the following installations: The invisible enemy should not exist, The Breakup, The flesh is yours the bones are ours, paraSITE, Enemy Kitchen and lamassu.
When: March 11th to March 27th
EXPERIENCE TASTE OF DUBAI, MARCH 12TH TO MARCH 14TH
Taste of Dubai, the city’s annual food, drink and music festival is back for its 13th edition. The three-day event will feature a wealth of cooking competitions, appearances by local and international celebrity chefs, musical performances and the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the city’s finest establishments.
When: March 12th to March 14th
SAY CHEERS AT THE DUBAI COCKTAIL FESTIVAL, MARCH 12TH TO MARCH 26TH
The Dubai Cocktail Festival is back by popular demand. The second edition of the two-week event will be celebrated at over 70 venues across the city. Participating venues will offer a selection of specially crafted signature drinks starting from only 40AED.
When: March 19th to March 29th
Where: Various locations in Dubai
SNOOPY BEATS RETURNS TO FUJAIRAH, MARCH 13TH & 14TH
Snoopy Beats, the annual Fujairah music festival is back for a two-day rave on the shores of Snoopy Island. The 2020 edition, entitled Elysium, is described as “an epic reunion of the greatest warriors, legends and heroes our world has ever seen,” promising to take visitors on an unforgettable adventure alongside Pharaohs, Romans, Greeks, and Vikings.
The year’s headliners include Bachir Salloum, Daylomar, Dave Dinger and Josephine de Retour, to name a few.
When: March 13th & March 14th
CELEBRATE GIRL POWER WITH PUMA’S RISE INK EVENT, MARCH 14TH
This March, PUMA invites the hustlers and the unafraid to the launch of their new Rise sneaker as part of a campaign to shine a light on females working in the creative sphere—from art and culture, to fashion and sport.
The event will feature Dubai’s first ever tattoo parlor, but the needle-fearing need not worry—all “tattoos” will be courtesy of renowned henna artist Dr. Azra, who will be providing original henna designs. The event will also offer visitors complementary hair braiding. Beats will be provided by powerhouse DJs Megatronic and DJ Don’t Touch My Hair.
Keep an eye on the PUMA ME Instagram for more details.
When: 5pm to 8pm, March 14th
EXPLORE THE POST-DIGITAL CONDITION AT THE SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION’S ‘ART IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY’, MARCH 21ST TO JUNE 21ST
Contemporary art and culture centre, the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) brings together an international group of contemporary artists for its latest exhibition, entitled Art in the Age of Anxiety. The showcase will present over 60 diverse works from sculpture, prints, video, virtual reality, robotics and algorithmic programs developed by 30+ international artists. Curated by SAF Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Omar Kholeif, the exhibit exists as a culmination of over a decade of research.
The exhibition “conjures the bombardment of information, misinformation, emotion, deception and secrecy that invades online and offline life in the age of digital technology…” with the intent of extrapolating upon the ‘post-digital’ condition.
When: March 21st to June 21st
GALLERIES NIGHT RETURNS TO ALSERKAL FOR ART MONTH, MARCH 23RD
Alserkal Avenue, the region’s foremost arts centre, is bringing back its eagerly anticipated Galleries Night this March. Each year, all across the avenue, galleries and creative concepts stay open late for passersby to discover brand new art exhibitions. The event invites friends, families, artists, and art enthusiasts from across the Emirates to explore its warehouses and experience art under the stars. Expect plenty of entertainment and foodie concepts too.
Galleries Night at Alserkal Avenue is free and open to the public so that everyone can enjoy art in an inspiring setting.
When: 6pm to 10pm, March 23rd
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX AT THE REGION’S BIGGEST ART FAIR, MARCH 25TH TO MARCH 28TH
Art Month is once again upon us and brings with it a chance to see Dubai come to life with various art installations, pop-ups, workshops, talks and events at the 14th edition of Art Dubai.
Amid the ongoing health implications of the COVID-19, the annual art fair has announced that it will debut a new format with a “programme tailored to the local cultural community instead, including existing fair programme contributors and thought-leaders. The new format is planned to run on the same dates, and will present events, exhibitions, talks and strands of the existing Art Dubai programme. These will include local and regional gallery presentations, Global Art Forum, Residents and Campus Art Dubai.”
We will update the guide with more information when further details of the programme are announced.
When: March 25th to March 28th
Compiled by Mila Zafirovic exclusively for The Huntr