Entertainment & The Arts in Dubai
When the sun sets, the city comes to life in Dubai! The street lights are turned on, all the buildings are glowing and the streets fill up with crowds of Emiratis and visitors. Dubai sets the bar for world-class entertainment and the opportunities are endless. Whether you want a night on the town, to discover cutting-edge art and film, experience performing arts, head to the Festival of Literature or see a live music performer, it’s all possible in Dubai!
Cutting-Edge Art in Dubai
Dubai has one of the fastest growing art scenes in the Middle East and there are a range of events in fine art, design, architecture and street art to get involved in. There’s even a whole month dedicated to art! Every March Art Dubai, SIKKA Art Fair, Design Days Dubai and Art Week all join forces to bring thousands of world-leading artists, designers, gallery owners and experts to the city. Featuring exhibitions, shows, initiatives, projects, programs, festivals and so much more, Dubai in March is a must for art fanatics. One of the many events hosted during Dubai’s Month of Art is the region’s leading international art fair Art in Dubai. For over a decade Art in Dubai have been showcasing an extensive list of galleries from a range of countries as a prominent platform for discovering upcoming artists, galleries and trends. It’s not just about exhibitions though, there’s an array of commissioned projects, initiatives, discussions and programs occurring over the three days too. The art scene is year round in Dubai so don’t fret if you’re not there in March. Discover the established and emerging artists from UAE and the rest of the world at the art galleries that are scattered across the three main art hubs – Al Quoaz, Dubai International Financial Centre and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
Performing Arts & Music
Dubai is a one-stop-shop for everything performing arts and theatre. Many venues around the city offer a year-round entertainment program featuring theatre productions, gallery exhibitions, dance demonstrations and workshops. Dance plays a big part in the culture of Dubai and there are always dance performances and shows happening around the city. Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), The Fridge, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Opera and Madinat Theatre are just a few of the best places to catch performing art, dance and theatre shows.
There’s also several venues around Dubai offering live music as well as annual festivals. The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre consists of three days’ worth of live performances from hundreds of international artists. The Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is where most large music events in Dubai are held. It’s hosted international acts like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga! Smaller venues in the city, such as Societe and The Fridge, frequently offer live music too.
Poetry & Literature
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings poetry to the Middle East! It’s the largest UAE celebration of the written and spoken word. The weeklong festival is a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to meet world famous authors, listen to readings, take part in workshops, attend literary debates and be challenged with writing competitions and quizzes. The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is an educational experience where creative minds come together to share their love of reading and writing. Thousands of passionate readers and writers gather in Dubai along with hundreds of writers, thinkers and speakers from all over the world for this festival. There’s hundreds of sessions and activities designed to appeal to all tastes. Whether you’re a passionate author, an amateur poet, a news reporter or you just want to enhance your literature skills, there will be something for you at The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.