What to do in March 2016
Arguably our favourite month of the year, March brings us good weather, new wardrobe options and plenty of events to keep our social calendar busy. Here are some events in March 2016 that you should be adding to your calendar:
March 1 to 5
Dubai International Boat Show
A chance to gaze in awe at a fleet of gorgeous, insanely expensive water crafts that you kid yourself into believing that you’ll be at the helm of one day. Still, it’s fun to pretend for a while, isn’t it?
March 1 to 12
Emirates Festival of Literature
The Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word returns to Dubai’s Festival City. More than 140 authors from around the world will be in town to host signings, talks and workshops, making it every bookworm’s paradise.
March 10 to 12
Taste of Dubai
Returning for a ninth year to fly its foodie flag in the Media City Amphitheatre, this edition of Taste of Dubai will host even more new restaurants and chefs, dishing out their finest gastronomic offerings and advice for one weekend only.
March 13 to 24
SIKKA Art Fair
For those that are looking for something a little more intimate than Art Dubai, there is Sikka. The first annual art fair initiative of its kind, the event was made possible thanks to the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. The event was founded to showcase Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent. Originally, the event only focused on visual arts but the even has grown over the last 5 years to cover performing arts, film, and music. This is your opportunity to experience home-grown creativity at its liveliest and best, in the heart of Dubai.
March 14 to 18
Design Days Dubai
This is the leading Design fair in the Middle East and South Asia. The event will bring together leading international designers and galleries along with up and coming designs from around the world. The fair will see a large number of collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. It will also have educational workshops, installations and live performances.
March 15 to 17
Christie’s Dubai Auction
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Middle East, this month’s event from the famed auction house is a big deal. Held over three days, the auction is separated into traditional paintings, modern and contemporary art, imported watches and a new luxury objects category — elements of style.
March 16 to 19
Art Dubai is the leading international art fair in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. This year will see the 10th edition of the event take place with around 90 galleries internationally and locally with over 500 artists from 70 nationalities. The event will have three programs: Contemporary, Modern, and Marker. These will happening in the home of the event, Madinat Jumeirah and is an event that has become one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today.
March 16 to 19
Visit the Elyx Pop-up bar
Seeing the collective creativity of Art Dubai can be tiring work, therefore we recommend that you if you’re around the Madinat it is well-worth popping in to the Elyx bar. Featuring a dramatic tropicana-chic style design and unique setting, the Elyx Bar will also have bespoke alfresco furniture including high backed Peacock Chairs, natural fibres, lounge seating and festoon lighting. There will be an exciting programme of entertainment with helping to set the after-hours vibe with quality tunes played out by some of Dubai’s finest DJs. Elyx Bar will be open for the duration of Art Dubai from 9:30pm to 2am.
March 24 to 27
Emirates Classic Car Festival
Some of the finest classic cars ever made will be littered along Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard for a weekend. Petrolheads will be able to ogle at classic cars including a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra (below); 1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing; 1969 Boss 429 Mustang; 1963 Corvette Sting Ray; and a 1969 Dodge Charger. If you’re a collector or just a car lover, there’s not much more you can ask for.
Dubai World Cup
The thundering of hooves, and the sheer audacity of women’s hats can only mean on thing: the biggest social and sporting event in the UAE is back. Held at the spectacular Meydan Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup remains the region’s premiere equestrian event, and, with a total prize pot of $30 million, it’s the richest horse race in the world. It’s certainly one not to miss.