Things to be aware of this month
Dubai International Boat Show: March 3-7
A chance to gaze on in awe at a fleet of gorgeous, insanely expensive water vessels that you kid yourself you’ll be behind the helm of one day. Still, it’s fun to pretend for a while, isn’t it?
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: March 3-7
The Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word returns to Dubai’s Festival City, providing an ideal chance to pick up a few good reads to see you through the rest of the year. 120 authors are expected to attend — a lot of them ready to give you budding writers out there some pointers on that life-changing novel you’ve been trying to pen for the past 20 years.
Ed Sheeran: March 5
The 23-year-old solo virtuoso will be stopping in the Middle East for one night only, strumming through a selection of his bestselling hits at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.
Taste of Dubai: March 12-15
Returning for the eighth year and pitching up its foodie flag at Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre, this year’s Taste of Dubai will host even more new restaurants and chefs, dishing out their finest gastronomic offerings and advice for one weekend only.
Drake: March 14
Joining Ed Sheeran as another music coup for the region this month, hip-hop superstar Drake will be ringing in his first performance in these parts at the Dubai International Stadium. Expect a lot of bling and, no doubt, some amended lyrics.
Art Dubai: March 18–21
Back for its ninth year, and with over 90 galleries across three programmes, the MENA region’s leading art fair is back at the Madinat as part of Dubai’s Art Week.
Christie’s Dubai Auction: March 19
The famed auction house’s first watch sale of the year is taking place in Dubai, with 185 beautiful timepieces from likes of Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Söhne, going under the hammer at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Paddle boards and chequebooks at the ready…
Dubai World Cup: March 28
Whether or not you consider it the region’s “biggest social event” of the year (as it is routinely termed), it’s still the world’s richest horse race and, more importantly, a chance to get decked out in your finest threads at the Meydan.
What’s showing: Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The long-awaited (in our office at least) sequel to the stupidly lovable 2010 romp sees the four idiotic friends this time sent to the future to stop an assassination. A nonsensical but highly welcome respite to all those serious Oscar contenders you’ve been doggedly striking off your “to watch” list over the last month or so.
What’s definitely not showing: 50 Shades of Grey
With the best part of 40 minutes reportedly cut from the sexually controversial flick in a bid to make it suitable for local audiences, the National Media Council and relevant distributors have decided to pull the release of what surely must be most overhyped film of the year. Sorry, ladies.