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The best things to do in Dubai this March

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From art fairs to sporting events, there’s plenty to look forward to this month

Race to victory

Drawing yet another thrilling season of horse racing to a close, Dubai World Cup 2022 will see the world’s best jockeys and the finest thoroughbreds competing for top honours at Meydan Racecourse. As one of the world’s richest days in equestrian sports, the event will see racing royalty, trackside enthusiasts and fashionistas descend on the venue on March 26, 2022. Aside from the trackside action, Dubai World Cup promises gourmet experiences, a dazzling display of fashion and live music.

Art in the city

The 15th edition of Art Dubai is set to take place at Madinat Jumeirah from March 11 to 13, 2022.

March is an exciting time for art enthusiasts in Dubai as one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs returns to the emirate. The 15th edition of Art Dubai is set to take place at Madinat Jumeirah from March 11 to 13, 2022. This year’s fair will feature more than 100 contemporary and modern galleries from over 40 countries, including more than 30 first-time participants. Art Dubai is also introducing a new section of the fair this year – Art Digital – which will shine a light on the development of art in the digital realm, such as digital art galleries and innovative NFT platforms from around the world.

A night at the opera

Promising a spectacle that the city has never seen before, Dubai Opera is all set to host the renowned Dresden Opera Ball on March 14. World-class performers and modern culture will mix together to ensure an unmissable experience produced by the founders of the famous Semper Opera Ball – a project that aims to support and strengthen the relationships among the European, Russian and Arab cultures. The evening will see the operatic greats perform in the UAE, including Placido Domingo, Fatma Said, Valeriya, Svetlana Zakharova, Vadim Repin, Fabio Mastrangelo and Dresden Chamber Orchestra. All guests will be treated to a three-course menu curated by Armani Hotel Dubai.

In the spotlight

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first international exhibition of 2022 is currently underway. Titled Versailles and the World, this stunning showcase – held in partnership with Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon – will run until June 4. Through fascinating exhibits, the display tells the story of the transformation of Versailles. In the past, global cultures and aesthetics found themselves represented at Versailles as it began welcoming foreign dignitaries from all around the world. These visits ushered in an era of artistic and commercial exchanges, which is now brought to life in this immersive exhibition through an array of objects, from Chinese and Japanese lacquerware to wallpapers and porcelain.

Ride with the waves

Dubai Kitesurf Competition

A thrilling sport to witness, the kitesurfing competition will run from March 5 to 6

Nessnass Beach becomes the heart of the UAE’s growing kitesurfing community this month as athletes go head-to-head in the Dubai Kitesurf Competition. The annual event is a highlight of Dubai International Marine Club’s sporting calendar, which includes various waterborne tournaments, such as sailing, rowing and fishing. A thrilling sport to witness, the kitesurfing competition will run from March 5 to 6. Participants from around the world will descend on the emirate to take on the waves and wind with their parachute-like kites, designed to help them gain speed and agility on the water.

Art for all

World Art Dubai

Dubai World Trade Centre is all set to host the seventh edition of World Art Dubai this year. A headline event of Dubai Art Season, the fair will run from March 16 to 19.

Dubai World Trade Centre is all set to host the seventh edition of World Art Dubai this year. A headline event of Dubai Art Season, the fair will run from March 16 to 19. The event presents art enthusiasts with the best opportunity to explore an exciting new world of affordable art and discover new perspectives in creativity. It will bring together a spectacular collection of more than 2,000 artistic works from renowned international galleries as well as acclaimed and emerging artists from around the world. Also, as the region’s most accessible and affordable retail art fair, visitors can find pieces starting from just AED367. 

Get your geek on

MEFCC

This year, Middle East Film and Comic Con will celebrate 10 years of uniting movie, TV and comic lovers in the UAE. The region’s largest pop culture festival, it will run from March 4 to 6 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi. Celebrating comics, movies, anime, manga and more, the three-day show will feature a series of competitions, workshops and talks with A-list celebrities. There’s also the chance to obtain exclusive artwork and invest in limited editions of renowned comic books.

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