Dubai is very popular for being a melting pot of cultures, merging a spectrum of tastes in food, arts and music. So it’s no surprise that several diverse events are held here throughout the year. With the weather being very pleasant this time of the year, spring is one of the best seasons to experience some of these events. Let’s explore a few of the major cultural activities taking place in Dubai through April and May.
Held every Friday at Zabeel Park, Dubai Ripe Food Market is frequented by Dubai residents and visitors alike and has become very popular for what it offers in fresh, local produce as well as quirky fashion items and home accessories in a great outdoor atmosphere. You can shop at more than 100 stalls run by local organic farms, contemporary home grown restaurant and café concepts, as well as artisans and designers. Spend an entire day sampling everything from fresh berries to delicious twists on regional dishes. There are new vendors each week too, so you’ll have plenty of different treats to discover. Admittance to the market is free, although you’ll need to pay the park’s entry fees.
Dubai Art Season is an innovative initiative supported by the Government of Dubai and combines a number of events revolving around modern and traditional art. This year, you can enjoy plenty of art installations and exhibitions at galleries, parks and public spaces. Visit Contemporary Art at the Boulevard; an exhibition showcasing beautiful works by international and local artists. Held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, the exhibition runs until the end of April and entrance is free of charge.
There are also several workshops that you can participate in to bring out your creative side. Head to JBR, The Walk and try your hand at the delicate art of origami. You can also treat the entire family to a day of painting at Zabeel Park as part of the Window of Opportunities workshop. Participants will be provided with paints and other materials that they can use to create art works on a large window.
For a fun-filled day of sightseeing and art, hop on the ArtBus, a shuttle that provides guided tours of Dubai’s major galleries, studios, art centres, alternative art spaces and art fairs.
Visitors to Dubai have the opportunity to learn about Emirati culture and traditions this April. The Live Our Heritage Festival will be held at the Heritage Village, Shindagah Historical Neighbourhood and will run from 17 April to 23 April. The festival promises traditional Emirati music, dance performances and workshops to give visitors insight into Emirati heritage. Delve into the UAE’s history as you learn about how people lived and flourished in this part of the world, sample some of the local foods and rub shoulders with the residents of Dubai.
For years, fans of Russian pop music have been entertained by famous popstar Valeriy Meladze as he visits Dubai each spring. This year, the singer is set to return for performances over two gala evenings on 4 May and 5 May. The concert will be held at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel, located along Jumeirah Beach Road. Tickets are priced starting AED500 per person and the programme includes a cocktail reception and dinner.
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