The best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai in March, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars and spas, cinema, concerts and festivals.
Finally, after months of ever-so-slightly restrictive weather, we can absolutely guarantee November will be perfect. It really the Get Outdoors time of year and traditionally a month for a raft of exciting new openings. So what's stopping you? Check out our list below and be inspired to make the most of November.
The BBC Proms, the world's largest classical music festival, together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, is coming to Dubai!
Taking place from March 21 to 24 2017, tickets for the event will go on sale on November 3 for as little as Dhs50.
BBC Proms Dubai will host a varied programme including core classical repertoire, British music and new music.
Composer Mohammed Fairouz’s music will feature in the festival alongside world premieres of works by Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh and Australian-Egyptian composer Joseph Tawadros.
It’s only the second time in 122 years of existence that the orchestral tour de force leaves British shores, making this occasion all the more special.
And what better setting to house the four-day concert sessions than Dubai Opera? It’s a fine replacement for London’s Royal Albert Hall, where the televised performances are usually held.
The Proms, more formally known as the BBC Proms or Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually.
Speaking to Dubai Eye, Dubai Opera's CEO Jasper Hope revealed the news.
"I'm delighted to announce the world's largest and undeniably greatest classical music festival is coming to Dubai Opera next March. We are absolutely delighted. It is such as a famous event, an iconic thing, and we're only the second ever country to host it outside the UK.
"In the UK, it is the most extraordinary and varied programme over two full months in an variety of different venues, accomodating all kinds of artists."
He added: "This has been in the works for around 18 months, pretty much since I arrived in Dubai, we started talking about exporting this fantastic event.
"[The Dubai shows] will represent a sample of what The Proms stands for, including local composers, world premieres and compositions, as well Mozart and Elgar; there will be the full range."
When asked about the most well-known element of the British event, Hope confirmed: "We will have a Last Night. It will be the traditional Last Night, as people know it with a local component added in. Flag celebrations is what it is all about. It is about national fervour and celebrating through music."
Edward Gardner is expected to lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers performing Last Night favourites including Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia! and Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.
A never-before-experienced music festival will take over Dubai Opera in March and April of 2017.
Known as White Nights, the 10-day run will bring together a carefully curated collection of the brightest and biggest stars from the world of music, including Jamie Cullum, Katherine Jenkins, world famous violinist David Garrett and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, among others.
Announced in September 2016, excitement was cranked up the maximum early on when Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe were the first stars to be confirmed for a performance at the venue.
Welsh Mezzo Soprano Jenkins is one of the most famous contemporary voices in her genre, while Brit Boe is widely regarded as his nation's finest tenor. The former has released a staggering 10 studio albums in the last 15 or so years, having first hit the headlines at the age of just 23.
Her status has seen her tour alongside the likes of Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Jose Carreras, while she is the go-to vocalist for significant public events in her homeland such as the Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and her 90th Birthday at Windsor Castle.
Boe, meanwhile, has made massive inroads into the USA, winning awards for his theatrical performances on Broadway, namely a Tony in Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 revival of ‘La Boheme’. He has just finished a critically-acclaimed run in Les Miserables in London and New York.
Like Jenkins, the 41-year-old has managed to take his vocal talent into the mainstream, most notably performing alongside Pete Townsend, Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
Their announcement was followed by confirmation of Jonas Kaufmann's Dubai debut; the German singer is one of the biggest stars in the opera world, and has been called ‘the most important, versatile tenor of his generation'.
German violin maestro Garrett was next on the list, a man with over two decades experience at the very top. His career has been spent trying and succeeding in crossing the classical instrument over into the mainstream.
He will be joined on stage on Friday April 7 by the Georgian born pianist Buniatishvili and brilliant Romanian born soprano Gheorghiu.
Closing the festival is Jamie Cullum, on April 8. Known for his spontaneity and charisma on stage, the man from Rochford in Essex, to the north east of London, is one of very few jazz artists who have broken into the mainstream music scene, with hits like What a Difference a Day Made, Pure Imagination and Everlasting Love.
He's also collaborated with big names including Rihanna and Mark Ronson to create massive pop hits.
With just over a fortnight to go until the Dubai World Cup, check out which runners and riders are in hot form at the final Meydan race night before the main event. Get there early and grab a grandstand seat. Don’t forget those binoculars… Free. 5pm-10pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com.
If you’re watching the Six Nations, head to Loca for all-you-can-eat tacos, too. Today, it’s Italy v France (5.30pm) and England v Scotland (8pm). Dhs85. Match days (March 10, 11, 18). Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road; Loca 2.0, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (004 449 4455).
Ladies, ease into the new working week with Gaucho’s Saturday Retreat, which features a 60-minute yoga session, a 45-minute nutrition course and a three-course “feel good” 500-calorie lunch at the Argentinian steakhouse. Dhs230. March 11, 18 and 25, 10am-1pm.
The new four-piece play every Saturday. Vocals are led by the astounding Claudia Patrice, accompanied by piano, double bass, sax and drums, putting a contemporary twist on classic ’30s jazz and ’50s blues.
The club’s new igloo (yup, igloo) means you can now party, on the beach, in sub-zero temperatures. Featuring a selfie wall, laser light shows, smoke machines and a frosted booth where surprise guest DJs play fresh and old-school house beats. Guests get entry for two with the purchase of two selected short beverages.
Midday hunger pangs? Treat yourself to a two-course business lunch at The Scene for Dhs75. The seasonally changing dishes include chopped raw beef with a crispy hen’s egg, a hearty pea risotto and pan-fried sea bass (pictured). Dhs75. Sun-Thu noon-6pm. Ongoing.
Celebrate Italy and live the good life at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi where there will be food stations offering traditional Italian favourites from cold cuts and cheeses to risotto, pizzas, pastas, gelato and more. Free entry, food prices vary. 4pm-11pm.
Nibble on some afternoon treats in the lush Lakeside Garden at The Palace Downtown Dubai. This month, the hotel has a special tea inspired by the Eaux Parfumées Collection by Bvlgari. Dhs200 (tea), Dhs300 (juniper beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). Wed, Fri, Sat 1pm-4pm. Until March 31.
Celebrate an entire decade of this sports bar favourite with ten days of promotions on food and drinks. Selected beverages will cost just Dhs25, with main courses ranging from Dhs50-99, including steaks and steak sandwiches among other signature dishes. Prices vary. Mar 19-29, 4pm-7pm, 11pm-2am.
Order any Chez sushi bento box (including salmon teriyaki or sashimi and sushi) during happy hour at lunchtime and get Dhs15 off the bill. From Dhs61. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Various locations including Al Wasl Road, Dubai Marina and Arabian Ranches (800 78744).
If you haven’t got yourself a striking fascinator for the Dubai World Cup yet, head to BurJuman’s International Millinery Exhibition. The event features more than 500 headpieces, so whether you want something small and tasteful or to stand out from the crowd, you’ll find something perfect. Prices vary. Daily 10am-10pm. Until March 24.