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Things To Do This Month
Updated on 02 February 2020

Even with an extra day, February is the shortest month of the year, but it doesn't mean it is short on things to do. This month there are things for book lovers, sports enthusiasts, music fans, foodies and those that love to laugh. Take a look at our round-up of just some of what is happening this month.  

When: 4-9 February
Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature

Meet some world famous authors, take part in literary debates and workshops, and participate in a number of competitions. This year's line-up of authors includes Tayari Jones, Hoda Barakat, Mohammed Hanif, Linwood Barclay, Graeme Simsion, Mitch Albom and Omar Saif Ghobash. The event is a must for any book reading enthusiast.


When: 6 February
Camille Thomas At Dubai Opera

This February, the French-Belgian star Camille Thomas arrives for her first show at Dubai Opera with a programme of Bach’s Cello Suite Number 1, 2, 3 and 5. This rising star became the first cellist signed by the prestigious label Deutsche Grammophon in 40 years. Tickets start from Dhs 150.


When: 6-7 February

RedFestDXB returns for another edition at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Expect heavyweights Stormzy, Bastille, Martin Garrix, Cheat Codes, Machine Gun Kelly and more to perform back-to-back concerts during the two-day event. Tickets start at Dhs 395.


When: 6 and 7 and 12-14 February
Laughter Factory

The ultimate laughter roller coster returns with a new line-up of comics and four shows in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Tez Ilyas, Karen Bayley and Chris Betts will be taking to the stage and leaving their audiences in stitches with their own individual styles of stand-up comedy. Ticket prices start at Dhs 160.


When: 7 February
Pakistan International Screen Awards

Coca-Cola Arena will see Pakistan’s film celebrities walking the red carpet to collect their much deserved awards. The inimitable careers of Nadeem Baig, Ghulam Mohiuddin, and Abida Parveen will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Tickets start at Dhs 100.


When: 7 February
Bjorn Again

Fans, finally the ABBA tribute show arrives at Dubai Opera. With 5,000 shows performed in 71 countries around the world, Bjorn Again guarantee a fun-packed performance. Expect them to perform all-time dance and pop hits by the iconic Swedish group including 'Dancing Queen' and 'Money, Money, Money'. Entry tickets start at Dhs 95.


When: 8 February
Vir Das Live 

Internationally acclaimed Indian stand-up comedian, Bollywood actor and columnist, Vir Das will be performing at Dubai Opera. As part of his Loved Tour. Known for tongue-in-cheek, rather satirical humour, Das is the first Indian to land a Netflix special - Abroad Understanding.


When: 10-11 February
A-Ha Live At Dubai Opera

Pop music icons A-Ha are coming to Dubai with their Hunting High And Low tour. A-Ha singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Magne Furuholmen and guitarist Pål Waaktaar-Savoy have sold more than 55 million albums and remain one of the UK and Europe’s most loved pop bands, regularly playing stadiums and festivals. Entry starts at Dhs 250.


When: 12 February
Bloomberg Square Mile Relay

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, a corporate race series, sees financial services firms team up and compete for the title of ‘fastest firm in the city’. In groups of 10, teams will race a one-mile path from DIFC Gate Building to Gate Avenue. Tickets start from Dhs 6,100 per team of 10 runners.


When: 13 February
The Rose At QE2

A moving performance on the QE2 stage will leave audiences glued to their seats till the very end. Watch a young boy start his adventurous journey in an enchanting world where with the help of a powerful rose picked up from the garden of good and evil, he travels across the roads of mystery and redemption. Tickets start from Dhs 90.


When: 13 February 
Dubai World Cup Carnival

The build up to one of the wealthiest races across the world, Dubai World Cup, continues with another race meeting in a series of nail biting races. See leading jockeys and horses from around the world race their way to the finish line to win a hefty prize purse. Entry is free for general admission or packages are available for a luxury experience.


When: 13-14 February
Formidable! Aznavour At Dubai Opera 

The show is a musical tribute to the life of Charles Aznavour also known as France’s Frank Sinatra. Aznavour’s prolific career spanned 70 years, during which he recorded more than 1,200 songs. The show will feature a stage setting with images and videos from his career. Entry starts at Dhs 275.


When: 14 February
Maluma Live 

Latin music fans are in for a pleasant surprise as Colombian superstar Maluma will be coming to Dubai for his debut live performance in the Emirate as part of his 11:11 World Tour. Expect him to perform a number of tracks from his latest album 11:11 and much more. Entry starts from Dhs 295.


When: 14 February
SANAM Band Live 

Romance will truly be in the air this Valentine’s Day as leading Indian pop rock band Sanam, known for its renditions of old classic Bollywood songs as well as original music paves way for a magical concert in Dubai. The live concert at Bollywood Parks will also feature Indian singer and song writer Sanah Moidutty. Tickets start from Dhs 99.


When: 17-29 February
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship 

The two week long tennis championship consists of a WTA Premier 5 women’s event followed by the ATP 500 men’s competition, where top tennis stars compete to win the coveted title. Last year saw Roger Federer win his 100th overall title and eighth Dubai title. Get ready for some great tennis action.


When: 20 February-7 March
Dubai Food Festival 

The gastronomic heavy event Dubai Food Festival returns with a two-week extravaganza filled with vast food related activities. From fine dining to the 'hidden gems' of small and popular restaurants to the participation of a wide range of international restaurants, you will experience food like never before with tons of activities spread across town.


When: 21-22 February

XYoga?, ?a two-day festival of uninterrupted yoga and fitness sessions and activities?, ?is returning to Dubai's Kite Beach?. ?Now in? ?its fourth year?, ?XYoga is inviting yogis of all levels and ages to dive into expert-led?, ?quality meditation and spiritual discipline from sunrise to sundown?. ?Entry is free?.? Bring your own mats?. ?


When: 26-28 February
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Held annually at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival will be bringing top artists including One Republic, R&B singer Lauryn Hill and singer songwriter Lionel Richie, to perform live for fans in Dubai. Tickets are priced at Dhs 350 for a one day regular standing ticket and from Dhs 850 for a three day ticket.


When: 26-27 February
The Greatest Hits At QE2

The iconic floating hotel is set to bring back to back nights of entertainment taking you down memory lane to the era of Beatles, Rolling Stones and more. A talented 60s tribute band will be performing all the greatest hits of the jiving decade making you twist and shout all night. Tickets start at Dhs 355.50.


When: 27-29 February 
The Kite Runner At Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera will be hosting the stage adaption of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. The story of Amir and his friendship with Hassan, and how a series of events and incidents in Afghanistan leave a patch on their friendship and lives for ever. Tickets start from Dhs 250.


When: 28 February
Al Marmoom Women’s Cycling Challenge

The cycling challenge along the course of Al Qudra track invites all women, novice and expert to take part. Participants can choose from the distances of 10, 20 and 70km. The beautiful ride will take you through the breathtaking landscapes of Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Resort. Entry starts at Dhs 75.


When: 28-29 February 
UK Boarding School Exhibition Dubai

The exhibition, now in its 15th year, enables families living in the Gulf region to meet heads and representatives of UK boarding schools and talk to specialist education consultants. Entry is free and parents will receive a free copy of the UK Boarding Schools Directory. The event will be held at Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina. 




One thing it is safe to say about Dubai is there is rarely a quiet moment. We are spoilt with choices of all the different events and activities to enjoy and experience, and planning ahead becomes crucial. To help you out, here are just some of what you can look forward to over coming months. 

When: 4 March
Katherine Jenkins Live At Dubai Opera

Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins is coming to Dubai for a one-off night to perform at Dubai Opera. Multi-award-winning Katherine has performed all over the world, for the Pope, for Presidents and is a favourite of the Royal Family. Entry starts from Dhs 295. VIP packages are available. 


When: 5 March
Madness Live At The Irish Village

The Legendary British Ska band Madness, return to Dubai to perform their well-known hits such as 'Our House' and 'Baggy Trousers'. Led by flamboyant frontman Graham McPherson, most commonly known as Suggs, the British band will bring their party vibes to The Irish Village. Entry starts at Dhs 275.


When: 5-6 March
Lea Salonga At Dubai Opera

The Tony and Olivier Award-winner and first Asian to play Eponine in the Broadway musical Les Miserables, Lea Salonga, will be performing all her hits, ballads, and her songs from Disney classics at Dubai Opera. Younger fans will recognise her as Disney’s Princess Jasmine and Mulan. Tickets start from Dhs 250.


When: 5-7 March 
Middle East Film And
Comic Con

Pick up your favourite superhero outfit and head down to the Dubai World Trade Centre to attend the massive event where you can meet and greet your favourite comic characters, and be one as well. The event will be brimming with a wide range of entertainment options, competitions and workshops. Entry starts at Dhs 185.


When: 5-7 March
Taste Of Dubai

The city's best loved food and entertainment event returns to Dubai bigger and better. From live performances to tempting chef's tables, cooking classes, restaurants' tasting menus, entertainment options for adults and kids alike and much more. Taste of Dubai is the full package for a fun day out.


When: 6 March
Hatta Hills Run

This race will take place amid the breathtaking surroundings of Hatta region. Choose from the distances of 21, 10 and 5km route, and follow the scenic course along tree-lined villages up to Hatta Dam. There is also an option to choose a 2.5km route. Tickets start from Dhs 175.


When: 6 March
Irish Music In The Movies At QE2

Sing along to your favourite songs from renowned movies at Theatre by QE2, aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2. This show will feature live music with smashing hits from popular films such as Titanic, Gangs of New York, P.S. I Love You and more. Entry starts from Dhs 180.


When: 12 March 
Gypsy Kings At Dubai Opera

Back by popular demand, Latin pop music legends Gipsy Kings return for one night. The Gipsy Kings have introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through popular singles such as 'Bamboléo' and 'Volare'. Tickets start from Dhs 195.


When: 20 March
Midge Ure Live At The Irish Village

Scottish singer-songwriter Midge Ure will perform at The Irish Village on 20 March. Enjoy his signature hit singles including ‘Vienna’, ‘Dancing With Tears in My Eyes’ and ‘No Regrets’. The musician enjoyed significant success in the 1970s and 1980s as part of bands like Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Ultravox. Entry starts at Dhs 175.


When: 25-28 March
Art Dubai At Madinat Jumeirah

Art Dubai, an international art fair, returns for its 14th edition. The fair provides a platform for emerging talent to showcase their works alongside established artists. Attend the art fair at the bustling venue of Madinat Jumeirah to see contemporary art pieces from galleries around the world. Entry is free.


When: 27 March
Russ At Coca-Cola Arena

US rapper Russ is coming to Dubai to perform at the Coca-Cola Arena. The fame behind popular tracks 'What They Want' and 'Losin Control'. Russ’ 2017 album 'There’s Really a Wolf' was certified platinum and his follow-up record 'Zoo' ranked number four on the Billboard charts. Tickets start from Dhs 250.


When: 16-18 April
Schools And Childcare Show

Looking for a school? As well as new schools, this show helps parents explore different options including nurseries, preschools, private institutes, after school clubs and other educational facilities across Dubai, all under one roof at Dubai World Trade Centre. Entry is free.


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