New for 2019
1.SHOW YOUR JAZZ HANDS
The legendary music festival lives on, and this year the 17th edition of The Dubai International Jazz Festival boasts a truly glittering array of talent. Irish rockers Snow Patrol are set to perform on the opening evening on 20 February, jazz-funk band Jamiroquai are also taking to the stage and none other than Alicia Keys is closing the show on the 22 February. The superstar will be returning to the UAE for the first time since her Set The World On Fire tour back in 2013, and we’re sure she’ll have the crowds Fallin’ for her dreamy voice once more. • Visit dubaijazzfest.com
2. HAVE A (PLATE) SMASHINGLY GOOD GREEK MEAL
Is this the year that Greek eateries – Greekeries? – finally get cool? We think so. With four opening in Dubai in the space of three months, you can get your feta fix at traditional hotspot Opa, at Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, or go fancy at Gaia in DIFC and devour their seabream carpaccio. Finally, look forward to modern mezze and a celebratory atmosphere in Avli by Tasha’s in DIFC and authentic dishes at Ammos at Rixos Premium on JBR. Bring on the avalanche of halloumi…
3.THE POPE POPS BY
The Pope is coming to Dubai! No, really. In a landmark moment, Pope Francis will touch down in DXB from 3-5 February, marking his first visit to the UAE. According to reports, the Vatican said the pope had accepted an invitation from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. A lucky 120,000 locals will be accommodated to the mass he is holding in the city, which is yet to be disclosed. • Visit uaepapalvisit.org
4.MAKE WAY FOR A MIDDLE EASTERN MUSICAL DEBUT
Phantom of the Opera – the record-breaking theatrical blockbuster – is coming to Dubai Opera this autumn. Hoorah! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show is largely regarded as one of the most popular musicals in the world (it’s won more than 70 major theatrical awards, including seven Tony Awards on Broadway).
It’s also the longest-running show in Broadway history. Tickets for the unmissable production are available to purchase now, so get them while you can. • Visit dubaiopera.com
5.INDULGE IN A FESTIVAL FANTASY
A round of applause for RedFestDXB, please, for securing a stellar line-up of performers for their annual event. The delicious mixture stars Cuban-American singer (and former Fifth Harmony band member) Camila Cabello, US rapper Macklemore and British star Jess Glynne. The artists will all be taking to the stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre over 14 and 15 February. Tickets start from Dhs395 and can be purchased from redfestdxb.com. See you in the crowd…
6.IBIZA IS COMING TO DUBAI (KIND OF)
Ocean Beach Ibiza, one of the party island’s best known hotspots, is opening in Dubai this year. Allow us to tell you more. The recently rebranded ‘O Beach Ibiza’ promises pool parties, banging beats and beautiful people in attendance. Although a venue has not been confirmed, sources widely suggest it will open in Dubai Design District. Looking even further forward, O Beach has hinted at expansions to Croatia and London, so it’s going to be a truly global clubbing experience. Bring it on.
While there is undeniably greatTV hitting our screens this year (we’re looking at you, The Lion King and series two of Big Little Lies) 2019 is all about socialising in real life, and here, we’ve rounded up the best DXB-based activities you need to pencil in the diary