Performances, plays, comedy shows and more to come in Dubai


Short + Soft Theater

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When: Until March 20 (weekend)
Or: The junction, Alserkal Avenue

If your attention span is short but your love of theater is long standing, this festival is for you. Billed as the “biggest little theater festival in the world”, Short+Sweet, now in its 10th year, offers a number of mini plays for those with a thirst for easily digestible culture. Audiences will be able to see a number of plays per day, each lasting just 10 minutes. The best plays chosen by the public and the judges will go on to the final and the winning plays will perform at the red carpet gala finale in the final week. Tickets cost 100 Dhs per day and are available here.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, from Dhs100. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @shortnsweetdxb @junctiondubai

Russell Peter’s Act Your Age World Tour

russell peters

When: 8 March
Or: Coca-Cola Arena

The Canadian comedian was the first artist to take the stage at the Coca-Cola Arena and he returns in March. During the past year, Russellla is building its new show in clubs across the US, and you can expect brand new material at this show in Dubai. Expect him to talk about aging, the current state of the world and much more. Tickets for RussellPeters Act Your Age World Tour from Dhs195 and can be purchased here.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Al Wasl, Dubai. Phone. : (800) 223 388.

Firdaus Orchestra

When: 8 March
Or: Expo 2020 Dubai

If you haven’t yet heard Firdaus Orchestra, the all-female ensemble formed by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman, this is your last chance. Rahman’s orchestra includes 50 musicians from the Arab world hailing from Oman, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. Expect to be amazed as they perform popular classic hits under the night sky in the world’s greatest show. It’s free but get there early to get a good seat.

Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai, March 8, @firdausorchestra

Sing it! The Improvised Musical

sing it

When: March 8, 15, 22 and 29 (every Tuesday at 8 p.m.)
Or: Courtyard playhouse

If you want an evening full of laughs, head to the Courtyard Playhouse every Tuesday at 8 p.m. for an impromptu musical. Songs, lyrics and dance numbers are spontaneously created by the actors and turned into a full musical extravaganza – all based on the audience’s suggestions. Like all other improv nights at the Courtyard Playhouse, the ticket is free.

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai. Phone. : (0)50 986

The laugh factory

laugh factory

When: March 18, 19, 23, 25, 26
Or: Various locations

Three comedians are heading to Dubai this month thanks to The Laughter Factory. Laugh your heart out at the witty lines from comedian Brian Kiley, acclaimed international comedian Christian Schulte-Loh from Germany and Karen Bayley, the hilarious comedian who returns by popular demand. The shows take place at various locations in Dubai, so if you want to reserve your seats, head here. Prices start from 160 Dhs.

The Laughter Factory, several locations around Dubai, tel. : (0)50

Ronan Keating Live

Ronan Keating

When: March 18, 1:30 p.m.
Or: Coca-Cola Arena

Celebrate Paddy’s Day at the Coca-Cola Arena with Ronan Keating. The Irish singer-songwriter, who was part of Boyzone, performed with Elton John at Madison Square Gardens, sang for the Pope, hosted various shows from Miss World to the Eurovision Song Contest to the MTV Europe Awards. Her single “When You Say Nothing at All” was featured in the film Notting Hill and reached number one in several countries. Ticket prices start from Dhs145 and can be purchased here.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Al Wasl, Dubai. Phone. : (800)

National Theater live: Frankenstein


When: March 18 and 19
Or: Courtyard playhouse

Based on Mary Shelley’s novel, this thrilling, sold-out production has become an international sensation, experienced by more than 800,000 people in cinemas around the world. This production of Frankenstein sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in its innocence but grotesque in its form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is thrown into a hostile universe by its horrified creator. Encountering cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful “creature” is determined to find his maker to make a terrifying deal.

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai. 8 p.m., single entry 100 Dhs, annual subscription 700 Dhs. Phone. : (0)50 986

Concert-show Havasi


When: March 20th
Or: Dubai Opera

Acclaimed virtuoso pianist Havasi comes to Dubai Opera with his latest performance. Havasi has had sold-out shows around the world, including the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York, Wembley Arena in London, the Sydney Opera House and more. The classically trained pianist has become a real phenomenon with his unique and original musical style, combining the depth and discipline of the classical tradition with the dazzling diversity of world music.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, March 20, 8 p.m. Phone. : (0)4 440 8888.


When: March 24
Or: Coca-Cola Arena

Latin singer Maluma returns to Dubai to perform at the Coca-Cola Arena in March. The Colombian hitmaker will perform a series of his greatest hits, including Mom Tetama, sobrioand Hawaii. Fans can expect a “futuristic and visually charged show with lasers, audiovisual effects and pyrotechnics presented in a way never seen before in a show by a Latin music artist”. Buy your tickets through Coca-Cola Arena and

Maluma at the Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk Dubai, March 24, 9 p.m., from 225 Dhs.

Celebrate the incredible music of Motown

When: March 27 and 28
Or: Dubai Opera

Climb aboard the QE2 and take a trip back to the 60s Detroit, Michigan with the Tops & Times and sing the timeless songs of the Motown era. The singers’ harmonies are authentic and you can expect timeless classics from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes and more. Ticket prices start from 135 Dhs.

Theater by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107.

Gipsy Kings by Andre Reyes

Gipsy Kings by Andre Reyes - Iconica Sevilla Fest 2021

When: March, 31st
Or: Dubai Opera

The king of Catalan rumba returns to the Dubai Opera on March 31. The last three performances in 2019, 2020 and 2021 have been sold out and for good reason. The Gipsy Kings have presented millions with a unique blend of traditional flamenco styles seamlessly blended with Western tunes and Latin rhythms. Some of their most popular singles include Bamboleo, Volare, Djobi Djoba‘ and more. This performance is sure to have you dancing in your seats. Ticket prices start from 295 Dhs with a house drink. Book here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, March 31, 8 p.m. Phone. : (0)4 440 8888.

Whitney – The ultimate tribute to a legend

When: March 31, April 1
Or: Theater by QE2

This show celebrates the life and work of American singer Whitney Houston. She is known for her stunning soprano voice and stage presence, selling over 200 million albums worldwide before her death in 2012. She was hailed as the most awarded artist of all time by Guinness World Records, garnering over 600 awards throughout his career. Maria Lynette will reflect Houston’s incredible life and talent on stage singing hits such as I wanna dance with someone, I’m every woman, I’ll always love you, saving all my love and much more. Early bird tickets start from 135 Dhs. Book here.

Theater by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107.


Jo Koy: Funny is Funny World Tour

When: May 14
Or: Coca-Cola Arena

Due to overwhelming demand, comedian Jo Koy brings his Funny Is Funny World Tour To Dubai. The hilarious Jo Koy will perform in Dubai for one night only on May 14 at the Coca-Cola Arena. From impersonations to stand-up, it’s bound to be an evening of entertainment and laughter. Buy your tickets here.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk Dubai, May 14. Phone. : (800) 223 388.


Pink Floyd Experience in the UK

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When: June 16
Or: Dubai Opera

The UK Pink Floyd Experience authentically recreates the atmosphere of a Pink Floyd live performance, including an impressive video projection on a large circular screen and a stunning light show. The rock concert will showcase over 50 years of legendary band success in a show lasting over two and a half hours. Hits will include The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, wish you were Here and The wall. The spellbinding show will celebrate all things Floyd and appeal to fans of all ages. Prices start from 175 Dhs. Book here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Phone. : (0)4 440 8888.

Dates to be confirmed…

The Crystal Palace Ballet

The Crystal Palace Ballet

Or: Dubai Opera

Crystal Palace Ballet will make its Middle Eastern debut at the Dubai Opera. The spectacular production is inspired by a true story with elements of opera, featuring dancers and musicians from the legendary Bolshoi Theater – home to one of the most renowned and by far the largest ballet companies in the world. world. The show takes us back to 1740 at the court of Empress Anna Ioanovna in the Russian capital, where preparations for a big event are underway. The celebrations are at the behest of the Empress, who, after learning of the love one of her court daughters has for the court jester, decides to celebrate their marriage. Little did the young couple know they were going to spend their wedding night in an ice palace built for them as a wedding “gift” from the Empress. Be ready to be enchanted. Tickets will soon be available on

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Phone. : (0)4 440 8888.

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