March may be the start of an arts frenzy in Dubai with the opening of Art Dubai and a host of other inspiring art and design-centric exhibitions but the cultural scene remains strong elsewhere as well. From a new restaurant opening and a luxe auction to a classical music feast and the highly anticipated equestrian extravaganza, these are the places to be and be seen in the month of March... 

Christie's Dubai art auction

Over 100 artists from around the region will see their works go under the hammer at Christie's Dubai's 11th auction. The works have been gathered primarily from private collections around the globe, proving the worldwide appeal for Middle Eastern art. One of the highlights of the auction is Ismail Shammout's painting Odyssey of a People, a 6-metre long masterpiece that took six months to complete and the auction is estimated to attract bids of Dhs3.5 million.

March 17 culture guide

The Christie's Dubai auction will be held on March 18 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.

BBC Proms at Dubai Opera

The iconic British classical extravaganza, the BBC Proms, will run for its 122nd year in 2017 and the celebrations extend from Britain to Dubai with the Dubai Opera hosting a four-day classical music event. Must-see acts include the award-winning Joseph Tawadros Quartet as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra who will perform works by Mozart along with the world premiere of "Flare", an original piece by Dubai-based composer Joanna Marsh.

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BBC Proms at Dubai Opera will run from March 21-24. For tickets, visit dubaiopera.com.

Opening of Lima Dubai

Already a hotbed for Peruvian cuisine, Dubai adds another South American restaurant into its culinary stable. Lima Dubai is the first international outpost of the London-based Lima brand, which happens to be the first Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant. On that note, expect a smorgasbord of Latin flavours served in an authentic setting, courtesy of materials sourced from the Americas itself. 

March 17 culture guide

Lima Dubai is located at City Walk and will open on March 5.

Plaisirs Supremes at Inked

Inspired by Salvador Dali, Inked presents a dining concept – Plaisirs Supremes – that pays homage to the culinary obsession of the great surrealist artist. The art-centric dining space will serve cuisine that's taken from Dali's book Les Diners de Gala as well as dishes that feature elements of his trademark style.

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Plaisirs Supremes will run from March 13-18 at Inked, Al Serkal Avenue. For reservations, visit inked.ae.

Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai

March marks the start of the arts season, with Art Dubai kicking off the proceedings with a comprehensive suite of exhibitions and programs. The 11th edition of the region's quintessential art fair will be under the stewardship of new Fair Director Myrna Ayad and will feature over 90 galleries from 44 countries. Running concurrently with Art Dubai is the sixth edition of Design Days Dubai with the spotlight set to fall on UAE-based debutants Ayah Al Bitar, Jafar Dajani and Nader Gammas.

March 17 culture guide

Art Dubai 2017 will run from March 15-18 at Madinat Jumeirah while Design Days Dubai will run from March 14-17 at Dubai Design District. 

Dubai World Cup

Despite being recently eclipsed by the Pegasus World Cup in terms of record prize money, the Dubai World Cup still remains one of the most eagerly awaited events on the equestrian calendar. The 2017 edition promises more high-octane action on the tracks but just as exciting is the customary post-race concert, with Sia confirmed as this year's act. Watch the singer's video for "The Greatest" here...

The Dubai World Cup is on March 24, 2017 and tickets are available at the dubairacingclub.com.

Gipsy Kings at Wafi

Grammy award-winning group Gipsy Kings is set to perform at Wafi's famed rooftop garden. Part of Wafi's In The Park program, the exclusive show has been organised to celebrate Spanish restaurant Seville's 16th anniversary and fans can expect to dance to the beat or simply relax and enjoy the music on uber cool bean bags.  

March 17 culture guide

Gipsy Kings will perform at Wafi's rooftop gardens on March 16. For tickets, call +971 4 3244100. 

Also, read about the ongoing Picasso-Giacometti exhibition in Doha