While Dubai awaits the impending frenzy that is arts season, Sharjah is holding its very own arts festival. Pair that with a new luxe menu as well as a much-loved play and you have the perfect elements for a cultured weekend. Discover the three diary dates to add to your calendar now...

2017 Sharjah Biennial

Titled Tamawuj – which reflects the undulating and fluctuating waves – the 2017 edition of this art fair will feature performances, films, workshops and exhibitions, including masterpieces from Basim Magdy, Daniele Genadry and Dineo Seshee Bopape. Curated by Christine Tohme, the 13th edition follows a bold concept in the Emirates before moving on to a second phase of showcases in Beirut in October, followed by simultaneous art collaborations in other regional cities including Ramallah, Dakar and Istanbul.

Weekend culture guide Mar 10-12

The 2017 Sharjah Biennial starts on March 10 at the Sharjah Art Foundation and the exhibition will be on view until June 12.

La Bohème at Dubai Opera

The iconic Dubai Opera presents La Bohème, which is set in Paris during the 1930s and centres around a love story between a seamstress and a poet. Played out in four acts, the opera is accompanied by a mesmerising score by famed composer Giacomo Puccini, providing the perfect mood to explore the notions of love, dreams and sorrow.

Weekend culture guide Mar 10-12

La Bohème runs from March 9-11 at Dubai Opera. For tickets, visit dubaiopera.com.

Brunch at Okku

It's time for a culinary adventure as Okku serves up fine Japanese cuisine. Expect to indulge in fresh crab and shucked oysters, sushi, sashimi, maki before ending with delectable desserts including Fuji apple tart, chocolate brownies and passion fruit and ginger crème brulee. Enjoy the gastronomy together with the retro in-house '80s and '90s music.

Weekend culture guide Mar 10-12

For reservations, call +971 4 501 8777.

Also, read Buro 24/7 Middle East's culture guide on events happening this month.