The Buro 24/7 Middle East culture guide: February
A truly festive month
From the auspicious Chinese New Year to the quintessential Emirati cultural event, February is a month filled with festivals, food and fitness. Add to that music, arts and sports and you have the ultimate guide designed by Buro 24/7 Middle East.
Engage in the art of film with I Saved My Belly Dancer
Debuting in the region, I Saved My Belly Dancer by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil is a film that reflects the artist's interest in belly dancers, and the disappearing traditional art form. Inspired by '50s Egyptian cinema, the film delves deep into contemporary culture and its shifting ideologies, which is played out by a man and the last surviving belly dancer, played by Hollywood actress Salma Hayek.
I Saved My Belly Dancer runs from February 3 — March 5, 2016, at The Third Line, Al Serkal Avenue.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Ring in the Chinese New Year at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, with a week-long list of festivities. Kicking off the festival is the customary lion dance, performed at the lobby of the five-star hotel. After the show, discover to Shang Palace where you can indulge on Chinese delicacies from traditional dim sum and noodles to contemporary plates of steamed seabass with caviar and wok-fried Canadian lobster.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai's 10-course Chinese New Year menu is priced at Dhs418 and is available from February 7-13.
Immerse in local culture at the Qasr Al Hosn Festival
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival is the definitive Emirati culture and heritage event. This year's festival sees the return of the desert, aasis, marine and Abu Dhabi Island zones as well as the addition of the new 'Qasr Al Hosn' zone, focusing on traditional Emirati architecture.
The Qasr Al Hosn Festival runs from February 3-13 at Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi. For more information, visit Qasr Al Hosn Festival.
Cheer at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Catch all the excitement as championships are defended and rivalries are renewed. The world's top two men's tennis players Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are set to go head to head. No surprises then that the pair have dominated the Dubai event, winning 11 of the past 13 titles between them. On the women's side, world number one Serena Williams is set to hit the court, along with Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship will run from February 15-27 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. For tickets, visit Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
Get healthy at XYoga
Dubai is set to host its first official yoga intiative: XYoga. Organised by XDubai in collaboration with Dubai Tourism, the event is designed to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle whilst at the same time, defying their bodily limits and mental boundaries.
The fitness festival will include yoga sessions of all kinds, from Vinyasa Yoga to AcroYoga, as well as talks, and workshops for all levels. It will also see international yogis share their knowledge and experiences, including 97 year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest yoga teacher.
The XYoga Dubai Festival will be held on February 19-20 at Burj Park Downtown Dubai. All activities are free of charge.
Listen at the Dubai Jazz Festival
A host of music legends will take to the stage at the 14th Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. Headlining the first night will be multi Grammy-award winning rock band TOTO while the following two nights will see Sting and Santana on stage, both return performers at the event. Other performers include British singer David Gray, American trumpeter Chris Botti and British band James.
The 14th Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival will run from February 24-26 February at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.
Party with DJ Tiesto
Before there was David Guetta and Martin Garrix, Dutchman Tijs Michiel Verwest now better known as DJ Tiesto, ruled the airwaves with his brand of electronic dance music. This February he's jetting into Qatar for a show that promises to be as electric as any of his best throughout the years — special effects and pyrotechnics included.
Tiesto will perform on February 25 at the Sheraton Doha. For tickets and more information, visit Tiesto.