The Buro 24/7 Middle East culture guide: May

The Buro 24/7 Middle East culture guide: May

An eclectic mix of entertainment

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

May is here and brings with it cultural surprises that are sure to delight and entertain. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the details...

Spring is in full swing and a specially curated cultural month is in order. From a singing icon and sparkling exhibition to art shows and unique food menus, May promises to be a culture-packed month that has something for everyone. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the list of must-dos and must-visits.

Be mesmerised at the Abu Dhabi International Jewellery and Watch Show

The 24th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Jewellery & Watch Show is here! Be amazed at the artistry and craftsmanship from 150 international exhibitors, including 35 new brands. Some of the participating brands include Yessayan from Lebanon, Amwaj from the UAE, Bruno Aristi from Italy and Taka Jewellery from Singapore, amongst a host of other well-known names. Additionally, visitors stand the chance of winninf some of the sparkling items in the daily and grand raffle draw, worth more than Dhs500,000.


The Abu Dhabi International Jewellery & Watch Show will run from May 3-7 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Swoon over Julio Iglesias in concert

Grammy award-winning winner Julio Iglesias is heading to the UAE for a one-night-only performance. The legendary crooner, and father to music superstar Julio Iglesias, has over 80 albums to his name in addition to sales of more than 100 million records across the globe, making him one of the best-selling artists in history.  

Julio Iglesias in concert

Julio Iglesias' concert will be held on May 3 at Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah. For tickets, visit

Sail away with a new art exhibition by Xavier Mascaró 

Abu Dhabi art space Warehouse 421, will present the debut exhibition of Spanish sculptor Xavier Mascaró. Titled Departure, the exhibition will feature dozens of boats created from iron and bronze, a nod to the capital's long history as a port-city. The highlight will be a life-sized 18 metre ship that will be placed at the entrance of the show. Complementing Mascaró's boats will be a variety of traditional Emirati poetry that tells the personal stories and feelings of sailors out at sea.

Departure art exhibition by Xavier Mascaro

Departure by Xavier Mascaró will run run from May 4 at Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi.

Indulge in a Star Wars brunch at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

Celebrate World Star Wars Day with a themed brunch at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah. A complete Star Wars experience begins, as you arrive at the hotel with your favourite Star Wars characters waiting at the entrance. Then, proceed to indulge in a special Star Wars-themed menu, which includes Obi-Wan kebabs, Han-burgers, Darth Vader Dark chocolate sundaes, Princess Leia Danish dos and Yoda sodas. 


For reservations, email

Interpret art at the Complexion solo art exhibition

Lovers of abstract art can head down to Gallery 76 and appreciate Canadian-Jordanian artist Dana Naser's latest project. Titled Complexion, the two-week long exhibition explores Naser's discovery to being a contemporary artist. "My paintings represent an ongoing quest to discover details around me and to reveal what cannot be expressed with words," she said. "Every time I start a new painting, I take a moment to allow this creative energy to flow allowing me to 'play', experiment and allow the paint to take its different forms and to communicate something, creating an impression on the viewer – without natural imagery or symbols, but rather with pure visual form."

Aerial Movement by Dana Naser

Complexion by Dana Naser will run from May 10-24 at Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre.

Bask in musical glory at the World Classical Music Series' La Vie en Rose

The World Classical Music Series is back with its spring edition, featuring some of the world's leading opera singers today. Experience the singing prowess of French soprano Sara Gouzy and Spanish tenor Joel Prieto, both of who are noted winners of the distinguished singing competition, Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition. Accompanying the renowned singers will be piano virtuoso Semjon Skigin.

Joel Prieto

The World Classical Music Series' La Vie en Rose will be held on May 13 at the One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai.

Discover a holistic culinary journey at Armani Hotel

This May, Armani Hotel invites you to taste the culinary treasures of India and Italy. The highly-skilled chefs at Armani/Amal have created a special Ayurvedic menu that focuses on synergy between body and food. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available and dishes include clove-smoked lemon-stuffed paneer, spiced Amritsari char-grilled chicken thigh and saffron yoghurt braised baby lamb.


For reservations, call +971 4 888 3666. 

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