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Buro 24/7 Middle East’s culture guide: February ’18

Here's what should be on your radar this month...
Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there's no shortage of cultural offerings to keep you entertained this month...

This month, there’s a superb selection of events to keep you entertained from weekday to weekend.

With a focus on entertainment with the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival and RedFest DXB (which are set to see some major musicians snap selfies with Dubai’s iconic skyscrapers and skylines), there’s also a selection of delicious culinary experiences for the foodies among you and a touch of sports as well. Discover the top five events you need to be seen this month…


Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 

Following 15 successful editions in the emirate, the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is set to return once again and it’s billed to be bigger and better than ever before. The three-day event will kick off with British band Duran Duran and hip-hop/rap band Renegade Brass band on day one, followed by John Legend and China Moses who will headline the second day. 

In addition to those note-worthy performances, the festival will end on a high note as Ricky Martin and Poncho Sanchez take their musical skills to the stage to end the annual event.  

The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is set to take place at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 21-23, 2018. 

Dubai Food Festival 2018

Culinary enthusiasts around the world are set for a gastronomical treat this month. Since its inauguration in 2014, the Dubai Food Festival has continuously served up the very best dishes from around the globe and there’s a selection of delectable treats to try out this year. 

The diverse culinary scene is going to be well-celebrated with seven events to add to your schedule. 

Some highlights of this year’s festival are the Beach Canteen, which is opening its new pop-up venue at Sunset Beach and Dubai Restaurant Week, which offers set menus for a fixed price at a variety of restaurants around the city — the perfect opportunity to sample some of the city’s best cuisine.

The Dubai Food Festival is taking place around Dubai from February 22 to March 3, 2018. 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

If you’re up for a sporty treat this month, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship is one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events on the calendar. It’s back for 2018 with some of the best tennis players in the world competing for the top prize. 

Expect to see some of the most respected athletes in the world including Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber, and Karolina Pliskova battling it out on the courts.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will take place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium from February 19 to March 3, 2018. 

Dine with Bartolini

The man behind two Michelin-starred restaurants is set to return to Dubai for the ultimate culinary experience. Chef Bartolini is in town and has collaborated with Roberto’s Dubai’s Executive Chef Andrea to create a 4-course menu filled with Venetian delicacies and flavours. 

Set to celebrate the “City of Masks”, the traditional-yet-contemporary dishes promise to be a treat for the palate, especially since Roberto’s was shortlisted in the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Award’s Best Italian Restaurant category. 

This exclusive dining experience will take place at Roberto’s Dubai and packages start from Dhs420. For reservations, visit

RedFest DXB

The largest music festival in the Middle East is finally here and tickets are selling out fast! Following immense success since launching in 2014, the annual event is set to impress once again with a new lineup of must-see artists in town. 

Kicking off the two-day event, RedFest DXB is set to welcome DJ duo The Chainsmokers, who will be joined by American rapper Russ, English singer-songwriter Kelli-Leigh and French-Lebanese artist Anthony Touma. 

Headlining the second day of the festival is Kesha (who just delivered an emotional performance at the Grammy Awards), alongside British R&B star Craig David, singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and dance music producer Marshmello (who recently released a song with Selena Gomez). 

RedFest DXB will take place on February 8-9 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. 

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