10 Best Things To Do In Dubai This May

There's no shortage of entertainment options

by Priyanka Fernandes
10 Best Things To Do In Dubai This May

With the rise in temperature in Dubai this May, the city is buzzing with many exciting activities and events. There’s no shortage of entertainment options, from pulsating gigs featuring renowned artists to amazing theatre shows. If you want to unwind and soak up some sun, there are ample opportunities to bask in the glorious sunshine. And if you’re a foodie, get ready to tantalise your taste buds with some of the most delicious and exotic cuisines. Make this May a month to remember by indulging in these top ten things to do in Dubai.

1. World Art Dubai


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From 2nd May to 5th May 2024, World Art Dubai will host the region’s biggest contemporary retail art fair. Over 400 renowned galleries and solo artists from 60 countries will showcase over 4,000 artworks. The four-day event will welcome over 15,000 art enthusiasts of all ages. Attendees can look forward to live art performances, workshops, and talks that aim to inspire creative thinking.

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: 2nd May to 5th May
Cost: Starts at AED 15

2. e& Beach Canteen


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Dubai’s e& Beach Canteen returns from 25th April to 12th May as part of the Dubai Food Festival. With diverse dining, live entertainment, and family activities, it’s the ultimate outdoor carnival at Jumeirah Beach. Whether you’re a foodie, music lover, or family looking for fun, this event has it all.

Where: Jumeirah Beach, behind Sunset Mall
When: Until 12th May
Cost: Free

Also Read: Dubai Food Festival 2024 To Return This April, So Mark Your Calendars

3. Dubai Esports and Games Festival 

The Dubai Esports and Games Festival (DEF) is back from 19th April to 5th May, bringing many exciting events and tournaments across the city. From 3rd May to 5th, GameExpo at Dubai World Trade Centre hosts console and mobile tournaments during Play Beyond. Dive into cosplay, food stalls, and activities, and explore the latest game releases. Plus, don’t miss the GameExpo Summit on May 1st and 2nd, with talks by esports experts worldwide.

Where: Citywide
When: Until 5th May
Cost: Starts at AED 29

4. Dubai Restaurant Week

Discover culinary treats during Dubai Restaurant Week, part of the Dubai Food Festival, from 26th April to 12th May. Enjoy specially crafted menus at 50 top dining spots, with lunch for AED125 and dinner for AED250 per person. From Arabic spices to international gourmet, savour a gastronomic journey celebrating Dubai’s vibrant food scene. Explore the city’s culinary expertise at unbeatable prices during Dubai Restaurant Week. 

Where: Citywide
When: Until 12th May
Cost: Starts at AED 125

5. Dubai Tango Festival


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Experience the rhythm and passion of the Dubai Tango Festival, now in its 12th edition, featuring renowned tango champions from around the world. Join workshops, milongas, a gala show, and free yoga sessions at Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts, from 23-26 May. 

Where: Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection
When:  From 23rd May to 26th May
Cost: Starts at AED 150

6. DXB Snow Run 2024


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Mark your calendars for the fifth annual DXB Snow Run at Ski Dubai on 19th May. Organised by the Dubai Sports Council, this chilly event saw a record-breaking 600 participants from 55 countries last year. Brave the cold as you jog through the indoor ski area, choosing between the 3km or 5km course. Whether running solo or as part of a team of five, all participants will receive a medal at the finish line.

Where: Ski Dubai
When: 19th May at 6 pm
Cost: Starts at AED 94

7. The Lion Inside


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Come to Zabeel Theatre in UAE with your family to watch the premiere of the play “The Lion Inside.” The play tells the story of Mouse, who journeys to discover himself and shows his bravery in the animal kingdom. The play is set in the beautiful golden desert, where Mouse learns that being courageous is not just about size. The story is a great lesson for everyone to learn that strength can come from anywhere.

Where: Zabeel Theatre
When: 11th May and 12th May
Cost: Starts at AED 135

8. Al Gaffal Long Distance Race


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Experience the 33rd Al Gaffal Long Distance Race this May, where skilled boatsmen will navigate 60ft dhows from Sir Bu Na’air to Dubai to honour the UAE’s maritime history. You can also enjoy Mustafa Al Fardan’s exhibition at the Al Gaffal Village Tent near Burj Al Arab. The Dubai International Marine Club is hosting the event, with millions of prizes at stake, including luxury cars. It’s a great way to end the season.

Where: Dubai International Marine Club
When: 11th May and 19th May
Cost: Free

Also Read: Just An Hour Away From Dubai, UAE Has A New Floating Cinema Is A Chilled, Contemporary Spot!



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Don’t miss the Arabic play MONO-PAUSE at Zabeel Theatre on the weekend. With shows on 17 and 18 May, join Lebanese theatre icons Betty Taoutel and Jacques Mokhbat for a hilarious yet socially significant performance. Witness the voluntary disappearance of a woman in a village and enjoy an evening of laughter and thought-provoking theatre. The age limit for this event is 12 years and above. The doors will open 30 minutes before the showtime.

Where: Zabeel Theatre
When: 17th May and 18th May
Cost: Starts at AED 150

10. The Gruffalo’s Child

Experience the enchanting tale of The Gruffalo’s Child brought to life by Tall Stories at Theatre by QE2 from 18th to 19th May. Join the adventurous journey of the Gruffalo’s Child as she sets out to confront the Big Bad Mouse, encountering mysterious creatures along the way. With songs, laughter, and spooky fun, this show promises entertainment for all ages.

Where: Theatre by QE2
When: 18th May and 19th May
Cost: Starts at AED 135

Explore Dubai’s vibrant array of activities and events this May, from art fairs to food festivals, sports races, and captivating theatre performances. Whether you’re seeking cultural enrichment, outdoor adventures, or family-friendly entertainment, Dubai has something for everyone.

Cover Image Courtesy: Ski Dubai and Dubai Esports and Games Festival 

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