8 Best Things To Do In GCC In March For a Spectacular Experience and Lasting Impressions

From cultural extravaganzas to culinary delights, the GCC region has much to offer, catering to diverse interests and passions

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Best Things To Do In GCC In March For a Spectacular Experience and Lasting Impressions

March is exciting and captivating in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It offers numerous enriching experiences for both locals and visitors. From cultural extravaganzas to culinary delights, the GCC region has much to offer, catering to diverse interests and passions. Whether you are a food enthusiast seeking gastronomic adventures, a culture lover eager to delve into the region’s rich heritage, or an adrenaline junkie in search of thrilling experiences, March in the GCC promises something extraordinary for everyone. Let’s explore the eight best things to do in the GCC during this dynamic and exhilarating month.

1. Saudi Arabia Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMoCA)


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Exciting news for those seeking free activities in Riyadh this March. The city currently hosts two captivating art exhibitions that delve into the intriguing realm of the night. SAMoCA’s latest exhibition explores post-sunset activities, featuring contemporary artworks reflecting nocturnal experiences. The JAX District exhibition showcases the work of over 30 local and international artists, exploring the transformative nature of nighttime perceptions and their cultural significance. It’s a thought-provoking journey into the mysteries and beauty of the night through diverse artistic lenses. Best of all, admission is free, making these exhibitions accessible to all who wish to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of nocturnal artistry.

Where: JAX District, Diriyah- Saudi Arabia
When: Until 20th May, Thu 10 am to 10 pm, Fri-Sat 4 pm to 10 pm, and Closed On Sunday.
Cost: Free

2. Huna Ramadan Bazaar


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Huna’s inaugural Ramadan bazaar promises a delightful shopping experience at Panorama Mall and Riyadh Park from 15th March to 3rd April. If you’re an artist, designer, or entrepreneur, message Huna on Instagram to participate as a vendor. Register your pieces for sale through the provided link. Don’t miss this chance to join the celebration of creativity and community during Ramadan.

Where: JPanorama Mall and Riyadh Park.
When: From Friday, 15th March to Wednesday, 3rd April.
Cost: Free Entry

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3. Boulevard World

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Discover Boulevard World at Riyadh Season, offering family-friendly entertainment inspired by travel and exploration. It’s perfect for all ages, featuring the world’s largest artificial lake and various wonders inspired by global destinations. Tickets start at SAR 29 on weekdays and SAR 58 on weekends, and the zone is open until 22nd March.

Where: Riyadh 13516, Saudi Arabia
When: Until March 22nd, 04:00 pm to 00:00 am
Cost: Tickets start at 29SAR for Weekdays and SAR 58 for the Weekend

4. Masha And The Bear


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Experience the enchanting stage production of Masha and The Bear at the Coca-Cola Arena on March 16th and 17th. Based on the popular Russian animated series, this delightful show follows the adventures of a retired circus bear and his spirited young friend, Masha. Don’t miss the chance to journey with them through their magical forest with Panda, Tiger, and Penguin.

Where: Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai
When: 16th and 17th March at 12:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at AED125

5. Dubai World Cup


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Experience the excitement of Dubai’s horse racing season at the prestigious Dubai World Cup on 30th March. With a total prize purse of USD30.5 million and six Group 1 and three Group 2 fixtures, it’s one of the world’s top race days. Hosted at Meydan Racecourse, this event, created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attracts elite horses from across the globe. Gates open at 1 pm for this thrilling event. 

Where: Meydan Racecourse & Grandstand- Dubai
When: 30th March at 3:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at AED595

6. GRIT+TONIC Triathlon

Catch the adrenaline-filled GRIT+TONIC Triathlon at Al Mamzar Beach Park on 17th March and 21st April, featuring swimming, biking, and running. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the event offers various categories, from the Junior Super Sprint to the Olympic Triathlon. Enjoy calm waters, closed roads, a designated running track, music, aid stations, and a vibrant community atmosphere. 

Where: Al Mamzar Beach Park
When: 17th March at 06:30 pm
Cost: Tickets from AED 200 to AED 330

7. Doha Expo 2023


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Expo 2023 Doha, centred on “Green Desert, Better Environment,” is dedicated to advocating for sustainable innovations and addressing desertification through four key focus areas. Held at Al Bidda Park, spanning 1.7 million square meters, the event offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and features engaging talks, art, and cuisine. With pavilions from nearly 80 countries, NGOs, and representatives, the expo runs from 2nd October 2023 to 28th March 2024, attracting over 3 million visitors to explore diverse cultures and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Where: Al Bidda Park, Doha- Qatar
When: 28th March, 10 am to 11 pm
Cost: No entry fee

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8. Iftar In Oman

During Ramadan in Muscat, Oman, enjoy mouthwatering Iftar delicacies as the city comes alive at sunset. With its rich culture and diverse cuisine, Muscat offers countless ways to experience Iftar. Lavish Iftar buffets, known for their live cooking stations and traditional Ramadan decorations, are popular among residents and visitors. Due to their popularity, booking in advance and checking daily sunset times is advisable for accurate planning.

Where: The Chedi Muscat – a GHM hotel, 133 18th November St, Muscat, Oman
When: From sunset to 10:30 pm
Cost: Starts at OMR11 for children and OMR 22 for adults

In conclusion, March in the GCC countries offers diverse and enriching experiences for residents and visitors. From captivating art exhibitions and Ramadan bazaars to thrilling triathlons and world-class horse racing events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Cover Image Credits: Platinumlist and Huna Ramadan Bazaar 

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