An hour for change

While leaders around the world debate on how to tackle climate change, let’s do our bit to save the planet by going electricity-free for an hour during Earth Hour on Saturday — the 12th edition of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global environmental movement against climate change, which started in Sydney in 2007. Switch off the lights from 8.30-9.30pm to join this movement.


At Marasi Promenade in Business Bay, the annual Earth Hour Dubai 2019 walkathon kicks off as the blackout rolls out, accompanied by live entertainment and activities.

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah is marking Earth Hour with a special unplugged concert by an acoustic band. While you’re there swing by the taste in the dark food sessions held by Trader Vic’s and Down to Earth. Light a candle in solidarity to promote energy conservation and unwind by the beach. The event is free and open to public.

The Ripe Market is observing Earth Hour with eco-friendly, sustainable, goods for you to shop from that will help you go green beyond switching the lights off. Choose from non-toxic wooden toys, bamboo fibre clothing and more at the Dubai Police Academy from 9am-7pm and in Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi from 3pm-9pm on Saturday.

Dubai Festival City will be drumming in the message of Earth Hour quite literally with a performance by Happy Drum and Dance Africa once the lights go off. The interactive drumming session at Marsa Plaza Creek will be one of a string of events that will both entertain and educate guests about the sustainable steps they can take to save the planet. Arts and crafts sessions for kids as well as face painting events begin at 5pm. Visit

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is celebrating Earth Hour with a unique experience that will bring home the magnificence of nature — guests can witness the launch of the Turtle Nesting season once the lights are out and look for turtle nests using only torches. There’ll be entertainment, food stalls and events such as a sunset safari and building a giant sand turtle on the beach. From 5pm; entry is free. Visit

Workouts are a beach


Multi-fitness event Core Beats is back on the shores of Jumeirah’s Club Vista Mare on Saturday. Organised by Core Direction, the free seaside workout classes add some sun, sand and surf to your regular workouts. At 4pm, Yoga La Vie’s trained gurus will guide a group Yoga Beats session, while live DJ and musicians set the tone for the evening. Later at 5.30pm, DXB’s Greatest HIITS will have you engage in a 45-minute, high-intensity interval training session and burn calories.

Keep mum at the movies


If you forgot Mother’s Day, there’s still a chance to make it up to mum — British eatery Dhow and Anchor restaurant at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is hosting a movie screening on their terrace to celebrate Mother’s Day on April 1. Mum will be treated to the screening of a classic rom-com and an endless supply of popcorn throughout the film, but we’re sure it’s your company that really cinches the deal for her. Call 04 4323232 for bookings.

Got moves


Don’t be a mere pawn to Sunday blues — check with your mates what they’re up to and head to the Dubai Open Chess Tournament at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Also known as His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup, the annual chess championship from April 1-10 promotes budding chess players from the region and has seen the likes of international grandmasters such as Vladimir Akopian, Gawain Jones and, last year’s victor, Diego Flores, battle it out on the chequered board. Matches start at 5.30pm. Entry to the tournament is free for spectators; call 04 296 6664.

Soul sounds

(From left) K S Chithra, Vijay Yesudas, Manjari and Stephen Devassy

Get a taste of the diversity of India’s musical landscape at the concert Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu (Sanskrit for May the world live in Peace and Harmony) happening Friday night at Etisalat Academy. The show celebrates classical vocalist and composer Pandit Ramesh Narayan’s musical legacy of 30 years and will feature performances by Dr K J Yesudas, Vijay Yesudas, K S Chithra, Manjari, Srinivas, Stephen Devassy, Anuradha Pal, Pandit Ronu Majumdar and 16 other heavyweights of Indian music, showcasing every genre from classical Hindustani and Carnatic music to modern rock and contemporary tunes. Show starts at 6.30pm; tickets from Dh50 at

Spring break


School’s out and fun is in — take the kids to the Happiness Festival at Children’s City, Dubai Creek Park. The interactive learning centre is organising a weeklong programme of entertainment and activities that aim to transform your tots into happier, cheerful individuals. They can dabble in photography workshops, learn cooking, string art, character design and enjoy interactive theatre sessions. Until April 6, visit for timings and event details.

This is the kind of holiday blues both parents and kids will enjoy La Mer is hosting The Smurfs, a series of live stage shows featuring the beloved blue Belgian toons. The musical show will reel you in with its heart-warming story, catchy music and dancing and members of the audience get to interact with the characters in between shows. Show starts at 5pm, until April 13.

Have a theatrical weekend


Loom Ensemble, a New York City-based dance collective, is performing its latest production called Default Mind at Sima Performing arts on Friday. Described as a ‘post-modern dance-theatre rom-com’, the show combines dance, physical theatre, acting and original music and delves into the emotional background and insecurities of the main characters Ted and Melania. The ensemble dance show is being performed by 12 Dubai-based actors. The free show starts at 8pm; visit

Movie nights


Dubai Festival City’s weekly screenings of family-friendly films is back Friday with the Oscar-winning animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Plop down on bean bags as you watch the story of teen Miles Morales unfold as he then transforms into the Spider-Man of his reality and attempts to thwart a threat in cahoots with five other Spidermen from different dimensions. Food trucks will be parked at the Marsa Plaza Creek and a bouncy castle, craft station and giant Jenga will keep kids occupied. Show starts at 6pm.