The BBC Orchestra is part of an incredible line up of events in Abu Dhabi over the coming months Image Credit: Supplied


The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) celebrates art in its many forms. In its third season, WOMAD has a series of show-stoppers on tap including British singing sensation Paloma Faith. Drawing on diverse influences from the worlds of literature and cinema, 25-year-old Faith delivers sets packed with soul. Joining her will be celebrated Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, while Roysten Abel's The Manganiyar Seduction from India promises a sensory overload. Other artists confirmed at the Corniche include Khaira Alby (Mali), LA-33 (Colombia) and Orchestre National de Barbes (France). Al Jahili Fort include Hindi Zahra (France/Morocco) and El Tanbura (Egypt).

The details: April 7 to 9, Corniche, Abu Dhabi and Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain. Entry free.


Organised by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, the Festival is the UAE's foremost celebration of culture. This year's edition hosts some celebrated acts including the famed opera gala, Dmitri and Friends. Produced by the Russian National Orchestra and conducted by Nicola Luisotti, it stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ekaterina Siurina — two of the hottest names on the international opera scene.

The details: 8pm today, at Emirates Palace Auditorium. Tickets from Dh295


Combining Arab hospitality with global talent, Abu Dhabi Classics is a feast for the senses. Prominent acts this year include Last Night of the Season, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart.

The details: May 7, 8pm, at the Emirates Palace Auditorium. Tickets start Dh120. Students and children (6+): Dh30

 Splendours of Mesopotamia

Organised by TDIC, the exhibition introduces visitors to the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia. On show is a stunning array of Mesopotamian artefacts, on loan from the British Museum and Al Ain Museum.

The details: On till June 27, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, from 10am to 8pm. For more visit www.artsabudhabi.com

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

The erstwhile UAE Desert Challenge, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is among the world's prestigious cross country rallies. Organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the five-day motor sport spectacular is staged across the emirate and its deserts under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).

The details: Runs until April 7, visit abudhabidesertchallenge.com

 Arab Market

Organised by EXCON Middle East, Arab Market is a popular shopping fair that attracts thousands of people. With an amazing selection of products, from ready-made garments, abayas, silks and Kashmere shawls to exquisite paintings and artefacts, the show offers a great opportunity for shoppers to buy an assortment of products, both traditional and modern.

The details: From April 28 to May 7 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, in Halls 8 and 9. From 5pm to midnight, log on to www.adnec.ae/whatson