Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
The 26th Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is set to be even bigger and better this year. It’s the opening round of the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship and the second round of the 2016 Cross Country Rally World Cup and commonly sees many of the biggest names in international motorsport tackle the iconic dunes of the UAE.
Free. April 1-7, various times. Yas Marina Circuit, Al Gharbia: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi (+971 4 296 1122).
2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix
This huge annual event – the biggest of the year in Bahrain – kicks off, following a controversial first race of the season in Australia. While the race zooms ahead, off-track entertainment features performances by the likes of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, electronic duo Axwell ^ Ingrosso, and one of the world's top DJs, Avicii, as well as family-friendly acts and activities.
Tickets from QR1,500. April 1-3. Bahrain International Circuit, Zallaq, Bahrain, www.bahraingp.com.
Love Music Your Way
A new music festival hits Dubai this month. Love Music Your Way will feature Rudimental and Disclosure, as well as a whole host of local talent. It’ll be the first time the two headline acts have ever shared a stage. Other big names are yet to be announced at the time of writing.
From QR400. Fri April 29, 4pm-1am. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, UAE, www.lovemusicyourway.com.
Middle East Film and Comic Con 2016
The region’s most popular pop culture event returns for a fifth year, bringing together celebrities, artists, music, art and exhibitors from across the globe. It’s a celebration of comics, film and gaming entertainment and pop culture. Check out the website for more updates on the weekend’s line-up of activities.
From QR250. April 7-9, 10am-10pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE, www.mefcc.com.
The Proclaimers Scottish band
The Proclaimers, who rose to fame in the ’90s, are heading to The Irish Village for one night only. They’re best known for their hit song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).
QR125. Thu April 28, from 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud, Dubai, UAE (+971 4 282 4750).
WWE Live Dune Bash 2016
WWE stars such as Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens are heading to Dubai for the first-ever WWE Live Dune Bash. The champions will be battling it out live to win first place.
From QR250. April 14-15, various times. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, UAE, www.platinumlist.net.
This much-revered German orchestra was formed in 1946 and is heading to Oman this month to perform at the stunning Royal Opera House Muscat.
From QR50. Fri April 22, from 7.30pm. Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, www.rohmuscat.org.
Diana Damrau – Soprano in concert
The world-famous German soprano is mesmerising Muscat opera-goers for one night.
From QR50. May 18, from 7.30pm. Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, www.rohmuscat.org.