What’s On has your definitive guide of things to do in Dubai in April, including outdoor activities, outdoor bars, concerts and more.

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Living in Dubai means your internal body thermostat becomes so finely tuned to hot and cold that you could probably work at Nasa in the Top Secret Temperature Division (they probably have one of those at Nasa, right?). You feel the nip in the air as winter approaches and then, just as keenly, you sense the first waft of warmth as the summer comes lumbering towards you with its arms outstretched ready to engulf you in a sweaty hug.

April is the month during which your internal body thermostat hovers perfectly between hot and cold. And we’ve compiled stacks of stuff to do outdoors before the summer puts a dent in your plans.

We’ve got lovely summery picnics, great new alfresco brunches, bars, smokin’ BBQs, outdoor cinemas, and an A to Z guide of camping in the UAE. Plus, we have plenty of open air gigs to enjoy this month, including Paolo Nutini, One Direction (minus Zayn – sob), Robbie Williams, and the mini festival Blended, which this year brings Kool And The Gang, Kasabian, Jessie Ware, Craig David and Robin Thicke to the stage. Put away those pashminas – you won’t get chilly in April with that lot.

Elsewhere in our April issue we have a breakdown of Comic Con, a celebration of pop culture, comic books, films, TV and art. Star Trek icon William Shatner, Gillian Anderson from The X-Files and the US rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars give this year’s festival some serious warp factor.

For theatre fans there’s the hit musical Annie on stage at the Madinat, while The Courtyard continues its fantastic run of screening first rate plays with Treasure Island direct from the National Theatre in London.

In our arts section we have interviews with world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry, the man who took the iconic Afghan Girl photo that became one of the most famous magazine covers of all time. We also spoke to Palestinian artist Hazem Harb ahead of his thought-provoking debut solo show.

What else? Film previews, two new bike shops, a new yoga studio, five new spas, how to get beach ready, rowing classes, beach polo, big name DJs in or clubbing section, bar news, reviews of new restaurants and where to eat in Dubai if you want to hear live jazz. Oh, and we also investigate a new restaurant in the city that’s serving brains, kidney, liver, heart and testicles. And when we say ‘investigate’ what we mean is that we ate them all. Read our verdict in the new issue of What’s On, out now.

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