Ditch the headphones and listen up…

Dubai Metro users, keep your ears open for some cool beats at five Dubai Metro stations this week. No, the music you’re hearing isn’t from someone who has forgotten to connect their earphones to their phone – it’s the Dubai Metro Music Festival. It’s back for its third edition starting Monday, March 6, 2023.

Organised by Brand Dubai in collaboration with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), metro users can expect a week-long celebration of music. The festival, which runs until March 12, will showcase some of the most innovative musicians in the region and from across the world representing a range of musical genres.

Dubai Metro music festival

Here are all the musical details. 

The toe-tapping music can be heard across five bustling metro stations – Union, Mall of Emirates, Bur Juman, Dubai Financial Centre, and Sobha Realty.

A total of 20 musicians will be performing from 4pm – perfect if you’re heading home from work. The performances end at 10pm, so even if you don’t use the metro but still want to check it out, you can head here post rush hour.y

Dubai Metro music festival

Commuters can expect performances featuring string, percussion, wind, acoustic and other unusual instruments, including ones made of recycled objects. This is in keeping with the UAE’s announcement of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’.

Speaking about the festival, Shaima Al Suwaidi, Director of Brand Dubai, said, “We are excited to launch the third edition of the Dubai Metro Music Festival, which will bring together a mix of traditional and experimental musicians, classical instrumentalists and fusion musicians to entertain Dubai’s cosmopolitan community.”

The Dubai Metro Music Festival isn’t the only cultural event currently going on in the city. Dubai has just kicked off its art season, and there are plenty of art and cultural events to look forward to. Paired with the musical festival, Al Suwaidi stated that the music festival further cements the city’s emergence as an international cultural hub.

Images: Dubai Media Office and WAM