With International Women’s Day fast approaching (March 8), celebrations of humanity’s better half’s contributions to the world are set to take place.

With the UAE ranking highly in the region in terms of gender equality, for International Women’s Day you can expect film festivals, exhibitions and talks celebrating women worldwide. Here’s to the independent, strong and successful individuals.

World of Women Film Fair Middle East

World of Women Film Fair Middle East

For the third time, the World of Women (WOW) Film Fair is back, a festival that seeks to highlight the diversity of independent filmmaking by women. There’ll be all kinds of movies and shorts, as well as guest speakers and workshops, with an awards ceremony credit five women who’ve shown excellence in their fields. All of the funds raised from ticket sales will go towards the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children in Dubai – an organisation that helps women and children survivors of human trafficking.

WOW Film Fair, VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates. March 5 to 8. Tickets available from voxcinemas.com and at VOX ticket counters. wowmiddleeast.com

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More Than A Woman Art Exhibition

More Than A Woman Art Exhibition

The Pullman Dubai is set to showcase a series of contemporary portrait and figurative paintings of symbolic women, organised by Dubai-based artist Susan Brooker. The exhibition, titled More Than A Woman follows the theme of depicting inspirational women proudly displaying their cultural heritage.

More Than A Woman, The Pullman Hotel, La Vue, JLT. March 6 to April 5. artbysusanbrooker.com.


Women's Day

There are many events in the UAE to celebrate International Women’s Day

Cross-business Networking by Shell Women’s Network UAE

In an effort to encourage cross-business networking among female executives, the event will also be hosting a panel of female leaders – who’ll be discussing topics such as the gender gap in the region.

Cross-business Networking, Aston Martin Showroom, Emaar Boulevard. March 8, 4.30pm to 730pm. If you wish to attend, email sepi-women-network@shell.com. 

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Spa to Bar

Alta Badia Bar and Talise Spa spa to bar

The Alta Badia Bar and Talise Spa are partnering up for International Women’s Day, offering a ‘Spa to Bar’ experience involving a 30-minute spa treatment of choice (stress relief massage, tailor-made facial, holistic reflexology session) followed by Italian canapés and half a bottle of bubbly. A minimum of two ladies is required, with a maximum of four per group, so make sure to round up some friends.

Alta Badia and Talise Spa, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road. March 8 and every Tuesday during March. Dhs265 per person. Tel: (04) 3300000. jumeirah.com. 

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Women From Here and Elsewhere

Women From Here And Elsewhere Annik le Page

In celebration of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai that took place in February and International Women’s Day, Parisienne artist Annik le Page will be showcasing her work for the first time ever in Dubai. The exhibition will contain a number of portraits alongside folding screens, titled Women From Here And Elsewhere.

Plantation Restaurant & Terrace and the hotel lobby, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. February 22 to March 24. Free. Tel: (04) 4484848. sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com

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Dinner Jazz Radio Show’s International Women’s Day Special 

The talented famous women of jazz are going to have their songs played between 7pm and 10pm on March 8 as part of the Abu Dhabi Classic FM Radio Station (91.6 in Abu Dhabi, 87.9 in Dubai). Expect hits from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dianne Reeves and more.



Vani-Day On Women’s Day

Vaniday 4

Anyone who books a treatment on Vaniday on March 8 and you will be sent a Dhs50 voucher gift code to use to book their next treatment. Also celebrating the importance of women in the beauty industry, Vaniday has produced a video featuring some of the world’s most inspiring female salon owners, including Marzi Mahiman from Momentous Beauty Lounge, celebrating those who have worked to break through the glass ceiling.