Photograph credit: Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Event Preview: Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 17th Edition

As the 17th edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival begins this Wednesday, we’ve created a preview of what’s happening at the three-day festival.

A-list Lineup

This edition is undoubtedly striking a chord, hosting some of the greatest names in music. Northern-Irish rock icons Snow Patrol get things started on Wednesday (day one) followed by retro-funk legends Jamiroquai (day two) and Alicia Keys ending the festival on a high note on Friday, (day three). Check out our guide to know more about this year’s lineup.

Opening acts

From homegrown bands to Grammy-winning artists and international musicians, the opening acts are not to be missed. French jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet and UAE-based indie rock band Vandalye will be performing live on day one before Snow Patrol take the stage, followed by Keb Mo and Abri & Funk Radius playing a support slot for Jamiroquai on day two.

Dining options

Be it Arabic, Asian, Latin cuisine or casual food, the festival will be host to an array of dining options. This year’s participating outlets are Abu Jad, Ka’ak Al Manara, Crepeaholic, Krispy Kreme, Doughnuts, Gelato Divino, Mantoushe, Moylo’s Burgers, Pizza Express, Poke Poke, SMK, Sushi Burrito, Wing Stop and Take a Bao.

Ripe Market

Home to an array of artisan products, fresh produces and locally-made handcrafted items, fans of art can check out the ripe market at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. The pop-up market has got a relaxed atmosphere, wherein festivalgoers can choose to simply relax under the trees and enjoy the music!


There’s no doubt that Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is a Dubai institution, home to some of the city’s most prominent music festivals. Expect high spirits, epic views and great music. The best part, this week’s weather forecast reads around low-20s.

Photograph credit: Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Tickets for the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival are priced from Dhs300. Get them here.