Discover the top things to do in Dubai this month whether you are looking for some sporting event or just an adventure with the whole family.
When: Throughout July
Full moon yoga
Fairmont The Palm have introduced a weekly yoga schedule with new resident yoga instructor Melanie Swan. There are two sessions per week which will allow you to perfect your yoga routine and maintain strength, flexibility and balance. The sessions take place every Monday at 7pm and Wednesday at 9.30am. Catering to all levels, Melanie will host a 60 minute session that will take place both indoors and outdoors. There’s also lead a monthly Full Moon Yoga which takes place under the full moon on the resorts white sand beach. Priced at Dhs 75 per person with packages of 10 available. Call 04-4573330.
When: Now - September 3
Dubai Sports World
Dubai Sports World turns summer into the season of fitness. Over two months, pro athletes, clubs, active people who enjoy games and spectators are welcome to partake in sporting challenges with celebrity appearances thrown in for extra fun. Friendly matches and champion battles can all be played on this purpose-built pro standard sports venue. Games include tennis, basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, mini-cricket, mini football, touch rugby, skateboarding, BMX, bicycle and motocross. Until 3rd September at DWTC. Call 04-3064000.
When: July 6
The Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel bring you a night of hilarious comedy featuring an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman on Thursday 6th July. The Englishman, Barry Castaglona, describes himself as a comedian, actor, wind-up merchant and a raconteur of amusing incidents. The Irishman, Joe Rooney, will forever be remembered for his role as Father Damo in the hit comedy series Father Ted. The Scotsman, Mark Nelson, won the inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year Award in 2006, barely a year after his first-ever open-spot. His mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners has seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses. Tickets are priced at Dhs 160 for general admission. www.theirishvillage.com
When: Throughout July
La Galerie Nationale’s concept of showcasing art and designer pieces in a space that is laid out to look like an apartment comes back, and artist Fred Kleinberg’s oil paintings will be on display. Expect to see actual pieces of art as décor, including furniture, at this exhibiton at Alserkal Avenue. www.alserkalavenue.ae/en/neighborhood/la-gallerie-nationale.php
When: Throughout July
The city’s favourite food and craft market continues every Saturday throughout summer at Time Square Centre. So you can still find all your delicious, organic produce and superfoods. In addition to the natural products and local crafts, there will also be plenty of activities on offer: fun workshops, live music, fitness and yoga classes, educational activities for kids and even a petting zoo are sure to keep the summer interesting until 21st October. www.ripeme.com
When: Throughout July
Quincy Jones’ first-ever bar and lounge featuring world-class live music, welcomes its latest act - the multi-talented Katie Thiroux and her accompanying band will be treating guests to traditional jazz music with a contemporary flair at the popular Q’s Bar and Lounge in Palazzo Versace Dubai through to 2nd September. Originally from Los Angeles, Katie Thiroux is described as a triple treat, known for her bravura bass playing, assured singing and compelling compositions. Thiroux carries on the hard swinging tradition of such exemplary bass masters as Ray Brown and John Clayton. Her incredible voice channels the legendary jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day. Call 04-5568865.
When: July 6 - 7
Xavier and Aisha’s Amazing Choral Adventure
Xavier and Aisha’s Amazing Choral Adventure is a heart-warming love story for children. The little brother of Aladdin, Xavier must defeat the evil conductor and learn to sing in order to marry the girl of his dreams, Aisha. Coordinated by celebrity composer Joanna Marsh and created by the students of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, parents will find the performance as professional as children find it engaging. At Dubai Opera on 6th and 7th July, tickets are priced at Dhs 50. Call 04-4408888.
When: July 6 - 7
Pop-up comedy clubs!
The Laughter Factory is set to unleash its brand-new pop-up comedy nights across the Middle East. Celebrating its 22nd year of bringing the best global stand up to the Middle East and now in all new pop up form. “The Laughter Factory Pop Up Tour” is headlined by Ben Norris from BBC’s ‘Mock the week’ and ‘Never mind the Buzzcocks’, he is supported by Rich Wilson described as “a very, very funny man” by the mighty Frank Skinner and “highly entertaining” by Time Out London. The stellar line up is completed by Pierre Hollins a brilliant comic with a razor-sharp intellect. Pop Up shows are at Moevenpick JBR on Thursday 6th July and Friday 7th July, Media One Hotel on Wednesday 12th July, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights on Thursday 13th July and Jumeriah Golf Estates on Friday 14th July. Tickets are priced at Dhs 140. thelaughterfactory.com
When: July 14
The Makers’ Market
ARTE, The Makers’ Market, is the perfect place to find unique, original, and sometimes customised, items. These range from handmade soaps to greetings cards, from cushions to cupcakes, from fashion to jewellery, from art to leather bags and from wooden bowls to ceramics and glazed pottery, as well as accessories for home and office. The next markets are on 14th and 28th July at Times Square Centre. They will also be at Truckers DXB at DWTC every Saturday from 6th July to 7th September. www.arte.ae
When: Throughout July
Sculpture at Salsali Private Museum
Located in Al Quoz, Salsali is the region’s first private museum founded in 2011. Along with showcasing artworks from the Salsali private collection, the museum hosts visiting exhibitions from around the globe and provides an insight into contemporary Middle Eastern and International art. Its latest exhibition will allow visitors to study, examine and interpret a variety of Arabian sculptures collected through the ages. The event is open to art collectors and lovers and is free to attend. www.salsalipm.com
When: Now - October 10
Since childhood, French photographer Renaud Marion has dreamt of flying cars. Combining his skills as a photographer with his childhood fantasy, his series ‘Air Drive’ depicts retro cars hovering above the ground. A XK120 Jaguar, Cadillac DeVille and Chevrolet El Camino are just a few of the many classic cars featured in the photos. The exhibition continues until 10th October MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. www.madgallery.net
When: July 7 - September 9
Truckers DXB has teamed up with the Dubai World Trade Centre to hold ‘Truckers Summer Warehouse’. Taking the food trucks indoors, the foodie event will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, starting 7th July until 9th September from 4pm to 11pm at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Featuring Truckers DXB’s signature funky industrial setup, the newest summer event in town will host 15 homegrown food trucks serving fusion cuisines and authentic food from all over the world. In addition to food on wheels, guests can enjoy live performances and participate in interactive entertainment for the whole family - from arts and craft market, carnival games, mechanical bull ride, jugglers, hula-hoop, face painting, to kids’ cooking station and many more. Open to families of all ages from 4pm till 11pm with entry fee of Dhs 10 per person and free for kids below 12 years. www.truckers.ae
When: Now - August 30
Dance in the dark
Contemporary calligrapher Mohammad Bozorgi will exhibit his ‘Dance in the Dark’ collection of paintings and silkscreen prints at Ayyam Gallery. What is unique about the Tehran-based artist’s creations is the mathematical precision he uses to maintain the principles of Islamic art. His ability to create colourful, fluid interpretations on a foundation of meticulous structure makes him a leading figure among the ‘New Generation’ of calligraphers. The exhibition continues until 30th August. www.ayyamgallery.com
When: July 29
Unite with Tomorrowland
The mother of all electronic dance music festivals will be broadcast in Dubai via satellite. Belgium’s notorious ‘Tomorrowland’ and its truly monumental backdrop can be seen live at Dubai’s Festival City Arena. See some of the world’s top DJs, including Armin Van Burren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and KSHMR work their magic in Belgium in real time via the connection on the main stage. Meanwhile, Martin Solveig, Tom Swoon, Franky Rizardo, Ferreck Dawn, Robert Falcon, Mikael Weermets, Siege, Arcade 82 and Barry Force will entertain audiences live in Dubai on the Unite stage. On 29th July at Festival City Arena, admission prices start from Dhs 490. www.tomorrowland.com/en/unite-dubai/en/welcome
When: August 10 - September 3
The Hangry Hangar
You don’t have to say goodbye to your favourite food trucks this summer because the ‘Hangry Hangar,’ pop-up park is returning for another chill-seeking experience. Enjoy tasty bites and live music (on weekends) along with free WiFi in an air-conditioned ambience inside Warehouse Four, from 10th August to 3rd September. Admission is free. www.hangryhangar.com
When: Starting August 31
La Perle is set to take your breath away in a show that really has to be experienced. Dubai’s very first resident show was created by the mastermind behind Las Vegas’s theatrical revamp, Dragone, and features 65 artists performing staggering stunts and aerial antics above an on-stage pool filled with 2.7 million litres of water. This state-of-the-art, custom-built theatre will feature two shows, five days a week, providing audiences with ample opportunities to enjoy this captivating audio-visual treat which is unlike any other in the region. Starting on 31st August at Al Habtoor City, ticket prices start from Dhs 400. www.laperle.com
When: September 1 - 4
Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha is a time of gratitude in the Islamic calendar. Muslims are grateful for the opportunity of Hajj pilgrimage for themselves and for others. To honour this occasion, new clothes are worn, gifts are given and families spend time together enjoying traditional meals. Look out for a variety of activities city wide from 1st to 4th September.
When: September 9 - 16
Dark, dramatic and surprisingly funny in some parts, many consider the story of Don Giovanni to be the greatest opera ever written. This collaborative piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte combines the story of Don Giovanni’s dark desires with divine intervention and how no bad deed goes unpunished. The whole performance is enhanced by the dazzling score of arias and intense duets from the maestro Mozart himself. From 9th to 16th September, ticket prices start from Dhs 350. www.dubaiopera.com
When: September 8 - 15
Cosi Fan Tutte
One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most popular collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ is an operatic story about two young men and their efforts to discover whether they have found true love or not. Being fervent romantics, they devise a plan to test the women with whom they have fallen in love. Expecting positive results, they discover that their relationships are more complicated than they imagined. From 8th to 15th September at Dubai Opera. Ticket prices start from Dhs 350. www.dubaiopera.com
When: September 9
Classical music enthusiasts are in for a treat as Marlis Petersen gives a gala concert, enthralling classical music lovers with her charismatic performances and crystal clear voice. Performing in tandem is the respected pianist Camillo Radicke, known for his legendary recitals. Live in Dubai on 9th September at One&Only Royal Mirage, Royal Ballroom. www.dcc.ae
When: September 7 - 14
The Marriage of Figaro
Following the ‘The Barber of Seville,’ in which Figaro, a barber and self-proclaimed matchmaker, helps the Count to reach his new love, the sequel ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ finally sees the barber fall in love himself. Unfortunately, his wedding day turns out to be a day of madness as he discovers that the Count is after his beloved bride. Expect lots of drama and comedy all enhanced by yet another masterful score by Mozart. From 7th to 14th September at Dubai Opera. Ticket prices start from Dhs 350. www.dubaiopera.com
When: November 30 - December 2
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
Exciting entertainment takes place over the weekend at Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. Every year, this event draws a large crowd of ‘outdoorsy,’ fun-loving people who enjoy the fast-paced rugby action on the pitch and colourful costume wearing characters in the grandstands. Apart from the rugby, competitions, giveaways, activities, and music concerts all build this event into one of the biggest events on the social and sporting calendar. From 30th November until 2nd December. Ticket prices start from Dhs 300. www.dubairugby7s.com
When: December 2
National Day is one of the most celebrated days in the UAE as the historical moment when the seven emirates came together to form one country is honoured. It is a time of national pride and all the emirates, including Dubai, burst out in cultural celebrations. Traditional dances, shows, parades and concerts with celebrity appearances are put on to remember the country’s proud heritage. The National Day Super Sale sparks city wide bargains while colourful entertainment and fireworks complete the festivities.