Even though, this is going to be a hot and humid month, the fun never ends in Dubai. There are a ton of comedy shows, music concerts, and movie screenings taking place in comfortably air conditioned venues. The summer is just no excuse to stay at home. Take a look at this month’s must attend events.
When: 8-10 August
'Kedi' Screening At Cinema Akil
This documentary beautifully explores the relationship between cats and humans on the streets of Istanbul. This portrayal of love and friendship between two is a reflection of inclusive community and the city's unique identity. The dialogues are in Turkish with English sub titles. Tickets are priced at Dhs 52.50. www.cinemaakil.com
When: 8-19 And 14-16 August
The Laughter Factory
In this heat, we prefer laughing as an exercise to relax our muscles and no one does it better than The Laughter Factory. This month's line-up includes Ro Campbell, Scott Benett and Dave Fulton. With six shows in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi spread across different venues, you are never too far from the laughter. www.thelaughterfactory.com
When: 11-13 August
Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha is one of the two major traditional festivals in Islam celebrated across the world on the 10th of Zul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar, on dates subject to change each year. The city celebrates the festival with fireworks and a host of family entertainment options.
When: 14 August
The 1975 are set to entertain fans in the UAE with their high-energy and innovative live show that they have become famous for the world over, including headline performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza. The four-piece band from Manchester, UK have been playing together since 2002 and has recently won two Brits Music Awards. www.the1975dxb.com
When: 15 August
DJ Aqeel Live At DWTC
The force behind popular Bollywood mixes back in the 200O's, Dj Aqeel is performing live this month at Dubai World Trade Centre. He was the first one to mix Bollywood with EDM tunes and reinvent songs such as ‘Tu Hai Wahi’ and ‘Fanaa For You. The show starts at 10pm. Tickets start from Dhs 125. www.meratickets.com
When: 15 August
Nancy Ajram And Saif Nabeel Live
Lebanese award-winning artist Nancy Ajram and Iraqi singer and composer Saif Nabeel are taking to the stage to entertain audiences with Arabic music. Expect them to perform their hits such as Betfakkar Fi Eih, Mashi Haddii, Hay Essanah, Ma Mertah and Khayef Men Endy. Entry starts from Dhs 95.
When: 15-30 August
Dubai Opera Film Festival
Dubai Opera is hosting a fantastic film festival showcasing all popular Disney classics from the childhood days including Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Moana and Hocus Pocus. Tickets start from Dhs 40 for kids and Dhs 60 for adults. Festival passes are also available. www.dubaiopera.com
When: 23 August
Laughathon With Abhishek Upmanyu
The third performer on the Laughathon series is Abhishek Upmanyu, a popular face in India’s comedy circuits. Abhishek's stand-up comedy video of a Delhi boy's experiences in Mumbai, made him an internet star The video has 100 million views on his YouTube channel. Ticket prices start from Dhs 75. www.theatrebyqe2.com
When: 28 August
'Who Stands In Line Anyway'
Look forward to a night of uncontrollable laughter as local and international comedy stars Ali Gul Pir, Saad Haroon, Salman Qureshi and Amtul Baweja entertain you with funny skits, playful jokes and music at The Junction Theatre in Alserkal Avenue. Tickets start from Dhs 150. www.thejunctiondubai.com
When: 29 August
Chart topping Irish boy band Westlife, will take to the Coca-Cola Arena stage in August to entertain fans. The band has sold over 40 million studio albums and 55 million records worldwide. Smash hits include ‘Swear It Again’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘I Have A Dream’, ‘What Makes A Man’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Unbreakable’ and more. Tickets start from Dhs 250. www.bookmyshow.com
The second half of the year is already set for lots of fun activities including a number of outdoor events, fashion exhibitions, races and the Crown Prince’s very own Dubai Fitness Challenge. As we head closer to winter, the event diary keeps getting more exciting.
When: 11-12 September
The Supremes Performing At The QE2
The Supremes, the popular female group, who earned the accolades on the music charts during the 60’s and 70's are heading to Dubai. In what will be an emotional return to perform on the QE2 just as they did in years gone by, expect them to perform all their popular hits. Tickets start from Dhs 180. www.qe2.com
When: 11-12 September
Dance Drama: Early Spring
The Dance Drama portraits contradictions between idealism and realism through the protagonist Xiao Jianqiu’s feelings during 1920s China, when unintentional gossips and gibes suppressed kindness and destroyed human nature, and finally led to agony in young people. Entry tickets start from Dhs 150. www.dubaiopera.com
When: 14 September
Ironstar Indoor Triathlon
Start training yourself for this challenging indoor Ironstar Triathlon coming in September and hosted at Max and Aegle, a fitness club in Nad Al Sheba. Participate solo, or in a team, whether you are a veteran or a first timer looking to test your strength, all can participate. Entry starts from Dhs 350. www.iron-star.com
When: 20 September
Fitness enthusiasts can head to Al Qudra Cycle Track to participate in the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Build-Up Ride-1. The 35km build-up ride starts at 6am and finishes at 9pm. Designed to test your stamina and overall fitness, it is surrounded with fun-filled ambience. Head to Cycle Village for breakfast post-race. Entry starts at Dhs 70. Registrations will open soon.
When: 23 September
Saudi National Day
In honour of Saudi National Day, Dubai hosts a number of activities in malls and outdoors for families and individuals to get everyone into the celebratory spirit. Residents and visitors can indulge in a plethora of fun activities including live performances, fireworks, and cultural parades. Exact details are announced closer to the event.
When: 24-28 September
?GITEX Shopper 2019
The largest electronic event of the region returns in September. It's a great chance to grab jaw dropping deals on the world's top brands that come together under one roof at Dubai World Trade Centre. Also, catch brands unveiling their latest innovations at this event. Entry tickets are priced at Dhs 20. www.gitexshopperdubai.com
When: 25-28 September
Much Ado About Nothing
Under the direction of Derek Bond, the New English Shakespeare Company gives a modern twist to one of the best comic plays written by William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing. The fresh take on the story of forgiveness and passion is sure to entertain and emotionally connect with the audience. Entry starts at Dhs 120. www.dubaiopera.com
When: 27-28 September
Numaish Festive Fair
One of the most popular fashion exhibitions showcasing latest clothing and accessories will return for its 25th edition in September at its regular spot Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Those who are looking for new dresses for Diwali parties and the wedding season, or some innovative gift ideas, visiting this exhibition is an ideal opportunity to explore the latest and the most trendy options. Call 04-3314858.
When: 4 October
Arabian Epic Series XCM1 Hatta
Back for a second edition, this multi-day cycling event invites those who dare to cycle long distances through Hatta's rocky wadis, old villages and mountainous regions. If you think you have got the stamina and endurance to take up this epic challenge, register for this event before 26 September. Race begins from JA Hatta Fort Hotel. Entry starts from Dhs 193. www.arabianepic.com
When: 16 October-6 November
The Phantom Of The Opera
The world's most famous stage performance arrives in Dubai. The musical explores the fierce emotions of jealousy, passion and madness of a music genius who falls in love with a beautiful soprano. It was first played at London’s West End in October 1986 and has been going strong since then. Tickets start from Dhs 350. www.dubaiopera.com
When: 18 October-16 November
Dubai Fitness Challenge
The third edition of the fitness festival will return in October this year. The brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, it encourages residents to do 30-minute exercise for 30 days. Different fitness zones are set up across the city. The 2018 edition witnessed participation from nearly 1 million. www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com
When: 25 October
World's Ultimate Strongman
Taking place at the iconic Meydan Grandstand, the event will see world-famous athletes battle it out to be named World’s Ultimate Strongman in a day filled with events, activations and jaw-dropping surprises. The event is family-friendly, with kids under 12 entering for free. Tickets start from Dhs 195. dubai.platinumlist.net