Here's what is happening in Dubai and the Northern Emirates: there are theatre and film screenings, classes and talks — many of them free
Your definitive list of things to do in Dubai
Want to know what's happening in the city? Here are the best things to do in Dubai, from one-off events, concerts and art exhibitions to family-friendly places to visit.
Bookmark this list, as we'll add to it throughout the month, and update it several times each week. Planning to visit the capital?
PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
Monday, September 24
Celebrate the new art season at Alserkal Lates, when the contemporary galleries of Alserkal Avenue extend their hours and present their latest exhibitions. Retail spaces and original concepts also stay open late and a number of events and activities are open to the public, including a 6pm talk on the Samdani Art Foundation at Alserkal Residency; a 6pm jewellery workshop (pictured) at The Jewel Teller; a 7pm tour starting from A4 Space and going around the new exhibitions; a 7.30pm concert at The Fridge featuring Noon 2.0 and Callhouse Theory; and an 8pm contemporary dance performance by the Migle Praniauskaite Dance Company.
6pm to 9pm, free entry, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae
Romeo et Juliette screening
Tuesday, September 25
Alliance Francaise Dubai presents Theatre in Cinema, a series of screenings of classic plays performed by Academie de la Comedie-Francaise at Salle Richelieu in Paris, as well as opera and ballet productions at Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille. This month see Romeo et Juliette, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers from rival families. The new auditorium features a seven metre-wide screen and comfortable seating.
8pm, from Dh35 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh45 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Thursday, September 27
Book tickets to see Indian comedian and Bollywood legend Johnny Lever along with his daughter Jamie and Rehman Khan in a stand-up performance packed with entertainment and laughter and featuring two generations.
Doors open at 8pm; show starts at 9.30pm, from Dh75, Indian High School, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Kittysnip cat adoption days
Fridays and Saturdays in September
Kittysnip animal welfare group has organised a number of pet adoption days this September with the aim to rehome abandoned and vulnerable cats and kittens who have been found neglected or injured. Come meet a number of vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and neutered cats and kittens looking for their forever home and to make a friend for life.
10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, September 29, noon to 5pm on Friday, September 28 at The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai; adoption fees apply, email@example.com; @kittysnip_uae on Instagram
Cricket Fan Park
Until Friday, September 28
Cricket Fan Park returns to Dubai Sports City where visitors can watch the ACC Asia Cup, which is being held in Dubai, live on big screens. The venue is decorated with flags of the teams competing, as well as cricket-themed branding and activities. The event features music, beverages, food trucks and stalls serving a selection of Asian and continental dishes for purchase, including a chaat station. There will also be a kids’ area and gaming zone.
From 2pm, free entry, Cricket Fan Park, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, www.facebook.com/dubaisportscityevents
Back to School Corner at Al Ghurair Centre
Until Saturday, September 29
Al Ghurair Centre presents the Back to School Corner, where children can explore a range of free afterschool art workshops and a variety of activities planned every weekend, including family photo frames, folders, summer postcards, wooden pencil holders, document organisers and bag decorations.
4pm to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 10pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai, www.facebook.com/alghuraircentre
Dubomedy Comedy Jam
Saturday, September 29
The Dubomedy gang are getting their alumni together for a free reunion show to celebrate 10 years of performing side-splitting stand-up for Dubai audiences. More than 10 comedians will take the stage, and there will also be live music. The show will be performed in English.
Seating starts at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm, free with registration, ages 13+, Warehouse Four, Al Quoz, near Ace and Tom & Serg, Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org
J’ai trop peur (I am so scared) French play
Saturday, September 29
See a performance of J’ai trop peur (I am so scared), a French-language play written and directed by David Lescot, meant to help children who are anxious about Year 7. Performed by three female comedians, with just a trundle box for decor, the play tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who feels misunderstood and is introduced to a teenage boy who knows all about secondary school.
10am and 3pm, from Dh80 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh120 for non-members, ages 7+, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2
Book tickets now to see Julio Iglesias perform at Dubai Opera as part of his 50th Anniversary world tour. The Spanish crooner is celebrating half a century of performing and success with hits including Me Olvide de Vivir and To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.
8pm, from Dh245, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Friday, October 5
Book tickets to enjoy a performance by Belgian singer Wim Hoste in Morning Melodies, which features songs by performers such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Charles Aznavour, Andrea Bocelli and Elvis Presley. Songs include What a Wonderful World, Sea of Love, She, From Russia With Love, My Way and New York, New York.
11.30am, from Dh105, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546, www.madinattheatre.com
Best of Broadway
Friday, October 5
Best of Broadway comes to Madinat Theatre with an international cast including Northern Irish singer Julia Clarke, Korean mezzo soprano Jin Soo Young and Amazing Dubai star Joseph Terterian, for a showcase of some of the greatest hits from the most popular Broadway musicals such as West Side Story, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Frozen, Grease, The Lion King and My Fair Lady.
8pm, from Dh150, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546, www.madinattheatre.com
The Laughter Factory
Thursday, October 11 to Friday, October 19
The Laughter Factory return to the stage with The Disorganized Chaos Tour, featuring German comedian Christian Schulte-Loh (pictured), who breaks the stereotype that Germans are not funny; the dark comedy of Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite Mick Ferry and British comedian Paul Tonkinson.
Thursday, October 11, 9pm, Movenpick, JBR, Dubai; Friday, October 12, 9pm, Movenpick, JBR, Dubai; Wednesday, October 17, 8pm, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi; Thursday, October 18, 7.30pm (early show), On42 Media One, Dubai Media City, Dubai; 9pm (late show), Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; Friday, October 19, 7pm, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, from Dh150, www.thelaughterfactory.com
The Fridge Concert Series
Monday, October 1; Monday, October 8; Monday, October 15; Monday, October 22
The Fridge Concert Series returns for a 27th season with a line-up of talented local musicians showcasing original material. The season starts on October 1 with experimental music from Wywy, who present a massive sound and live visuals in a musical experience of dream pop, dark ambient and ethereal wave. They will be supported by indie newcomers Flowershop, high schoolers who just released their debut EP, Yuki. On October 8, catch Shebani, who makes music that embodies the hidden aspects of our worlds, supported by Aleksandra Krstic, who explores neo-soul, alternative, R&B and chill-wave. October 15 features Hamdan Al Abri – known as Abri -- of the UAE accompanied by drummer Ratish Chadha and a gang of musicians to guide the audience on a musical journey of Abri’s old tunes and new works. AJ & The Gang support with original works with a 1970s and 1980s soul and funk vibe. The series wraps October 22 with guitar, cello and oud player AK Radaydeh in collaboration with local classical musicians and support act Chris Jenkins and Joseph Williams.
Doors open at 7.30pm; concerts start at 8pm, from Dh50, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.facebook.com/thefridgedubai
Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27
Book tickets for the Sunset Festival and enjoy a chilled acoustic beach atmosphere during the day and an upbeat party after the sun goes down. Catch activities including a workshop on zero-waste and sustainability; an organic, open-air gallery featuring artistic structures; a shop featuring eco-friendly wearables; live art, body art and glitter-painting stations.
4pm to 3am on Thursday, October 25; 9am to 3am on Friday, October 26; 10am to 1.30am on Saturday, October 27, free entry, Barasti Beach, Mina Seyahi, Dubai, www.coronasunsets.com
Big Bad Wolf Books
Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 28
The Big Bad Wolf Books sale brings three million brand-new English-language books to Dubai with discounts between 50 per cent to 80 per cent off. Visitors can find best-selling novels, influential business books, art and design titles, cookbooks, young-adult fiction, and books for children including storybooks, activity books, board books and colouring books.
Open 24 hours, Soundstages 2 and 3, Dubai Studio City, www.facebook.com/bbwbooksuae
Shades of Autumn at The Dubai Mall
Wednesday, September 19 to Wednesday, October 31
The Dubai Mall presents the Shades of Autumn campaign, featuring the season’s top fashion picks, autumn decor and vibrant leaf structures that transform the mall into an enchanting wonderland for photo opportunities. There will be autumn-themed crafts for the family, including kids’ masks and decorative vases; on-trend nail art and more.
10am to midnight, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com
Thursday, November 1
Comedy Night in association with Arts Canteen’s Arabs Are Not Funny is back with a new line-up of comedians with Arab roots including Nabil Abdulrashid, Maria Shehata and Fatiha El Ghorri, as well as host Omar Hamdi. The show may contain mature content and is recommended for ages 14 and older.
8pm, from Dh95, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
The PaRUS International Music Fest
Thursday, November 1; Friday, November 2; Saturday, November 3
The PaRUS International Music Fest returns to Dubai for three days of Russian pop and rock music at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Catch award-winning performers including Grigory Leps, Loboda, Egor Kreed, Ruki Vverh and DDT. Enjoy the breeze of the Arabian Gulf and a view of the Burj Al Arab during this under-the-stars festive experience.
From 7pm, from Dh300, Events Area, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Pinoy Music Jam 2018
Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16
Book tickets for the Pinoy Music Jam 2018 featuring performances by singing divas and popular bands from the Philippines including Angeline Quinto, K Brosas, Kyla, Autotelic, Hale, Sandwich, Ben&Ben, IV of Spades and Parokya ni Edgar.
From 7pm on Thursday, November 15; from 4pm on Friday, November 16, from Dh95, Zabeel Halls 3 and 4, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Saturday, November 17
Lebanese-Armenian musician Guy Manoukian will perform at Dubai Opera. The pianist and composer, who has been hailed as the Master of World Music, brings his fusion of oriental melodies with modern arrangements, as well as all-time Arabic classics, including Umm Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Zaki Nassif and more.
8pm, from Dh175, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Wednesday, November 19
Al Murray, also known as The Pub Landlord, returns to Dubai with a stand-up show to keep you in stitches. One of the most popular live comedians in the UK, Murray will perform a one-night-only show at Dubai Opera.
8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
The Gruffalo’s Child
Friday, November 23 to Saturday, November 24
Centre Stage Arts presents The Gruffalo’s Child live on stage at Madinat Theatre. The musical adaptation of the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler is ideal for children aged 3 to 7 and is about the Gruffalo’s Child, who ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep, dark wood where she follows snowy tracks and encounters mysterious creatures.
10.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm, from Dh135, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.madinattheatre.com
Monday, November 26
Book tickets to enjoy a solo guitar recital of classical music by Milos Karadaglic, who has been dubbed “classical music’s guitar hero”. The Montenegrin topped classical charts with his 2011 album Mediterraneo (The Guitar).
8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Tuesday, November 27
Welsh-Japanese indie rockers Feeder come to Dubai for one night only. Hits include Feeling a Moment, Just a Day, Buck Rogers and Just the Way I’m Feeling.
8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30
Bao Festival is a two-day music event that features a line-up of 12 top electronic dance music artists, including Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Afrojack, Don Diablo, Nervo, R3hab, Alok, Salvatore Ganacci and more. The event combines cultural elements from the Far East and the Middle East in a celebration of the friendship between the regions.
From Dh395, Meydan, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Tuesday, December 11
Get tickets now to see Gad Elmaleh perform at Dubai Opera. The French comedian will present an English-language stand-up show featuring his Netflix special American Dream as well as new material about culture shock.
8pm, from Dh295, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
The Nutcracker and I
Wednesday, December 12
See a performance of The Nutcracker and I, an innovative multimedia performance by pianist Alexandra Dariescu. The show is brought to life by Dariescu, who performs on a grand piano, a ballerina dancing behind a see-through gauze screen as well as projected, hand-drawn digital animations that follow the music and engage with the pianist and dancer for a take on the classic story that features a fusion of reality and technology.
6pm and 8.30pm, from Dh125, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Jingle Bell Favourites
Thursday, December 13 to Saturday, December 15
Book tickets to see Jingle Bell Favourites at Dubai Opera this holiday season and enjoy a line-up of carols and singalongs, performed by The London Concert Orchestra Show Band and Capital Voices Choir, along with the 48-member Gems Choir. Songs include Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and Let It Snow.
8pm on December 13; 11am, 3pm and 8pm on December 14; 2pm and 7pm on December 15, from Dh175, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Tuesdays to Saturdays, ongoing
Get tickets to see La Perle, a live theatrical performance influenced by Dubai’s rich culture and history and produced by renowned creative director Franco Dragone. The permanent resident show is a fusion of artistic performances, imagery and technology featuring aquatic and aerial feats as well as special effects.
Tuesdays to Saturdays, shows at 7pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh252 for the summer offer, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373, www.laperle.com
The Life of Nobu dinner with Chef Nobu
Thursday, September 27 to Friday, September 28
Nobu at Atlantis The Palm will host a special Omakase – chef’s choice – dinner hosted by chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself. The nine-course Life of Nobu dinner will include iconic Nobu dishes as well as exotic creations prepared by the chef. Each dish, including the black cod miso yuzu, sea urchin with tempura and avocado tacos with caviar, has a personal story behind it, offering a peek into Chef Nobu’s life.
From Dh585, Nobu, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com
Taste My UAE
Until Friday, November 30
Radisson Blu hosts the three-month foodie celebration Taste My UAE at 30 of the hotel’s best-loved restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Enjoy a diverse range of dining options including fresh seafood, craft burgers and succulent grills at 25 per cent off. Plus, for every Dh100 spent at participating outlets, get the chance to win a trip to Cape Town, one of the culinary capitals of the world.
Offer valid at Radisson Blu Hotel venues at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Dubai Media City, Dubai Deira Creek and Dubai Waterfront, Dubai; and Sharjah, tastemyuae.radissonblu.com
WELLNESS & SPA
World Wellness Weekend
Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, September 23
To promote the health and well-being of guests, Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La celebrates World Wellness Weekend, which is celebrated across 80 countries, with complimentary one-hour yoga sessions and aqua bike classes as well as 30-minute spa treatments over two days. The event aims to encourage participants to discover fun and creative activities.
10am to 12.30pm on Saturday, September 22; 5pm to 8pm on Sunday, September 23, free with registration, Chi, The Spa, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 405 2441, email@example.com
Free Cardiology Consultation
Saturday, September 29
RAK Diabetes Center in Jumeirah offers free ECG (electrocardiogram) and cardiac counselling in honour of World Heart Day, which is on September 29. UAE residents of all ages can take part and all visitors can spin the Health Wheel to win prizes including blood-pressure machines, scales, yoga mats and free consultations with specialists at the centre. A Healthy Heart Package is available additionally for Dh600 and includes further testing and consultation.
9am to 5pm, RAK Diabetes Center, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.diabetesrak.com
Sisters Beauty Lounge
Sisters Beauty Lounge offers a pampering package that lets you get 25 per cent off all lash extensions when you book any facial. Or choose a full body massage to de-stress and get 20 per cent off the bill. Sisters Sundays let you sit back, relax and catch up with your sister at any branch and get 20 per cent off the entire bill.
Various prices from Dh310 for facials; from Dh630 for eyelash extension; from Dh315 for a full-body massage, Al Bateen Villa and St Regis Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi; Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and The Village Mall, Dubai, www.facebook.com/SistersBL
Feel the Beat
Until October 23
Majid Al Futtaim malls present the Feel the Beat health awareness campaign, which offers complimentary cardio health screenings for women in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Emirates Cardiac Society to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease, prevention and early detection. Visitors will be able to check their blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.
Various mall opening times, Thursday, September 20 to Saturday, September 22 at City Centre Deira, Dubai and City Centre Ajman, Ajman; Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, September 29 at City Centre Sharjah, Sharjah and Mall of the Emirates, Dubai; Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 6 at City Centre Al Shinadagha, Dubai and Matajer Al Juraina, Sharjah; Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 13 at Matajer Al Mirgab, Sharjah and City Centre Me’aisem, Dubai; Sunday, October 14 to Tuesday, October 16 at My City Centre Al Barsha, Dubai; Sunday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 23 at My City Centre Al Dhait, Ras Al Khaimah, www.malloftheemirates.com
CLASSES / TALKS
Sunday, September 23
Register to take part in the Tinderbox workshop at Tashkeel as part of a series of events surrounding the Telling Tales exhibition by Debjani Bhardwaj. Using the art of silhouette, paper cuts and handmade books, Bhardwaj will teach participants how to build their own Tinderbox story to take home and share with others.
6pm to 9pm, from Dh75 includes materials, ages 18+, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
Marilyn Glenville at The Retreat Palm Dubai
Until Tuesday, September 25
Women’s health specialist and author Marilyn Glenville will lead a series of talks at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery By Sofitel that cover topics including balancing hormones, weight management, menopause and fertility with step-by-step approaches that aim to help individuals transform their health in a natural way. There will also be two one-day health and wellness retreats on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 for men and women that focus on overcoming stress and tackling anti-ageing.
Various prices and timings, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery By Sofitel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 524 7777, www.facebook.com/TheRetreatPalmDubai
Shadow Play workshop
Wednesday, September 26
Take part in the Shadow Play workshop at Tashkeel as part of the series of events alongside the Telling Tales exhibition by Debjani Bhardwaj. Shadow Play is an ancient form of storytelling, which uses cut-out figures that are held between a light source and a translucent screen. Working in small groups, Bhardwaj and participants will produce a scripted story which will be used to develop puppets and scenes.
6pm to 9pm, from Dh75 includes materials, ages 18+, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
Saturday, September 29
Joanna Barakat will lead a class in Palestinian embroidery, called tatreez, including a discussion of the history of the craft, how it has changed and how artists and designers interpret and repurpose tatreez in their work. There will be an introduction to cross-stitch and participants will stitch a Palestinian motif.
10am to 3pm, from Dh267, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org
Free Yoga at Fairmont The Palm
Sundays to Wednesdays until Sunday, September 30
Take part in free yoga sessions at Fairmont The Palm throughout September. Led by registered yogi Melanie Swan, the classes are designed to suit all levels of practitioners and focus on a dynamic 60-minute vinyasa flow. The routines combine strength-building movements and increased body awareness.
9.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays; 7pm on Sundays and Tuesdays, free, Fairmont The Palm, health club, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, booking essential at 04 457 3330, www.beyourbestdxb.com
Acting lessons with Constellation
Starts Monday, October 1
Constellation presents its autumn term acting workshops for adults - from beginners to seasoned actors - led by theatre director Liz Hadaway. The 16-hour Stanislavski Method Acting workshop features techniques to realistically portray characters by emotionally becoming the character. The 16-hour Grotowski Method Acting workshop focuses on removing blocks and obstacles that prevent actors from revealing their inner life to the audience and relies on the use of movement and voice. Additionally, private acting classes are available from Dh300 per one-hour session.
7.30pm to 9.30pm on Mondays starting October 1 for the Stanislavski Method Acting workshop; 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesdays starting October 3 for the Grotowski Method Acting workshop, from Dh1,200, Al Mankhool Public Library, Dubai, www.constellationdubai.com
Telling Tales Saturday Storytelling
Saturday, September 22; Saturday, September 29; Saturday, October 6
As part of the Telling Tales exhibition by Debjani Bhardwaj, Tashkeel presents a Saturday storytelling session that takes children ages 4 and older on a journey into Emirati and Omani folklore, focusing on the myths and legends in Bhardwaj’s artworks.
10am to 11am, free, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
Dubomedy Fall Comedy School
Saturday, October 6 to Saturday, November 17
Register to take part in comedy classes with Dubomedy Arts School, including Stand-Up Comedy 101, Improv Comedy, a class for intermediate to advanced stand-up and an Arabic comedy class. The weekly classes teach fundamental performance skills and are led by comedians Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed. The courses will conclude with a final performance on Saturday, November 17.
Various timings on Saturdays, from Dh1,500, with early bird pricing from Dh1,200 until September 21, ages 16+, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 800 266339, firstname.lastname@example.org
French Language Awareness Classes for Children
Sunday, October 7 to Sunday, December 9
Alliance Francaise Dubai offers French-language awareness classes for children ages 2 to 9 that immerse them in a fun, communicative approach with games and songs. The classes are led by native-language certified teachers and are said to benefit children with greater creativity in problem solving.
From 9am to 9.45am on Sundays and Tuesdays, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha; 9am to 9.45am on Mondays and Wednesdays, Dubai Knowledge Park, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
World Arthritis Day
Friday, October 12
Middle East Arthritis Foundation marks World Arthritis Day with a community event that includes a yoga session, talks on nutrition and pain management and inspiring messages from arthritic patients on how to manage lifestyle. There will also be Arabic-language sessions, free bone density scans and a fashion show of comfortable yet glamorous clothing and footwear.
8am to 5pm, free, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, register at 050 534 3182, www.arthritis.ae/wad
The Desert Monologues
Starts Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14
Book your spot to take part in The Desert Monologues, a six-week course for adults that features a variety of drama-based activities and ends with monologue performances at The Courtyard Playhouse. Suitable for both professionals and beginners, the course aims to improve confidence, communication skills and connect like-minded individuals. The class runs until Friday, November 23.
6pm to 8pm on Saturdays; or 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Sundays, from Dh1,890 for the basic course fee, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, email@example.com
Art history lecture
Wednesday, November 12
Alliance Francaise Dubai hosts a series of art-history lectures by Philippine Motais de Narbonne, an art lecturer and expert in 19th-century paintings and drawings. This month, learn about Baroque art in 17th century Europe, with a focus on painting, sculpture and architecture that serve religion and power.
10.30am, from Dh35 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh45 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Butch Harmon Dubai golf programme
Sunday, September 30 until Saturday, December 8
Children ages 3 to 15 can take part in the nine-week junior development programme at the Butch Harmon school of golf and receive training from top coaches at world-class facilities. The programme caters to all levels in a fun and creative environment that includes a coaching session, supervised practice and a session on the course each week.
From Dh1,100 for ages 5 to 15; from Dh870 for ages 3 and 4, Butch Harmon Dubai, Dubai Sports City, 04 425 1040, firstname.lastname@example.org
Art History Courses with Rose Balston
Wednesdays from October 3 to December 5
XVA Gallery presents a series of art history courses taught by art historian Rose Balston with the focus on Art and Revolution: Europe in the 18th and 19th Century. Courses include talks on portraiture, the neo-classical movement in England and in France, great British collectors and more.
10am to 12.45pm, from Dh262 for each session; from Dh1,680 for all eight, includes refreshments, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com
Wednesday, September 26 to Wednesday, December 12
Critical Dialogues is a 12-part course that discusses the mechanisms of critique. Led by Kevin Jones, participants can take part in sessions on topics such as the mythification of the artist, post-colonialism and the question of identity and explore issues including multiculturalism and the relationship between artists and institutions.
7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays, from Dh1,381, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org
Golfing Coffee Morning for Ladies
Wednesdays starting October 3
Plan to take part in the golfing coffee mornings for ladies at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, which is designed for all levels from beginners to advanced. The club’s qualified PGA qualified coach will work with each participant to improve their game in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere.
11am to noon on Wednesdays, from Dh130, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai, email@example.com
Hatha Yoga at Copthorne Hotel Dubai
Take part in a rejuvenating one-hour hatha yoga session led by instructor Julie Mistry at Copthorne Hotel Dubai. The practice is designed to integrate and balance the breath, body and mind to bring about positive changes in the way participants feel physically, mentally and emotionally.
6.30pm to 7.30pm, from Dh55, Copthorne Hotel, Dubai, 04 295 0500, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pad Pilates and Dance Studio
Visit The Pad Pilates and Dance Studio, which brings the fitness expertise of Yasmin Karachiwala (pictured) to various classes targeting the entire body such as Pilates, parents and kids’ dance classes, post-natal movement sessions and more. Group classes, packages and individual classes are available.
Various prices from Dh70 per class, The Pad Pilates and Dance Studio, The Greens, Onyx Tower 1, 906, Dubai, www.thepadfitness.com
XDubai Spartan Women’s Race
Saturday, October 27
Register to take part in the XDubai Spartan Women’s Race, which features a 5-kilometre sprint with more than 20 signature Spartan obstacles; a 13-kilometre race with 25 obstacles; an elite category, a kids’ race for various ages and distances. The races are open to women, and spectators can be both men and women.
From 6am for registration; races begin at 9.30am, from Dh290, Jebel Ali Race Course, Dubai, www.spartanarabia.com
du Tough Mudder
Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8
Register to take part in the third annual du Tough Mudder obstacle-course challenge of physical strength, stamina and mental grit, featuring obstacles including Everest 2.0, Electroshock Therapy and Blockness Monster. There is also a 1.5-kilometre du Mini Mudder for teams of children aged 7 to 13.
Various start times, from Dh360 for the du Tough Mudder; from Dh55 for the du Mini Mudder, Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai, www.toughmudder.ae
Wadi Bih Run
Friday, November 9
Register now to take part in one of the toughest and most popular annual running events in the region, the Wadi Bih Run. The race takes place in the Hatta mountains and features race categories including the Team 70km, Team 35km, Solo 70km, Solo 35km and Solo 20km, as well as a special 2.5-km run for children.
From 4.30am, from Dh1,575 for Team races; from Dh315 for Solo races; from Dh105 for the Kids race, Wadi Bih, Oman, register by October 31 at www.premieronline.com
FAMILY EVENTS / PLACES TO VISIT
Be Ninja at Legoland Dubai
Until Saturday, September 29
The Ninjago Ninjas have returned to Legoland Dubai with a new short film, Ninjago Master of the 4th Dimension, and invite children to the return of Be Ninja, which features the Ninja Training Academy, a ninja building experience, meet and greets with Ninjago walking characters and themed menus, which feature items such as ninja noodles and burgers.
10am to 6pm, Be Ninja event is free with a valid ticket, from Dh165 for UAE and GCC residents, Legoland Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.ae
Cine Kids film screening
Tuesday, October 30
Children ages 5 to 10 who are learning French will enjoy the Cine Kids programme from Alliance Francaise Dubai that lets them enjoy an animated movie in French with English subtitles. This month’s film is Mom is in America, She Met Buffalo Bill, about 6-year-old John who invents a life for his absent mother. Following the film, children can take part in a fun activity related to the theme of the movie.
4pm to 6pm, free with registration, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, register at email@example.com
Drift Beach reopens
Drift Beach has reopened and delivers a laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle vibe with its idyllic infinity pool, fine-dining restaurant and a chilled-out soundtrack. The chic destination overlooks one kilometre of beachfront and offers panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline. Enjoy food and drinks with friends under the sun.
10.30am to 7pm daily, Drift Beach, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, 04 315 2200, firstname.lastname@example.org
VR Park special offer
Watch any movie at Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall and get 50 per cent off an Unlimited Day Pass at the Virtual Reality Park. Just present your cinema ticket within seven days of your visit and enjoy a roller-coaster adventure and multiplayer games at half price.
10am to 10pm, from Dh75 for an adult; from Dh50 for a child with discount, VR Park, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com
Visit Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall and enjoy a new kind of film experience. ScreenX is a multi-projection system that provides panoramic film viewing of blockbuster films.
Various timings, ScreenX, Reel Cinemas, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.reelcinemas.ae
Visit Fabyland family entertainment park for an array of attractions and amusements for children ages 3 and older. The venue features 15 major rides, a MyTown area for kids to play and learn and more than 100 game machines, as well as a giant trampoline.
Noon to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; noon to 1am on Thursdays; 1pm to 1am on Fridays, from Dh125, Fabyland, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, fabyland.ae/uae
Visit OliOli for cool, indoor fun this summer. Children will enjoy eight interactive galleries and more than 40 exhibits to stimulate a child’s body and mind. Galleries include playing with and learning about water movement, cars and ramps and air transportation, as well as climbing and swinging on the giant, bouncy, colourful Toshi’s Nets.
9am to 7pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 9am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh120 per hour, OliOli, behind Oasis Mall, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 702 7300, olioli.ae
Children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy an educational and interactive experience at Dig It, a play environment based on a working building site where they work together to dig, move, build and create. Kids can climb aboard a digger, operate remote-controlled cars, take driving lessons and enjoy workshops and sand play.
10am to 10pm, from Dh100 for the Drop & Play ticket, which includes two hours of play with trained staff, The Springs Souk, Dubai, digitdubai.com
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Visit the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Dubai Mall and enjoy a wide range of aquatic experiences, including shark feedings, shark encounters, cage snorkelling and scuba diving. In the Underwater Zoo, see the 750-kg King Croc, and learn about the UAE’s night creatures, such as Arabian toads, giant camel spiders and spiny-tailed lizards. The VR Zoo lets visitors experience animals in their natural habitat via virtual reality, and a variety of tours and presentations give insight to underwater animal life.
10am to midnight, from Dh90 for UAE residents; from Dh120 for the Aquarium Tunnel and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaiaquarium.com
TEPfactor adventure experience
Visit JBR to experience the new TEPfactor, an adventure experience that takes place in a cave, where teams of two to six people take on 21 challenges that put their physical, mental, teamwork and co-operation skills to the test. Racing against the clock, the groups take part in puzzles, balancing acts, tests of patience, heroic feats and team challenges to progress to the next task. Up to 15 teams can participate at a time, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, activewear and trainers. There are also group sessions available for corporate organisations.
10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays, from Dh80 per hour; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh100 per hour, ages 8+, TEPfactor, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 398 8438, www.tepfactor.ae
Dubai Bowling Center
Dubai Bowling Center offers a fun atmosphere with 16 professional-series lanes, black-and-white movies on projectors above the lanes, an arcade with classic old-school games, and The Zone area with e-gaming options. There is also trampoline playground, a private party hall and toddler play area. The in-house restaurant Yamu offers quirky burgers and freak shakes inspired by gaming culture.
10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dubai Bowling Center, Al Quoz, 28th Street and Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 04 339 1010, bowlingdubai.com
Wild Wadi Waterpark residents offer
Wild Wadi Waterpark offers UAE residents a special discount on tickets until the end of the year. Enjoy fun in the sun and all the excitement of a wide selection of the more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Relax on the lazy river Juha's Journey; Breaker's Bay wave pool; Master Blaster aquatic roller-coaster ride; surfing on the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders; and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide that propels brave visitors from a height of 32 metres at 80kph.
Open 10am to 7pm, from Dh149 for general admission for 1.1 metres and taller; from Dh69 for below 1.1m, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com
Saturdays to Thursdays, ongoing
XPark Jr lets little ones play outdoors this summer in cooler conditions with misters providing bursts of air in the naturally shaded park, where children can explore, discover and let their imaginations run wild through free and messy play in the forest-like setting. There are also air-conditioned areas for arts and crafts and in the cafe. The Summer Pass offers unlimited access for one child and one adult for Dh300 until August 31, except for the Eid holiday.
2pm to 8pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8am to 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, from Dh45 per child for two hours of free play, with free access for one adult; Dh45 per additional adult, XPark Jr, Kite Beach, Dubai, www.xdubai.com
Aventura Parks is now open later in the evenings, so visitors can enjoy the obstacles and zip lines in the cooler weather. Test your mental and physical agility in the great outdoors with more than 80 climbing, tree-surfing, zip-lining, rope-crossing challenges across five different levels, off the ground and in the trees. The park will be illuminated at night and safety is a top priority.
10am to 7.30pm, Mondays to Wednesdays; 9am to 10pm, Thursdays to Sundays, from Dh125, Aventura Parks, Mushrif Park, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com
KidZania annual pass
KidZania has launched an annual pass, giving unlimited access to the mini-city, where children can explore and role-play various professions in a fun learning environment. Plus, the passes come with a KidZania “Pazzport”, fast-track tickets, invitations to special events, discounts on skating sessions at Dubai Ice Rink and more including the chance to try the new virtual reality fire-awareness activity.
Valid for 12 months from purchase date, from Dh550 for a silver pass; from Dh950 for a gold pass, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.kidzania.ae
Visit a Ripe Market to stock up on produce, shop for gifts and enjoy the community spirit at any of its several venues. Find seasonal organic produce grown locally, as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, fitness classes, yoga, children’s activities, workshops and more.
9am to 5pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.ripeme.com
RAS AL KHAIMAH
Tridom at Manar Mall
Visit the newly opened indoor adventure park Tridom at Manar Mall, which features a 40-metre drop tower called Sky Tower Ride, as well as a ferris wheel, a Super Spin that twirls mid-air, bumper cars, Air Racer and a large indoor play area. Enjoy video games, novelty games, kiddie rides, a Play Zone area and more.
10am to 11apm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh120, Manar Mall, Ras Al Khaimah, 800 874366, tridom.ae
Jebel Jais Shuttle
Visit the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, with daily shuttle service from hotels in Ras Al Khaimah City Centre and the Al Hamra and Al Marjan Island areas. With average temperatures 10 degrees cooler in the mountains, summer is a great time to enjoy Jebel Jais and all it has to offer, including the Jebel Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline at 2.83 kilometres; a viewing deck park with observation points, a rooftop lounge and food trucks.
Various timings from 6.30am to 4.30pm, from Dh20 one way, Ras Al Khaimah, www.jebeljais.ae/shuttlebus
The Art of Calligraphy
Until Saturday, September 29
Visit The Art of Calligraphy exhibition at Al Ghurair Centre and enjoy a showcase of calligraphy and typography art pieces that capture the diversity of languages across the globe. The works capture a range of messages through the shapes of letters and reflect the rich cultures seen within the UAE.
10am to 11pm daily, Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai, www.alghuraircentre.com
Until Tuesday, October 16
XVA Gallery hosts the exhibition Ordinary Geniuses, an exhibition curated by Morteza Zahedi that brings together the works of seven artists through paintings, drawings and sculptures. The artists are referred to as “outsiders” as they, like their ancestors, live in cultural isolation, producing art away from the mainstream. The works reflect the life of its creator and their community.
Open 10am to 6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com
Wednesday, October 3 to Wednesday, October 17
Opera Gallery hosts Urban Poetry, an exhibition of graffiti-inspired artworks that merge abstract thinking, simplistic stereotypes and dark, disturbing styles in a showcase of individuality. Artists whose works are on display include Ron English, London Police, Speedy Graphito and Blek le Rat.
10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 2pm to 9pm on Fridays; 11am to 9pm on Saturdays, Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0909, www.operagallery.com
Until Friday, October 19
See the exhibition Detournement, featuring sculptures and photographic montages by visual artist Sabine Blanchard. Based on the artist’s interest in simple things, the works reveal a playful and poetic interpretation of things that surround us in everyday life.
9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Monday, September 24 to Wednesday, October 24
Showcase Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Ragini Dewan who experiments in a variety of art media including glass, mono-print, acrylics and ceramics. While her trademark is heavily textured art that portrays a 3D effect, her paintings, sculptures and prints are varied in style and emotion.
10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0940, www.showcaseuae.com
Monday, September 24 to Wednesday, October 24
FN Designs presents the exhibition Scape by Matt Ryder, which documents the land, sea and sky, highlighting the changing landscapes around us through the medium of oil on canvas. Ryder has lived in the UAE for more than 10 years, and his images reflect his witnessing the changes in the region, specifically Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and Oman.
10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0490, www.fanndesigns.com
Spectrums in Memory
Monday, September 24 to Saturday, October 27
Fann A Porter presents the exhibition Spectrums in Memory by Syrian artist Nidal Khaddour, a showcase of the artist’s latest abstract paintings, which explore human perception, impression and projection. The element of nature is present in each of the artworks – open fields, mountains, night skies – as well as city streets and interiors, representing the artist’s homes in Al Ain and Syria.
10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Fann A Porter, The Workshop, Villa 45, Street 23B, Al Wasl Road, opposite Boxpark, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 341 2595, www.theworkshopdubai.com
Until Tuesday, October 30
Telling Tales is an exhibition of works by Debjani Bhardwaj featuring intricate drawings, papercuts and installations rooted in traditional Emirati and Omani stories. The artist creates an alternate universe inhabited by characters from traditional stories with narratives that provide moral guidance, motivation and inspiration. Pictured: Aliens, Tricksters and Shapeshifters
10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
1, 2, 3 by Nima Nabavi
Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, November 3
The Third Line presents the exhibition 1, 2, 3 by Iranian artist Nima Nabavi, which features works influenced by geometric abstraction, numeric symbolism and their connection to the natural world.
10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays, The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 1367, www.thethirdline.com
Until Wednesday, October 31
Ayyam Gallery presents the exhibition Seven Years, which features a new body of work by Elias Izoli that highlight figurative paintings representing the state the artist has witnessed living in Syria over the past seven years. The empathetic, softly coloured paintings of children are created from Izoli’s surroundings and atmosphere in his country.
10am-6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon-6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
No Place Like Home
Until Saturday, November 3
Gulf Photo Plus presents No Place Like Home, its annual community exhibition featuring images submitted from an open call that are unique to each photographer’s personal sense of home. The images include moments of physical togetherness, personal items and the comfort of bed, and explore a sense of home that is common to us all.
10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 6pm Saturdays (closed Fridays), Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 380 8545, www.gulfphotoplus.com
The Breeze at Dawn Has Secrets to Tell You
Monday, September 24 to Saturday, November 3
The Third Line presents the exhibition The Breeze at Dawn Has Secrets to Tell You, featuring mixed-media installation works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmanian that draw from Islamic cosmology, mathematics and Sufi mystic philosophies. The exhibition also features iterations of the artist’s famous 1970s Mirror Ball works, spherical sculptures comprised of mirror elements inspired by the sight of children playing football in the streets of Tehran, as well as a screening of the documentary Monir by Bahman Kiarostami.
10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 1367, www.thethirdline.com
Traces: Contemporary Africa
Monday, October 8 to Saturday, November 10
Tabari Artspace presents Traces: Contemporary Africa, an exhibition of contemporary African art that highlights the uncommon elements of the continent’s current thriving arts scene. The three artists showcased – Tyna Adebowale, Thierry Oussou and Nengi Omuku – represent the new wave of African creatives, who are doing things differently, including performance art, political narratives and relaying issues faced by women.
10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Tabari Artspace, The Gate Village Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.artspace-dubai.com
RAS AL KHAIMAH
Trance to Eternity
Until Saturday, September 29
See the exhibition Trance to Eternity, featuring cubism works by the artist Ria Sharma. Explore the connections between movement and geometric forms in works that are influenced by medieval Sufi tradition.
9am to 5pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 3pm to 7pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Al Qasimi Foundation Studio and Gallery, RAK Gas Building, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 233 8060