Things to do in Dubai

Here's what is happening in Dubai and the Northern Emirates this week

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Looking for something to do in Dubai this week? From concerts and art exhibitions to fitness and family friendly places to visit, here are the best things to do.

Bookmark this list, as we'll add to it throughout the month, and update it several times each week. Planning to visit the capital? Here is our list of things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.


The Laughter Factory

Thursday, September 19; Friday, September 20

Courtesy The Laughter Factory 

The Laughter Factory brings its Summer, WitTank show to Dubai with three top international comedians including Canadian Pat Burtscher (pictured), who is making his regional debut with his personal stories, the “Silly Brummie” Andy White, who promises that anything could happen when he gets on stage, and Marcus Birdman, who returns to the UAE with his witty physical comedy act.

9pm on September 19, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai; 7pm (early show) on September 20, Dukes Dubai The Palm; 9pm (late show) on September 20, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, from Dh160, 050 878 6728,


Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience

Wednesday, September 18 to Friday, September 20

Courtesy Theatre by QE2

Book tickets for Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience, a tribute to the BBC television series Fawlty Towers, featuring interactive and improvised performances throughout a three-course meal. Parody performers of characters such as Basil, Sybil and Manuel will serve the meal with all the laughs and chaos the infamous hotel is known for.

8.30pm, from Dh375, Grand Lounge, Queen Elizabeth 2, Mina Rashid, Dubai,


Back to school at BurJuman

Until Friday, September 20

Visit BurJuman this back-to-school season and enjoy activities for children as well as special offers on clothing and more. Design bookmarks, pencil toppers, pencil cases and more in the family arts and crafts sessions. For every Dh200 spent, enter the Back to School draw for a chance at prizes up to Dh250,000 and 15 tickets to La Perle.

2pm to 10pm, main atrium, BurJuman, Dubai,


Piano concert by Juan Pablo Horcasitas

Friday, September 20

Courtesy Mexican Embassy

In honour of Mexican Independence Day on September 16, the Mexican Embassy is hosting a piano concert by Juan Pablo Horcasitas along with a set menu at Bull and Bear Restaurant. The Mexican maestro will perform a programme featuring works by Bach, Chopin, Chavez, Zyman and Kapustin. The set menu features Angus beef tenderloin, burrata and a pina colada dessert.

6pm, from Dh300, Waldorf Astoria, DIFC, Dubai, 055 655 0385,


Gladiator and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban live in concert

Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19; Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21

Courtesy Dubai Opera 

See screenings of Gladiator and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the complete scores performed live by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Justin Freer. Ridley Scott's Gladiator won five Academy Awards, stars Russell Crowe, and features Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard's score, with vocal soloists and a chorus. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third in the Harry Potter series screened at Dubai Opera, and features Harry, Ron and Hermione in their third year at Hogwarts.

8pm for Gladiator on September 18-19; 3pm and 8pm for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on September 20-21, from Dh175, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,


All Star Comedy

Friday, September 20; Saturday, September 21

Courtesy Big Fish Entertainment 

Book tickets to see All Star Comedy, featuring Siobhan Phillips, who wowed Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent and is making her UAE debut; veteran comedian Paul Adams (pictured), who is known for his wit and timing; and Manuel Martinez, known as the Comedy Conjuring Cuban, who combines jokes with a little bit of magic.

7pm daily, from Dh150, Jumeirah Golf Estates on September 20; Theatre by QE2 on September 21,


Second-hand book sale to benefit animal organisations

Friday, September 20 to Saturday, September 21

Visit the second-hand book sale at Town Centre Jumeirah in support of animal welfare groups Stray Dog Centre Umm Al Quwain, Street Paws and Animals and Us Fujairah. All sorts of books are available for purchase from Dh10 to Dh20, including paperbacks and hardcovers, and a wide selection of children’s books. Funds will go to the organisations’ efforts in helping stray and injured animals, as well as the ongoing trap and neuter campaign.

10am to 8pm on Friday; 8am to 8pm on Saturday, Town Centre Jumeirah, Dubai,


La Perle anniversary offer

Offer valid until Saturday, September 21

Courtesy La Perle 

To celebrate its two-year anniversary, La Perle is offering tickets from Dh222 for shows in September and October. The live theatrical performance is 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.

7pm and 9.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays; 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh222 for Silver and Gold tickets, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373,


On the Way to School film screening – Cine Kids

Tuesday, September 24

Courtesy of Distrib Films US

As part of the Cine Kids film screenings at Alliance Francaise Dubai, children aged eight to 12 can watch movies that aim to stimulate their French-language skills, improve listening comprehension and introduce them to French cinema. On the Way to School by Pascal Plisson highlights the efforts undertaken by children each day to go to school. Jackson, 11, lives in Kenya and walks across the savannah with his sister; Zahira, 12, walks all day through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco with her friends; in India, Samuel, 13, is pushed in a makeshift wheelchair by his brothers more than an hour each day; Carlito, 11, and his sister ride horseback across the Patagonian plains.

4pm to 6pm, free with registration, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, register at


Saudi National Day at Meraas Leisure and Entertainment  

Sunday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 25

To celebrate the 89th National Day of Saudi Arabia, Meraas Leisure and Entertainment is offering discounts at four attractions. Visit The Green Planet and see the indoor biodome with more than 3,000 plants and animals; Mattel Play! Town has fun for children with Angelina Ballerina and Barney; Roxy Cinemas has Platinum Plus seating with food delivery to your recliner chair; and Laguna Waterpark has an infinity pool, slides and more to explore. Offers are from Dh89 and are valid for residents and tourists.

From Dh89 for each venue, City Walk and Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Dubai,,


Swan Lake screening

Wednesday, September 25

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 

See a screening of Swan Lake as performed by the Opera de Paris dancers. Tchaikovsky's classic ballet is a live performance recorded at Opera Bastille in Paris. The show tells the timeless story of Odette, a princess who is cursed by a sorcerer and turned into a swan by day, swimming in a lake of tears, but returns to her human form at night.

7.30pm, from Dh35 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh45 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712,


Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27

Courtesy The Laughter Factory 

Book tickets for Whose Line Is It Anyway? as The Noise Next Door bring the beloved improv set to shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In a show of one-liners and physical comedy, the quartet of performers take audience suggestions and transform the ideas into funny scenes and songs.

9pm on September 26, Movenpick JBR, Dubai; 9pm on September 27, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, from Dh180,


Baby Bazaar

Saturday, September 28

Courtesy Times Square Center

Baby Bazaar returns to Times Square Center twice a month from this Saturday until the end of the year. Parents can buy and sell preloved children’s items and maternity wear, as well as other items young families may prefer to acquire second-hand. The community initiative promotes recycling and sustainable living and lets mums make extra money while keeping waste down.

9am to 2pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai,


Oman Insurance Corporate Challenge

Saturday, September 28

Courtesy Oman Insurance Corporate Challenge 

Register your corporate teams to take part in the Oman Insurance Corporate Challenge, which tests mental and physical fitness, quick-thinking skills and teamwork through fun exercises and experiences. Past events have included obstacle courses, paddleboarding in the sea, go-karting, playing drums and an escape room.

Various timings, from Dh1,196, locations to be determined around Dubai, register by September 19 at


Summer Carnival at Al Hamra Mall and Manar Mall

Until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Al Hamra Mall and Manar Mall 

Visit Al Hamra Mall and enjoy the Summer Carnival with performances and events including colourful acrobats and dancers, circus and butterfly-themed parades, Brazilian and Chinese music and dances, a bubble show featuring the LOL Surprise! Dolls, Balkan-themed dances and a flash mob. Plus, spend from Dh100 for the chance to win a vehicle or cash prizes.

Open 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays and Fridays, Al Hamra Mall; 10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 11pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, Manar Mall, Ras Al Khaimah,,


Meraas Leisure and Entertainment offers

Until Monday, September 30

Splash and Watch lets guests at La Mer purchase a ticket to Roxy Cinemas from Dh10 when purchasing a ticket to Laguna Waterpark from Dh145. The movie ticket can be redeemed any time before September 30. Visit any Roxy Cinemas location in City Walk, La Mer, The Beach or Box Park and collect a voucher for 20 per cent off admission to The Green Planet and 50 per cent off the Animal Encounter experience. Get 30 per cent off admission to Mattel Play! Town with a voucher from Roxy Cinemas at City Walk, The Green Planet or Laguna water park.

Venues at City Walk, Box Park, The Beach and La Mer, Dubai,,


Alserkal Lates

Monday, September 30

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 as well as new and original concepts also stay open late and a number of events and activities are open to the public, including a show at Concrete at 8.30pm of the contemporary dance performance Wreck, List of Extinct Species. There will be food, music, activities and more throughout the evening.

6pm to 10pm, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai,


Indoor family activities at JBR

Throughout the summer

Courtesy 3D Blacklight Mingolf Dubai

Visit Jumeirah Beach Residence this summer for some family fun, indoor style. Cool off at the 3D Blacklight Minigolf Dubai, with its Instagrammable themed rooms such as Under the Sea, Arabian Nights and Intergalactic. CountDown Challenge is a team-building activity that tests intelligence, patience and creativity with puzzles, escape room experiences and mysteries to solve within 60 minutes. TEPfactor Dubai is set in a cave and features logic and fitness challenges for teams at different levels.

Noon to 1am for 3D Blacklight Minigolf, from Dh110; 3pm to 11pm for CountDown Challenge, from Dh150; 10am to midnight for TEPfactor Dubai, from Dh99, JBR, Dubai,,,


Pink Is Punk

Friday, October 4; Tuesday, October 8; Friday, October 11

Courtesy Pink Is Punk 

Register to take part in the Ignite Pink Is Punk events in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October. On October 4, Pink Is Punk Swim:Run has four categories of running and swimming for all levels, and in fancy dress. October 8 is Pink Is Punk Moonlight Yoga with a sunset candlelit session. October 11 is the Pink Is Punk Pink Paddle, a stand-up paddle-board event with distances from one kilometre to four kilometres.

October 4, 6am, from Dh157, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Dubai; October 8, 7pm, from Dh100, Anatara The Palm Dubai Resort, Dubai; October 11, 7am, from Dh105, Riva Beach, Dubai,


Gatsby: The Dinner Experience

Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12

Photo by Zubair Irshad

Book your spot at Gatsby: The Dinner Experience in the Grand Lounge of the Queen Elizabeth 2. The immersive experience brings to life a dinner show concept that is straight out of the 1920s, with characters and scenes based on Jay Gatsby’s party in F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Enjoy songs, dances and scenes from the story, with performances taking place with and around the audience.

8.30pm daily, plus 1pm on October 11, from Dh395, Grand Lounge, Queen Elizabeth 2, Mina Rashid, Dubai,


The Laughter Factory

Thursday, October 10 to Friday, October 11; Thursday, October 17 to Friday, October 18

Courtesy The Laughter Factory 

Catch a show on The Laughter Factory’s Social Faux Pas! Tour, featuring Irish comic Eleanor Tiernan (pictured), who brings a masterclass in stand-up; former comedy club doorman Emmanuel Sonubi, who is described as a comedic force of nature; and New York-raised Mike Capozzola, who delivers the laughs with his dry sense of humour.

9pm, October 10, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai; 9pm October 11, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, Dubai; 9pm October 17, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai; 7pm (early show) on October 18, Studio One Hotel, Dubai; 9pm (late show) on September 20, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dh160, 050 878 6728,


The Fridge Concert Series

Monday, September 30; Monday, October 7; Monday, October 14; Monday, October 21

Courtesy The Fridge 

The Fridge Concert Series season 30 features four weekly performances by top local and regional musicians. The series kicks off on September 30 with Armenian saxophonist Artur Grigoryan, whose influences include be-bop, funk and reggae. His debut album, Good In Tension, will be showcased. On October 7, enjoy Latin Night with Yasiel Diaz and friends as the Cuban pianist brings an energetic mix of reggae, salsa, samba, rumba and bolero with a hint of rock to the stage. On October 14, Jindi launches his EP, 1995, a mix of 1990s R&B, soul, pop and funk, backed by local musicians and dancers as well as an opening set by DJ Nader and support by Elijah Semine. The series wraps on October 21 with a performance by Parekh and Singh (pictured), an indie pop duo from Kolkata who make music from whimsical and magical beauty and unlock the secrets of the universe with their second LP, Science City. They are supported by singer-songwriter Varsha Vinn.

7.30pm, from Dh30, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai,


The Phantom of the Opera 

Wednesday, October 16 to Wednesday, November 6

Phantom of the Opera, London, 2017, Credit: Johan Persson, Credit: Johan Persson

Book tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera at Dubai Opera. The limited-run performance features Jonathan Roxmouth as the titular character. Expect state-of-the-art lighting and special effects along with world-class scenery, costumes and choreography in this production of the classic musical. Songs include Think of Me, The Phantom of the Opera and Music of the Night.

8pm daily, plus 2pm on Fridays and Saturdays (no show on Sundays), from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,


After-School Mania at KidZania

Weekdays until Wednesday, October 30

Courtesy KidZania 

KidZania at The Dubai Mall has something to keep little ones entertained after the final school bell rings. At the entertainment hub’s After-School Mania, children will get to explore role-playing activities such as reading the news like a TV anchor and keeping the city safe like a police officer in interactive sessions that start from 4pm. Book tickets online or at the KidZania ticket counter.

After 4pm, Sundays to Wednesdays, from Dh99, KidZania, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi; The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255,


Passenger at Dubai Opera

Wednesday, November 20

Get tickets now to see British singer-songwriter Passenger at Dubai Opera. The Let Her Go hitmaker will perform a selection of hits from his career, and play tracks from his new album Sometimes It's Something, Sometimes It's Nothing at All.

From Dh195, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,


Lea Salonga at Dubai Opera 

Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 2020

Courtesy Dubai Opera

Get tickets to see Lea Salonga perform at Dubai Opera. The singer and actress will perform a selection of Broadway hits, songs from Disney films and tracks from her 11 solo albums. In her storied career, she has performed in some of the biggest theatre productions in the world, including roles in Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Once on This Island. The multi-platinum selling artist recently finished a 2019 North American tour.

Starts at 8pm, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,


The Kabayan Fiesta at Laguna Waterpark

Last Friday and Saturday of each month, ongoing

Laguna Water park will host a Kabayan Fiesta during the last weekend of every month. The traditional Filipino fiesta will run from 5pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday and invites visitors of all nationalities to enjoy a party atmosphere with activities such as karaoke and a live DJ. There will also be Filipino dishes such as pancit, adobo and halo halo.

From 5pm to 10pm, Dh45, Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Dubai,


Pet Photoshoots at The Studio

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy The Studio

Book a photo shoot with your pet at The Studio Dubai. The newly launched sessions mean you can bring your cat, dog, parrot, chicken, hamster, bunny or other favourite animal for a one-hour shoot to capture their personalities in a memory to keep. Get one retouched digital image from Dh295 and up to 10 images from Dh1,500. Use props and poses for the perfect shot, then choose among an online gallery of images.

9am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays, from Dh295, The Studio Dubai, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 347 1745,


Private guided tour at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 

Book an All Access Pass to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and enjoy an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the world. The one-hour private tour includes access to the Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo and Underwater Observatory, as well as a turn in the Submersible Simulator, a glass-bottom boat ride, the chance to feed Archer Fish and baby sharks and crocodile experiences. Guest groups require a minimum of four people and maximum of six.

10am to 10pm, from Dh400, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai,


Bring Your Own Box at The Smash Room

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy The Smash Room 

Relieve some stress at The Smash Room and destroy items in a safe, controlled environment. Now you can bring personal items with the Bring Your Own Box package, with access to a room, gear and a tool of your choice to shatter items such as glasses and electronics to bits. Other packages start from Dh99 and every Monday is Ladies Night where women can enjoy smashing 10 glasses complimentary, plus get 25 per cent off any add-ons, such as DVDs, printers and TVs.

From Dh75, Smash Room, The Smash Room, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, 058 198 2323,


SunSational Summer App by Meraas

Daily, ongoing

Download the SunSational Summer app by Meraas and take advantage of more than 200 shopping, food and spa deals across eight destinations in Dubai. Enjoy discounts on sunglasses at Glassing at City Walk; buy-one-get-one deals at Motomachi at La Mer; discounts on Museum of Illusions at Al Seef; a complimentary mask treatment at Qua Spa at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai; and buy-two-get-one classes at Physique 57, plus many more.

SunSational Summer app by Meraas available free on iOS and Android,


Shark Trainer experience at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 

Visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and book the Shark Trainer Encounter to learn about shark species as well as how they are cared for in the tank. Get to know their environment, feeding and breeding habits and go behind the scenes to assist the staff in training bamboo sharks and leopard sharks. Participants will then be immersed to waist-height in waterproof waders to interact with the creatures.

12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, from Dh100, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 04 456 4499,



Mexican Independence Day menu at Eggspectation

Sunday, September 15 to Thursday, September 19

Courtesy Eggspectation

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day, which is on September 16, with a special menu at Eggspectation in Dubai and Sharjah. Enjoy a starter, salad, main, dessert and juice or coffee from Dh75. Choose among chicken, shrimp or tuna tacos; Mexican corn salad; honey lime grilled chicken or Mexican fillet steak; and tortilla s’mores for dessert.

7am to midnight, City Walk, 04 240 6877; 7am to 11pm, The Beach at JBR, 04 430 7252, Dubai; and Matajer Mall, 06 555 0446, Sharjah,


Paris, Paris evening brunch

Thursdays, ongoing

Courtesy BQ French Kitchen and Bar 

Indulge in Paris, Paris, a five-course French culinary experience at BQ – French Kitchen and Bar. End the week with a Thursday night brunch that includes smoked salmon, goats' cheese salad, seafood platter with oysters and prawns, French onion soup, grilled baby chicken, black onyx sirloin steak, ratatouille Nicoise, French cheese, fresh fruits and profiteroles.

7pm to 11pm, from Dh225, BQ French Kitchen and Bar, Habtoor Palace, Dubai, Al Habtoor City, 04 435 5577,


Showtime! Brunch at MasterChef, the TV Experience

Fridays, ongoing

Courtesy MasterChef, the TV Experience 

Try the new Showtime! Brunch at MasterChef, the TV Experience, and enjoy special dishes created by champions and finalists of the TV series. Tuck into sharing-style starters, such as baked brie, prawn bhaajis with avocado, chilaquiles, lemon grass and ginger meatball skewers; then choose a main course such as steak and eggs, the Extraordinary Burger and Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict; and unlimited desserts such as ginger key lime pie and salted chocolate tart with beetroot sorbet.

12.30pm to 4.30pm, from Dh299, MasterChef, the TV Experience, Millennium Place Marina, Dubai, 04 550 8111,


Free coffee at London Dairy Cafe to celebrate Friends

Sunday, September 22

Courtesy London Dairy 

To celebrate 25 years to the day since the TV show Friends first aired, London Dairy Cafe is offering a free hot coffee on September 22. Coffee from Central Perk cafe played an important part in the series, with the cast members frequently drinking a cup of joe.

9am to 10am, London Dairy Cafe, Mira Town Centre, The Springs Souk, La Mer North; London Dairy Bistro Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City, Aspin Towers, Dubai,


Healthy Ladies’ Night at Mango Tree Thai Bistro

Wednesdays, ongoing

Courtesy Mango Tree

Enjoy a healthy ladies’ night at Mango Tree Thai Bistro. Choose between two healthy platters of small bites from Dh39 as well as complimentary low-calorie drinks. Platter one includes crispy calamari, tofu stir fry and watermelon salad. Platter two has hua hin crab cakes, gai satay and som tam corn.

9pm to midnight, Mango Tree, Hilton Dubai The Walk, Dubai, 04 374 7555, Instagram @MangotreeJBR


Late Brunch Thursday at The Great British Restaurant

Thursdays, ongoing

Enjoy the Late Brunch Thursdays at The Great British Restaurant with a cosmopolitan buffet featuring a variety of international dishes with a focus on Indian and British specialities, specially crafted drinks and beverages and live music.

6.30pm to 10pm on Thursdays, from Dh298, The Great British Restaurant, Dukes The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 455 1111,


Molecule Restaurant

Fridays, ongoing

Courtesy Molecule 

Visit Molecule restaurant in Dubai Design District every Friday, when guests can enjoy buy-one-get-one on all items from the à la carte menu including beverages and desserts. Tuck into the specialities of the summer menu including items such as barbecue sliders, sea bass ceviche and mushroom scallops.

From noon, various prices, Molecule, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai, 052 949 2202


Afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai

Visit Noor Lounge for two newly launched afternoon teas. The Oriental Afternoon Tea includes essential oils and citrus flavours while the Classic Afternoon team includes sweet and savoury bites with an extensive selection of teas from around the world. The treats are served on a beautiful stand in an arrangement perfect for pictures.

2pm to 6pm, from Dh255 for the Classic Afternoon Tea; from Dh285 for the Oriental Afternoon Tea, Noor Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, 04 777 2222,


Cuban Burger at Black Tap

Until Monday, September 30

Created in collaboration with Mattar Farm, Dubai’s first artisan smokehouse known for its handcrafted smoked meats, Black Tap's new limited-edition Cuban Burger offers a tangy take on the classic dish.  Priced at Dh99 in Dubai and Dh89 in Abu Dhabi, the burger is made from Mattar Farm’s smoked brisket, and is finished with smoked Swiss cheese, turkey ham, chimichurri, Cuban mustard sauce and pickles.

From Dh89 in Abu Dhabi; from Dh99 in Dubai, Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi; Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai; Rixos Premium Dubai JBR; InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai,



Drift Beach Dubai

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Drift Beach 

Drift Beach reopens for the season, delivering 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. Fridays and Saturdays feature the Drift Sunset Lounge with a resident DJ from 1pm to late and SUP Fit classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8am and 9am.

10.30am to 8pm daily, from Dh200, Drift Beach, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, 04 315 2200,


September Specials at That Hair Tho

Throughout September

Book your visit to the sustainable and cruelty-free salon That Hair Tho – THT – and enjoy the special offers this month to help you look and feel your best. Indulge in a relaxing massage for Dh250 instead of the regular price of Dh350; take 15 per cent off all waxing services; get a full set of nail extensions for Dh300 and infills for Dh200 with a complimentary gel polish for a full set; and an express Esse facial, Olaplex treatment and blow-dry for Dh350.

10am to 9pm, THT, Cluster N, JLT, Dubai, 04 589 6670, Instagram @thathairtho.tht


Amara Secrets of Nature spa

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Park Hyatt Dubai

Book your spot for the Amara Secrets of Nature treatment at Amara Spa at Park Hyatt Dubai. Relax and rejuvenate with the 90-minute multisensory experience that includes a body scrub and aromatherapy massage, featuring a fusion of healing herbs, Dead Sea salt and grape seed oil.

From 9am to 10pm, from Dh785, Amara Spa, Park Hyatt Dubai, 04 602 1660,


Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Ajman

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Fairmont Ajman

Visit the newly opened Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Ajman, a spacious beauty destination comprising nine suites, including a couple’s suite. There is also a nail and hair beauty bar on site. The pampering spa menu includes a variety of treatments such as the Arabian Sensory Oasis or Willow Stream Ajman Signature Massage.

Fairmont Ajman, Ajman, 06 701 5546 or


Mommy’s Spa Day at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah

Sundays to Thursdays, ongoing

With Mommy’s Spa Day at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, you can book any spa treatment while children aged four to 12 can enjoy activities at Kidz Paradise at the hotel, free of charge. Relax with a facial, body wrap, manicure, pedicure or the signature Sea Shell massage while your child takes part in sports, painting, watching movies, dancing and more.

9.30am to 4.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 318 2406,


Azure Beach

Throughout the summer

Courtesy Azure Beach 

Azure Beach has special offers throughout the summer including a full day pass from Dh100 on weekdays and from Dh200 on weekends, with a Dh100 voucher redeemable on food and beverages on weekends. The menu features grilled tiger prawn tacos from Dh85, vegan five-spice mushroom wraps from Dh65 and king crab summer rolls from Dh90.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 1am, Fridays and Saturdays; pool open until 7pm, from Dh100, Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, Dubai JBR, 052 777 9472,


Summer Pool Sessions @ Atlantis

Throughout the summer

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Summer Pool Sessions @ Atlantis is a new, free pool day-pass that gives access to a sun lounger and the Zero Entry Pool from 11am daily. Ladies can enjoy one complimentary drink from noon to 3pm. Other special drinks and food offers run throughout the day including a watermelon smoothie and salad from Dh75. There are DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm.

From 11am daily, ages 21+, Zero Entry Pool, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,


Jebel Jais Flight offer

Until Monday, September 30

Enjoy the world’s longest zipline with a 50 per cent discount, starting at Dh341. Located on top of Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, the 150-second-ride spans 2.83 kilometres and offers stunning views of the Hajjar mountains while travelling between at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.

From 10am to 6pm, Dh341, Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 204 6250,


The Ultimate Summer Offer at Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

Valid until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Fairmont The Palm 

Book a stay at Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, during the Ultimate Summer Offer and enjoy a spacious room with daily breakfast buffet for two, as well as lunch or dinner for two at restaurants including Little Miss India, Asian Ba Restaurant and Lounge, Seagull Bistro and Flow Kitchen. Children can enjoy two complimentary hours per day at Fairmont Falcons Kids Club while parents can be pampered at Willow Stream Spa with a free 30-minute treatment when booking a 60-minute treatment.

From Dh650 per room per night, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3388,


Daycation Deals at Wavebreaker Beach Club

Until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Wavebreaker Beach Club 

Enjoy pool and beach access at Wavebreaker Beach Club daily from Dh99, with a voucher for the same amount redeemable on food and beverages at the hotel’s dining venues. Spend the day soaking up the sun and sea views, then tuck into a meal at Wavebreaker Beach and Grill, BiCE Ristorante, Trader Vic’s, Oceana restaurant or McGettigan’s JBR.

From 9am daily, from Dh99 for adults; from Dh49 for children aged six to 12; free for children five and younger, Wavebreaker Beach Club, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai,



Bounce Freestyle Academy

Daily, ongoing 

Courtesy Bounce 

Sign up to take part in the new Bounce Freestyle Academy skill-development coaching programme and express yourself creatively with balance, co-ordination, strength and agility. There are three programmes: Mini-Bounce Squad for toddlers; Bounce Squad for early school-year children; and Flight Squad, which is a trampoline-based programme for all levels to learn skills and tricks. Four free sign-up days take place on September 6-7 and September 13-14 and feature Bounce experts showcasing their skills, the chance to meet coaches and learn about each programme.

Various timings, from Dh1,000 for 10 sessions, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi; Remal Mall, Al Ain; Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 321 1400,


NM Choreography

From Friday, September 20

Courtesy NM Choreography 

Register your children aged eight to 12 for the autumn term of NM Choreography. Led by Nader Musharbash, the 13-week term features a programme of LA hip-hop dance styles and includes new choreography and music every week, challenging the children to new levels of skill with each class.

From Dh975, Fitness First, City Centre Mirdif, Dubai, 052 779 3793,


L’Atelier des Comediens theatre classes

From Sunday, September 22

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Take part in theatre classes in French for teenagers and adults. L’Atelier des Comediens is led by French actress and stage director Morgane Gauvin, who shares her passion of acting through improvisations, techniques, expressions and more, leading to the performance of a play in June. Participants are invited to take part and reinvent themselves as actors in a fun atmosphere.

Sundays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm for ages 12-14; Mondays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm for teenagers 15 and older; Sundays, 11am to 1pm for adults; Mondays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm for adults, from Dh1,500, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712,


Lunch Box Stuffer Workshop at White and the Bear

Wednesday, September 25

Courtesy White and the Bear

Children and their parents can register to take part in the Lunch Box Stuffer workshop at White and the Bear, where they can learn step-by-step instructions for simple lunch box ideas such as quesadillas, stuffed cucumbers and banana muffins. After creating the treats, the children can eat them in the restaurant or take them home. Farah Sawaf, a culinary consultant, will lead the programme that focuses on children’s independence and involving them in food and nutrition from an early age.

4pm, from Dh160, White and the Bear, Villa 11, Al Athar Street, Dubai, 04 339 5911,


Dubomedy Comedy School Fall Term

Saturday, October 5 to Saturday, November 16

Comedy Mix-Tape Dubomedy. Courtesy of Dubomedy *** Local Caption ***  al30ma-todo.jpg

Register for comedy classes with Dubomedy. Sessions include Stand-Up Comedy 101, Improv, a class for intermediate and advanced performers and an Arabic-language class. The weekly lessons will teach the fundamentals in stage skills and are led by comedians Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed. The courses will conclude with Comedy Mixtape Show performance.

1.30pm to 4pm on Saturdays for Stand Up 101; 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturdays for Improv Comedy; 7pm to 9pm on Saturdays for Arabic Stand-Up, from Dh1,500, 11am to 1pm on Saturdays for The Graduates 102, from Dh1,200, ages 17+, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 800 266339,


Acting classes with Act Too

Saturdays in October starting October 5

Courtesy Act Too

Register to take part in acting courses for adults led by Sorbonne University theatre instructor Sol Abiad. The month-long programme is based on select material for beginners as well as season actors, and focuses on skills maintenance through theatre games and acting exercises. Participants are encouraged to think creatively and analytically to develop skills and enhance communication.

11am to 1pm, from Dh960, Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai,


Young Artist Programme

Friday, October 8 to Saturday, November 23

Children in age groups seven to 10 and 11 to 16 can register to take part in the Young Artist Programme (YAP) at Thejamjar, where they can explore the theme of perspective as they work on multiple projects and develop skills. The seven-week programme involves critical and independent thinking through lessons on the history, theory and practice of art. At the end of the programme, an exhibition will feature the students’ portfolios of work on Friday, November 29.

4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am to noon or 12.3pm to 2.30pm on Saturdays, from Dh1,680, Thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303,


Kids' swim lessons at Splash ‘n’ Party

Daily, ongoing

Splash ‘n’ Party launches kids' swim lessons led by a certified female instructor who will ensure that students progress in their skills. There are 45-minute classes available for mothers and toddlers, groups of children, adults and even private lessons. All classes will focus on social interaction, physical development and creativity as well as independence in the water.

Various timings, from Dh799 for 10 group classes, Splash 'n' Party, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 388 3008,



soulFIT training with Gulf for Good

Friday, September 20; Saturday, September 21; Friday, September 27; Saturday, September 28; Friday, October 4

Sign up to take part in the soulFIT fitness training classes with Gulf for Good this September and October. The eight sessions include the 67-floor stair climb at Almas Tower; a snow hike at Ski Dubai and a three-hour sunrise beach hike at Jumeirah Beach. The programmes are great for those interested in improving and maintaining their fitness, as well as those involved with the hiking and cycling fund-raising challenges hosted by Gulf for Good.

8am to 9am on September 6, 20, 27 and October 4 at Almas Tower for stair climbing; 7.30am to 8.30am on September 13 and 21 at Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates for snow hike; 6.30am to 9.30am on September 14 and 28 at Jumeirah Beach for sunrise beach hike, from Dh50, Dubai,



Arcade Happy Hour at Wavehouse Dubai

Daily, ongoing

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -The arcade at the  preview of new entertainment complex, Warehouse at Atlantis The Palm Dubai.  Leslie Pableo for The National for Katy Gillett's story

Enjoy 50 per cent off gaming credit at Atlantis, The Palm’s family-friendly hotspot Wavehouse by topping up your card and receiving double the amount to play on games. Interested gamers – both children and adults – can enjoy classics such as PacMan, air hockey and basketball and more, while exploring the arcade’s two levels.

Ongoing, daily from 5pm to 7pm, Wavehouse, Atlantis the Palm, 04 426 2626,


Staycation offer at Grosvenor House Dubai

Until Monday, September 30

Take advantage of a staycation offer for UAE residents at the Grosvenor House Dubai. There will be special room rates starting at Dh700 per night inclusive of breakfast and lunch at Sloane’s. Guests will be able to access all the facilities at the hotel and will get entry to Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa’s pool and beach via a free shuttle bus service between the two resorts.

Until September 30, starts at Dh700, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, 04 399 8888,


Rove At The Park

Offer valid until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Rove At The Park 

Stay at the newly opened Rove At The Park from Dh199 per night, and get two tickets to Dubai Parks & Resorts included. The hotel is located within the park premises and has 579 rooms, a pool, sundeck, convenience stores and more, including fun decor. The limited-time ticket offer gives access to Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubi and Legoland Water Park as well as the shops and restaurants of Riverland Dubai.

From Dh199 per night, Rove At The Park, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai,


Premier Inn Al Jaddaf from Dh99

Until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Premier Inn Al Jaddaf 

Premier Inn celebrates the opening of its seventh property in the UAE with an introductory offer. For the first 99 rooms sold each night, Premier Inn Al Jaddaf will offer a rate of Dh99 per night. The rate must be booked exclusively on the hotel’s website and must be made three days before the preferred check-in date. Additionally, children will enjoy a free breakfast for every adult breakfast purchased. The hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, all-day dining, a Costa Coffee and is close to Bur Dubai and Festival City.

From Dh99, Premier Inn Al Jaddaf, Dubai,


La Perle

Tuesdays to Saturdays, ongoing

Hailing from over 20 countries, the international cast and crew of La Perle by Dragone are preparing for the big premiere on August 31 in Dubai. Courtesy: La Perle by Dragone

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,


Ripe Market

Fridays and Saturdays, ongoing

Visit 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. Plus, there are vendors selling items such as jewellery, home decor, clothing and accessories.

10am to 10pm on Fridays, Dubai Festival City Mall; 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, The Springs Souk; 10am to 5pm on Saturdays, Times Square Center, Dubai,


Wavebreaker Beach Club

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Wavebreaker Beach Club

Enjoy a three-month membership to the Wavebreaker Beach Club, which includes access to the pool, beach, spa and gymnasium facilities, as well as discounts of up to 25 per cent on food and beverages. The membership equates to Dh16 per day for adults, while children aged six to 12 can join from Dh8 per day and children under six can join free.

From Dh1,500, Wavebreaker Beach Club, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 318 2585



Kollages and Inks on Paper

Until Saturday, October 12

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 

See the exhibition Kollages and Inks on Paper by Laurent Koller, whose work is influenced by the lyrical abstraction art movement and inspired by nature and Zen philosophy. The works are created from “missed inks”, which Koller describes as torn sheets of paper of inks he is not happy with, that are repurposed in collages. Pictured: Kollage 1927

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,



Wednesday, October 16 to Tuesday, November 5

Liaquat Ali – Gardener. Photo by Kyra Dupont Troubetzkoy Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 

See the exhibition Invisibles by Kyra Dupont Troubetzkoy, who bids farewell to Dubai after eight years and pays tribute with a series of photographs of the unsung heroes of the city: the maids, trolley boys, lifeguards and gardeners who often go unnoticed. In the spirit of the Year of Tolerance, the author of Perles des Emirats and My Fantastic Life in Dubai, the artist investigates the names, stories and dreams of the people who cross our paths every day. Pictured: Liaquat Ali – Gardener

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,


Body Building

Until Saturday, December 14

Vasantha Yogananthan, Mareecha Magic Trick 2018, by Jaykumar Shankar. Collection of Anju and Atul Dodiya, image courtesy of the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

See the exhibition Body Building, which features photographs and moving images that look at the body in relation to public space, exploring architecture and cities across South Asia. More than 90 works by 15 artists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and France reflect the increasing urbanisation across the region as well as the aspirations and challenges that accompany these transformations.

10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Ishara Art Foundation, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai,