Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from a pop-up cinema to literary events, full-moon yoga, a spectacular new stage show, and more.
September 1: Revisit an Old Favorite
Al Quoz hotspot Tom&Serg opens a new outlet in Dubai, this one conveniently located within VOX Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates. Alongside the gourmet coffee that is known and loved, the menu features freshly-made pastries, wraps, and sandwiches designed to grab on the go, superfood bowls, and more. The outlet will be open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight.
September 1 to 30: Catch a Flick
To the delight of cinephiles, NOWPLAYING continues nightly at Warehouse 68 in Alserkal Avenue, courtesy of Cinema Akil. Expect to see indie films such as Manifesto (an art installation turned film starring Cate Blanchett) and My Neighbor Totoro (a Japanese animated movie about spirit encounters). Find the complete schedule here.
September 1 to November 20: Delve Into Beauty
If you missed the launch of Lancôme’s whimsical new pop-up at City Walk 2, you’re in luck because it will run throughout the month and beyond. Here, beauty buffs can discover Lancôme’s newest mascara, play to win prizes, shop an Olympia Le-Tan makeup collection that is exclusive to the pop-up, and more.
September 1 Onwards: Hold Your Breath
The region’s first permanent show will take place at Al Habtoor City on a daily basis and promises to be a spectacular one. Entitled La Perle, this collision of mesmerizing aquatics, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, 65+ performers, and more has been inspired by Dubai’s culture and created by Franco Dragone of Le Rêve fame. Buy your tickets here.
September 2 to 30: Return to Ripe Market
The city’s favorite market continues indoors for the rest of the scorching Dubai summer. Spend your time browsing interesting craft stalls and picking up fresh, organic, and locally sourced produce provided by passionate business owners. The summer edition of Ripe Market will run every Saturday at Times Square Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
September 2 to 30: Celebrate the Written Word
Head to Alserkal Avenue for Literaturhaus at Nadi, a literary event that seeks to revive the 19th-century salon, during which contemporary questions were debated alongside artistic and cultural initiatives. Here, international and regional authors, poets, publishers, translators, and musicians will gather every Saturday to share their ideas through readings, discussions, and performances. Find the full program here.
September 4 to 30: Feast Happy
Book a spot on the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage by Frying Pan Adventures, a culinary tour designed to introduce participants to the best of Emirati, Palestinian, Lebanese, and Iranian cuisine via a walking trail in Deira. It includes tastings at two restaurants, a streetside stall, a baklava shop, and a specialty food store – all accented with gastro trivia galore. Learn more here.
September 7 to 9: Revisit Old Outfits
If you associate your wardrobe choices with key moments in your life – both good and bad – then you’re sure to love Nora and Delia Ephron’s hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Performed by the Dubai Drama Group at Courtyard Playhouse, it will feature intimate monologues that recall memories triggered by certain outfits and accessories. You can book your spot by clicking here.
September 9: Bend, Stretch, Twist
Starting at 8 p.m., this full-moon yoga session at Fairmont The Palm will feature 60 minutes of Yin and Vinyasa yoga followed by 30 minutes of meditation in a relaxed beach setting. The session is priced at AED 75/SAR 77 per person and advance booking is required, so secure your spot by calling (+971) 4 457 3545 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 22: Dance the Night Away
Open-air nightclub BASE re-opens on September 22nd for more nights of live music, light shows, and pyrotechnics. Reminiscent of something straight out of Las Vegas or Ibiza, the d3-based venue has already confirmed the internationally renowned DJ Magnum alongside acrobats and aerialists for its opening night. Entry will be free of charge.
September 23: Defy the Desert
The popular Dubai Desert Road Run returns to the Sevens Stadium, challenging everyone from first timers to seasoned runners. You can choose between two distances: 3km and 10km. The event is highly organized, so you can look forward to amenities such as showers, shaded seating, free parking, and food kiosks on site. Register for the race by clicking here.
September 27: Tour Alserkal Avenue
Navigate the many exhibitions at Alserkal Avenue during Alserkal Lates with a free one-hour guided tour across its many galleries and creative concepts. The two tours kick off at 7 p.m and 8 p.m respectively, both starting from Nadi Al Quoz. To reserve a spot, drop them a line at email@example.com.
September 28 to 29: See Them Spin
In collaboration with composer Philip Glass and historic jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, Dubai Opera will host the regional premiere of renowned choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s Gems Trilogy across a period of two days. As part of this contemporary dance program, L.A. Dance Project will present the following works: Murder Ballades, Hearts & Arrows, and On the Other Side.
September 30: Enjoy More Dance
The month of September marks the official launch of Sima Performing Arts, which will offer a year-round program of dance classes and performances. The Alserkal Avenue-based studio is home to Sima Dance Company that was founded in Damascus. Its grand opening performance will take place at 7pm, with entry being free and open to all.