Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from feng shui sessions and food trails to enough indie films to keep even the most discerning cinephile satisfied.
June 1 to 3: Revisit an Icon
If bags – “It” bags in particular – are your weakness, then head over to the Bottega Veneta boutique in The Dubai Mall as the luxury label celebrates its beloved ‘Cabat’ and ‘Knot’ bags for a special exhibition entitled ICONS. Both bags represent a link to the brand’s history and its future, having become an iconic symbol of its unique philosophy, and you can expect to see both archival and recent pieces on display.
June 1 to 15: Think Local
Throughout the month of Ramadan, multi-disciplinary venue Nadi Al Quoz in Alserkal Avenue will be taken over by homegrown boutiques and brands such as Vice Jewelry, Origins Collective, Emaan Home, and Design Tuk Tuk offering their unique products. The pop-up event will take place daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
June 1 to September 8: Get Fit
With temperatures soaring, fitness freaks are headed inside – Dubai Sports World, to be exact. The city’s largest indoor sports venue spans over 25,000 square meters of air conditioned space at Dubai World Trade Centre, hosting everything from basketball and badminton to virtual golf and even a ninja-warrior course. Entrance is free, but you’ll have to pre-register here.
June 2 to 30: Return to Ripe
With the scorching summer inching closer, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite al fresco market – has taken up residence indoors at Times Square Center. Spend your time leisurely browsing fashion, jewelry, and craft stalls and picking up organic, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. It runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 3: Fall in Love
Single or paired up, we could all use a little help in the love department. Enter: Life’n One, where feng shui expert Susanne Schutz will delve into how the ancient Chinese art of placement can help couples overcome unfavorable energies and singles actively seeking a partner. Taking place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the session will also reveal the dates and times that are auspicious for romance. To book, click here.
June 4 to 11: Rediscover Dubai
Explore a side of the city that you may not have seen with Old Dubai Iftar Walk. Jointly hosted by Gulf Photo Plus and Frying Pan Adventures, this three-hour trek is ideal for food and photography enthusiasts alike as it’s rife with photography tips and the finest food that Dubai’s oldest neighborhoods have to offer. To book a spot, click here.
June 6: Support the Arts
Navigate Alserkal Avenue post-iftar as its many galleries and creative concepts will stay open late – until 11 p.m. to be exact – during Alserkal Lates. While you’re there, head over to Cinema Akil for the free screening of Madayen, an indie, found-footage style film out of Saudi Arabia that tells the tale of three young Saudis who set out to the notoriously haunted Madayen Saleh ruins to investigate the myths and truths behind the cursed place.
June 6 to 13: Support a Cause
Jazz up a mundane Wednesday by ziplining through Dubai Marina as XLine launches night runs to benefit Al Jalila Foundation as part of its #DareToDonate campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity. The adrenalin-packed experience is limited to just two Wednesdays in a row, so act fast. The night runs are priced at AED 850 and can be booked here.
June 7 to 9: Prep for Eid
Get a head start on your Eid wardrobe by making a pit stop at The Eid Showroom by The Amanqi Edit at Culinary Boutique in Jumeirah. Here, you can shop the likes of luxe jewelry label Roma Narsinghani alongside local talents such as Shoug, The Cap Project, and Mintsa & Czar. The pop-up will run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. across both days.
June 9: Face the Facts
As part of World Environment Day and World Oceans Day in June, non-profit marine conservation organization Azraq will be screening the eye-opening documentary Straws at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue for the first time ever in the UAE – and it’s free to watch. Once you learn more about the damage caused by this disposable product, you’ll never see a cold beverage the same way again. Reserve here.
June 9: Dream Bigger
To get a better sense of your past, present, and future self, The Workshop is where it’s at. The Jumeirah-based café and concept store is known for hosting unique events and, this time, around, it’ll guide you through a goal-setting journey in a 90-minute session entitled Design Your Life. You’ll learn about various aspects of well-being while exploring areas such as career, personal growth, and emotional intelligence in an artsy and social setting. Book your spot here.
June 11: Journey Back
Henna dates back to Ancient Egypt, but putting a modern-day spin on it is CHI-KA in Alserkal Avneue. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the workshop will explore examples of what bedouin henna looked like from the desert areas of Western Sahara and Arabian Peninsula, and give participants the opportunity to create their own designs. While the workshop itself is free to attend, a henna artist will be present to apply the patterns for AED 50 per hand. Register here.
June 13: Educate Yourself
Another thought-provoking piece of cinema comes in the face of Food Evolution, a 2016 documentary that explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda and the cornfields of Iowa, it wrestles with both the emotions and the science driving both sides of one of the most heated arguments of our time. The free screening kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue.
June 14: Go Green
After a very successful first edition, the recently opened Myocum has teamed up yet again with vegan restaurant Super Natural Kitchen to host a beautifully curated four-course vegan dinner. There will be two seatings taking place – 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – and reservations are necessary as spaces tend to go quickly. To book your spot, call Myocum at (+971) 4 222 4131.
June 14 to 16: Celebrate Eid
Eid is expected to begin on June 14th, and Savoir Flair is along for the ride. We’ll be covering everything from a round-up of the best travel destinations that are under five hours away from Dubai to new activities to try around town (think: an ingenious take on coping with stress, a screening of 1976 historical drama The Message, exploring a neighboring city, and more), so watch this space.
June 15: Satiate Your Sweet Tooth
Gourmet chocolate brand Mirzam is celebrating the arrival of Eid with its ‘Friday Night Market’ that promises to be a feast of freshly baked pastries like ‘Boujie Pistachio Eclair’, ‘Halwa & Labneh Cake’, and ‘White Chocolate Chai Brulee Tart’ alongside delicious gelato, locally made goats’ cheese, and killer coffee. The pop-up will take place from sunset to midnight – or until those treats are wiped clean. Find more information here.
June 16: Test Your Limits
This one’s for you runners out there: the Dubai Desert Road Run returns to The Sevens Stadium, kicking off at 6 a.m. This community event will welcome everyone from first-time social runners to the country’s finest athletes. There will be two distances – 10km and 3km – to choose from, and you’ll be rewarded a bespoke event medal at the finish line, regardless of which you pick. You can register for the race here.
June 19 to August 31: Dine with Dalí
To the delight of art aficionados, roughly 60 original works – including lithographs and photographs sourced from private collections worldwide – created by the world’s most iconic surrealist artist will be displayed at Latin American eatery Coya in Four Seasons Resort as part of the World of Dali exhibition. Entry to the exhibition, which will include “Space Elephant” and “Surrealist Flower Girl”, will be free of charge.
June 21: Bend, Stretch, Twist
Trident Wellness Centre is celebrating International Yoga Day by offering six free yoga classes – Classical Yoga, Hatha Alignment, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, and Jivamukti Yoga – from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, call (+971) 055 930 6592 or book online through www.schedulehouse.com.
June 21 to July 21: Go See the Girls
With a cast featuring our favorite female leads (including Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock) and a plot line centered around one of the year’s most glamorous events, how could you not drop all your plans and head to a screening of Ocean’s 8? Releasing in cinemas nationwide on June 21st, the comedy film is a spin-off Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy and follows a group of women who plan on robbing the Met Gala.
June 22 to August 4: Start Shopping
Six weeks of sales – need we say more? The annual Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival returns on June 22nd, featuring discounts and promotions by malls, entertainment venues, theme parks, and even hotels across town. Expect these to be accompanied by stage shows, interactive workshops, and giveaways, making the scorching temperatures that much more bearable.
June 23: Ask the Question
The If Project is a documentary that follows inmates in a women’s prison who are part of a writing workshop co-created by a police detective and a repeat offender. Screening at 7 p.m. at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue, it provides viewers with a look into their past and what happens once they return to life on the outside.
June 29 to 30: Party Hard
With Nikki Beach taking a breather in July and August, now’s your chance for one last splash at this trendy beach club as its ‘Deluxe Pool Party’ marks the end of the season. Expect two poolside days packed with beats from resident DJs and artists complemented by inflatable pool toys and great food. Prices start from AED 250 for bar access, and AED 300 for single loungers. RSVP here.
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