Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from photography and chocolate-tasting workshops to comedy shows, film screenings, and more.
July 1: Explore the Essentials
For a truly alternative ladies night, get your friends together for the ‘Bespoke Natural Perfume Workshop’ at The Workshop. Here, you can explore over 40 different essential oils and craft your own bespoke scent. Led by Lili Aromatherapy, the event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Book here.
July 1 to 31: Rediscover Dubai
Explore a side of the city that you may not know with the ‘Old Dubai Souks and Stories’ tour by Frying Pan Adventures. Guided by a longtime resident keen on sharing her local insights, you’ll visit souks and other must-see spots, ending the night at an Iranian eatery that has been around since the ʻ70s. Book your spot here.
July 1 to August 4: Start Shopping
Five more weeks of sales – need we say more? The annual Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival continues, 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.
July 1 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 are being displayed at Coya in Four Seasons Resort as part of the World of Dali exhibition. Entry to the exhibition, which includes “Space Elephant” and “Surrealist Flower Girl”, is free of charge.
July 1 to September 2: Celebrate Women
Continuing to mark strong, bold, and courageous women is FIERCE!, an American Film Showcase program hosted by Cinema Akil at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue. The series celebrates female risk-takers, homemakers, glass-ceiling breakers, and more through screenings of films such as She Started It, Supergirl, and Custody. View the schedule here.
July 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.
July 3 to 4: Sing Along
Songs like “Come Fly with Me” and “New York, New York” seem to transcend age and background thanks to the original Rat Pack, which essentially epitomized cool in the 1960s. Now, relive the era and its music by catching the finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. as The Definitive Rat Pack performs at Dubai Opera. Buy your ticket here.
July 4: Please Your Palate
Raise your hand if you have no idea what the term “single origin” means – and join the Chocolate Tasting Workshop hosted by artisanal chocolate factory Mirzam at Warehouse 70 in Alserkal Avenue. It will guide you through different flavors and provide an overview of the process of making chocolate from bean to bar. Register here.
July 6: Laugh Aloud
Liven up a Friday night with side-splitting stand-up comedy as Arts Canteen’s Arabs Are Not Funny arrives from the UK for the first time ever to entertain Dubai audiences for one night only. On the roster are four comedians with Arab roots: Omar Hamdi, Prince Abdi, Karim Duval, and Esther Manito. To buy your ticket, click here.
July 6: Snap Happy
You constantly take photos with your smartphone – now do it right by attending the ‘Introduction to Mobile Photography’ workshop at Gulf Photo Plus. The three-hour session will delve into essential camera controls, focus, and exposure lock in addition to teaching you the fundamentals of using light and shadow. Also included? How to develop a personal style, apps to conduct in-camera editing, accessories to enhance your phone’s capabilities, and more. Register here.
July 7: Journey West
Head to sunny Spain without boarding a flight as Eton Institute, Flamenco Art & Entertainment, and Seville’s join forces to host A Day in Spain. Taking place at Wafi Pyramids, the all-inclusive cultural fiesta from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will combine language lessons, a lively Sevillanas dance session, a hands-on cooking class, and a feast featuring Spanish favorites such as patatas bravas and paella. Book your spot here.
July 7 to 28: 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.
July 8: Carve, Crave, Create
The scorching summer months make for a great time to pick up a new skill, and the ‘Lino Carving and Scarf Printmaking’ workshop hosted by Turquoise Boutique Studio is a great place to start. Taking place at The Sum of Us, it will teach participants how to carve their own lino stamp and then create a personalized printed scarf. The evening will wrap up with dinner and dessert. Reserve your spot here.
July 13 to August 3: Cleanse Your Sole
We take sneakers very, very seriously – and that’s precisely why we can vouch for solecleanse. The region’s first premium sneaker-care service is teaming up with Hautletic at Galleria Mall for an in-store pop-up catering to anyone whose sneakers – be they Nike, Chuck Taylors, or even Gucci – need a little freshening up. To book your slot, call (+971) 55 906 7829 or e-mail email@example.com.
July 13 to 14: Dine ‘n’ Groove
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and INKED is making it more appealing with its Breakfast in Harmony pop-up. Old-school hip hop – courtesy of creative and marketing house HRMNY – will accompany the likes of waffles, foamy omelet, and french toast with caramelized apples. Going vegan? There’s a whole other menu just for you. Book your spot here.
July 15 to September 15: Sense It
Entitled Sensing Memory, Alserkal Avenue’s summer program kicks off this month. It will explore the connection between the senses and memory, drawing from the UAE’s creative community and beyond for an astronomy lecture exploring the cosmos through storytelling and tai chi lessons to tune participants into their bodies, amongst others. Learn more here.
July 19 to 20: Support the Arts
Culture junkies are in for a treat with an award-winning performance by Billie Piper in Yerma. Her role depicts a 30-something woman who is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s daring production of Federico García Lorca’s play. See what all the fuss is about by registering for a membership to Courtyard Playhouse’s NT Live program here.
July 20: Hear and Heal
If the term “sound bath” is a foreign one, now’s your chance to familiarize with the Tibetan Sound Healing session at Zoga. As the therapeutic vibrations of singing bowls allow for relaxation at a deeply profound level, it is believed that a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress levels all create space for healing and insights. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
July 27: Browse and Buy
Return to Times Square Center for ARTE – a.k.a the “makers’ market” – to shop handmade art, home accents, accessories, fashion, and even sweet treats by up to 150 contemporary and highly original labels and designers. Entry to the roaming market, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is free of charge. To view ARTE’s schedule in its entirety, click here.