Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from plays and chocolate tastings to film screenings, fitness events, and more.
August 1 to 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 has teamed 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, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+971) 55 906 7829.
August 1 to 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.
August 1 to September 1: 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.
August 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.
August 1 to September 15: Sense It
Entitled Sensing Memory, Alserkal Avenue’s diverse summer program continues, exploring the connection between memory and the five senses. Highlights this month include a discussion on the solar system, a perfume-making session, a performance by Sima Dance Company, and tai chi lessons. Learn more by clicking here.
August 2 to 30: 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.
August 3 to 31: Please Your Palate
Raise your hand if you have no idea what the term “single origin” means – and join the Cacao & Coffee: Tasting, Pairing & Making workshops hosted by Zero Four Specialty Coffee and artisanal chocolate factory Mirzam at Alserkal Avenue every Friday through the month of August. They will focus on understanding more about biodiversity, flavor development, and how tasting is far more delicious than eating. Register here.
August 4: Explore the Essentials
For an alternative outing, head to The Power of Essential Oils workshop at Hautletic in Galleria Mall. Here, you can play around with different blends and learn how to make your own washing powder and dry shampoo. Led by wellness brand doTerra, the hour-long interactive class will kick off at 4 p.m. Book here.
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.
August 9: Eat Birthday Cake
Mohini Singh – the ‘Mistress of the Mansion’ at Little Miss India – is turning 30, and the always vibrant Indian restaurant is throwing a bash in her honor. Not only will you feast on a special set menu and birthday cake for AED 225, but you can also enjoy signature drinks for AED 30 each. For reservations, call (+971) 4 457 3457.
August 11: 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.
August 21 to 25: Hold Your Breath
La Perle is the region’s first permanent show and a truly spectacular one – and you can spend the holiday weekend catching it at a discount. Save at least 50 percent on silver and gold tickets to this collision of mesmerizing aquatics, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, 65+ performers, and more by buying the ‘Eid Family Pack’ for groups of four to ten people. Find more details here.
August 24 to 25: Debate Fate vs. Free Will
She’s a physicist, he’s a beekeeper. They’re an unlikely match, but they fall in love. What results is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Instead, the multiverse theory is explored through the infinite possibilities of a single relationship in this explosive Nick Payne play about love, fate, and free will taking place at The Junction. Buy your tickets here.
August 30 to 31: Add Some Sparkle
Liven up your wardrobe by making a pit stop at The Jewelry Showroom by The Amanqi Edit. Here, you can shop both fine and high-fashion pieces by emerging labels such as Indira Jewelry, The Luxury Arcade, and Kamyen alongside an illustration booth by Nabeela Ismail of Biha Designs. The event is the fourth in The Amanqi Edit’s pop-up series in Dubai and will take place at Tania’s Teahouse in Jumeirah.