Savoir Flair’s Dubai Calendar: Everything You Can’t Miss in August

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Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from plays and chocolate tastings to film screenings, fitness events, and more.

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Photo: Courtesy of @SoleCleanse

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 NikeChuck Taylors, or even Gucci – need a little freshening up. To book your slot, e-mail info@solecleanse.ae or call (+971) 55 906 7829.

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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
August 1 to 4: Start Shopping
Four more days of sales means it’s time to shop. 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.

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Baterbys Art Gallery

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of @WPAgency

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 ItSupergirl, and Custody. View the schedule here.

Fitness Workout Tips
Photo: Courtesy of @NikeWomen

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of @AlserkalAvenue

August 1 to September 15: Sense It
Entitled Sensing MemoryAlserkal 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.

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Photo: Courtesy of @UnseenTrails

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.

Photo: Courtesy of @MirzamChocolate

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of Christin Hume

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of @RipeMarket
August 4 to 25: 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.
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Photo: Courtesy of @LittleMissIndiaRestaurant

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.

 

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Photo: Courtesy of @Polaroid

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Alo Yoga
August 11: Be Happy
An evening of yoga, inspiration, and wholesome bites await – all for free to boot – as Fitness in DXB hosts an evening themed The Pursuit of Happiness at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre. You can start by attending the hour-long motivational talk at 5 p.m. that will be followed by a yoga session before feasting on healthy snacks. To book your space, click here.
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Photo: Courtesy of @RadRollerTeam
August 18: Roll Away
If you’re unfamiliar with the Rad Roller, it’s time to get acquainted at the Rad Roller Workshop taking place at Hautletic in Galleria Mall. The hour-long session will introduce the basic concept of fascia and explore how to release it through myofascial release before moving into specific areas of the body and reviewing common tight areas in both athletes and the general population – you’ll feel taller, lighter, and more fluid after this one. To learn more and book your slot, click here.
La Perle stage show dubai
Photo: Courtesy of La Perle

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.

 

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Photo: Courtesy of @IrishTheatrePlayers

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.

Photo: Courtesy of @Indira_NYC

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Tatler
August 31: Observe Human Behavior
Two couples meet to discuss the fight between their sons and the injury that results in the playground. What follows is a roller coaster revealing the complexities of human behavior in a hilarious dark comedy, Carnage. Based on God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, it will show at The Junction at 8 p.m. Buy your tickets here.
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