Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from plays and stage shows to film screenings, a museum opening, and more.
September 1: Celebrate Women
Continuing to mark strong women is FIERCE!, an American Film Showcase program hosted by Cinema Akil at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue. The series has been celebrating female risk-takers, homemakers, glass-ceiling breakers, and more through films such as She Started It and Custody, and comes to a close this month with a screening of Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl. View more details here.
September 1 to 2: 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.
September 1 to 8: Get Fit
With temperatures finally cooling down, it’s time to enjoy the final days of Dubai Sports World. 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.
September 1 to 15: Sense It
Entitled Sensing Memory, Alserkal Avenue’s diverse summer program continues into the month of September, exploring the connection between memory and the five senses. Highlights of its final leg include a discussion on inherited memory, a coffee-tasting workshop, and tai chi sessions. Learn more by clicking here.
With the scorching summer still in full swing, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite al fresco market – continues to take 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.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long been the name associated with all things strange, surreal, and sensational – and now the franchise will shock Dubai residents as it makes its first-ever appearance in the region at Wafi. Free to view, the traveling show will host over 75 exhibits across science, human oddities, education, and more. Find more details here.
September 2 to 30 : Bend, Stretch, Twist
Yoga need not come with a steep price tag, as evidenced by the absolutely free Vinyasa Flow sessions taking place at Fairmont The Palm. The classes will combine strong movements to build strength and mobility, taking place every Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and every Sunday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. For bookings, call (+971) 4 457 3330 or e-mail email@example.com.
Shop everything from hand-stitched swimwear and organic farm produce to metal art and designer activewear as the immensely popular Night Market returns at Tom&Serg. Kicking off at 6 p.m, it’ll be accented by culinary offerings such as Korean fried wings, loaded potato with sautéed mushrooms, and soft-serve ice cream. Find more details here.
September 6 to 8: Hold Your Breath
Intense passion and heart-stopping drama pair with spectacular costumes, extravagant sets, and an incredible orchestra in the production of George Bizet’s Carmen at Dubai Opera. One of the world’s most legendary operas, the tragic story follows naive soldier Don José and his love for a fiery gypsy named Carmen. Buy your tickets here.
September 7 to 28: Please Your Palate
If you have no idea what the term “single origin” means, join the Cacao & Coffee: Tasting, Pairing & Making workshops hosted by Zero Four Specialty Coffee and artisanal chocolate factory Mirzam every Friday through September. They will focus on cupping techniques and the identification of both coffee and chocolate notes. Register here.
September 12: Trick the Eye
Whether you’re looking to up your Insta-game or simply spend a fun evening, the new Museum of Illusions is where it’s at. Opening this month, it promises an entirely interactive experience as you’ll be part and parcel of the exhibits – upside-down rooms and vortex tunnels included – and encouraged to take as many photos as you want. Bonus? With 80 visual and sensory tricks, the edition in Dubai is set to be the largest worldwide. Learn more here.
September 12: Spoil Yourself
If – like us – you love Reemami because of its strong and feminist stance, listen up. The label will host a pop-up at 3in1 in Vida Downtown, showcasing its SS18 ‘Wanderer’ collection. Portraying a woman on a journey, it embodies Reemami’s signature architectural cuts and quirky graphics. Visitors at the pop-up, which kicks off at 4 p.m., will be able to shop the pieces at discounted prices.
September 13 to 15: Block the Light
Over one million people in more than 30 countries have already caught Shadowland by illustrious dance troupe Pilobolus – and now you can, too. Running for three nights at Dubai World Trade Centre, this unique blend of ballet, circus, theater, and storytelling uses shadow-play to tell the story of a young girl’s journey through a mysterious night. Buy your tickets here.
September 16: 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.
September 20 to 22: Explore the Metaphysical
Three terminally ill patients, 24 hours, and one unseen interviewer bearing witness to their reactions to the process of dying – it all comes together on stage through Michael Cristofer’s literary masterpiece, The Shadow Box. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play will show at The Junction. Buy your tickets here.
Join Diptyque as it celebrates 50 years in fragrance creation with its first-ever pop-up boutique dedicated exclusively to personal fragrance at Bloomingdale’s Atrium in The Dubai Mall. The boutique will embody Diptyque’s heritage as a perfumer and artist, as well as its evolution over the years, by creating unique and interactive sensory and shopping experiences honoring the maison’s iconic designs and fragrances – specials events, calligraphy workshops, and limited-edition merchandising included.
September 24: Stay Up Late
Navigate the many galleries and creative concepts at Alserkal Avenue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as Alserkal Lates returns for a new season. While you’re there, take in dance performance “Reconstruct” by the Migle Praniauskaite Dance Company at Concrete. Kicking off at 8:30 p.m., it will highlight how one’s value is being eroded by our focus on a modern, mechanical lifestyle. Learn more here.
September 28 to October 31: Watch This Space
Movie screenings every single night can only mean one thing: the Opening Program at Cinema Akil is here. The independent cinema platform has now permanently opened its doors at Warehouse 68 in Alserkal Avenue with a flawlessly curated selection of foreign films, horror flicks, feature-length animation, documentaries, and more. See the complete schedule here.
September 29: Learn from a Legend
Rihanna leading a makeup masterclass is the stuff beauty dreams are made of, except it’s a reality for Dubai residents. Held in collaboration with Sephora, the event will benefit Dubai Cares and entail the popstar demonstrating her unique makeup tips and tricks, using Fenty Beauty products of course. Buy your tickets here – and fast!