Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from concerts and comedy shows to indie film screenings, a shopping festival, and more.
June 1 to 29: Watch This Space
Movie screenings continue (almost) daily at Cinema Akil, with a flawlessly curated selection of documentaries, foreign flicks, and animated films to look forward to. On the roster? Feature animation Spirited Away, documentary Straight/Curve, and more. See the complete schedule here.
June 1 to 30: Give Back
Better eyebrows while giving back? Sign us up. Throughout the month of June, Benefit will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from its signature brow wax service and 100 percent of the sales of its limited-edition ‘3D BROWtones Magenta Eyebrow Enhancer’ to Brest Friends – in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation – to empower breast cancer patients and assist with research as part of the launch of its Bold Is Beautiful Project global philanthropy program in the UAE.
June 3 to 5: Celebrate Eid
The six-day Eid al-Fitr holiday will kick off on Monday, June 3, and Savoir Flair is along for the ride. We’ve put together a round-up of travel destinations where Dubai residents are granted visa on arrival, along with an edit of (very) valid reasons to stay put in town – think: an ingenious new way to ski, a seriously high-tech cinema, new restaurants to try, a Nutella-centric spot, and more. Read it here.
June 5: Sleep Well
Raise your hand if you struggle with insomnia – and have absolutely no clue how to solve your dilemma. Covering all aspects of sleep – why we need sleep, the benefits of adequate sleep, and how to ensure that your sleep is of the highest quality – is the two-hour Secrets of Sleep workshop at JLT-based yoga studio Yoga Ashram. Bonus? You’ll get two free classes when you sign up. Find more details and register here.
June 5: Do Your Part
World Environment Day takes place on June 5, and Costa Coffee is encouraging us all to do our part. Following the introduction of reusable cups to stores earlier this year, the coffeehouse is now turning its attention to its straws, replacing all plastic straws with a more environmentally friendly option. To celebrate, it has commissioned artist Mariska Nell to create an upcycled straw globe installation entitled Last Straw, which is currently on display at Terminal 3 in Dubai International. Oh, and every customer with a reusable cup on this day will get a free coffee!
June 6: Laugh Aloud
The name Russell Peters needs no introduction and, to the delight of Dubai residents, he is returning to the city as part of his latest world tour, Deported. Performing at the brand new Coca-Cola Arena in Jumeirah, the award-winning actor and comedian is expected to serve audiences his signature brand of observational humor. Buy your tickets here.
June 7: 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 three distances – 3km, 5km, and 10km – 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.
In celebration of Global Wellness Day, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai will host an entirely not-for profit day that aims to help people kickstart their path to a healthier, more fulfilling life. The jam-packed day will feature the likes of kickboxing, meditation, Zumba, and even InBody Test body composition analysis. To register, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 11: Discover His Story
The first ever film premiere arrives at Dubai Opera as Rocketman will screen for an exclusive event before it hits cinemas. The biopic reveals the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years, following the fantastical journey of his transformation from a shy piano prodigy into an international superstar and style icon. The film stars Taron Egerton as John, and Jamie Bell as his longtime lyricist and writing partner, Bernie Taupin. Book here.
June 12 to 14: Bejewel Yourself
A piercing pop-up led by an experienced professional is headed to The Springs Souk, courtesy of beloved accessories store Boom & Mellow. Back by popular demand, the Piercing Party will take place across three days and is likely to fill up fast. To book your spot, send a message to (+971) 50 821 5790 on WhatsApp or send an e-mail to email@example.com
Explore a side of the city that you may not know with the Dubai Food Tour on Wheels by Frying Pan Adventures. In the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, you’ll experience four food tastings across the most prominent communities of Old Dubai, all accented with colorful stories of Dubai’s history. Book here.
June 13 to 22: Celebrate Mr. Burberry
In celebration of its new ‘Monogram’ collection, Burberry is hosting an exclusive pop-up at The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue. Here, you’ll be able to discover a range of exciting new products from the ‘Monogram’ collection that reinvents the house founder’s name, Thomas Burberry, as an intertwined insignia. It’s splashed across everything from beach towels to sneakers, and makes a big statement – and screams Riccardo Tisci, of course.
June 14 to 16: Take a Whiff
Go from fragrance enthusiast to perfume creator in just three days as natural fragrance expert Melanie Jane Nightingale leads a three-day course designed to demystify the techniques and talents behind fragrance selection, creation, and production at Habtoor Palace Dubai. Not only will you explore over 100 oils spanning a full range of olfactory responses, but you’ll also gain access to rare ingredients like orris root and ambergris. Book here.
June 15: Discover Dashi
Discover the versatility of dashi – frequently used as the base for broths and sauces in Japanese cuisine – as lofty Asian supermarket 1004 Gourmet hosts a cooking class at Kaffe Bloom. Led by Chef Tatsu and kicking off at 5 p.m., it will be centered around a menu of four courses, including simmered eggplant and udon noodles with Wagyu beef. Find details on how to book your spot here.
June 17: Chew on This
In a first for the UAE, food blogger FooDiva is bringing three female chefs together – all in one restaurant, each serving a different course – for her second installment of #ThreeChefsDinner. The all-female cast will feature talent from Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Rüya, and host restaurant Kizmet. Advance booking with pre-payment is required, so secure your spot here.
June 17 to 19: Get Creative
Female-centric platform Female First Sessions has partnered up with co-working space Re:Urban Studio to curate a series of workshops and panel discussions. On the roster? A DIY leather clutch workshop, a Making Style a Business talk featuring handbag designer and henna artist Azra Khamissa and artist-illustrator Engy Mahdy, and more. Book your spot and find more details here.
June 18: Support the Arts
Following its critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel is heading to Dubai. Jeffrey Holland returns in this one-man theatrical comedy show about friendship, memories, and a couple of remarkable lives. It is set in the bedroom of Oliver Hardy, and follows Stan Laurel visit his dying friend, so expect an intimate look as the two recount their past success as one of the world’s greatest cinematic partnerships. Buy your tickets here.
June 19 to September 10: 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 cricket, parkour, and a 14-element obstacle course. Entrance is free, but you’ll have to pre-register here.
June 20 to 27: Find Your Faith
Dubai Drama Group returns to Courtyard Playhouse to present Irish dramatist Brian Friel’s haunting and critically acclaimed work, Faith Healer. First produced in 1979, the play tells the story of itinerant faith healer Francis Hardy as well as his wife Grace and long-serving manager Teddy. Through a series of monologues, the conflicting memories and shifting realities reveal how their lives were entwined. RSVP here.
June 21 to August 3: Ready, Set, Shop
Six weeks of sales – need we say more? The annual Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival returns on June 21, 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 21 to 29: Picture This
Calling all foodies. And all photographers. Gulf Photo Plus is taking two weekends in a row to delve into all things food photography, starting with Introduction to Food Photography – a workshop centered on how to shoot, style, and edit images of food – on June 21. The following weekend, Introduction to Food Styling for Photographers will introduce participants to the basics of food styling for photography, with tips and tricks on how to prop, prep, style, and conceptualize the visuals on June 29. Book here.
June 25: Discover Yourself
Bringing together a perfect mix of lecture, self-discovery activities, and group discussion is the Unleash the Real You workshop designed to help you understand how your attitudes were formed, replace some old beliefs with new ones that serve you better, and develop a sense of awareness on how you really want to live. Taking place at The Workshop, it will kick off at 7 p.m. and be led by life coach Tony Tolentino. Find more details here.