Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from retail pop-ups and cooking classes to indie film screenings, Eid celebrations, and more.
August 1 to 3: Ready, Set, Shop
The annual Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival – a whopping six weeks of sales – draws to a close, so be sure to make use of the discounts and promotions offered by malls, entertainment venues, theme parks, and even hotels across town this weekend. And, as always, expect these to be accompanied by stage shows, interactive workshops, and giveaways, making the scorching temperatures slightly more bearable.
August 1 to 31: Watch This Space
Movie screenings continue (almost) daily at Cinema Akil throughout the month of August, with a flawlessly curated selection of documentaries, foreign flicks, and animated films to look forward to. On the roster? ‘Cat Weekend’ – a two-day program that will bring together five feline-centric films – alongside Tunisian feature film Weldi, German documentary film Berlin Bouncer, a Luciano Pavarotti biopic directed by Ron Howard, and more. See the complete schedule and buy your tickets here.
August 1 to 31: Stock Up for Summer
These scorching hot temperatures aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so you might as stock up on clothing and accessories that are perfect for the season. Enter: the TropiKulture pop-up at café-meets-concept-store Kulture House, where the likes of contemporary Emirati brand House of Fatam, fashion boutique Maison Clad, Brazilain swimwear brand Boho East, resort wear label Free Being, and more have set up shop. Find more details here.
August 1 to 31: Rediscover Dubai
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 food tastings spanning the four most prominent communities of Old Dubai – Emirati, Levant, Indian, and Iranian – all accented with colorful stories of Dubai’s history and culture. Even better? You’ll also snack on the legendary falafels that helped the food tourism company land a spot on CNN. Book here.
August 1 to September 10: Get Fit
With temperatures soaring, fitness freaks have 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.
August 1 to September 14: Look Ahead
We all want to know world happenings before they actually happen – be they fashion trends, election results, or even end-of-the-world scenarios – but why? That’s where the summer program at Alserkal Avenue comes in. Entitled Foretold Now, it is examining what drives us to predict in the first place, so expect everything from debates and music to dialogue centered about our (misguided?) will to control our destinies. Find more details here.
August 1 to November 23: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Second Hand, the first group exhibition drawn from the Art Jameel Collection, continues into the month of August at Jameel Arts Centre. Exploring materiality in contemporary art practice through sculpture, installation, assemblage, drawing, photography, painting, and performance, it showcases works by 18 local, regional, and international artists who have incorporated banal, everyday objects into their work to construct new forms and ideas. Find more details here.
August 3: Chop, Stir, Stir-fry
You love Korean cuisine – now roll up your sleeves and learn how to make some yourself, courtesy of the Korean Cooking Class taking place at Kaffe Bloom inside lofty Asian supermarket 1004 Gourmet. Led by Chef Maxine and kicking off at 5 p.m., it will teach participants how to make tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), jeon (savory pancakes), and japchae (stir-fried vermicelli). Find details on how to book your spot here.
August 9: 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 11 to 13: Celebrate Eid
The five-day Eid al-Adha holiday will kick off on Friday, August 9, and Savoir Flair is along for the ride. We’ll be putting together a round-up of travel destinations where Dubai residents are granted visa on arrival along with the definitive guide to spending 24 hours in Sharjah, our picks of the best boutique hotels in Dubai, and an edit of new places to explore in town. Watch this space.
August 14: Listen Up
The recently opened Coca-Cola Arena continues to host a roster of big-name acts, this time bringing The 1975 to Dubai for its debut. Not only did the English pop-rock band won both ‘Best British Group’ and ‘British Album of the Year’ for the eclectic A Brief History into Online Relationships at the 2019 Brit Awards, but it has also just performed at both Coachella and Lollapalooza – making The 1975 one of the hot-hot-hottest bands in the world right now. Buy your tickets here.
August 19 to 24: Be Well
The first ever Wellness Week kicks off this month at Tania’s Teahouse, with a packed roster of activations, workshops, and talks to look forward to. Participants can meet with a variety of wellness experts, explore the benefits of aromatherapy, attend an entire day dedicated to mental health, learn how to make elixirs based on one’s bio-individual needs, shop sustainable brands, and lots more. Find more details here.
August 22 to 24: Support the Arts
Religion, venereal disease, incest, euthanasia – they all come together in the Tall Tales production of Ghosts by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Shankar Ramachandran, this family tragedy portrays the struggle of inner self and the relationship between past and present. Taking place at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, this one’s not to be missed. To book your tickets, click here.
August 24: Dig Deep
Reconnect with yourself at the Emotional Intelligence Open Day hosted by thejamjar. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., this series of free talks and workshops around the subject of art and creativity as a therapeutic tool will feature licensed art psychotherapists, art teachers, and a certified thetahealer. There will even be a session with a few furry visitors, giving attendees the chance to experience pet therapy. The event is free of charge. Find more details here.
August 24: Sleep Tight
Raise your hand if you struggle with sleep issues – and have absolutely no clue how to solve your dilemma. Offering a myriad of health benefits – complete relaxation of body and mind, stress relief, and improved sleep quality and memory included – is the 90-minute Yoga Nidra (or “yogic sleep”) workshop at JLT-based yoga studio Yoga Ashram, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Find more details and register here.
August 26: Educate Yourself
Living a zero-waste life is challenging, but far from impossible, which is why the Zero Waste Talk at Kave comes highly recommended. This free session will educate participants on the movement – with tips and tricks catered to living in the UAE – and introduce start-ups that are part of the Zero Waste Collective. Register here.
August 31: Splurge a Little
Spoil yourself by making a pitstop at The Summer Candy Pop-Up by The Amanqi Edit. Here, you can shop eight emerging labels such as Dubai-based jewelry brand Marmari, Saudi jewelry brand Jwaher Jewels, and Indian couture label RSR by Riti Shah – all brought together under one roof at the oh-so-pretty pastry hub Pastryology. Contemporary design labels and Instagrammable desserts? Win-win.