Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from cooking classes and photography walks to indie film screenings, a new concert series, and more.
September 1 to 10: Get Fit
With temperatures still 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.
September 1 to 30: Invest in Art
United Moments has arrived at Kulture House, reflecting artist Julian Castaldi’s love of the nostalgia that seeps from old monochrome photographs of the UAE. The exhibition, a showcase of his latest work, encompasses a mix of traditional paintings on canvas using acrylic and enamel alongside wooden and steel elements found on the coastline by the artist himself. Find more details here.
September 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.
September 2 to 30: Watch This Space
Movie screenings continue (almost) daily at Cinema Akil throughout the month of September, with a flawlessly curated selection of documentaries, foreign flicks, and feature films to look forward to. On the roster? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – a Quentin Tarantino comedy-drama set in Los Angeles circa 1969 – alongside Sudanese comedy A Kasha, a Diego Maradona biopic directed by Asif Kapadia, and more. See the complete schedule and buy your tickets here.
September 2 to 30: 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.
September 5: Let Go
In celebration of International Peace Day on September 21, thejamjar is hosting an Intuitive Creativity workshop, inviting participants to find peace within. You’ll be guided on how to let go of stress and negative emotions during the initial meditation session before moving on to a canvas to create an abstract representation of your “happy place” with acrylic paint. Book here.
September 8 to 14: Give Thanks
You love Korean cuisine – now roll up your sleeves and learn how to make some yourself, courtesy of the Chuseok Korean Thanksgiving Cooking Class taking place at Kaffe Bloom inside lofty Asian supermarket 1004 Gourmet. Led by Chef Jihun Maxime and taking place on both September 8 and 14, it will teach participants how to make different types of jeon (a popular pancake-like dish) and bibimbap (an endlessly customizable rice dish). Find more details here.
September 10 to 13: Uncover a Mystery
The mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home, shattering their peaceful family celebration with his investigations into the death of a young working class woman – that is the premise of three-act drama An Inspector Calls by English playwright J. B. Priestley. Directed by Patrick Sandford, this adaptation of a 20th century classic will take place at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue. To book your tickets, click here.
September 12: 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.
September 13 to November 23: Break a Record
Guinness World Records is known for celebrating record-breaking feats that are remarkable, shocking, or downright disturbing. Now, you can join the ‘club’ as the global authority on all things records arrives at Wafi Mall, showcasing awe-inspiring record-holders through mesmerizing photos and interactive activities. Also on the roster? A chance to break a record yourself! Learn more here.
September 14: Chew on This
Calling all foodies. As part of the Foretold Now summer program at Alserkal Avenue, the latest edition of PechaKucha will host a diverse array of speakers who aim to investigate practices that shape our experience of food in the UAE and beyond. Entitled Food for Thought and taking place at Inked, it will explore sustainability in farming, the health benefits of fasting, and more. The event is free, but RSVP is essential. Find more details here.
September 18 to 20: Dine in Chaos
If the name Basil Fawlty needs no introduction, you’re in for a treat as Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience returns to Dubai, this time taking place aboard the QE2. Inspired by the BBC’s iconic TV series Fawlty Towers, the interactive dining show will subject diners to Basil’s sarcasm, Manuel’s ineptitude, and Sybil’s domineering ways – alongside a three-course meal, of course. And considering 70 percent of the show is improvised – and chaos reins supreme – you’ll laugh your way through this one. Buy your tickets here.
Who is Salva? What is the Royal Mint? And who ran out of the Royal Mint when Moscow was shot? If you rolled your eyes at how absurdly easy those questions were, head to Publique in Souk Madinat Jumeirah as the Alpine-esque eatery hosts a Money Heist quiz on September 18 and 25 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can reserve your table here, but be sure to book early – especially for this one.
September 23 to 28: Snap Happy
You constantly take photos with your smartphone – now do it right by attending the Smartphone Photography & Editing 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 25 to 28: Laugh Aloud
The New English Shakespeare Company kicks off its international tour of Much Ado About Nothing at Dubai Opera, breathing new life into William Shakespeare’s timeless story of passion, penance, forgiveness, and love. Directed by Derek Bond, the hilarious adaptation will follow both, Don John’s attempt to destroy the marriage of Claudio and Hero and the ever-evolving relationship between Beatrice and Benedick. Book here.
September 28: Take a Walk
Explore a side of Dubai you may not have seen and hone your street photography skills with the Karama: People & Places photo walk hosted by Gulf Photo Plus. Not only will this three-hour trek teach you techniques for difficult lighting conditions and tips on how to compose an image, but it will also take you through a route in Karama that is is laced with culture and history. To book a spot, click here.
September 28: Embrace Sisterhood
Find your voice, claim your power, and celebrate your self-worth at the New Moon Women’s Circle taking place at Life’n One. Led by May Britt Searty, this women-only session is designed to share powerful topics as well as provide meaningful exercises and essential tools to help women become the best version of themselves. Find more details and book here.
September 30: Support the Arts
Navigate Alserkal Avenue as its many galleries will stay open until 10 p.m. during Alserkal Lates in celebration of its new season. While you’re there, head to Concrete for WRECK, a contemporary dance performance that will take the stage on both September 30 and October 1. It will combine movement, sound, visual art, and a surprise element that will serve as an allegory for legendary sea monsters, capitalism, and the human condition. Buy your ticket here.
September 30 to October 4: Channel a Champion
Simon Wood, winner of MasterChef UK Season 11, is the latest international champion to take up residency at MasterChef, the TV Experience in Millennium Place Marina, hosting an exclusive masterclass on September 30 before taking over the kitchen for the following four days. On the menu? Wood’s ‘Wagyu Tartare’, ‘Roasted Monkfish with Oxtail Ragu’, and the dessert that saw him crowned champion: ‘Citrus Tutti Frutti’. For bookings and masterclass reservations, click here.
September 30 to October 21: Listen Up
Season 30 of Concert Series at The Fridge kicks off with Armenian saxophonist Artur Grigoryan debuting his album, Good in Tension. The following sessions will see Cuban pianist Yasiel Diaz and his friends join forces for a night of Cuban music on October 7 and Sundanese singer/songwriter Jindi perform on October 14. The season will close with the dreamy, whimsical sounds of Kolkata-based indie/pop duo Parekh & Singh on October 21. Buy your tickets here.