7 awesome things to do in Dubai this week

Mozart Opera season
It was this time last year that Dubai Opera opened its doors for the first time and treated us to two of the best known and most beloved operas: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. It is fitting that the new season brings more first-rate opera as three of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most popular works take place in the space of ten days. There are two productions each of The Marriage of Figaro (September 7 and 14), Così Fan Tutte (September 8 and 15) and, finally, the darkly comic Don Giovanni (September 9 and 16). The operas have been specially commissioned by Dubai Opera and will be performed and produced by Teatro di San Carlo in Naples – and if you want to sample all three, you can do so for the price of just two in a special Opera Season Pass. Something to really sing about.
When: September 7-16
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Price: From AED350
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, 


Decibel with Amber
Amsterdam-based DJ Amber is an emerging name on the international techno circuit. She effortlessly combines the old and new, digital as well as vinyl with her now characteristic dark, energetic sound. She has released her own tracks on Riot Recordings, Renesanz, Redrum Music and Eclipse Recordings. Support from residents Toubba and Krucho.
When: 10pm-3am, Thursday, September 7
Where: On42, Media One Hotel
Contact: +971 55 656 6554,

Hopfest 2017
The annual party at the Irish Village, a kind of early Oktoberfest, takes place this weekend in a big, purpose-built (and fully air-conditioned) tent in the backyard of the Irish Village. It is a pretty standard celebration of brewed beverages and live music, with the likes of Dubai favourites The Maplejacks, the lively Roadie and, for rockier tastes, Fixer. DJ Marky Mark then takes over to keep the party going into the small hours. It’s based on a voucher system, with discounts to be had if you arrive early. There’s free food on Saturday, September 9, from 12pm to 2pm too.
When: September 7-9
Where: Irish Village, Garhoud
Price: Prices vary depending on the day
Contact: +9714 239 5000,

Summer Vibes with Flashmob
The Summer Vibes series keeps the top-notch parties coming, even as we move into the main season. The headline act this week is Alessandro, the Italian DJ and producer now known as Flashmob who delivers a fusion of underground beats with crowd-pleasing crossover hooks.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, September 8
Where: Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, Dubai Media City
Contact: +971 4 3669111,

Full Moon Yoga
Enjoy meditating under a warm September sky with the latest session from Desert Swan. It will cost AED75 per person for a 90-minute session and will include a mat, water, juices and snacks. Save 50 percent with a Liv card.
When: September 9
Where: Fairmont The Palm
Price: AED75
Contact: , email:

Shadmehr Live
One of the biggest names in Persian contemporary music is coming to the Ductac Theatre in Dubai. Now based in Los Angeles, Shadmehr Aghili is a veteran of 14 albums, the latest of which – Tajrebeh Kon – was released last year. Should be a sell-out, this one.
When: September 7
Where: Ductac
Contact: website

IT, the seminal 1986 Stephen King novel, has been greeted with a combination of fevered excitement and no little trepidation. This is in many ways the archetypal Stephen King work, where childhood friendships in a New England idyll are interrupted by a creature whose form adapts to each child’s deepest fears. Anyone afraid of clowns, should steer clear of this one.
In cinemas from September 7


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