Despite temperatures getting higher and higher, things on the Dubai cultural and events calendar this August aren’t as hot as they could be. In fact, due to precisely the increasingly hotter climate, Dubai is taking it easier this month and sticking to cool indoor activities and events in air-conditioned enclosures.
Here we remind you of what’s on in Dubai on the last month of summer holidays for kids and families all around the world and introduce you to a few new ones to look forward to if you plan a Dubai holiday this August. With the emirate’s vast selection of indoors, perfectly air-conditioned attractions it’s not like you would be short of options, in any case, it’s just the seasonal events that are taking a step back this month, but the ones happening are definitely making a detour for.
Last days of DSS (until 4th August)
Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) may be ending soon 4th August but there’s still time to catch its so-called Final Weekend, with the biggest shopping discounts, a special Hala Al Turk and Mohamed Abdo concerts, both on 4th August, and the still ongoing Circus Carnival Games and Fun Times at Robinsons. The latter will host a Poca & Poca party on the last day, introducing the brand’s latest collection with a live performance by Halal Al Truk.
Dubai Sports World (until 8th September)
Just like we announced last month, the emirate’s largest indoor sports event keeps going and is now in full swing. Hosting all manner of sports courts under one gigantic roof, the Dubai World Trade Centre has transformed a 25,000-square-metre hall into a multi-discipline sports centre so that fitness fans, athletes and sports lovers can practice their favourite activity in full air-conditioned comfort.
Enthusiastic gymnasts (professional or not) will have their own purposely-designed area, as will basketball fan, badminton players, cyclists and footie-loving individuals, who will fall in love with the onsite La Liga Academy, where they´ll be able to get advice from Real Madrid´s Fernando Sanz. For more adventurous souls, who prefer extreme endurance sports like climbing and hiking, there is an awesome Ninja Warrior Course, full of challenging obstacles to test their strength, ability and stamina. Getting fit while having fun is the main idea here!
Dubai Sports World opens daily, from 8 a.m. to midnight, which means it´s easy to squeeze time out of even the busiest schedule to enjoy throwing some hoops, go for a ping-pong match or kick some balls. Prices vary according to activity.
Modhesh World (until 25th August)
Bringing a world of family fun to life for three full months, this is one of the Middle East´s biggest indoor entertainment venues geared towards kids, teens and parents. Now in its 19th edition, this year´s theme is “My Modhesh, My World” and brings four colossal, air-conditioned halls to life, packed with distinct interactive experiences for all ages: Amusement Park, Show Land, Jam Base and Modhesh Bazaar.
Parents and offspring of all ages will have a blast at the wealth of attractions, with traditional rides, kiddie rides, trampolines, bungee-jumping, water games and arcade games at Amusement Park, while Jam Base caters for little ones with go-karting, inflatables and high-tech educational entertainment. Then, there’s Show Land with a focus on stage entertainment for all and outlets for delicious food and beverage options. Lastly, Modhesh Bazaar is the place to loosen the purse strings and indulge in some retail therapy at fantastic indoor markets and shops.
Designed to provide oodles of fun for young and old, Modhesh World opens daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends. The best part is how affordable a day out (or more like day-in) costs, with standard tickets going for as low as 25 AED (just over £5) and a "Happy Pass" (limited to use between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and including unlimited daily play on weekdays costing 125 AED (£26). Kids under three go free, as do seniors. It’s on at Dubai World Trade Centre, taking over Halls 1 to 8.
Laughter Factory (9 and 10 August)
The month-long comedy extravaganza that kicked off last month ends in the second week of August, but not without saying goodbye to humour with two great, side-splitting shows at two different locations: the Grand Millennium Barsha Heights (9 August) and Jumeirah Golf Estates (10 August). Tickets for both shows cost 150 AED (£31).
The two very last Laughter Factory shows this summer will be headlined by British comedian Dane Baptiste and his funny antics, who will perform material from his Citizen Dan Tour, a sell-out success, as well as incorporate elements of his top-rated TV shows like “8 out of 10 Cats” and “Live at the Apollo”. Sean Collins will follow up with his wry observational humour style while New Yorker ex-lawyer, Jackie Fabulous adds some Bronx spice with her sassy wit. It´s on at 9 p.m. on 9th August and 7 p.m. on 10th August.
DubaICE at Dubai Ladies’ Club ( 17 August 1 September)
If you fancy a cool afternoon out with your female friends, this is the perfect hangout spot. And it’s for ladies only. So leave the men behind and make it a fun girly affair. Organised by Dubai Ladies Club as part of the summer attractions, this is the second edition of DubaICE, a cool igloo-shaped tent right on Jumeirah Beach, offering a refreshing air-conditioned environment in which to cool down from the heat outside. More than that it’s also an activity hub with a variety of relaxing activities for women and children all throughout the year’s hottest month. It comes complete with a snow spa cabin next door, dubbed the “igloo spa”. There is a floating barge with tanning corner, a juice bar, health activities, indoor entertainment and outdoor water activities.
Kids are welcome too (regardless of their sex) so if you have little ones they can tag along. They’ll have great fun options to choose from with snow-themed cartoon character performances, a frozen photo booth and snowman building activities.
It opens daily from 3 to 7 p.m. and on weekends a chilly fun event adds food trucks to the scene as well as an ice cream van, Entry costs 260 AED (£55.60) for adults, 80 AED (£17) kids aged 13 and under while nanny services are charged at 70 AED (£15). A fantastic opportunity for a pampering day out for mums and girlfriends. No men allowed.
Eid Al Adha Fireworks (21 to 24 August)
One of the most special dates in the Islamic calendar, Eid Al Adha marks the end of Hajj - the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Dubai celebrates this holy festivity with families and friends getting together, charitable acts and, of course, amazing fireworks - the exact dates of these stunning light shows will depend on moon sightings, so check the skies to know when to enjoy the Eid Al Adha fireworks live in Dubai.
Eid Fireworks at Dubai Festival City Mall (22 or 23 August)
The Dubai Festival City Mall will be in full celebratory mode this Eid Al Adha with not one but two sets of evening firework displays, on two consecutive days, specifically on the second and third days of Eid. To enjoy the beautiful sparks in the night sky it’s a good idea to book a seat at any of the many restaurants in Festival Bay offering uninterrupted views of the firework action. Early birds will furthermore get to enjoy special shopping deals across the mall and a chance to view the “Imagine” light and sound shows taking place every hour after sunset.
Eid Fireworks at The Beach, La Mer and Al Seef (22 to 24 August)
The Beach, La Mer and Al Seef is a trio of high-end luxury venues going one step further by not having two, but three consecutive nights of spectacular fireworks this Eid Al Adha. Head to either of these three upmarket lifestyle and leisure destinations to witness stunning firework shows for three nights.
Grab a lavish dinner at a swanky restaurant and catch the live action, which they assure this year will be more dramatic than ever before, at all three different locations. Whichever venue you choose, you’ll have a wealth of dining options to choose from and plenty of places from which to enjoy the magnificent fireworks. The light shows start at 8:30 p.m. in The Beach, at 9 p.m. in Al Seef and at 9:30 p.m. in Le Mer.
Tuck into a delicious Eid brunch at Dubai Opera (24 August)
To celebrate Eid in style it’s only fitting that you join the local crowds and feast on a sumptuous brunch with a very special menu at Sean Connolly’s Dubai Opera brasserie. The Eid menu includes refreshing summer starters designed for sharing like sashimi fish salads and tasty, comfort-food sides like duck-fat chips. There will also be a free-flowing oyster bar and the dessert options include lemon tart and chocolate fondant. To enliven up the brunch experience a live DJ will be adding good music to the ambience. Just remember that brunch in Dubai is used to refer to a mid-afternoon meal instead of the American brunch, which is typically enjoyed mid-morning between breakfast and lunch. The Sean Connolly restaurant at Dubai Opera sits in the very centric heart of Downtown Dubai and the Eid brunch will be served between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. with three different options to choose from: Soft (390 AED or £82), House (500 AED or £105) and Champagne (610 AED or £129)
A Bollywood star performs in Dubai for one night only (24 August)
Sunidhi Chauhan will be taking to the stage at Dubai World Trade Centre to treat her fans to her catchy pop hits and filmi tunes. The Bollywood star’s one-off concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. with tickets tarting from 75 AED (£16) If you’ve always wanted to catch a Bollywood star in action, this is your chance!
Entertain the whole family for less at Dubai Mall (25 August)
As part of the Eid celebrations, Dubai Mall is offering families discounted tickets to a variety of its attractions; namely KidZania, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, VR Park and Dubai Ice Rink. Everyone visiting any of these attractions at the mall on Sunday 25th August will benefit from the 50 per cent discount on a second ticket when purchasing a first one at full price.
Contemporary Dance Performance at Sima (25 August)
As part of Aserkal Avenue’s summer season of events this year, under the theme “Sensing Memory” the Sima Dance Company will take a contemporary dance production to the stage and it will be completely free for everyone to attend. With choreography by Alaa Krimed, the company’s artistic director, the dance piece is inspired by memory and its relation to the world of dance. While attendance is entirely free, the studio at Warehouse 38 has limited space so seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-seated basis. The time is 7:30 p.m. on 25th August.
Barasti Beach launches raving Thursday night pool parties (16, 23 and 30 August)
To kick off the last summer weekends in style, the popular stretch known as Barasti Beach, facing The Westin Mina Seyahi will be launching free-to-enter pool parties from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., serving up unlimited beer, wine and bubbles starting from just 100 AED for ladies while gents can make the most of the happy hour prices between 9 and 11 p.m.
The strictly swimwear-only affair kicks off on Thursday 16th August and will continue to take place every Thursday until the end of September. Complimentary towels are provided for pool party-goers while resident DJs Tom Ferguson and Scott Forshaw spin classic party anthems and chart-topping tunes.
End the month on a high with a Blues Night (every Saturday starting 25th August)
If you want to draw the summer season to a close with a soulful night out, Bagatelle’s Unplugged Nights on Saturdays bring you the perfect opportunity to do so with the biggest names in soul music. After feasting on the refined French menu you can lift your spirits with timeless, classic blues tunes from a live band paying tribute to the recently deceased Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. An unforgettable night out on Dubai where the music starts at 8 p.m. and keeps on going until late in the night.