We may not have Broadway or the West End, but there are still plenty of places to tread the boards in the UAE.

First Group Theatre
Best for… 
Highbrow theatre
Arguably the most highbrow of the UAE’s theatre offerings, the Souk Madinat’s playhouse boasts a first-rate set up, regularly drawing in top-notch international talent.

Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3666546. Taxi: Souk Madinat.

Best for… 
Community theatre
The Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre is a non-profit hub for the creative community, boasting a 543-seat theatre, a 151-capacity studio theatre and dance and rehearsal rooms.

Mall Of The Emirates, Barsha, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates.


The Fridge
Best for… Urban arts and music
Based in Al Quoz’s trendy Alserkal Avenue, this warehouse-cum-performance space hosts regular programmes of dance, music, spoken word and theatre performances.

Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3477793. Taxi: behind Times Square Mall.