Upcoming performances, international artists and more in Dubai

Get your diary out and slot these great shows in…

A number of great shows are taking place in Dubai in 2022 and if you can’t keep track, don’t worry as we have rounded up all the must-see musicals, theatre performances, comedy shows and more taking place in Dubai.

Here are all the upcoming performances, international artists, musicals and more you need to add to your diary…


Fontana: An aquatic circus experience

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When: Until March 2023 (TBC)
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall

This show has it all – live entertainment and artistic circus performances all under a tailor-made aqua theatre. There are dancers, aerialists and more incredible circus thrills that will leave you on the edge of your seat. And if that wasn’t enough, the action is paired with a musical dancing fountain. Pick up your tickets here. After, take a stroll through Vibes by the Bay – the new outdoor destination at Dubai Festival City Mall.

Festival City Mall, Dubai, 4pm and 7pm from Sep 29, ticket prices start from Dhs90; platinumlist.net

The Magic of Rob Lake

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When: November 25 and 27
Where: Dubai Opera

Love magic and illusions? You don’t want to miss Rob Lake at the Dubai Opera this November. Lake is one of the world’s most celebrated illusionists and performs some crazy illusions and entertains millions across network television and audiences in casinos, arenas, and theatres worldwide.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Nov 25 and 27, prices start from Dhs250 per person, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com


Emirates Dubai 7s: Craig David, Gorgon City and the Cuban Brothers

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When: December 1 to 3
Where: The Sevens Stadium, Dubai

Emirates Dubai Rugby 7s is a huge three-day event – one of the biggest on the sporting and social calendar taking place from December 1 to 3, 2022. On Friday, December 2, Gorgon City will headline the Frequency on 8 stage where you can rave to the likes of Imagination, There For You and Ready For Your Love. On Saturday, December 3, the sun will set to the sounds of the Cuban Brothers on the Beats on Two stage. The threesome’s high-energy parody set mixes funk, soul and hip-hop bangers with breakdancing and banter for an utterly bonkers show that must be experienced to be believed. Then closing the show on the Frequency on 8 stage, fans can look forward to Craig David presents TS5 on Saturday night where you expect to hear a few of David’s biggest hits, like 7 Days, Fill Me In, Walking Away, and Rewind.

Emirates Dubai 7s, The Sevens Stadium, Dubai, Thursday December 1 to Saturday December 3. dubairugby7s.com

Sole DXB 2022

Sole DXB 2022

When: December 9 to 11
Where: Dubai Design District

Sole DXB is back after a three-year hiatus and it has a great line-up of headline acts. There’s Brit rapper Central Cee known for hits like Doja and Loading; Egyptian rapper, TAC; Roc Nation artist Rapsody; Bangladeshi-American hip-hop artist, Anik Khan; LA massive, Coast Contra; and Dreamville rapper, Bas; and more. There hasn’t been any confirmed acts for Friday night but stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.

Sole DXB, Dubai Design District, Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11, @soledxb / tickets.virginmegastore.me

The Snow Queen


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When: December 16, 17, 25 and 26
Where: Theatre by QE2

For the fifth year running, the QE2 is running their production of ‘The Snow Queen, a Frozen Tale.’ With festive costumes and animations, this magical production will bring you all the festive cheer you need. A lovely Christmas treat for the whole family, this is a child-friendly production. A lot of audience engagement will be required, so don’t get too comfortable…

Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, December Fri 16 5pm, Sunday 17 and Friday 25 11am &3pm, Saturday 26 11am & 7pm, from Dhs89.10, theatrebyqe2.com

The Nutcracker


When: December 16 and 17
Where: Dubai Opera

The performing arts centre in Downtown Dubai is bringing back the popular ballet The Nutcracker. The internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet, La Classique will perform the festive tale. Tchaikovsky’s all-time Christmas favourite performance takes place for two days only on Friday, December 16 and 17. Tickets are now on sale for the winter performance with prices starting from Dhs350. You can purchase your tickets here.

The Nutcracker, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dec 16 and 17, ticket prices start from Dhs350. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Elf The Musical


When: December 17 and 24
Where: Dubai Opera

Based on the beloved holiday film, Elf The Musical is coming to Dubai this December. All the way from London’s West End, the musical will take place at the Theatre at Mall of the Emirates from Saturday, December 17 to 24. The 80-minute long, must-see musical by Olivier Award-winning producer Paul Taylor-Mills is suitable for all ages and the perfect festive family experience. Tickets will go on sale soon here.

Elf The Musical, The Theatre at Mall of Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai. December 17 to 24, from Dhs100. feverup.com

Candlelight: Christmas on Piano

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When: December 17 and 18
Where: Alliance Française

We may not have fireplaces here in Dubai, but this show certainly comes close. In December, Candlelight concerts is hosting a Christmas-themed night at Alliance Française in Dubai where you will listen to festive melodies from a pianist. Expect to hear classic Christmas music plus tunes from Harry Potter (Hedwig’s Theme), from Glasgow theme (Love Actually), and much more. There are three shows per day: 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Prices start from Dhs120.

Book your tickets here.

Candlelight: Christmas on Piano, Alliance Française, Oud Metha, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 335 8712. feverup.com 

The Sound of Christmas


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When: December 21 and 22
Where: Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera Big Band are back this Christmas, this time with your most loved festive tunes. The crew will be belting out Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rocks, All I Want For Christmas Is You and much more. Don’t forget your Santa hats!

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dec 21 and 22, ticket prices start from Dhs350. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Kylie Minogue

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When: December 31
Where: Atlantis the Palm

Atlantis, The Palm is set to welcome pop superstar Kylie Minogue to its 2022 New Year’s Eve Party. The Aussie songstress, behind hits like Spinning Around, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and All The Lovers, will perform a string of her most beloved tracks as the headline act at Atlantis, The Palm’s legendary New Year’s Eve gala dinner. As always, a dazzling fireworks display will follow Minogue’s set, turning the skies above Palm Jumeirah into a rainbow of light and colour to ring in 2023.

To book, visit atlantis.com/nye or Tel: (0)4 426 2626. @atlantisthepalm  



A Thousand Tales Ballet


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When: January 6 and 7, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

A Thousand Tales is a sensational ballet performance ready to take you to the magical world of your favourite fairy tale heroes. Meet your beloved characters from classic tales including  Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Aladdin, and many more. Book your tickets here.

A Thousand Tales, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Jan 6 and 7, 2023, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. @dubaiopera

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer Dubai

When: January 27, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Multiple Academy Award-winning, Hanz Zimmer is bringing his European tour Hans Zimmer Live to Dubai in January 2023. The performance is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival which runs from December 2022 to January 2023. Zimmer is the man behind some of the most iconic movie soundtracks in the history of cinema. His most famous works include hits from The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Dune. Ticket prices start from Dhs295 and can be purchased here.

Hans Zimmer Live, Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, 9pm onwards on Jan 27, coca-cola-arena.com


Jason Wang


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When: February 4, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Multi-hyphenate artist, Jackson Wang is performing in Dubai as part of his Magic Man World Tour. Jackson’s goal is to showcase a Chinese-influenced sound on the international music stage and highlight Chinese and Asian culture worldwide. Prices start from Dhs350.

Jason Wang, Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, Feb 4, coca-cola-arena.com

Tom Odell

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When: February 4, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

Singer-songwriter Tom Odell will be gracing the stage at the Dubai Opera on Wednesday, February 4, 2023 as part of his international tour. He will be bringing some of his most popular hits to fans here in Dubai including Another LoveReal LoveBest Day of My LifeHalf as Good as You and more. Prices for the concert start from Dhs250 and tickets are already available to purchase here.

Tom Odell, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, February 4, 2023, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. @dubaiopera


West Side Story


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When:  April 25 to 30, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

West Side Story is one of the most popular American musicals of all time and it will be showcased at the Dubai Opera from Tuesday, April 25 to 30. The musical explores the rivalry between The Jets and the Sharks – two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds with a (tragic) love story thrown in the mix. Tickets are already on sale on the Dubai Opera website with prices starting from Dhs250.

West Side Story musical, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, April 25 to 30, timings vary, prices start from Dhs250. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com 


Lewis Capaldi

When: October 7, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Lewis Capaldi was originally set to perform on Monday, November 28 but the concert has been postponed to October 7, 2023. A statement on Capaldi stated that he was gutted to postpone his show as he is learning to adapt following the star’s recent diagnosis of Tourette’s. If you purchased tickets for the gig at Coca-Cola Arena, your tickets will be automatically valid for the new date next year. His Dubai gig will now come after the release of his long-awaited second album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, which will drop on May 19, 2023. Tickets are priced from Dhs199 and can be purchased on coca-cola-arena.com.

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