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 over the next few months and if you can’t keep track, don’t worry as we have rounded up all the must-see performances.


Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance

When: Until March 21, 2023
Where: Global Village

Family destination Global Village is hosting the world-renowned Lord of the Dance musical extravaganza in March. For close to three decades, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance has dazzled audiences around the world with its unique combination of high-energy Irish dancing, original music, and storytelling. And now, visitors to Global Village will be able to be amazed at the popular performance that includes astounding aerial moves, unparalleled precision dancing and state-of-the art theatrical effects. The show lasts 25 minutes.

Global Village, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 362 4114. @GlobalVillageUAE

Banksy 360. Art of the Rebel.


When: March 16 to 30, 2023
Where: Theatre of Digital Art

For a limited time only, street art aficionados will be able to soak in the works by one of the most important figures in the world of Art: Banksy. The street artist is known for being famously unknown. He is the mystery man behind some of the most renowned graffiti in the world including Girl with a BalloonFlower Thrower and Mobile Lovers. If you haven’t seen his works in real life, you will be able to experience Banksy in Dubai at ToDA in its 360° art exhibition titled Banksy 360. Art of the Rebel. Tickets cost Dhs95 per adult and Dhs65 per child. There are even family packages available which you can check out here.

Banksy 360. Art of the Rebel, Theatre of Digital Art, Souk Madinat Jumeirah Dubai, March 16 to 30, 10am to 10pm (30 minute shows), Tel: (0)4 277 4044. toda.ae 

John Cleese at Dubai Opera


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When: March 18, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

At the ripe ol’ age of 83, John Cleese is still considered one of the world’s funniest men. Join him for a night of hilarity at the Dubai Opera on March 18 as he shares the hilarious and silly highlights from his life and career. Ticket prices start from Dhs235 and can be purchased on dubaiopera.com.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, March 18, 2023, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. @dubaiopera

The Script

When: March 18, 2023
Where: Media City Amphitheatre

Get ready for a fantastic party. The Script will be headlining the St. Patricks Day celebrations at McGettigan’s Media City Amphitheatre festival in March. Regular tickets are Dhs349, while brunch and festival packages start from Dhs699 and will include a brunch at one of McGettigan’s branches before catching a bus to Media City for the festival.

The Script, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Saturday March 18, 2023. Tickets from Dhs349 via platinumlist.netmcgettigans.com/shop

Demi Lovato

When: March 18, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Demi Lovato will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena for the first time ever on Saturday, March 18, at 7.30pm. Tickets are already available here. The singer and actress has had a somewhat rocky past, but first rose to fame thanks to the Disney film Camp Rock. Since then she has gone on to release countless bangers such as Cool For The Summer, Heart Attack and Confident. Her performance will be part of her world tour which she recently announced would be her last.

Demi Lovato at Coca Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai. Saturday, March 18, 7.30pm. Tickets from Dhs195 to Dhs499. coca-cola-arena.etixdubai.com

National Theatre Live: The Crucible 

When: March 24
Where: Courtyard Playhouse

The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a fictional play based on the Salem witch trials which took place in Massachusetts in 1692. As tensions rise, no one is safe from the trials and the people of Salem live in constant fear as more and more people are accused of witchcraft. Purchase your tickets here.

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai. 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)50 986 1760. courtyardplayhouse.com


Jack Whitehall


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When: Saturday, April 15
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

The brilliant Jack Whitehall is returning to Dubai to perform at Coca-Cola Arena on Saturday, April 15. Jack will bring his well-loved stand-up set to the stage and if you don’t want to miss it, go get your tickets now. It will cost Dhs245 per person.

Jack Whitehall, Coca-Cola Arena, Saturday April 15, 7.30pm, Dhs245. platinumlist.net

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

Joanne McNally


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When: April 29, 2023
Where: The Agenda, Media City

After her first three dates at the QE2 completely sold out, another has been added to the Dubai calendar. Joanne McNally, an Irish comedienne will be hosting another evening in Media City. She is known for her appearances on shows such as The Late Late Show, The Jonathan Ross Show, and Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel.

Joanne McNally, The Agenda, Media City, Sat April 29 from 7pm. Tickets start from Dhs295, dubai.platinumlist.net


Disney Princess – The Concert

Disney princess

When: May 5 to 7, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Disney fans, this one’s for you. Princess Jasmine, Cinderella, Belle, Tiana and other Disney princesses are heading to the Coca-Cola Arena stage in May. Disney Princess – The Concert will be performed live by Broadway and West End Stars and will be a fun musical night out for the whole family. Ticket prices start from Dhs150 and can be purchased here.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, May 5 to 7, Tel: (800) 223 388coca-cola-arena.com

Jay Shetty World Tour

When: May 11, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

You may have seen Jay Shetty and his viral videos on social media and if you’re a fan, take note as the life coach is coming to Dubai in May 2023. Jay Shetty is an award-winning storyteller, podcaster, and former monk who shares videos on wellness and mental health. He is also the author of Think Like A Monk, a New York Times bestseller. His new book  8 Rules of Love – How To Find It, Keep It and Let It Go releases January 31, 2023.  And on May 11, he will be bringing this same wisdom to Dubai Opera. Ticket prices start from Dhs295 and can be purchased here.

Jay Shetty World Tour, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, prices start from Dhs295. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Dubai Comedy Festival

dubai comedy festival

When: May 12 to 21, 2023
Where: Several locations around Dubai

We’ve got art festivals, music festivals, food festivals, dance festivals, and even camel beauty festivals. But none get our funny bone tickled quite like the Dubai Comedy Festival. The event returns to Dubai for its third edition this year for 10 side-splitting days from Friday, May 12 to 21, 2023 and it is going to be bigger and better than before. Over 90 funny men and women will perform as part of the comedy festival in Dubai guaranteeing stomach stitches and Muttley laughter. At the moment the line-up hasn’t been revealed, but it will be announced soon so you can get to booking your tickets which will be available in March.

Dubai Comedy Festival, various venues throughout Dubai, May 12 to 21, ticket prices to be announced soon. dubaicomedyfest.ae


Tom Odell

tom odell

When: June 7, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

If you didn’t know, singer-songwriter Tom Odell is now performing on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Tom Odell is travelling across the world for this tour performing in Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Austria and more. He is known for his popular hits including Another LoveReal LoveBest Day of My LifeHalf as Good as You and more. Read more here and for more information, visit dubaiopera.com

Tom Odell, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, June 7, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. @dubaiopera


Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical

In the past few years, Dubai Opera has thrilled us with a number of phenomenal musicals from Mamma Mia! to Chicago, the Musical; Footloose and so much more. This year, the performing arts centre has announced that yet another highly popular musical will be gracing its stage – Matilda the Musical. The multi-award-winning performance by The Royal Shakespeare Company will be heading to Dubai Opera for ten days from Tuesday, October 3 to 12. Tickets are now on sale on dubaiopera.com and start from Dhs325. Read more here.

Matilda The Musical, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Oct 3 to 12, 2023. Ticket prices start from Dhs325. 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.

Lewis Capaldi, Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, Oct 7, coca-cola-arena.com

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