All the top performances in Dubai taking place this year

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.


Banksy 360. Art of the Rebel.


When: Until June 30
Where: Theatre of Digital Art

This show was supposed to be on at the Theatre of Digital Art for a limited time only, but due to its popularity, it is now running until the end of April. 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, 10am to 10pm (30 minute shows), Tel: (0)4 277 4044. toda.ae 

Björn Again


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When: May 23, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

Love ABBA? You’ll want to check out this internationally acclaimed show Björn Again. It’s a satiric light-hearted ABBA spoof show featuring the supergroup’s most popular songs. The show has been performed all over the world in around 72 countries a whopping 5,000 times over the past 31 years. The group has performed at Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh, and the group has also performed with the likes of Cher and Shania Twain. Book here.

Björn Again, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, prices start from Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Celebrating the amazing music of Motown 


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When: May 26 and 27, 2023
Where: Theatre by QE2

Hop aboard the QE2 and take a trip back to the 60s Detroit, Michigan with the Tops & Temps and sing along to the timeless songs from the Motown era. The harmonies from the singers are authentic and you can expect timeless classics from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes and more. Ticket prices start from Dhs99. Book here.

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com

Peter Pan on Ice

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When: May 26 to 28, 2023
Where: The Theatre, Mall of the Emirates

Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys on their adventures fighting off Captain Hook. Peter Pan on Ice will be arriving in Abu Dhabi at the Cultural Foundation to kick off its UAE tour and then will open in Dubai’s The Theatre at Mall of The Emirates from Friday, May 26 to 28. Ticket prices start from Dhs150.

Peter Pan on Ice, Dubai: Theatre at Mall of The Emirates, May 26 to May 28, Fri 7.30pm, Sat 11am and 4pm, Sun 11am and 3pm. @artforalluae




When: June 2, 2023
Where: Bla Bla Dubai

Buzzing nightlife spot in JBR, Bla Bla Dubai is kicking June off with noughties rock band, Razorlight. Fans were thrilled to hear when the English indie band announced their reunion after a decade-long hiatus and lucky for us, they are making a pitstop in Dubai during their world tour on June 2. Johnny Borrell, Andy Burrows, Björn Ågren and Carl Dalemo will take to the stage performing a number of tracks from their newest album – Razorwhat? The Best of Razorlight. Expect nothing but their finest tunes including America, In the Morning and Golden Touch. In addition, to celebrate their 10-year reunion, there are two new brilliant tracks that will be performed showcasing the best of the band’s discography. Prices start from Dhs295 and can be purchased here. Over 21’s only.

Bla Bla Dubai, The Beach opposite JBR, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Tel: (0)4 584 4111. blabladubai.ae

Sleeping Beauty

When: Friday, June 2 and 3, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

The Moscow Ballet “La Classique” will be performing Tchaikovsky’s fantastically popular score Sleeping Beauty for two nights only at Dubai Opera. Expect ballet mastery, lavish costumes, and magnificent stage sets. Prices start from Dhs250. Book your seats here.

Sleeping Beauty, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, prices start from Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Tom Odell

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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

Simply Red

Simply Red

When: June 9, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

It’s been a long 20 years, but iconic British soul and pop band, Simply Red is returning to Dubai jamming at the Coca-Cola Arena in June. The iconic British soul and pop band are performing as part of the line-up of the first-ever World Padel League running from be June 8 to 11. The award-winning band has had a number of smash hits including Holding Back the Years, Fairground, Stars, For Your Babies and more. By the end of this year, the band will have performed 73 shows in 20 countries to over 600,000 people. Ticket prices start from Dhs199 and can be purchased here.

Lewis Capaldi, Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, June 9, coca-cola-arena.com

A tribute to Adele


When: June 9 and 10, 2023
Where: Theatre by QE2

Love Adele? She’s yet to perform here in Dubai (someone make this happen, please) but in the meantime, you can catch this tribute show to the talented singer. Hailed at the UK’s No. 1 Adele Tribute Show, Helen Ward-Jackson creates a truly authentic show you can sing along to. She will be with her live band performing all of Adele’s biggest hits including Hello, Set Fire to the Rain, Chasing Pavements, Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Rumour Has It, Skyfall and, her latest hit, Easy On Me. 

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com

The Story of Princess Aurora

When: June 10, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

Catch an adaptation of the well-loved fairy tale “The Story of Princess Aurora” at Dubai Opera this June. It is presented by Turning Pointe Youth Ballet. The tale follows the story of a princess Aurora who, thanks to a spell cast by the evil Maleficent. A fairy uses her powers to ensure that Aurora will sleep until a True Love’s kiss awakens her. Go watch the drama and magic unfold on June 10 as Maleficent realises that Aurora is still alive. Book here.

The Story of Princess Aurora, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, June 7, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. @dubaiopera



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When: June 15, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

Electronica fans, electronic legends M83 are coming to Dubai Opera on Thursday, June 15 for an epic one-night-only live performance. Your night with the Grammy-nominated icons will be jam-packed with intoxicating synth-pop/electro-rock music across their collection of new and nostalgic arrangements. The French icons are famous for hits such as Midnight City, Wait, and Reunion but have also soundtracked major films including Tom Cruise’s Oblivion and Gilles Marchand’s Black Heaven. They’ve even gone on tour with the likes of Kings of Leon, The Killers, and Depeche Mode. Ticket prices start from Dhs275 and can be purchased here.

M83, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, June 15, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. @dubaiopera


When: June 16 and 17, 2023
Where: Courtyard Playhouse

Love Shakespeare? You’ll want to see Othello at the Courtyard Playhouse in June. Directed by Clint Dyer, this enduring tragedy by Shakespeare stars Giles Terera, Rosy McEwen and Paul Hilton. The story follows a bright headstrong Othello, who is the daughter of a senator – elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. Desdemona is a refugee of slavery having risen to the top of a white world. The two wed in secret and crave to start a new life together – but of course, unseen forces conspire against them. Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre. Register here.

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

Connected by Mind2Mind


When: June 16, 2023
Where: Theatre by QE2

The duo returns this May to blow you away. The couple, who you most likely have seen on America’s Got Talent are homegrown heroes and perform regularly at Theatre by QE2. Expect their captivating and unique form of mind-reading and yes, there will be audience participation where you will be given the ability to hear each other’s thoughts. Oooo…

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai, Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com


Trevor Noah

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When: October 3, 2023
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

On Tuesday, October 3, comedian Trevor Noah will bring his new stand-up show to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena. Noah is a regular performer in the UAE after having performed a number of times across Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. The South African funnyman is known for his Emmy award-winning show, The Daily Show, as well as his bestselling books including Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, and sell-out global shows. Ticket prices start from Dhs295 and can be purchased here.

Trevor Noah, Off The Record Tour. Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai. Tuesday, October 3, from Dhs295. livenation.me

Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical

When: October 3 to 12, 2023
Where: Dubai Opera

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 Tourettes. 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


Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams 

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

Ready to sing “I got my first real six-string…” at the top of your lungs with the legend himself? Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is performing at the Coca-Cola Arena on Saturday, November 4. The superstar rocker, who is best known for his hits like Summer of ’69 and Everything I Do, will land in the capital as part of his world tour with his 15th studio album, So Happy It Hurts. Tickets are on sale now, you can purchase them directly from the Coca-Cola Arena website: coca-cola-arena.com

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai. Saturday, November 4, 2023. From Dhs199. coca-cola-arena.com

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