All the massive concerts, shows and performances coming to Dubai

From mega music festivals to comedy gigs and more…

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.


Gipsy Kings

Gipsy Kings by André Reyes

When: May 2, 2024
Where: Dubai Opera

The Gipsy Kings are back, this time performing at the stunning Dubai Opera on May 2. The icons were last in town when they performed on New Year’s Eve at Burj Al Arab. You will know the Gipsy Kings for their hits including Volare, Bamboleo, and Baila Me. If you love their tunes just as much as we do, go get your tickets now. Tickets to see the show start from Dhs195 and can be booked here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, May 2 at 8pm, from Dhs195. Tel: (0)4 440 8888,dubaiopera.com

Icehole – A Cardboard Comedy

When: May 3 to 5, 2024
Where: The Junction

Local theatre actors have come together to put on this comedic play at The Junction at Alserkal Avenue. ICEHOLE- A Cardboard Comedy a unique and fascinating production adapted from the Molières 2022 awarded French play Les Gros Patinent Bien. It revolves around a man in a three-piece suit fishing in the plains of the Great North when an accidental encounter with a mermaid changes his destiny. He embarks on an enigmatic and crazy journey narrated with cardboard. Purchase your tickets here.

Icehole – A Cardboard Comedy, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, May 3 to 5, prices from Dhs120, @junctiondubai



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When: May 4 and 5, 2024
Where: Alserkal Avenue

On May 4 and 5, Alserkal Avenue will transform into a hub for digital art, culture, music and technology. Expect to see mesmerising debut performances, special installations and cutting-edge electronic music with daring audiovisual experimentation. There’s a whole list of exciting, alternative acts, including 9T Antiope, Burnt Friedman & João Pais Filipe, Bint Mbareh, Mathew Jonson and Salar Ansari Trio, Line Katcho, Stefana Fratila x Diana Lynn VanderMeulen and Idlefon and more. Read all about it here and purchase your tickets here.

MICRO MUTEK.AE Edition 3, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, May 4 and 5, dubai.mutek.org @mutekae

Imperial Orchestra – Cinema Medley

When: May 10, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

The love of great movies and bone-chilling music collide at Coca-Cola Arena in May where all the iconic film composers are celebrated. Cinema Medley, delivered by Imperial Orchestra, fuses the magic of music and film to create a unique and unforgettable musical experience. Some of the iconic films that will be featured include Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Interstellar, Batman, Gladiator, The Phantom of the Opera, Jurassic Park, Inception, Schindler’s List and many more. Purchase your tickets here.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, May 10, from Dhs249, Tel: (0)4 440 8888, dubaiopera.com



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When: May 10, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 2024
Where: The Junction

Calling all Shakespeare fans! Head on over to The Junction and catch Othello, a play by the world’s greatest playwright. This alternative adaptation is set in the deep deserts, where  Othello is an outsider to the tribe yet rises in rank due to his military prowess. Iago furious about being overlooked for promotion, plots to take revenge against Othello. He manipulates Othello into believing his wife Desdemona is unfaithful, leading to dark consequences. Book your tickets here.

Othello, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, several dates in May, prices from Dhs100, @junctiondubai

Martin Garrix

When: Saturday, May 11
Where: Atlantis, The Palm

One of the biggest DJs in the industry, Martin Garrix will be making his way to Atlantis, The Palm for an epic open-air gig as we mark the return of Atlantis Live – a series of live music concerts that take place at the resort. Tickets start from Dhs399. Read more here.

Atlantis Live presents Martin Garrix, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm, Saturday May 11, from Dhs300. platinumlist.net/@atlantisthepalm

Film with live orchestra at Dubai Opera

When: May 11 to 13, 2024
Where: Dubai Opera

Sometimes, long after a movie is over, it’s the film’s score which sticks in your head. And we all have our favourites. These iconic tracks are created by some of the world’s well-known composers and no matter how great your sound system is, hearing it live takes your experience to a whole different level. Enter Dubai Opera, bringing you three days with three iconic films backed by the Armenian State Symphony and the Dubai Festival Chorus who will play for you live as you watch the film. The three films showcased are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Wars: A New Hope and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. Tickets can be purchased here. Prices per film start from Dhs275. Book your tickets here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, May 11 to 13, from Dhs275. Tel: (0)4 440 8888,dubaiopera.com

Shaggy and Blackstreet

When: May 11, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Shaggy and Blackstreet will be performing at the Coca-Cola Arena this May. You will know Shaggy for iconic hits including Angel, It Wasn’t Me, and Boombastic. The iconic Reggae legend has been in the game since the 90s when he won his first  Grammy for Best Reggae Album,  on the album Boombastic. He will be joined by the iconic R&B group Blackstreet known for hits including No Diggity, Don’t Leave Me, and, (Money Can’t) Buy Me Love. Read more here.

Shaggy and Blackstreet at The Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, May 11, tickets start fom Dhs199. coca-cola-arena.com

The Lion Inside 

When: May 11 and 12, 2024
Where:  Zabeel Theatre, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

This is a heartwarming tale about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar. Fed up of being forgotten about by other animals, the mouse wishes to roar like a lion. But he soon discovers, that even the biggest and bossiest of people are scared sometimes, and… the smallest of creatures can have the heart of a lion. This is just perfect for the little ones.

The Lion Inside, Zabeel Theatre – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, May 11 – 11am, 3pm and 5.30pm and May 12 – 11am and 3pm. Tel: (0)056 611 2719. artforall.ae

Aurie Styla: The Aurator Tour

When: May 11, 2024
Where: Theatre by QE2

Award-winning comedian Aurie Styla is back on tour and he is making a pit stop to Dubai hopping on board The QE2 in May. Join him as he hits the stage to speak about this wild world and his journey to make sense of it all. Prices start from Dhs125.

Theatre by QE2, Queen Elizabeth 2,  Port Rashid, Dubai, May 11 at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm), ticket prices from Dhs125, Tel: (0)58 838 3107, theatrebyqe2.com

The Gruffalo’s Child

the gruffalos child Theatre by QE2

When: May 18 and 19, 2024
Where: Theatre by QE2

This one is perfect for the whole family, including the little one. Go on an adventure into the deep dark woods with this enchanting adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s picture book, The Gruffalo’s Child. Expect songs, laughs and spooky fun when this performance from London’s West End hits the Theatre by QE2 in May. Purchase tickets here.

Theatre by QE2, Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, May 18 and 19 at 8pm, prices from Dhs135, Tel: (0)58 838 3107, theatrebyqe2.com

Chris Botti

When: May 19, 2024
Where: Dubai Opera

Grammy-award-winning Chris Botti is heading to the Dubai Opera. Over the past three decades, the jazz master has performed with the likes of Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. The trumpeter has performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, May 19, from Dhs300. Tel: (0)4 440 8888,dubaiopera.com

James Blunt

When: May 24, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Ready to sing “You’re Beautiful…” at the top of your lungs with the legend himself? British singer-songwriter James Blunt is performing at the Coca-Cola Arena on Friday, May 24. The acoustic-tinged pop singer, who is best known for hits like Goodbye My Lover, Bonfire Heart, and 1973, will land in Dubai as part of his new album tour Who We Used To Be. Tickets are priced from Dhs150 and can be purchased here.

Hans Zimmer Live

Hans Zimmer Dubai

When: May 31 and April 1, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

When it comes to scoring blockbusters, few Hollywood composers come close to the likes of Hans Zimmer. He is the man behind the stirring music of Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Top Gun: Maverick, The Lion King, Pirates of the CaribbeanInterstellar, Dune and more. He will be joined on stage by his 45-piece world-class band including Tina Guao on the cello, Pedro Eustache on the winds, and many of the vocal artists from the original soundtracks. The last time Zimmer was in Dubai was in January 2023, and his concert was so popular that a last-minute extra date was added to the schedule. And he did it again this time because Coca-Cola Arena announced the second date (April 1) to keep up with the ticket demands. Purchase it on coca-cola-arena.com and hanszimmerlive.com. Prices start from Dhs299.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, May 31 and April 1, 9pm, Tel: (800) 223388, coca-cola-arena.com 


When: Until May 26 (TBC)
Where: Outside Dubai Festival City Mall (at The Big Top)

Back in 2022, the spectacular show aquatic show Fontana left us on the edge of our seats with its jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts. And this year, Cirque Du Liban is enthralling us yet again with a new circus show in Dubai – a new show concept titled Pluma. It follows a little girl called Pluma with big dreams of flying. Tickets are priced at Dhs95 and can be purchased here. You can read more here.

Pluma, Dubai Festival City Mall – The Big Top, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, until May 26 (TBC) from Dhs95. @pluma.show


Russell Kane

russell kane

When: June 2, 2024
Where: Theatre by QE2

British comedian, Russell Kane was in Dubai last year in January 2023, and he is set to return on June 2, once again performing at the Theatre by QE2. He will be hitting the stage and tickling your funny bone with his sharp wit and storming physical comedy. Tickets for the show are priced from Dhs175 and can be purchased here. Do note, that audience members ages 16 to 20 need to be accompanied by an individual aged 21 years or older.

Russell Kane, Theatre by QE2, Queen Elizabeth 2,  Port Rashid, Dubai, June 2 at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm), ticket prices from Dhs175, Tel: (0)58 838 3107, theatrebyqe2.com


Waterbomb festival

When: June 7 and 8, 2024
Where: Dubai Festival City

The WATERBOMB Festival is one of Korea’s biggest coming together of the two genres and it will be landing in Dubai to serve us some of that K-Town magic on June 7 and 8. Think all things K-Pop, EDM and for the real fun part – one big water fight. The first wave of artists has been announced for the festival and includes K-Rap superstars CLBig Naughty and PH-1. Read more here.

WATERBOMB Festival, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, Jun 7 and 8, tickets out soon, @waterbomb_dubai_official 

Jason Derulo

jason Derulo

When: June 15, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Savage Love singer Jason Derulo was scheduled to perform in May but the concert was pushed to June 15. He is set to perform in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena on Saturday, May 4 as part of the EarthSoul Festival. However, Derulo is no stranger to Dubai and has performed here a number of times. The RnB singer-songwriter has been blowing up the charts since 2009, with the release of his single Whatcha Say, which became the most widely played radio single of all time and earned triple-platinum status after its release that year. He’s continued his success with songs such as IT GirlRiding Solo, In My Head Wiggle and Want to Want Me. He’s also the man behind Savage Love, which went straight to number one around the world, followed up with smash hits Take You Dancing and Jalebi Baby. When he lights up the Coca-Cola Arena stage, you can expect to hear all these and more. Tickets start from Dhs199 for the Bronze and the Regular Standing category. Silver is at Dhs245, the Golden Circle at Dhs299, Diamond at Dhs399, and Diamond with meet and greet at Dhs999. Sing it with us – Jason Derulooo…

Jason Derulo at Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk Dubai, May 4, tickets start at Dhs199. @cocacacolaarena

The Ocean

The ocean

When: June 19, 2024
Where: P7 Arena, Media One Hotel

Fresh off the heels of a six-month world tour, Berlin-based post-metal band The Ocean will be performing at P7 Arena, Media One Hotel, Dubai. Get ready to plunge into a swirling abyss of musical innovation when they take the stage. Purchase your tickets here.

The Ocean, P7 Arena Media One Hotel, Dubai, from 7pm on June 17, Dhs199 per person. @p7arenadxb



When: October 4, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Originally slated to perform in Dubai in October 2023, iconic American rapper Macklemore will now be performing in Dubai on Friday, October 4 at the Coca-Cola Arena. Macklemore (pronounced Mack-LE-more) first rose to fame with his track Thrift Shop back in 2012 which has since amassed over one billion streams on Spotify alone.  Tickets are on sale now via the here website, priced from Dhs199.

Macklemore, Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Oct 4, from Dhs199. Tel: (800) 223 388, coca-cola-arena.com

Romesh Ranganathan

When: October 25, 2024
Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Looking for some laughs? Then you’ll want to snap up tickets to British comedian Romesh Ranganathan who is coming to Dubai for the very first time this October. The master of major lols will perform at City Walk’s Coca-Cola Arena in October. Tickets for the gig are on sale and priced from Dhs195 for lower-tier silver, ranging up to Dhs350 for gold floor tickets. Do note, that the show is for adults aged 16 and over, with those under 21 required to be accompanied by an adult aged over 21.

Romesh Ranganathan, Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Oct 4, from Dhs199. Tel: (800) 223 388, coca-cola-arena.com

Matt Rife

Matt Rife

When: October 27, 2024
Where: Etihad Arena

Matt Rife is known for his lighting-quick wit and unpredictable humour on stage, and will entertain fans through hilarious interactions that are often described by comedy lovers as being refreshing, yet relatable. Expect roasts, clever wordplay, observational humour and more starring in his shows. His current tour has sold over 600,000 tickets in less than 48 hours, so don’t forget to grab your tickets as soon as possible.

Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, October 27, ticket pre-sales March 7 12pm, general sales March 8 at 12pm. livenation.me


Jake Lambert

When: November 9, 2024
Where: Theatre by QE2

Jake Lambert is making a stop in Dubai as he goes on his first national tour. The comedian hits the stage telling stories about navigating through everyday life, why he has a fear of being normal, and questioning our need to ask strangers what breed their dogs are. Name sound familiar? He’s been supporting Michael McIntyre on his worldwide tour. Under-16s will not be allowed entry, and 16 to 20-year-olds need to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

Theatre by QE2, Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, Nov 9 at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm), Tel: (0)58 838 3107, theatrebyqe2.com

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Where: Coca-Cola Arena

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