From theatre to concerts, there’s so much still to come…
Dubai welcomes some brilliant shows, concerts and events each month and as more and more get announced, it’s hard to keep up with all the city’s happenings. Which is why we’ve rounded them up for you, in one handy guide.
So, whether you’re looking for ballet or big gigs, theatre or comedy, we’ve rounded up 12 unmissable shows you need to see in Dubai this year.
August 29: Westlife at Coca-Cola Arena
Irish boyband Westlife will take to the soon-to-open Coca-Cola Arena in City Walk on Thursday August 29 as part of their 20th Anniversary tour. Westlife first broke into the harts with their debut single, Swear It Again, and went on to have a string of hits including What Makes A Man, World of Our Own and Flying Without Wings. Tickets are on sale now, with early bird tickets priced from Dhs250.
Westlife at Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, Thursday August 29, from Dhs250. livenation.me
September 11 and 12: The Supremes at QE2 Dubai
Legendary girl group The Supremes will be performing at the QE2 this September. You’ll be able to catch current members Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene, who were part of the original recording trio, alongside Joyce Vincent for two performances on September 11 and 12. The Supremes dominated the charts in the 60s and 70s with smash hits such as Stop in the Name of Love, Baby Love and You Keep me Hanging On. When they take to the stage in Dubai, soul fans will be able to dance the night away to their biggest hits live, taking a nostalgia trip back to the days of soul and funk.
The Supremes, Theatre by QE2, QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid, Wednesday September 11 and Thursday September 12, from Dhs180. theatrebyqe2.com
September 20 and 21: Harry Potter in Concert at Dubai Opera
Muggles, prepare to be spellbound by a seriously magical performance as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert is coming to Dubai Opera later this year. You’ll be able to see your favourite bespectacled hero on a super sized screen on September 20 and 21, with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performing the iconic John Williams score. There will be both matinee and evening performances.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Gladiator, 3pm and 8pm September 20, 3pm September 21, from Dhs175. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
September 25 to 28: Much Ado About Nothing at Dubai Opera
Dubai audiences will get to enjoy their second dose of Shakespearean theatre at Dubai Opera, when Much Ado About Nothing is staged from September 25 to 28. Written around 1598, within a few years of As You Like It and Twelfth Night, Much Ado is considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s best comedic plays. Tickets are on sale now, starting from Dhs150.
Much Ado About Nothing, Dubai Opera, September 25 to 28, from Dhs150. dubaiopera.com
October 16 to November 6: Phantom of the Opera at Dubai Opera
It’s largely regarded as one of the most popular musicals in the world, and this October The Phantom of the Opera is set to make its Dubai debut. Taking to the stage at Dubai Opera in Autumn of 2019, the show will run from Wednesday October 16 until Wednesday November 6. The show, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will come to Dubai straight from London, and Dubai Opera will be the only location to host the iconic show in the GCC. Since it premiered as a musical in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera has been seen by 130 million people worldwide and amassed over 70 awards, so we can’t wait to see it arrive in Dubai.
The Phantom of the Opera, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, October 16 to November 6, from Dhs250. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
October 25: Eminem at du Arena
Eminem will play a massive gig in Abu Dhabi at Yas Island’s Du Arena on October 25 as part of his Kamakaze World Tour. The rap superstar was last in the capital when he was a part of the F1 after-race concert line-up in 2012. The artist has produced some of the most iconic rap of his generation including Lose Yourself, Not Afraid, The Real Slim Shady and Without Me. Ticket prices start at Dhs395 and are already available for you to purchase.
Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, October 25. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets start at Dh395. ticketmaster.ae
November 1: The Kooks & Richard Ashcroft at Party in the Park
Brit rockers The Kooks will take to the stage on Friday November 1 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre as part of an epic line-up of Party in the Park acts. Over more than a decade in music, The Kooks have released smash hits including Naive, She Moves In Her Own Way and Bad Habit, and we can’t wait to see them perform all their top hits live in Dubai this November. Also joining the Friday line-up for Party in the Park 2019 is English singer-songwriter, Richard Ashcroft joined by his full band for the first time in the UAE, who’ll be taking festival goers through some Bittersweet Symphonies, performing a string of his releases both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Verve.
Party in the Park, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, 6pm to 1am Thursday October 31 and 2pm to 1am Friday November 1, from Dhs160. partyinthepark.ae
November 14: Mica Paris at Dubai Opera
Aretha Franklin fans, get excited. A one night only tribute event is coming to Dubai Opera later this year, as British soul singer Mica Paris takes on some of Franklin’s best-loved songs at the stunning venue. The concert will take place Thursday November 14 2019, so stop ‘Day Dreaming’ and get your tickets – which are on sale now from Dhs150.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 8pm, Thursday November 14, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 4408888. dubaiopera.com
November 20: Passenger at Dubai Opera
Busker-turned-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Passenger is headed for Dubai Opera on Wednesday November 20. Michael Rosenberg AKA Passenger’s international number one hit single, Let Her Go, has topped the charts across the globe and been viewed on You Tube over two billion times. His famed hit was also nominated for a Brit Award for British Single of the Year in 2014 and earned him an Ivor Novello.
Passenger at Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 8pm onwards, Wednesday November, from Dhs195. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
December 6: Kylie Minogue at Dubai Rugby Sevens
Australian-British pop sensation, Kylie Minogue, has been confirmed as the headline performer on Friday, December 6 at the Sevens Stadium as party of the Dubai Rugby Sevens 50th anniversary weekend. The Grammy Award-winning artist will have fans Spinning Around from 9.30pm after the second day of the world-famous tournament. Expect to hear some of her biggest hits from the last 30 years, such as Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, On A Night Like This and Love At First Sight. Tickets for the event on Friday, December 6 will cost Dhs400 or Dhs500 for the whole weekend.
Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, Thursday December 5 to Saturday December 7, Thursday free, Friday Dhs400, whole weekend Dhs500, under 12s free. dubairugby7s.com
December 12 to 14: Jingle Bell Favourites at Dubai Opera
Festive concert, Jingle Bell Favourites is back at Dubai Opera from December 12. Christmas fans can rejoice as the holly, jolly concert will be Rocking Around the Christmas Tree (s) at Dubai Opera for the fourth year running, with ticket prices starting from Dhs175. From December 12 to 14, you’ll be able to catch all the Christmas magic with morning, matinee and evening performances from The London Concert Orchestra and Capital Voices. Expect to sing along to your favourite festive tunes such as Silent Night, Frosty the Snowman, Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Thursday December 12 to Saturday December 14, tickets from Dh175. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com