What’s on this August

Get ready for a month of culture, comedy and concerts
August turns up the energy in Dubai’s calendar. Eid Al Adha festivities are set to thrill the whole family, alongside unmissable concerts by British hitmakers The 1975 and legendary Irish boy band Westlife. From adventure to action, here is our pick of this month's top events in Dubai.
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Sparkling skies

Eid Al Adha

Sparkling skies

Eid Al Adha

Join citywide celebrations for the festival

Eid Al Adha is one of the biggest dates in the Islamic calendar, and one of the most highly-anticipated celebrations. Many people mark the occasion by getting together with friends and family to enjoy delicious food and entertainment.

Every year, Dubai comes to life during the four-day festival with fireworks, concerts, and more happening all over the city. The events begin around the first day of Eid, which is expected to fall on 12 August (Eid Al Adha dates are subject to moon sightings).

When: 12-15 August

Contact Details:
   Citywide, including Dubai Festival City
   +971 4 800 332

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Cue the lights

Westlife

Cue the lights

Westlife

Renowned boy band reunites on stage

After an eight-year hiatus, one of the world's most popular boy bands, Westlife, is back in action. Fans can expect to hear their latest singles 'Better Man' and 'Dynamite' along with all-time favourites 'My Love' and 'Uptown Girl' at their show on 29 August. Members Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan first rose to fame in the late 1990s by creating musical magic with their soulful ballads.

They are the latest act on Coca-Cola Arena's packed summer calendar, which saw starlit performances by Maroon 5 and Russell Peters earlier this year.

When: 29 August

Contact Details:
    Coca-Cola Arena
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Summer adventures

Dubai Marina

Summer adventures

Dubai Marina

Ride the record-breaking zipline for just AED399

Dubai Marina is a buzzing neighbourhood that concentrates all kinds of fun in its radius. This summer, XLine lets thrill-seekers ride the world’s longest urban zipline from just AED399.

Afterwards, head to Jumeirah Beach Residences, where you can walk across the bridge to the recently-opened Bluewaters Island and take in a breathtaking panorama of the sea and skyline. Reminisce about your adrenaline-fuelled day at one of the many Marina-facing restaurants, including Alici, home to seafood inspired by Southern Italy, and hip fusion eatery The London Project.

When: Xline offer valid until 15 September

Contact Details:
    Dubai Marina
   +971 4 457 3212

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Tune in

The 1975

Tune in

The 1975

Rock out with the chart-topping indie-pop band

August in Dubai sees one of the most popular bands perform at the new Coca-Cola Arena:The 1975. Starring frontman Matty Healy, the Brit award-winning band are a youth favourite with smash hits including the ethereal track 'Somebody Else' and retro-dance number 'Give Yourself A Try'.

The 1975 swing between synth techno-pop, folk rock and soulful R&B, juggling diverse genres with a natural finesse few artists can match. They're bringing their critically acclaimed tour to Coca-Cola Arena, a state-of-the-art indoor performance venue that's changing the face of live entertainment in Dubai.

When: 14 August

Contact Details:
   Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk
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Cruise on comedy

Laughathon at QE2

Cruise on comedy

Laughathon at QE2

Comedy night aboard a historical vessel

The Laughathon comedy series continues with an appearance by Abhishek Upmanyu, a quirky conversationalist with a massive following across India. He is performing on 23 August aboard Dubai’s first and permanent floating hotel, the Queen Elizabeth 2. This former cruise liner is an icon of maritime innovation in the 60s. It’s now permanently docked in Port Rashid as a glittering addition to Dubai’s skyline.

Visitors are welcome to explore its grand history through guided tours, fine dining experiences and live shows, such as Laughathon.

When: 23 August

Contact Details:
Citywide
   Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid
   +971 4 330 3457

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In the frame

Arts and culture

In the frame

Arts and culture

Explore Dubai’s impressive arts landscape

Dubai's canvas is defined as much by Emirati customs as it is by the diverse cultures that call this city home. From local and regional talent to international icons, artists of all backgrounds have found a proud platform here and it's one that's worth exploring.

Visit Jameel Arts Centre, a contemporary arts institution that hosts captivating exhibitions, guided tours and free events. Alternatively, spend the day at Dubai’s industrial district, Alserkal Avenue. This dynamic venue is home to various galleries including Carbon 12, quirky cafes and performance spaces that celebrate the full spectrum of artistic expression.

When: Year-round

Contact Details:
   Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf Waterfront
   +971 4 873 9800

   Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
   +971 4 333 3464

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