Concert Venue in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Opera

Shaped like a traditional dhow – the sailing vessels that once plied the Arabian Gulf, laden with pearls and fish – Dubai Opera hosts world-class performances, ranging from opera and ballet to comedy and musicals. T…
Horse Racing in Downtown Dubai

Meydan Racecourse

Dubai racing’s home is the spectacular Meydan Racecourse, about 5km southwest of Downtown Dubai. Spanning 1.5km, its grandstand is bigger than most airport terminals and lidded by a crescent-shaped solar-panelled ro…
Cabaret in Downtown Dubai


No strippers and raunchy performances in the Dubai edition of this burlesque dinner theatre in a lush Victorian-styled venue with crimson walls, velvet curtains and baroque mirrors. Still, a mighty good time awaits,…
Live Music in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah


It's not a theatre, not a club, not a bar and not a restaurant – the lavishly designed MusicHall is all those things. The concept hails from Beirut, where it's had audiences clapping since 2003 with an eclectic line…
Spectator Sport in Dubai

Al Marmoum

About 40km south of Dubai off the E66 en route to Al Ain, near Al Lisaili. Go past the Dubai Outlet Mall and the Sevens rugby stadium and turn right at exit 37. There’s no fixed schedule, although there usually seem…
Live Music in Downtown Dubai

Blue Bar

Cool cats of all ages gather in this relaxed joint for some of the finest live jazz and blues in town along with reasonably priced cocktails named after jazz greats (try the Louie Armstrong-inspired Wonderful World)…
Arts Centre in Bur Dubai

Creekside Cafe

New on the scene, this contemporary cultural space and cafe puts on all sorts of workshops (pottery, marbling, silkscreen, etc) as well as hosting film screenings, book presentations and readings. It's also a good p…
Live Music in Bur Dubai

Music Room

Arab hip-hop queen Malikah and English metal band Salem are among the many artists who've played gigs at Dubai's best place for indie and alt sounds. Great for dipping into the local music scene, it's the kind of sp…
Live Music in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah


It's really a pizza joint tucked amid residential high-rises, but this pretense-free place gets hopping just about nightly with open-mic jam sessions, swing nights, acoustic songwriter nights and happening bands. It…
Cinema in Jumeirah


Cultural centre that screens alternative films.