Entertainment

Top Choice Cinema in Downtown Dubai

Cinema Akil

Treating cineastes to smart indie flicks from around the world on a pop-up basis since 2014, this dynamic platform has now taken up permanent residence at the Alserkal Avenue. Screenings are often followed by Q&…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Opera

Shaped like a traditional dhow – the sailing vessels that still ply the Gulf – Dubai Opera is the city's newest high-calibre performing-arts venue. Despite its name, it actually hosts a potpourri of shows, including…
Cinema in Downtown Dubai

Reel Cinemas

Reel is one of the top flick-magnets in town screening mostly Hollywood blockbusters. It has 22 screens, including one featuring a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound system, the over-18 Platinum Movie Suite with rec…
Performing Arts in Downtown Dubai

La Perle by Dragone

A custom-designed theatre with a 270-degree angle make for perfect sight lines even in the cheaper seats of this magical show centred on a aquatic stage where some 65 acrobats perform their stunning stunts. It is th…
Horse Racing in Downtown Dubai

Meydan Racecourse

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

Courtyard Playhouse

This 70-seat community theatre (plus bean bags on busy nights) puts on a busy schedule of improv, stand-up comedy, kids theatre and live broadcasts from famous stages like the New York Met and London's National Thea…
Spectator Sport in Dubai

Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack

Camel racing is deeply rooted in the Emirati soul and attending a race is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. The closest track to Dubai is Al Marmoum, about 40km south en route to Al Ain. Races are usual…
Theatre in Jumeirah

Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre

This thriving cultural venue puts on all sorts of global diversions, from Shakespeare and classical concerts to Bollywood musicals, Arabic folklore and art exhibits. Much support is given to Emirati talent, making t…
Cinema in Jumeirah

Vox Mall of the Emirates

This multiplex boasts 24 screens, including a 4D cinema with motion chairs, and wind, light and water effects; the region's first IMAX laser cinema; a colourful kids' cinema; and the superluxe Theatre by Rhodes wher…
Theatre in Downtown Dubai

The Junction

Since 2015, this pint-sized indie performing-arts space has hosted some of Dubai's most exciting cultural programming, from plays to concerts, comedy to dance, showcasing mostly local talent. Past productions have i…