• Dubai Opera Stunning new Downtown venue with a cultural roster ranging from opera to film screening.
  • La Perle by Dragone Las Vegas–style show with acrobats performing on an 'aquatic' stage in a custom-built theatre.
  • Cinema Akil Pop-up indie film purveyor has found a permanent home at Alserkal Avenue.
  • Jazz@PizzaExpress Part casual restaurant, part live-music joint, and always good fun.

Live-Music Venues

  • Blue Bar Long-running jazz and blues joint with wallet-friendly drinks prices.
  • Jazz@PizzaExpress Cosy pizza parlour hosts live jazz every night of the week.
  • Fridge Alternative venue with weekly concert series featuring up-and-coming local artists.
  • MusicHall Weekend venue serving up world music in supper club surroundings.
  • Miss Wang Quality live music nightly to accompany your Asian nibbles.


  • Cinema Akil Global art-house flicks amid the warehouses on Alserkal Avenue gallery campus.
  • Reel Cinemas Dubai Mall magnet features the latest in surround sound and laser projection technology.
  • Movies under the Stars Free alfresco movies.


  • Madinat Theatre Classic proscenium stage theatre with easily digestible cultural fare geared towards expats.
  • Courtyard Playhouse Beloved but tiny community theatre that presents improv, stand-up comedy and kids’ theatre.