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 Yas Island

Vox Cinemas

If you like to smell the rubber on your car chase and feel the earth rumble as screaming tyres race across a 24.5m screen, then the 4D experience at Vox Cinema's 4DX Theatre won't disappoint. If you're a foodie who …
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…
Live Music in Al Markaziyah

Cristal

A resident pianist provides genteel entertainment in the dapper Cristal (from 9pm except Saturday). Dressed in polished oak and illuminated by candlelight and a fireplace, this is a haven of old-world charm in the h…
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…