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Where to find your cultural kicks in Dubai this summer

It should come as no surprise that the largest attraction in Dubai is shopping and dining. However, over the years, the emirate’s continuous effort in maintaining both its local and international identities has born fruitful results, from high-profile events such as Art Dubai and World Cup horse-racing, to Festival of Literature, Design Days Dubai, Jazz Festival and so on. In addition to these yearly highlights, historic sites like the Old Town and Al Fahidi neighbourhood are well worth a visit, and art aficionados will love contemporary works showcased at Al Quoz and DIFC. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is without doubt one of the most interesting and significant establishments committed to local heritage. Guided mosque visits, heritage tours and Arabic classes promise to ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ – what culture is all about. Here's our pick of the best things to do until September.


Dubai Summer Surprises 2016



Get ready for some seriously sizzling fun this season as the 45-day- long Dubai Summer Surprises has prepared some great promotions and exciting events for leisure and business travellers. From fashion to spa, there is something for everyone: shopping for him and her, pop-up market for kids, and for the weary, how about discounts on treatments at some of the best spas in town? But DSS is not just about shopping. With leisure promotions, you can also experience diving or snorkelling, dhow cruises, kart racing, or take the kids to see dolphin, seal and exotic bird shows at the Dubai Dolphinarium. Concerts featuring both international and local musicians are not to be missed. 23 July – 5 September 2016 www.visitdubai.com

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Ramadan Night Market


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A great way to experience Ramadan in Dubai, the 10-night event offers lots of activities for the kids from face painting, bouncy castles, balloon twisting, a mini basketball court and much more, while you shop for a new outfit, jewellery, handicrafts and souvenirs. Have a bite at the food court, or relax with henna painting. Open from 8am to 2am the next day, the night has just begun…Dubai World Trade Centre 23 June – 2 July 2016 www.ramadannightmarket.com

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Modhesh World 2016


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Escape the heat in Dubai’s ultimate indoor destination for kids. Let them explore the mirror maze, tubby slides and trampolines. For older children, sophisticated video games and 5D motion-theatre provide lots to keep them busy and interested. 25 June – 27 August www.visitdubai.com/modhesh-world

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Dubai Music Week


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With a star-studded line-up of both international and local performers, the week-long music festival showcases the most international face of Dubai, second perhaps only to the world-class restaurants in this city. Whether you like pop, rock, Arabic, Latin or live DJ sets, this is the region’s hottest ticket to what is sure to be an exciting, entertaining event. 1 - 9 September www.dubaimusicweek.ae


Iftar at Pierchic


IftaratPierchic-spotlightIftar at Pierchic, courtesy of www.visitdubai.com

During Ramadan, the scenic wooden walkway of Pierchic will host luxurious dinners. Specially crafted menus will boast a variety of flavours while the view will provide the perfect backdrop to a surely magical night. 6 June - 6 July http://www.visitdubai.com/en/events/iftar-at-pierchic

1 Ramadan Night Market
2 Al Gaffal Traditional Dhow Race 2016
3 Modhesh World