Footie, Comedy or the Opera? How to Spend This Weekend in Dubai

Published June 20th, 2018 - 02:32 GMT
The city is buzzing with World Cup fever, so don’t miss any of the action (Dubai Calendar)
The city is buzzing with World Cup fever, so don’t miss any of the action (Dubai Calendar)

With the World Cup in full swing, Dubai is buzzing with excitement as fans from all over the world cheer on their teams from the numerous venues screening all of the action live. For those looking to take in a show, Dubai Opera is playing host to some incredible talents this weekend for culture-lovers to enjoy, while Laughter Factory is ready to amuse those seeking some quality stand-up comedy.

Check out our recommendations for things to do this weekend in Dubai below:

Wish your team the luck of the Irish

Cheer on your team during the FIFA World Cup this year at The Irish Village, where every game will be streamed live throughout the entirety of the tournament. Fans can enjoy all of the action from the air-conditioned World Cup tent, with terraced seating and an incredible 8x5m giant screen. Bring your friends and get some of the luck of the Irish as you support your team all the way to the finals.

When: 14 June - 15 July 2018
Where: The Irish Village
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Party as you watch the game

Football frenzy has spread all over Dubai, and with so many venues to choose from there really is something for everyone this World Cup. For those who enjoy some live entertainment, Zero Gravity is the place to be. Enjoy unlimited food and beverages with special match day packages, and watch every goal on the giant 16-foot screen with a DJ setting the scene.

When: 14 June - 15 July 2018
Where: Zero Gravity
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Jump into the heart of the World Cup action


Don’t miss a single goal at the World Cup Tent at Fairmont The Palm, with the hotel boasting not only a giant screen, but also multiple smaller screens to make sure fans catch every moment of play. Staff dressed as referees will be serving up an exclusive World Cup menu (including nachos, popcorn shrimp and beef sliders) for you and your friends to enjoy as you cheer on your team.


When: 14 June - 15 July 2018
Where: Palm Courtyard, Fairmont The Palm
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Don’t just watch, play


Inspired by watching your favourite World Cup players dribble, pass and score? Then grab your kit and head over to Dubai Sports World at Dubai World Trade Centre where you can join the sports action yourself. Play indoor football, ping pong, street basketball, and much more with your friends and others. A great way to stay out of the sun, stay fit and enjoy sports this summer. So get practicing - every MVP has to start somewhere.

When: 17 May - 8 September 2018
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
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Admire Dubai’s young musical talents


Tune out of the football madness with some spectacular live entertainment at Dubai Opera this weekend as young talents from the 'Music in the Studio' masterclass series come together to perform their end-of-year concert. This stunning show will see young musicians performing on piano, guitar, violin and flute, as well as vocal performances. It will also feature the debut of The Youth Orchestra at Dubai Opera, made up of both Emirati and expat performers.

When: 23 June 2018
Where: Dubai Opera
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Have a laugh with friends 

Laughter Factory is back this weekend, with shows at the Movenpick Hotel in JBR and Senara, The Palm, guaranteed to entertain you and your friends. The June line-up includes big names on the comedy circuit, among them Desiree Burch, winner of the 2015 Funny Women awards. Observational comedian Joe Bor and runner up at The English Comedian of the Year 2016 awards, Nick Page, will also be entertaining audiences with their side-splitting humour. So Take a break from the football this weekend, and go have a laugh.

When: 22 June
Where: Senara, The Palm & The Movenpick Hotel, JBR
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Be in awe at the power of dance

The Diverse Choreography Performing Arts School’s 9th annual variety show, Be Diverse, is a fantastic opportunity to see some truly awe-inspiring dance performed live in the stunning setting of Madinat Theatre. Junior dancers from around the globe will showcase their talents, with highlights of the performance including a visual rendition of ‘Firework’ and a selection of songs from The Greatest Showman. The spectacular show and surroundings are sure to make for an enjoyable weekend experience.

When: 22-23 June
Where: Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
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