1. 15 reasons why


We’re sure there are more than 15 reasons to attend Filipina popstar Sarah Geronimo’s This 15 Me concert at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on September 20 but we think just the top three will convince you – 2018 sums up a sweet 15 years of entertaining for Sarah, who’s bringing her world tour to the UAE in celebration of this milestone; the triple threat singer, dancer and actress will regale fans with her hits through the years, from 2003’s Forever’s Not Enough to 2017’s I Just Fall in Love Again at the show, and tickets start from Dh150 at platinumlist.net.

2. Raising ’em smart

How do you raise a child who’s sensitive but tough enough to face the challenges of life? British Orchard Nursery is answering this common concern parents harbour through their free interactive talk show called The Resilient Child on September 15. Parenting expert and psychologist Chasity O’Connell will answer parents’ questions about children’s mental well-being and how parents can improve a child’s problem-solving skills and help them overcome obstacles and failures. From 3pm-4pm at the British Orchard Nursery, Mankhool branch.

3. Make a run for it


You know the temperatures are dropping and winter is on its way when the outdoor running season starts! The Dubai Desert Road Run is marking the change in weather with its first race on September 21. You can sign up for three different distances; 10km, 5km and 3km. Participants will sprint across open private roads free off traffic, starting and ending at The Sevens Stadium, on the Dubai-Al Ain Road. Race starts at 6.15am. Registration prices are Dh105 for 3km, Dh126 for 5km and Dh147 for 10km; visit dubairunning.com.

4. Hint hunt


Budding detectives, get your deerstalkers at the ready – the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates is organising a social hunt to raise funds for the Al Jalila Foundation today at 10.30am. The rules are pretty elementary – contestants will have to solve a series of clues then, snap a picture with the answer and post it on the hotel’s Instagram page. Whoever solves the clues quickest wins a five-night stay at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. Entry fee of Dh75 per person; on the spot registrations are open until 10am.

5. Footloose flamenco


Flamenco dancer Jesus Carmona is bringing his show Impetu’s to the Dubai Opera on September 19. The Spanish dancer who is known for his ballet-infused style and intricate will bring the passionate dance form to life on the Dubai Opera stage with his troupe of 11 dancers, musicians, and vocalists. The dancer who’s feted for his spectacular footwork will tap away to the tune of scores by great Spanish composers such as Albeniz, Riqueni, and Escudero. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh200 at dubaiopera.com.

6. Music from the land of the rising sun


Time to expand your cultural awareness of Japan beyond anime and manga – nip down to Japanism Sensation at Madinat Arena on September 21 to enjoy Nippon’s musical best. The cultural and musical show will feature two bands – Heavenese and Zuiho Daiko. Heavense is a 16-group gospel band formed by Grammy-nominated gospel singer Andrae Crouch and blend traditional and modern music using everything from western instruments such as flute and saxophone and traditional Japanese instruments such as the taiko drums. Zuiho Daiko on the other hand are a Taiko drums group made up of five people from Nagasaki with intellectual disabilities. Show starts at 7pm; tickets from Dh75 at platinumlist.net.