1. Dubai Summer Surprises


Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), Dubai’s annual summer festival always brings a silver lining to the summer. This year, scheduled to return to the city from June 22 – August 4, 2018, the DSS includes promotions, events as well as sale at Dubai’s popular malls.

Water-based attractions are clearly a huge draw during the summer. While Dubai Dolphinarium is offering free access for one child with every adult ticket purchased, Wild Wadi is offering deals to GCC residents on entrance and food packages.

Accor Hotel guests will receive 30 per cent off IMG Worlds of Adventure tickets. Similarly, Dubai Ice Rink, Reel Cinemas, and At the Top at Burj Khalifa are all offering 40 per cenr off. Until September 30.

2. Women take the lead

This month, independent film theatre Cinema Akil is screening two noteworthy documentaries, both telling heartening stories about women.

The If Project


Directed by Kathlyn Horan

Unlocking the door on life behind bars in a US maximum-security women’s prison, Kathlyn Horan’s 90-minute documentary follows a group of inmates who are part of a writing workshop launched by a Seattle police detective and a fellow prisoner. June 23; from 7pm; free entry.

She Started It


Directed by Insiyah Saeed & Nora Poggi

The documentary follows five international female entrepreneurs over a two-year period as they pitch their business ideas, build teams, take their product to market, fail and start over. The highs and lows of their individual journeys span three continents but unite the viewer through a common theme of how women are under-represented in the entrepreneurship arena for a number of reasons. June 30, from 7pm; free entry.

3. A dash of desi humour


Popular Indian comedian Sunil Grover returns to Dubai to tickle our funny bone. He features on the Kapil Sharma show and performs as alter egos Gutthi and Dr Mashoor Gulati. June 29; from 6:30pm; Bollywood Parks Dubai; tickets Dh75 onwards; at platinumlist.net.

4. Tee off 


School of Golf Els Club and the Butch Harmon School of Golf bring special summer golf lessons and courses. This summer, they are offering deals wherein unlimited lessons for Dh4000 can be redeemed. Their Summer Privilege Card is offering various packages that include deals such as discounts on food and beverages, retail items in addition to unlimited golf, seven days per week. For more information, visit elsclubdubai.com.

5. Let the music electrify you


Always wanted to attend the sought-after EDM festival Tomorrowland but couldn’t afford to go all the way to Belgium? Its beloved spin-off Unite with Tomorrowland returns to UAE, this year in Abu Dhabi. With a line-up of world renowned musicians and DJs, this festival will run synchronised at all locations around the world. July 28; from 2pm; Du forum, YAS Island; tickets from Dh495; available at platinumlist.net.

6. Let France serenade you

Healer Twins

Alliance Française’s annual musical celebration, Fête de la musique, celebrates Dubai’s local musical talent. Its 2018 instalment is featuring local groups including Healer Twins featuring Herman Cortes, Kamal Musallam featuring Red One, jazz boy band The Gypsy Swing Project and fast-growing children’s music band As Per Casper. Enjoy music from an array of genres. June 21; from 7pm; Dubai Opera; free entry; RSVP mandatory on afdubai.org.

7. Relish Diversity 


Diverse Choreography Performing Arts School’s 9th annual variety show, Be Diverse, will take place at the Madinat Theatre. The show will feature a visual rendition of ‘Firework’, an amusing skit, and a medley of songs from The Greatest Showman score. June 22 and 23; 3pm and 7:30pm; Madinat Theatre at Madinat Jumeirah; tickets for Dh189 available at madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com.