Jazz, hip-hop or Bollywood dance – what gets your feet tapping? You can figure it out at Sharmila Dance Centre’s Open Day on August 31. The dance company that has moved to new premises in Al Barsha, will be conducting try-out sessions for new students to experience the different genres the centre teaches and the introductory classes will also measure if you’ve got two left feet or you’re a dancer par excellence and assign you to a class that suits your skillset. Visit sharmiladance.com for details.



Summers are associated with a sense of fervour and passion, and this summer in Dubai is no less as one of the greatest operas of all time, Bizet’s Carmen, comes to the Dubai Opera stage. Including the Habanera aria and the March of the Toreadors, the mesmerising tale of one of opera’s most intriguing characters comes complete with stunning costumes and marvellous sets that lend to all the intense drama of the incredible orchestra. It might just be time to paint the town red. Carmen is on September 6 to 8. Prices from Dh350.



The weird and the wonderful world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not will make itself at home at Wafi Mall from September 3 and is free. The Dubai appearance will be the iconic New York Museum’s first in the Middle East. The travelling exhibition will stay on until November bringing with it interactive scientific and art experiences based on over a 100 years of history, artefacts, superstition and human and animal oddities. While we still don’t know which of the bizarre pieces will make their way to Dubai, but knowing the history of the Ripley’s brand, you can expect anything – from 8ft portrait of Einstein made of toast to X-rays of snakes that swallowed light bulbs, you can be sure you’re in for a treat. Or a shocked gasp! From 10am-10pm on week days and from 10am-midnight on Thursdays and Fridays.



Combining two of our favourite things – free and yoga – this September is Fairmont The Palm. All this month, yogi Melanie Swan will take over the resort’s yoga studio and conduct free one-hour sessions that suit beginners and advanced practitioners. The Vinyasa flow sessions combine strong movements to build strength and mobility and increase body awareness as well and will take place at 9.30pm every Monday and Wednesday and at 7pm on Sundays and Tuesdays; until September 31. Pre-booking is must, call 04 457 3330 or email palm.healthclub@fairmont.com.


In today’s world, documentary films are more important than ever, and now you can be a part of one – behind the cameras. A two-part free workshop at Al Serkal Avenue will teach the basics of documentary filmmaking, helmed by documentary filmmakers Wafa and Amirah Tajdin. You’re in expert hands as the duo are the founders of Seven Thirty Films, a production house that tells stories with an African viewpoint, inspired by a globally nomadic experience. The workshop runs on September 5 and 12, 6.30-8.30pm, free entry but restricted to 12 participants. To register email rsvp@alserkalavenue.ae with the subject line ‘Documentary filmmaking workshop’.



You can hit two birds with one stone this weekend – or rather, watch two things with one ticket, in this case fishes and a film. From 10am until 1pm, early birds getting a standard ticket to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo can avail the ‘Sea and Watch’ pass that includes a free Reel Cinema Standard ticket. So right after you get close to all the marine life at the aquarium, you can continue the aquatic vibe with viewings of the mega shark(s) in Jason Statham’s The Meg. Don’t fancy being an early bird? There’s something for you too. From 10pm until the mall’s closing hours, a ‘Night Owl’ pass at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo gets you a 25 per cent discount on the standard ticket price. It’s Dh120 for the early-bird offer, Dh90 for the late night pass.



You can banish the midweek slump with a trip to Tom&Serg’s night market on September 4 and 5. The popular Al Quoz café will transform into a hub for shopping covering everything from food to fashion – find goodies from local and international vendors in the stalls like hand-stitched Brazilian swimwear from Boho-East and metal art from Gravura DXB while your kids can watch movies at the blow-up cinema by Cheeky Events. It’s also an opportunity to try delicious, guilt-free grub – organic produce from Deena Farms, scoops of vegan ice cream from The Ice Cream Shop UAE, and Rise and Dawn’s ice-creams made from leftover pastries, or tuck into Tom&Serg’s limited edition chicken dishes. And you thought online shopping was fun! From 6pm till late.