Alira to thrill fans on Philippine Independence Day

Emirati hitmaker Alira returns to the stage on June 12 for the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai where he is set to thrill Filipino fans with his nuance of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). This is the first time that a Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai will feature an Emirati artist. This year’s celebration will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center Zabeel Hall 2 and will feature a full-day of activities and shows, including a dance festival and fashion show – starting at 10am. Entry is free. Alira will be joining an all-star cast, which includes Filipino heartthrob Piolo Pascual, Joshua Garcia and Jane de Leon. The celebrity performances will begin at 5pm.

Let the games begin

EMG 2022, an event that will feature a vast range of gamer culture activities, including esports tournaments, celebrity guests, friendly competitions, anime music shows, cosplay shows, and more, will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center on June 10 and 11. The festival features the official Global Esports Tour (GET) CS:GO LAN tournament with a grand prize pool of $250,000. Tickets at For more details, visit the EMG Instagram account @emgesports1.

Step out

The Galleria Al Maryah Island launches Let’s Walk! a complimentary fitness programme for the community this June. A year-round initiative, it rewards fitness with exciting offers from brands at The Galleria. To celebrate the launch of the programme, all participants joining any of the guided walks in June will receive a complimentary Let’s Walk! sports T-shirt from The Galleria, while supplies last. Guests can join guided walks led by a certified trainer  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 8:30am in Central Kitchens, Level 3. For more details, visit

Groove to afropop

Are you a fan of Afropop? There’s good news. Three of Afropop’s top stars – Davido, Ckay and Lojay – will be dropping hit after hit at Afroworld. This concert, that welcomes music buffs of all ages, will be held at the Coca-Cola Arena on June 11. Get ready to groove all night long as American-Nigerian singer Davido belts out top tunes like Hayya Hayya, Dream Girl and Fall. Joining the party will be Love Nwantiti hitmaker Ckay along with Lojay who has gained popularity for his hip-hop and R&B sounds. Tickets from Dh175. Doors open at 7pm.

Festive time

Dubai Festival City Mall celebrates the 124th Philippine Independence Day, hosting an array of activities to commemorate the occasion. On until June 11, the celebration will take visitors on a journey of Philippines with activities for the whole family to enjoy. From cultural performances such as the MassKara Festival by Lunhaw Cultural Dance to a beautiful show by the ever popular IMAGINE, the four day event includes Filipino Food Festival at the popular restaurants such as Hen Lin, Bobbie C and Agemono Express. The mall will  also have fashion creations by Filipino designers including Ryan Pacioles, Harvey Cenit and Beni Dela Rosa on display.

Coolest summer

Motiongate Dubai the Hollywood-inspired theme park has launched a special offer for visitors that will keep them cool when enjoying the unforgettable rides and attractions this summer. Visitors who purchase The Coolest Summer ticket online in advance will receive a 10 per cent discount, a complimentary branded cap and an ice cream. The park is now open from 12pm to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 12pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For details, visit

Kids go free!

Yas Island Abu Dhabi is announcing its fantastic Kids Go Free offer for children to have a summer to remember this year. With access to the UAE’s best playground absolutely free, kids can stay, eat, play and even kart for free! Until September 4, children below the age of 12, when accompanied by a paying adult, can enjoy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi for free alongside staying and eating for free while booking a package including the Island’s top hotels starting at Dh478 per adult. For more information, visit

Time to get Ripe

Ripe Market is a local farmer’s market which showcases homegrown brands, local vendors and farm-to-table produce. Shoppers can find this pop-up at The Springs Souk, every Saturday until the end of August. Browse through the organic foods, freshly baked bread and a range of home decorations to fresh fashions and artisanal jewellery. For more details, visit

Dashing through the snow

This June, the DXB Snow Run is returning to the slopes of Ski Dubai for its third annual edition. The event is organised by the Dubai Sports Council and is the first of its kind to take place in the region. Fitness enthusiasts above the age of 15 will be able to go for a run like no other, jogging up and down the indoor ski area in temperatures as cold as -4 degrees Celsius. There are two distances to choose from this time around. Tickets start at Dh169. For more details, visit

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