10 Things That Will Make September A Lot More Exciting


Bid summer goodbye. We’re nearly into the last quarter of the year and other than better weather at our doorstep, here’s some additional stuff to look forward to this month. Food, fashion and generally fun stuff – there’s defo something in it for you.

1. Create your own fashion label

Yep, you can start your own fashion label with a little guidance from the pros. Dubai-based fashion designer Deborah Henning, along with PR guru Mona Gopal and social media expert Sai Manzano, will be hosting a two-day workshop to help aspiring designers learn the tricks of the trade. It covers aspects such as designing a collection, manufacturing, finance and marketing.

2 and 3 September; 9am to 6pm; Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City; priced at AED 3,995 per person; for more information, email contact@deborahhenning.com.

2. Watch a show at Dubai Opera

Your chance to check out Dubai Opera comes in the form of this beautiful story set in ancient times on the island of Cylon. The Pearl Fishers revolves around two men who vow never to let the love of a woman come between their friendship. The play is written by Georges Bizet.

1 and 3 September; 8pm; Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai; tickets start from AED 350; you can buy your tickets here.

3. Check out an artist at work

American artist Jeff Scofield will be creating an installation of an Upcycled World Map through September and everyone is invited to watch. He will also hold a workshop on 21 September between 6pm to 8pm where individuals can create artwork using recycled paper and household objects. It’s definitely an interesting event to attend.

All through September (workshop on 21 September); 6pm to 8pm; thejamjar, Al Serkal Avenue; for more information, call 04 341 7303.

4. Bag a bargain

What generally holds us back from buying a designer piece? The price perhaps! Not here though. The Concept Big Brands Carnival brings shoppers items from high-end brands at amazing prices. They have shoes, bags, apparel, cosmetics and even perfumes. Other than shopping, you’ll come across new product launches, interesting promotions and various marketing activities. Ditch the malls for this kind of shopping instead.

6 to 10 September; 10am to 10pm; Dubai World Trade Centre; for more information, click here.

5. Not one, not two but listen to songs in six Indian languages

Bollywood singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan brings a semi-classical concert to the city. Think an evening of Carnatic music compositions and qawwalis infused with jazz and rock elements and songs in six Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi and Tamil. His two sons, Siddharth and Shivam, will be performing in Dubai for the first time.

9 September; 7pm; Sheikh Rashid Auditorium; tickets are priced at AED 100, AED 200, AED 350, AED 500 and AED 750; for more information, click here.

6. Witness jaw-dropping performances

After a three years gap, Cirque Du Soleil return to Dubai this September. Their new concept, Varekai, will feature performers leaping and jumping across the stage in the most envy-inducing way (you and us can only wish for that sort of flexibility). It’s the world’s largest theatrical company we’re talking about, so it’s going to be a class affair!

16 to 24 September; Dubai World Trade Centre; Tickets are priced from AED 145 to AED 1,995 (early bird) and AED 245 to AED 2,295; you can buy your tickets here.

7. Buy you tickets to what will be a sell-out show

Iconic Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Al Khan will be performing in Dubai and expect nothing but a smashing concert filled with his greatest hits. Other than Lollywood and Bollywood, the man has worked with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and has featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.

16 Septmeber; Dubai World Trade Centre; tickets are priced at AED 150, AED 250, AED 350, AED 1,500 and AED 2,000; you can buy your tickets here

8. The work of a legend lives on

Mozart Gala will be performed by Vienna Concert Verein. Look forward to an evening of brilliant arias from the legend’s most famous operas and orchestral favourites.

23 September; 8pm; Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai; tickets are priced at AED 300, AED 500, AED 700, AED 900; you can buy your tickets here.

9. Friday means fondue 

Sit back with a pot of melting cheese paired with the perfect bottle of grape at Conrad’s trendy bar Cave. Whether you opt for the day beds or fireside lounge, you’re going to have a Friday evening like none other (by which we mean…a.m.a.z.i.n.g.l.y chilled out).

Every Friday; 5pm to 2am; Cave, Conrad Dubai; priced at AED 265 per person; for more information, call 04 444 7111.

10. Listen to a revered musician

Ghazal maestro Anoop Jalota will be in town to perform his poetic tracks. Local musicians Muthun Da Sarkar and Rohit Gupta of the Raaga Factory will kickstart the evening. Among other tunes will be his hit ones ‘Aisi Lagi Lagan’ and ‘Chaand Angdaiyaan’. 

23 September; doors open at 8pm and show starts at 8.30pm; The Address Dubai Marina; tickets are priced at AED 800, AED 1,000, AED 8,000 (Gold table) and AED 10,000 (Platinum table); you can buy your tickets here.


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