Dubai culture buffs to be spoilt for choice


Full events schedule for Dubai Opera and Arena Image: Carabiner ( & Coca-Cola Arena

Dubai’s events diary is chock-a-block – 17 orchestral performances, two ballets and an operatic masterpiece are on the UAE City’s cultural agenda in autumn.

‘The National’ stated that the country’s events industry is back on its feet following closures amid the pandemic, with plenty on the schedule across the Emirates, including music concerts, comedy gigs and more.

This spate of new shows comes on the back of the announcement that German DJ Paul Van Dyk is coming to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on August 19th as part of Dubai Summer Surprises.

The Coca-Cola Arena is a multipurpose arena located in the City Walk in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The venue opened on June 6th, 2019. It has a capacity of 17,000.

Mark Jan Kar, General Manager, Coca-Cola Arena, UAE, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

‘The National’ further stated that the German DJ will bring part of his Shine Ibiza residency centerstage, promising fans in the UAE a unique and Ibiza-styled experience with Shine DXB.

Events’ schedule:


Coca-Cola Arena


InClassica International Music Festival

The InClassica International Music Festival, the world’s biggest musical observatory, will be held in the UAE for the first time from September 10th to 26th at the Coca-Cola Arena. This will feature 17 concerts, 21 performers, eight conductors, and five symphonic orchestras hailing from Jerusalem (Israel), Malta (country in Europe), Germany, and Russia.

Proceedings will begin with Well Tempered Chanson starring Belgian violinist Leonard Schreiber, South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son and conductor Marius Stravinsky, from the United Kingdom Performances of works by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Russian composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and more, will take place.

The concerts will begin at 7 pm each night. Tickets starting from Dh75 can now be booked for 13 shows on the venue’s website.

COVID-19 safety measures, including mask mandatory and limited capacity, will be observed during the concerts. Proof of vaccination is not required, as per Dubai Government guidelines.

Ballet at Dubai Opera

At Dubai Opera, the Astana Ballet (ballet theater in Astana, Kazakhstan) is all set to perform two separate shows in October.

First on the list is ‘The Legend of Love’ to be performed on October 27th and October 28th. It is a poetic interpretation of the history of Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet by Russian choreographer Yury Grigorovich, first performed in 1961 at St Petersburg’s 1,830-capacity Mariinsky Theatre in Russia.

Queen Mekhmene Banu sacrifices her beauty to heal sister Shirin, making the destinies of the two inseparable until both hearts fall in love with one man, Ferkhad.

On October 29th and 30th, Astana Ballet will perform Sultan Baybars, choreographed by Mukaram Avakhri, a tale of a boy captured from his homeland Kypchak steppe and sold into slavery. He then rises to become one of the most revered Army commanders in 13th-century Middle East and is catapulted onto the throne to become Sultan Baybars of Egypt and Syria. Yet, he still craves for a land to call home.

All performances will take place at night from 8 pm. Tickets starting from Dh233 are now available online.

COVID-19 protocols will be in place and proof of vaccination will not be required.

The Dubai Opera is a 2,000-seat, multiformat, performing arts center which is located within The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. It was developed by Emaar Properties to host a variety of performances and events including theater, opera, ballet, concerts, conferences, and exhibitions.

Verdi Opera

The St Petersburg Chamber Opera of Russia will also be in town on October 11th and 12th with Verdi’s (Italian composer of operas) masterpiece ‘Rigoletto’.

The plot stems from Victor Hugo’s (French poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and dramatist of the Romantic Movement) ‘The King Amuses Himself’ and the main character is traditionally an old hunchback court jester.

In this take on the performance directed by the Russian Opera Director Yuri Alexandrov, however, the protagonist is a sarcastic, witty and angry young man with a clownish appearance.

There will be one performance a night, starting from 8 pm. Tickets starting from Dh300 are now available online.

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