Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me? All I know is that the temperatures are rising, and so are my excitement levels. As much as I love the UAE during its winter season – cool weather and outdoor brunches, there is absolutely nothing more iconic than Dubai and Abu Dhabi during summer time. While growing up, summers always meant that my family and I would travel outside of Dubai, but now that I’m here on my own, I get to rediscover all the wonders this city has to offer. So, let’s check out all things we can expect to see in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this June together.
1. A Shot of Adrenaline – Billionaire Dubai, June 1st
In true Dubai fashion, let’s start the month off right with a show-stopping BANG!
Billionaire Dubai is hosting ‘A Shot of Adrenaline’ all throughout June. Come down on June 1st and experience the opening of this spectacular dinner show. The month-long marathon of subliminal entertainment is meant to showcase a variety of singers, dancers and psychedelic performing artists.
This exclusive club is located in the Taj Hotel in downtown Burj Khalifa Boulevard. Billionaire Dubai is the place to be, showcasing the high intensity of Dubai’s infamous nightlife. A shot of Adrenaline is sure to embark you on a sensational journey of world-class food, with cuisines ranging from Italian to new Asian, paired perfectly with bouts of endless entertainment. You’ll want to be no place else after one night in the hands of their world-renowned Ariel sword swallowed Lucky Hell.
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2. Guns N’ Roses – Etihad Arena, June 1st
Guys, I don’t know about you, but when I saw the Guns N’ Roses performance in Dubai recently on March 3rd, I had major FOMO. I couldn’t believe how I didn’t make it to their 2023 World Tour. But I have good news for all my fellow Gunners out there… we’re getting a second chance!!
I know even I can’t believe it, but seriously do not miss out this time. Guns N’ Roses are returning to the UAE on June 1st to Abu Dhabi’s very own Etihad Arena stage to continue the Middle East leg of their World tour.
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) May 2, 2023
Ticket prices can be found starting at AED 595, and by the looks of it, they’re selling faster than the infamous mango ice cream by Salt. The Golden Circle has already completely sold out, leaving only general admission standard seats available and a small handful of VIP tickets. So, grab them while you still can. I know I will, and remember, second chances like this don’t come around very often.
Grab your tickets here
3. Sleeping Beauty – Dubai Opera House, June 2nd and 3rd
I’m sure we all heard the same fairy tale stories while we were kids at bedtime – there was Cinderella, snow white, peter pan and my most favourite of all, sleeping beauty. I was definitely a Disney princess kid, and my jaw simply dropped to the floor when I heard the classical ballet rendition of Sleeping Beauty was coming to the Dubai Opera House on the 2nd and 3rd of June.
The ballet company, Moscow Ballet La Classique by Elik Melikov, comes all the way from Russia and has been well-established by the Union of Theatre Activists of the USSR since 1990. Their performances include ‘The Swan Lake’, ‘The Nutcracker’, and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Come watch the elegance and grace of ballet as Dubai is now honoured to host them to perform their renowned ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
Get your tickets here
4. Royal Camel Racing – Royal Camel Racing Club Dubai, June 3rd
When you think of the desert, you almost immediately think of camels, right? Well, you should because they are basically synonymous with each other. If you want to capture the true beauty of these Arabian animals, there is no better way than to witness them in person during the Royal Camel Race on June 3rd at the Royal Camel Racing Club Dubai. With just a quick 30-minute drive outside the city and tickets for less than AED 100, this event is not one you’ll want to miss.
A fun fact about camels is that they can run up to 65 kilometres per hour (or 40 miles per hour for those of you who don’t like the metric system for some odd reason) which is almost at par with the speed of a racehorse. And with around 160 words for Camel in Arabic, the tradition of camel racing can be traced as far back as the 7th century CE in the Arabian Peninsula and has since been seen as an esteemed sport.
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5. Bollywood Superstars: a short story of Indian Cinema – Louvre Abu Dhabi, Currently, till June 4th
Okay, I can say with extreme confidence that there is no bigger Bollywood freak in all of Dubai than me! My mom likes to tell me that my first word was ‘mama’, but I’d like to think that it was the most perfect pronunciation of Shah Rukh Khan’s name. However, this experience I am about to share with you goes far beyond celebrity names; it is a cultivating combination of history, art and cinematography. Currently on display till the 4th of June, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is honouring the Bollywood Superstars: a short story of Indian Cinema exhibit in their prestigious museum.
The exhibit has been praised for fiercely displaying the diversity of the Indian subcontinent in the medium of Indian cinema. When you visit, you can expect to see a wide range of props highlighting those of early storytellers, shadow puppets, photography, Mughal armours, daggers, and mythological and religious lithographs. Get your tickets now while the exhibit is still on display and indulge in the riches of Indian history yourself.
6. Tom Jones – Burj Al Arab, June 6th
What building is just as spectacular as the Burj Khalifa? The Burj Al Arab, of course. Which is said to be hosting the renowned singer Tom Jones on the 6th of June. The 82-year-old Welsh singer, best known for his song ‘Delilah’ from 1960, is currently on tour and is making his way around the world singing his biggest hits. Soon to be in the UAE, fans are eager to see his performance in a place that is just as iconic as he is.
So, I have a little confession to make here, I’ve been in Dubai my whole life, but I’ve never actually had the chance to see this icon of a building from the inside. I was always content with just seeing its spectacular firework show every New Year, but I think 2023 is the year to make some good changes in life. Grab your tickets and come down to see Tom Jones perform an incredible show in the Burj Al Arab all evening.
Get your tickets here
7. Fontana Circus Show – Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, June 1-7th
Have you ever heard the saying ‘Not my circus, not my monkeys’? Well, there might not be any monkeys, but it is definitely your circus because the Fontana Circus Show is coming to town. From the 1st to the 7th of June in Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, enjoy the week-long circus extravaganza.
Be part of an amazing experience filled with thrilling acts and jaw-dropping performances at the Fontana Circus Show #InAbuDhabi 🎪🎉
— Abu Dhabi Calendar (@InAbuDhabi) May 8, 2023
I’ve personally never been to the circus before. Still, I recently spoke to a friend of mine who passionately describes the Fontana Circus show as something that cannot be compared to any other circus in the world. This breathtaking waterfront experience will bring back your belief in magic. You can expect to see nothing less than captivating aerialist displays, special effects, dancing musical fountains and world-class performers. With tickets going for less than AED 100, this must-see show definitely has to make its way onto you and your bestie’s summer bucket list.
Get your tickets here
8. Snow Abu Dhabi – Reem Mall Abu Dhabi, June 8th
I checked the weather forecast, and it looks like there’s going to be heavy, heavy snow in Abu Dhabi this June! Oh yes you heard me right. Snow Abu Dhabi is finally set to open in Reem Mall Abu Dhabi this June. Set to open on June 8th, and it looks like its grand opening is going to knock your mittens off! Snow Abu Dhabi will be among the world’s largest indoor snow parks, with 12 adventure-packed rides and over 15 new attractions to dazzle your eyes. Set at 2°C, this will be an ever-so-fantastic way to get out of the heat this summer. We here at Gulf Buzz are very excited, and you should be too. Tickets are to be announced soon on their website
9. Korean Film Festival – Yas Mall Abu Dhabi, June 8th-11th
The seventh annual Korean Film Festival is being held in Yas Mall Abu Dhabi this year, and them will be centred around ‘Championship’. The film festival is set to run from the 8th of June till the 11th of June. Enjoy a full weekend of watching the eight films that they will have screened at Vox Cinema in Yas Mall over the weekend. The director of the Korean Cultural Center in the UAE, LEE Yong Hee, had said, “We are delighted to present the 2023 Korean Film Festival, which celebrates the theme of ‘Companionship. Through these carefully selected films, we hope to inspire viewers to appreciate the value of friendship and deepen the cultural exchange between Korea and the UAE.” Tickets will be available soon on their website.
The full show schedule:
- Hunt (2022) – Thursday June 8, 7pm
- Mission: Possible (2021) – Friday June 9, 5pm
- The Night Owl (2022) – Friday June 9, 7pm
- Pororo and Friends: Virus Busters (2022) – Saturday June 10, 3pm
- Confession (2022) – Saturday June 10, 5pm
- Confidential Assignment 2: International (2022) – Saturday June 10, 7pm
- Fanatic (2021) – Sunday June 11, 5pm
- Alienoid Part 1 (2022) – Sunday June 11, 7pm
10. Paw Patrol Live – Etihad Arena, June 8-11th
I have exciting news for all my little kiddies out there who are absolutely in love with Paw Patrol. For the very first time, Abu Dhabi is hosting Paw Patrol live in their Etihad Arena from the 8th to the 11th of June, and it’s going to be a fun-filled adventure for the whole family to come together and enjoy.
News like this makes me want to call my aunt immediately and beg her to send over my two baby nephews so that I can experience this with them. But I hope some of you choose to surprise your younger siblings or cousins and take them to the ultimate live experience of Paw Patrol the UAE has ever seen. And if you do take them, I can almost guarantee you will be their favourite person ever, or at least until the next time their mom or dad gives them some candy. But till then, enjoy the flex of saying you got to see those action pups in person.
Get your tickets here
11. Mithoon – Coca Cola Arena, June 11th
Jumping back to my Bollywood lovers, this one is for all the musicians out there. The incredibly zealous Mithoon is coming to the Coca-Cola Arena stage on the 11th of June to perform his most iconic Bollywood hits such as ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Fitoor’ and many, many more.
It is also said that Mithoon is not coming alone, he will be accompanied by playback singers Javed Ali, Mohammed Irfan, Asees Kaur, Abhishek Nailwal, Nakash Aziz and Vishal Mishra. It will be a night to remember, where you’ll come for the music but stay for the magic.
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12. Soul Beach, Dubai
Soul Beach has announced that if you arrive before 2PM, you can now get free entry into this sandy destination until July 3rd! With no money spent on entry fees, now there’s no excuse not to indulge in all the insanely delicious foods they have to offer. So head over to the hottest beach club now, open daily from 10AM to 10PM.
13. Talea by Antonio – Emirates Palace, June 15th
And to round off this list, the best and only way I know how… with food. Italian chef Antonio Guida will take you through a culinary journey unlike one you’ve ever experienced before. This family-style restaurant explores the traditional taste of Italian cuisine.
Make a reservation for Talea by Antonio on the 15th of June at the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi. For just 195 AED per person experience a specially curated Lunch menu that is meant to take your mind and tastebuds through a uniquely tantalising journey of the flavours of recipes from cities and towns all across Italy.
Eating fast food pizza after this will never be the same for you. With dishes so authentic to the culture and cuisine, you could practically stamp it on your passport and tell your friends and family you visited Italy this summer.
Make your reservation here