What to do in Dubai in June 2021

Dubai is one of the most sought-after destinations worldwide among tourists in summer thanks to cheaper flights, low season discounts and a wide range of entertainment options both inside and outside. June 2021 in the emirate is expected to be relatively hot with the temperature ranging 42C. Amid its successful handling of the pandemic and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Dubai is expected to receive a continuously high flow of visitors in the upcoming months. In order to keep the situation under control, the Health Sector announced on May 25, 2021 that from June 6 all public events and exhibitions are restricted to COVID-vaccinated attendees only. E-vaccination cards or the Al Hosn app showing that you are vaccinated are a must in order to attend live entertainment, concerts, weddings, bars and clubs, as well as social and institutional events.

Entertainment in June 2021

Each year Dubai wows tourists, expats and locals with its exciting and eclectic selection of deals, events, promotions and experiences. From the Banksy artworks to the Queen tribute show at the Dubai Opera and the QE2, we have handpicked an array of the most astounding events of June 2021 across the emirate just for you.

Art Exhibitions

The World of Banksy

The largest Banksy exhibition in the world landed for the first time in the UAE. It features 120 recreated pieces by the internationally-renowned street artist in a gallery of over 10,000 sqft. Some of his most famous artworks include Girl with a Balloon in London, Flower Thrower in Beit Sahour and Mobile Lovers in Bristol. This event gives art lovers a unique opportunity to look deeper into the thought-provoking work of Banksy. Active since the mid-1990s, his real name and identity remain a mystery even to this day. The artist is known for his social and political murals on bridges, streets and walls all over the world.

When: ongoing until June 30.

Where: The Theatre on level two at Mall of Emirates.

Entrance fee: from AED 46, USD 13.

Being Van Gogh

The fully immersive exhibition is based on over 2,000 letters exchanged between Van Gogh and his younger brother Theo. More than 300 of the works, including sketches and paintings by the iconic artist are projected onto a massive 360-degree multimedia play. The video itself is 45 minutes long and also features an actor performing live as Van Gogh in the show. Visitors of the state-of-the-art show can redeem the cost of their adult ticket at several nearby F&B outlets. Such establishments include Trattoria, Perry & Blackwelder’s, The Noodle House, Anar, Belgian Beer Café, Ushna and Publique.

When: ongoing until June 30.

Where: Dubai’s Theatre of Digital Art.

Entrance fee: from AED 100, USD 27.

Music Shows and Festivals

Symphonic Middle East

SAMIT Event Group in partnership with the European Foundation for Support of Culture and Dubai Opera present the first edition of the classical music festival.  The concerts will feature first prize winners of the international Queen Elisabeth Competition alongside internationally-recognized musicians. The artists will be accompanied by the prestigious Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, led by the world-famous conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Fans of classical music and opera will be glad to know that the concerts will feature one of the world’s finest tenors Joseph Calleja, the exceptional violinist Ji Young Lim and the youngest prize-winner of the Bonn International Beethoven Competition, Remi Geniet. The world-class musicians will treat the audience with the masterpieces of Felix Mendelssohn and modern composer Alexey Shor.

When: June 19-June 22, 8 pm.

Where: Dubai Opera and The Theatre at Mall of Emirates.

Entrance fee: from AED 250, USD 68.

Queen Experience

To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of We are the Champions, Dubai welcomes a spectacular Queen tribute this June. The all-action production has been proclaimed as the best concert show ever inspired by the band. It will deliver two hours of royal entertainment and will consist of four parts with non-stop Queen hits. Spectators will be transported through time with a range of the most popular songs performed, such as Bohemian Rapsody, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust and many others. This must-visit show recreates the excitement of the legendary stadium spectaculars with the band’s remarkable attention to detail.

When: 24 June, 8 pm and 25 June, 2 pm.

Where: The Theatre by QE2.

Entrance fee: from AED 165, USD 45.

Family-Friendly Events

Peter Pan

Following a sold-out production of Beauty and the Beast in 2019, the award-winning UAE studio Turning Pointe Youth Ballet will present Peter Pan this year. This performance is perfect for the whole family and especially children as they watch the magical fairy tale come to life on stage. The one-hour long show is created by Artistic Director Abigail Rideout, with original music and stage dancing. Around 85 ballet dancers, aged 6 to 18, will take part in the Peter Pan ballet. After the performance, the audience will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with the cast.

When: June 18, 1:30 and 5 pm.

Where: Dubai Opera.

Entrance fee: from AED 132, USD 36.

One-Off Events

Fabrizio Fiorani at BOCA

There is some exciting news for gourmands, as one of the world’s most famous patissiers, Fabrizio Fiorani, is coming to Dubai for the first time to present mouthwatering deserts. Crowned Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2019, currently he serves up sweet masterpieces at The Bulgari Osaka and The Bulgari Tokio. Fiorani will be joined one of the most renowned bartenders in the cocktail world – Patrick Pistolesi. A regular and vegetarian menu of six dishes will be prepared by the Head Chef of BOCA – Matthijs Stinnissen.

When: June 7/8.

Where: BOCA in Gate Village 6, DIFC.

Entrance fee: from AED 445, USD 122.

Marilyn Monroe-Themed Dinner Cruise

If you are in love with the era of 1950s Hollywood then this one-of-a kind premium event, inspired by the iconic pin-up, is for you. The private yacht will be stylized as a period movie set, complete with a party-starting jazz band. Guests will be able to envision black and white Hollywood in all its enchanting beauty. The entire band show is performed in English. To re-create the original retro-atmosphere, there will be a strict black tie dress code established; jeans and shorts are not welcome on board.

When: June 10/11/12.

Where: Dubai Harbour.

Entrance fee: from AED 1,550, USD 421.

Shopping

Dubai Summer Suprises

Dubai Summer Surprises is a part of Dubai Summer Season which includes 12 weeks of shopping promotions. During this time, the campaign will offer prizes worth AED 1M, USD 272K in total. All a shopper has to do to be involved is spend AED 200, USD 55 at a participating mall. An SMS and/or email will be sent to the customer along with raffle coupon serial number/s as a confirmation of their participation in the raffle draws. As for Dubai Summer Surprises in particular, there is a chance for six lucky customers to win a brand new Infiniti Q50 in the shopping extravaganza.

When: from June 23 to August 14.

Where: Al Bustan Centre, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Khail Gate Community, Al Warqa City Mall, Burjuman Centre, Binsougat Centre, Bay Avenue, Dubai Outlet Mall, Mudoon Community, Oasis Mall, Shurooq Community, Reef Mall, Time Square Center and Union Coop Al Quoz.

Professional Conferences and Expositions in June 2021

Apart from entertainment, June 2021 in Dubai is full of specialized events aimed at hospitality, healthcare, education, agriculture and engineering sectors. These include Hotel Show Dubai, INDEX, AGRA Middle East, GETEX and Arab Health and many others.

GETEX Spring

Originally planned in 2020, this bespoke event is highly-anticipated among students from across the Middle East, North Africa and the Asian sub-continent. GETEX, The Gulf Education & Training Exhibition, is the leading student recruitment event in the region. It has been providing exhibitors for smart recruitment template for more than 30 years. Annually, this event attracts around 35,000 students both local and expatriate who are looking for options of professional development and higher education. With the help of its powerful marketing platform, GETEX offers placement in over 80 destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.

When: from June 9 to June 12.

Where: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Arab Health

Arab Health is the largest medical exhibition and conference across the MENA region. It attracts about 90,000 professionals and 4,000 exhibitors, as distributors are seeking to source new suppliers and products. Showcasing the latest medical technologies and innovative solutions, Arab Health has been recognized as one of the key events in the healthcare industry. Besides a live exhibition which lasts for four days, there is also a digital platform available with further possibilities for networking and promotion. This online feature will run for two months, from May 23 to July 22.

When: from June 21 to June 24.

Where: Dubai World Trade Center and Conrad Dubai.

Discounts and Special Offers

To attract more visitors, major amusement parks, hotels and F&B venues launch a number of special offers in summer. It can include promotions for ladies only, discounts when purchasing tickets online, free entrance for kids, as well as redeemable offers on food and drinks.

Laguna Waterpark

For the third anniversary, Laguna Waterpark launched a special offer valid on weekdays. Throughout June, visitors can buy tickets online for the starting price of AED 120, USD 33 with a full access to all rides, play areas and a beach. Children under 2 years can enter for free. Laguna Waterpark is known for the surf machine WaveOz 180 Flo Rider, one of only three in the world, offering adventurous surf experience for beginners and pros.

Dubai Parks & Resorts

To celebrate Father’s Day, Dubai Parks & Resorts decided to make a special offer for Dads this June at LEGOLAND Dubai. Fathers can come for free along with one full paying child (aged 3-12), that’s only AED 275, USD 75. Furthermore, MOTIONGATE launched The Coolest Summer promotion; AED 195, USD for full access to indoor zones, rides, shows and unlimited refills during the whole summer.

Both offers are valid for UAE residents only.

IMG Worlds

At the moment, the second largest indoor theme park in the world has a limited time offer of AED 225, USD 62 for a park entry with unlimited rides. IMG Worlds features four zones: Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network and IMG Boulevard. The high-speed Velociraptor roller coaster in the Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure Zone has to be one of the highlights of the ultimate amusement destination, reaching 100 kph in 2.5 seconds. The offer is valid for UAE residents only.

Covid-19 Rules

on May 17 2021 Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management made several adjustments for precautionary measures during events and activities on a one-month trial bases.

  • The physical distancing was reduced from 9 to 6 ft. At the same time, face masks still have to be worn at all times in public.
  • Up to 100 people can be present at a wedding, however, everyone has to be vaccinated.
  • Entertainment venues can operate at 70% capacity.
  • Hotels are allowed to increase their maximum capacity to 100%.
  • Brunches can be organized in Dubai restaurants once again.

Highlights

  1. Being one of the fastest recovering cities in the world amid pandemic, Dubai is a perfect destination for summer vacations in 2021.
  2. Entrance to any kind of event, as well as bars and clubs, is prohibited to non-vaccinated attendees from June 6 2021.
  3. Visitors can prove a fact of vaccination through Al Hosn app or e-vaccination certificate.
  4. This year, Dubai hosts a lot of events presented for the first time worldwide, including Symphonic Middle East and the largest Banksy exhibition in the world.
  5. GETEX and Arab Health are must-visit conferences for professional development and networking.
  6. With a decreased social distancing, masks are still a must in public places.

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