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Top Performances Taking Place in Dubai in 2023

Are you considering doing a business setup in Dubai? Check the top performances taking place in Dubai in 2023 and leverage them as business growth opportunities. 

Published on
September 25, 2023

Dubai is a city full of incredible tourist attractions and performances that attract people from all around the world, including foreigners and expats. One of the main reasons for this is the city's dedication to creating unique experiences. From the iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to the luxurious Palm Jumeirah, Dubai offers architectural marvels and stunning landscapes. 

Additionally, the city hosts a wide range of cultural and entertainment events, such as music festivals, art exhibitions, and international sporting events. These attractions and performances make Dubai a vibrant and exciting destination that captivates visitors and residents alike. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that several expat entrepreneurs are considering doing business setup in Dubai.

But what entertainment facilities will pull people from around the world to Dubai this year? Here are the top performances taking place in Dubai in 2023. 

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Comedy Performance by Joanne McNally

Mark your calendars for September 2, 2023, as comedian Joanne McNally is set to bring her hilarious performance to Dubai. The event will take place at The Agenda, located in Dubai Media City. Joanne, known for her popular podcast ‘My Therapist Ghosted Me,’ has garnered a massive following with her witty and relatable humor. 

Having sold out renowned venues like Dublin's Vicar Street and London Palladium, she will entertain the audience with her Prosecco Express world tour. Don't miss out on this laughter-filled evening starting at 8:30 pm, with ticket prices starting from Dhs295.

Swan Lake — The Magical Opera

Experience the enchanting ballet performance of Swan Lake presented by the renowned Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet. Witness the timeless tale of love and magic at Dubai Opera, located in Downtown Dubai, from September 8 to 10, 2023. 

This captivating rendition promises to transport you into a world of grace and beauty. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing choreography and exquisite storytelling of this beloved classic. Don't miss the opportunity to be captivated by the artistry and elegance of Swan Lake.

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Madama Butterfly — The Emotional Opera

Introducing another Opera that you need to look out for! Prepare to be moved by the emotional tale of love, sacrifice, and cultural conflict in the renowned opera Madama Butterfly. Presented by the esteemed Hungarian State Opera, this captivating performance is set to take place at Dubai Opera, located in Downtown Dubai, on September 12 and 13, 2023.

 Immerse yourself in the tragic and heart-wrenching story brought to life by talented performers and exquisite music. Don't miss this unforgettable experience that will touch your heart and leave a lasting impression. 

Peppa Pig Show

Get ready for a fun-filled adventure with Peppa Pig and her lovable family and friends as they make their way to the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Don't miss the chance to meet Peppa Pig in person on September 16 and 17, 2023. 

This live musical stage show, Peppa Pig's Next Adventure, will transport kids and families into a world of excitement and laughter. With life-size puppet performances, the show takes you on a camping adventure alongside Peppa Pig. The tickets, starting from Dhs125, are for multiple show timings on both days. 

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A1 and 911 — A Nostalgic Music Night 

Get ready for a nostalgic musical experience as legendary boybands A1 and 911 make their way to Dubai in September. These iconic pop acts, who rose to fame in the 90s, are set to perform at The Agenda in Dubai Media City on Friday, September 22, 2023. 

Relive the hits that dominated the charts and captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Tickets for this highly anticipated event are already available, starting from Dhs100. Don't miss the chance to be part of this unforgettable evening of music.

Stand up Show by Trevor Noah 

Save the date for a night filled with laughter as comedian Trevor Noah arrives in Dubai on October 3, 2023. The popular South African funnyman, known for his Emmy award-winning show, The Daily Show, and bestselling books, including Born a Crime, will perform his new stand-up show at Coca-Cola Arena. 

Having entertained audiences across Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai in the past, Trevor Noah is no stranger to the UAE. Don't miss the chance to witness his Off The Record Tour, starting from Dhs295. 

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Matilda — The Child Prodigy Tale 

Prepare to be enchanted by the renowned musical Matilda as it takes center stage at Dubai Opera. Following the success of previous musicals like ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Chicago, the Musical,’ Dubai Opera continues to deliver exceptional performances. 

Presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company, this multi-award-winning production will captivate audiences in Downtown Dubai from October 3 to 12, 2023. Immerse yourself in the magical world of Matilda with tickets starting from Dhs325. Don't miss your chance to experience this extraordinary musical at Dubai Opera.

Irish Musical Performance by Boy Bands

Get ready for an unforgettable night of boy band nostalgia as The Boys Are Back, featuring Blue, Boyzlife, and Five, takes over the Irish Village in Al Garhoud. This highly anticipated event is part of a series of exciting performances happening at the venue this year. On Friday, October 13, join fellow fans and groove to the hits of your favorite boy bands. 

The concert kicks off at 9 pm, so make sure to secure your tickets, starting from Dhs225. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to relive the magic of these iconic groups.

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Rock and Roll Night by KISS 

Prepare for an epic night of rock and roll as the legendary American band KISS returns to Dubai. As part of their 'End of the World' tour, KISS will take the stage at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena on Friday, October 13, 2023. Known for their iconic black and white makeup and hit songs like ‘I Was Made for Lovin' You,’ KISS promises an unforgettable experience. 

After their memorable performance at Atlantis, The Palm's New Year's Eve bash in 2020, KISS is ready to rock Dubai once again. Don't miss your chance to witness this iconic band in action. Pre-sale tickets will be available for a limited time, so grab yours starting at 10 am UAE time on Monday, June 5, before they sell out.

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Epic Party by the Defected Records

Get ready for an electrifying experience as Defected Records, a renowned British independent label group, returns to Dubai. Known for throwing epic parties in the UK, Ibiza, and Miami, Defected Records is set to bring three days of non-stop house beats to the city. From Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, immerse yourself in the pulsating sounds of house music across various locations in Dubai. 

Official ticket sales will begin at the end of June, with exclusive pre-sale access available on Thursday, June 29. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this unforgettable event. Mark your calendars for Defected Records in Dubai from October 13 to 15.

LOADED — The Irish Music Mania 

Get ready for a night of nostalgic music as LOADED takes over the Irish Village in Al Garhoud, Dubai. On November 4, 2023, this concert night will feature sensational live performances by some of the best rock and hip-hop bands from the 90s. 

Get ready to groove to iconic hits from Stereo MCs, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Toploader, and Dodgy. Doors open at 7 pm, and the music starts at 9:30 pm. Don't miss this incredible lineup of talented artists. Secure your tickets now, with prices starting from Dhs175, for a memorable night of music at the Irish Village Dubai.

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Bryan Adams Concert 

Get ready to rock out with the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams as he takes the stage at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. On Saturday, November 4, experience the electrifying energy as Bryan Adams performs his iconic hits like ‘Summer of '69’ and ‘Everything I Do.’ This performance is part of his world tour featuring his 15th studio album, So Happy It Hurts. 

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to sing along to your favorite songs. Grab your tickets now, starting from Dhs199, and be part of an unforgettable night of music at Coca-Cola Arena in City Walk, Dubai, on November 4, 2023.

Serenading by Matteo Bocelli 

Save the date for a remarkable performance by the exceptionally talented Matteo Bocelli at Dubai Opera on December 21. As the son of renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Matteo will captivate the audience with his mesmerizing renditions of classical and contemporary songs. 

Prepare to be enchanted by his beautiful voice and heartfelt interpretations. Join him at Dubai Opera, located in Downtown Dubai, for an unforgettable evening of musical excellence on December 21. 

Sole DXB Festival 

Save the dates for the highly anticipated Sole DXB festival, returning to Dubai Design District (d3) this December. From Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10, 2023, this three-day event will bring together Dubai's urban crowd for an exciting celebration of street footwear, music, art, and lifestyle. 

Sole DXB is known as one of the hottest festivals in Dubai, promising an unforgettable experience for attendees. Mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant and dynamic atmosphere of Sole DXB at Dubai Design District this December.

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How Will Local Businesses in Dubai Benefit from These Performances?

Besides attracting a large number of tourists to the landscape of Dubai, such interactive performances also positively impact local businesses in the city. Here are some key ways in which such events benefit businesses in Dubai.

Attracting Visitors from Around the World

Dubai's reputation as an entertainment hub draws a large number of tourists who specifically travel to the city to attend performances. These visitors contribute to the local economy by spending on accommodations, dining, shopping, transportation, and various other services. The hospitality and tourism sectors experience a surge in activity during these events, generating revenue and creating employment opportunities.

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Creating Business Opportunities

The presence of international artists and performers provides a platform for local businesses to network and establish connections with individuals and organizations from around the world. Opportunities for partnerships, sponsorships, and collaborations arise from these interactions, enhancing the growth and reach of businesses in Dubai. The exposure gained during performances can lead to long-term business relationships and expansion opportunities.

Thriving Events Industry

Performances contribute to increased bookings and ticket sales, resulting in higher revenue for performance venues in Dubai. Event management companies and production teams are engaged to organize and execute these events, creating employment opportunities and generating income within the events sector. The thriving events industry supports venue operations and drives business growth.

Supporting Local Businesses

Performances bring about spillover effects that benefit various local businesses. Restaurants, cafes, and bars near the performance venues experience increased footfall as attendees often indulge in pre or post-event dining and socializing. Local retail stores and souvenir shops witness a rise in sales due to the heightened tourist activity during these events. These businesses capitalize on the increased demand, leading to revenue growth and enhanced visibility.

Real Estate Development

The demand generated by performances leads to the development of commercial spaces near popular venues. Developers and property owners strategically position their properties to cater to the needs of performers, attendees, and tourists. This development enhances the real estate sector in Dubai and provides opportunities for businesses to establish a presence in high-traffic areas.

Enhancing Dubai's Global Standing

Dubai's ability to attract renowned artists and host world-class performances enhances its reputation as a global destination for entertainment and cultural experiences. This positive image draws the attention of investors, businesses, and talented individuals from various industries. The city's reputation as an entertainment hub drives economic growth, fosters diversification, and creates opportunities for business expansion.

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Start a Business in Dubai with the Help of Business Consultants 

In 2023, Dubai will be the hub of performances, concerts, operas, stand-up comedies, and so much more! Therefore, now’s the right time for expats to start their own company in Dubai, with the help of company formation services, and let the events boost their business. Capatt Services has a team of professional business setup consultants who have in-depth knowledge of the processes and requirements of setting up a company. With their help, expat entrepreneurs can do Free Zone company setups in Dubai

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with their business setup consultants today! 

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