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Top things to do in August

From shopping extravaganzas to film festivals and more, there's plenty to do around the region and the world this summer


Dubai Summer Surprises

🗓 June 28 - September 1, 2024 📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Promising 65 days of fun this summer, Dubai Summer Surprises returns to keep visitors and residents engaged throughout the season. Guests will discover unbeatable shopping deals and offers across the city's glamorous malls, featuring incredible bargains on top brands. Beyond daily retail promotions, the festival includes a variety of activities and experiences for the whole family, star-powered concerts and much more. Dubai Summer Surprises also features Modesh World, a seasonal event held annually at Dubai World Trade Centre, offering amusement facilities and activities tailored for families with children.


To book your hotel in Dubai, visit rotana.com


UFC Fight Night

🗓 August 3, 2024 📍 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



Professional mixed martial artists Cory Sandhagen and Umar Nurmagomedov will face off in the UAE capital as UFC Fight Night returns to Abu Dhabi for the second time in less than a year. Taking place at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, the event will see the No. 2 ranked bantamweight Sandhagen taking on the No. 9 ranked Nurmagomedov. Promising an evening filled with excitement and anticipation, this match is only the beginning of a thrilling season ahead, with some of the sport’s most talented athletes gearing up to step into the octagon this summer.


To book your hotel in Abu Dhabi, visit rotana.com 


Sarajevo Film Festival

🗓 August 16 - 23, 2024 📍 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Since its inaugural edition in 1995 at the Bosnian Cultural Centre, where 37 films from 15 countries were showcased, the Sarajevo Film Festival has risen to become one of the largest international film festivals in Europe. Now in its 30th year, the event continues to spotlight movies, talent and future projects from the region, attracting renowned filmmakers and industry professionals.



Held annually every August, the programme includes screenings of feature films, short films and documentaries along with unique events and panel discussions. Last year, U2 frontman Bono made a surprise appearance at the event's opening ceremony and performed with bandmate David Evans (better known as Edge), following the screening of Kiss of the Future, a documentary that chronicles the band's special relationship with Sarajevo in the 1990s.


To book your hotel in Sarajevo, visit rotana.com


Burning Man

🗓 August 25 - September 2, 2024 📍 Nevada, USA


Every year towards the end of summer, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City – a temporary metropolis dedicated to art, self-expression and creativity. This year's theme 'Burning Man 2024: Curiouser & Curiouser' celebrates puzzles without answers, embraces the irrational and absurd, and honours those moments of not knowing when humans are entirely consumed by curiosity, experiencing their most profound learning, growth and creativity.


Burning Man provides a platform for a wide range of creative installations and personal projects, from theatre performances and concerts to yoga classes, art exhibitions, music, DJ sets and more. The festivities culminate with an enormous bonfire where a massive effigy is burned, giving the event its name.


Khareef Dhofar

🗓 June 21 - September 20, 2024 📍 Dhofar, Oman


During July and August, rain clouds from the Indian subcontinent pour down on Salalah, breathing new life into Oman's Dhofar province and transforming it into a verdant paradise. Known as the khareef or monsoon season, it attracts visitors from across the region to experience nature at its finest.



This year, Dhofar has extended the seasonal celebrations to three months, instead of just 45 days. The festivities begin with the astronomical start of the khareef season on June 21 and continue until September 20. An array of activities, including art exhibitions, live music performances, traditional markets and cultural shows, will take place throughout the season, embodying the rich heritage of Oman.


To book your hotel in Salalah, visit rotana.com


Dubai Sports World

🗓 June 22 - September 8, 2024 📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Bringing the fitness community together for over three months of active pursuits, Dubai Sports World returns to Dubai World Trade Centre for its 14th edition this year. As mercury levels rise, the venue transforms into an indoor fitness hub, allowing enthusiasts to keep active throughout the summer months. Spanning 300,000 square feet, the venue is home to football pitches, tennis and badminton courts, cricket nets and a state-of-the-art gym. There's something for everyone, including an indoor cycling facility, sports academies, fun zones for junior visitors and live on-ground activations. Moreover, with dedicated events for senior citizens and People of Determination, the programme promotes a healthier and more active lifestyle for all.


To book your hotel in Dubai, visit rotana.com

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