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Top things to do in July

Explore the best things to do in the region and around the world this season, from cultural celebrations to sporting events, art exhibitions and more


Wimbledon

🗓 July 1 - 14, 2024 📍 London, England


Carlos Alcaraz defeating four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic to win the gentlemen's singles tennis title at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships was a match to remember! The energy on the court is sure to be just as intense this year, if not more.



Promising two weeks of unforgettable sporting action, the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament returns to captivate enthusiasts with its rich history and thrilling matches. Showcasing the world's top tennis talent on its iconic grass courts, Wimbledon is a hallmark of British tradition, drawing a star-studded audience that includes members of the British royal family and Hollywood celebrities. Beyond the action-packed matches, the event is renowned for its timeless customs, such as serving strawberries and cream and enforcing an all-white dress code for players.


Istanbul Jazz Festival

🗓 July 3 - 18, 2024 📍 Istanbul, Turkey



Back for its 31st edition this year, the internationally acclaimed Istanbul Jazz Festival is all set to electrify the Turkish city with its vibrant programme. This year's stellar line-up features over 200 local, regional and international artists, including Arlo Parks, Baptiste Trotignon, Chris Isaak, Gregory Porter, Joshua Redman, Kristjan Randalu and YolanDa Brown. The Modern Art Orchestra is also on the agenda with a performance featuring Kornél Fekete-Kovács. Over 16 days, fans will be treated to an enriching schedule of jazz performances, sure to captivate audiences.


To book your hotel in Istanbul, visit rotana.com


UEFA Euro 2024

🗓 June 14 - July 14, 2024 📍 Germany



Three-time UEFA EURO winners, Germany is hosting the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship this summer. With the group stage running until June 26, the knockout stage will thrill football fans starting June 29. The month-long tournament will feature teams from across Europe, including Albania, England, France, Scotland, Romania and more. Matches will be held in ten world-class stadiums across Germany, from the Olympiastadion in Berlin to the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg. Visitors to the country during this time can explore top cities hosting the matches, including Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.


From Kalīla wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables exhibition

🗓 Until July 21, 2024 📍 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



Featuring approximately 133 artworks, this exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi invites visitors on a captivating journey through the world of animal fables. The immersive showcase delves into this timeless literary genre, which transcends cultures and centuries, imparting valuable life lessons to both adults and children alike. Originating in India and Greece, these tales evolved through influential figures such as Ibn al-Muqaffa', who authored Kalīla wa-Dimna, and Aesop, before reaching their pinnacle with the French fabulist Jean de La Fontaine in the 17th century. The immersive display includes beautifully illustrated manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and Turkish, Western works of art, graphic arts and 3D objects, all generously lent by prestigious institutions worldwide.


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


USA Basketball Showcase

🗓 July 15 - 17, 2024 📍 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



Abu Dhabi is cementing its status as a premier destination for pre-season basketball action on the global stage. After hosting several successful international sporting events last year, the UAE capital is now set to host the first international stop of the six-game USA Basketball Showcase. Headlining the event is Los Angeles Lakers legend LeBron James, who will participate in two friendly matches at Etihad Arena this July. The games will see the Americans face Australia and Serbia on July 15 and 17 respectively, while Australia will go head-to-head against Serbia on July 16.


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


Tour de France

🗓 Until July 21, 2024 📍 Starts in Florence, Italy and ends in Nice, France



The world’s premier cycling event returns to Europe, featuring the finest athletes as they take on the streets of Italy, San Marino, Monaco and France, competing for the coveted yellow jersey. In this multistage race, cyclists will tackle a gruelling 21-stage course over just three weeks, covering a total distance of 3,492 kilometres from Florence to Nice. This year marks the 111th edition of the race, which was first held in 1903, and will see defending champion Jonas Vingegaard of Team Jumbo–Visma aim for his third consecutive win. Previous two-time champion Tadej Pogačar and Adam Yates (both representing UAE Team Emirates), who finished second and third respectively last year, will also return to contend for top honours.

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