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Top things to do in September

Explore the best things to do in the region and around the world this month, from live music performances to cultural celebrations and more


Enrique Iglesias live

🗓 September 13, 2024 📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Global superstar Enrique Iglesias returns to Dubai this month for an unmissable concert at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena. The hitmaker and international pop sensation, known for his infectious dance tracks and chart-topping ballads, will have hearts racing and feet moving in a musical journey through his impressive career. Highlights will include hits that have defined pop and Latino music over the past two decades, including Hero, Bailando, Tonight and Escape. With over 180 million records sold worldwide, 40 billion streams across all platforms and countless awards, Iglesias has solidified his status as the greatest Latin artist of all time and continues to captivate audiences with his heartfelt music and passionate performances.


To book your hotel in Dubai, visit rotana.com


Dubai Fashion Week

🗓 September 1 – 5, 2024 📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Dubai’s official fashion week returns to its home in Dubai Design District (d3) featuring diverse local, regional and international designers. By positioning it ahead of the fashion weeks of New York, London, Milan and Paris, the event will lead the international fashion calendar and will see participating designers set the season’s trends. Audiences can expect dynamic citywide runway shows and presentations as well as insightful industry discussions. Previous editions have included headlining moments, including Carolina Herrera serving as guest of honour, international supermodel Naomi Campbell closing the show walking for Rizman Ruzaini, Moroccan designer Maison Sara Chaibi making her debut, Mrs. Keepa Studio collaborating with Sotheby’s Dubai, Zeena Zaki teaming up with Tryano and Bil Arabi by Nadine Kanso collaborating with Bloomingdales.


To book your hotel in Dubai, visit rotana.com  


Chicago The Musical

🗓 September 12 - 22, 2024 📍 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



One of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history, Chicago is ready to dazzle audiences in the UAE capital this month, bringing its glitz, glamour and iconic jazz tunes to Etihad Arena on Yas Island. The hit production debuted on Broadway 27 years ago and has since played at top venues worldwide, including London, Dubai, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Sydney, Seoul and Tokyo. The plot follows the intertwined journeys of two women – an aspiring jazz performer and a murderess – in a compelling tale of passion, crime, greed, betrayal and redemption.


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


Oktoberfest

🗓 September 21 to October 6, 2024 📍 Munich, Germany


This year marks the 189th edition of the world's largest folk festival. While Oktoberfest has evolved into a global tradition, its heart still beats strongest in Munich. Originating in 1810 as a five-day celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria's wedding to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, the event has become a much-anticipated extravaganza.



At Oktoberfest, guests don traditional Bavarian attire, honouring the festival's historical origins as they immerse themselves in a jubilant atmosphere filled with live music, delectable German cuisine like sausage and pretzels, vibrant parades and fairground rides.


Saudi National Day

🗓 September 23, 2024 📍 Saudi Arabia



One of the biggest celebrations in the kingdom, Saudi National Day – known as Al Yom Al Watany in Arabic – unites the nation in joyous festivities. The country comes alive with special events including parades, concerts and fireworks. The colour green dominates the celebrations and is seen on everything from buildings to baked goods. This significant day marks the birth of modern-day Saudi Arabia, commemorating the historic unification of the Kingdom of Najd and Hijaz in 1932. It was during this pivotal moment that the nation officially became known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after the family of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud.


To book your hotel in Saudi Arabia, visit rotana.com


Mid-Autumn Festival

🗓 September 17, 2024 📍 China



Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, this cherished annual event holds significant cultural importance in Chinese tradition. It serves as a time for families to come together, sharing mooncakes – a quintessential treat of the celebrations – and admiring colourful lanterns. Dating back over 3,000 years, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, coinciding with a full moon at night. Chinese lore holds that on this auspicious day, the moon shines at its brightest and fullest, symbolising abundance and prosperity, perfectly timed with the harvest season in the middle of autumn.

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