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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


Amr Diab Live

๐Ÿ—“ September 9, 2023 ๐Ÿ“Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Iconic Egyptian singer Amr Diab is set to entertain fans in Abu Dhabi this month with a special concert at Etihad Arena on Yas Island. Audiences will have the chance to witness his electrifying performance, filled with his chart-topping hits and infectious energy. One of the most popular Arab singers of all time, Diab's music transcends borders, garnering him a worldwide fan following. Over the course of three decades, he has released over 30 albums and 450 songs. He holds a Guinness World Record for collecting the most World Music Awards for a Bestselling Middle Eastern Artist. His tracks have become synonymous with the Arabic pop genre and have cemented Diabโ€™s place in the hearts of his fans.


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


London Fashion Week

๐Ÿ—“ September 15 โ€“ 19, 2023 ๐Ÿ“London, England


Once again taking place as a hybrid digital and physical event, the September edition of London Fashion Week will showcase both menswear and womenswear for the Spring/Summer 2024 season. While the showcase is predominantly held at Somerset House in London, with the main event and all the biggest designers displaying their collections at 180 The Strand, numerous other events take place throughout London during the week.


Oktoberfest

๐Ÿ—“ September 16 to October 3, 2023 ๐Ÿ“Munich, Germany


Now a global tradition, this annual festival began in Munich in 1810 as a five-day party celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. This year will mark its 188th edition, with live music, food โ€“ think German sausage and pretzels โ€“ and festivities. Oktoberfest sees guests dress up in traditional Bavarian folk attire, paying homage to the event's historical roots. More than simply sipping on hops, it is also the worldโ€™s largest folk festival and attracts around six million visitors a year. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades and a variety of fairground rides.


Saudi National Day

๐Ÿ—“ September 23, 2023 ๐Ÿ“Saudi Arabia


This year will see Saudi Arabia commemorate its 93rd National Day, which will be rung in with fireworks, flypasts and festivities. Home to the birthplace of Islam and now undergoing a social and economic revolution, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has so much to celebrate, especially with the country's many giga-projects soon set to throw open the doors to visitors.


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


Mid-Autumn Festival

๐Ÿ—“ September 29, 2023 ๐Ÿ“China


Also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, this annual festivity is one of the most important observances in Chinese culture. Bringing families together around moon cakes โ€“ a must-eat food during the celebrations โ€“ and colourful lanterns, the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back over 3,000 years. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night, as the Chinese believe that, on this day, the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of autumn. This year's celebrations dovetail with the country's National Day Golden Week, giving citizens an eight-day holiday.


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