Top things to do in August

The summer months offer plenty to see and do around the world, from lush greenery in Oman during the khareef season to colourful fireworks festivals further afield in Holland

Salalah Tourism Festival

🗓 Until August 31, 2022 📍Salalah, Oman


Famous for its khareef or monsoon season, when the tropical Indian weather rains down on the Omani land of frankincense, the Salalah Tourism Festival attracts local and international visitors alike for this natural phenomenon. Famous for its banana plantations and dramatic coastal scenery, the area is lush and green during the summer months when its deserts become home to some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. An array of activities during the 45-day event include the Balloon Carnival in Sahalnout as well as exhibitions, live music and markets.

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games

🗓 Until August 8, 2022 📍Birmingham, England


The Commonwealth Games have officially returned, bringing top athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations to Birmingham this year. Running until August 8, this edition marks England's third time hosting the Commonwealth Games after London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002. This year's programme includes diving, swimming, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, table tennis, wrestling and more and will see athletes from up to 72 member countries battling for top honours.


Dubai Sports World

🗓 Until September 21, 2022 📍Dubai, United Arab Emirates


For fitness fanatics and novices alike, this annual event at Dubai World Trade Centre is a great indoor escape from the summer heat. Spread over 20,000 square metres, it is home to football pitches, tennis and badminton courts, cricket nets and a state-of-the-art gym. With a range of sporting activities and fitness programmes as well as educational experiences for all ages, Dubai Sports World offers an extra boost of motivation to stay active and beat the heat.

To book your hotel in Dubai, visit rotana.com


Sarajevo Film Festival

🗓 August 12 - 19, 2022 📍Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Returning for its 28th edition, the Sarajevo Film Festival is now a globally renowned institution attended by filmmakers and film industry professionals from around the world. One of the largest international film festivals in Europe, it places special focus on southeast Europe, shining a spotlight on films, talent and future projects from the region. This year, showing solidarity with Ukraine, it is adding the country to its programming and will showcase feature, documentary, short and student films.

To book your hotel in Sarajevo, visit rotana.com


Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival

🗓 August 19 – 27, 2022📍The Hague, Holland


While Holland might be better known for its flowering fields, lighthouses, beaches, windmills and rolling greenery, a handful of August nights sees the sky over Scheveningen come alive with some of the finest fireworks displays in the world as part of the annual Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival. Offering two dazzling displays each night of the festival, this fairy-tale spectacle sees teams from all over the world vying for the Fireworks Trophy with the most colourful creations bursting forth into the sky.


Viewers can witness the spectacle from the Scheveningen boulevard, beach or nearby restaurants. In addition to the fireworks displays, visitors can enjoy various events and performances on different stages on the Scheveningen boulevard, such as fire eaters, dance groups and live performances.