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Top things to do this September

Explore the best things to do in the region and around the world this season, from music festivals to cultural celebrations and more

Oasis Festival

🗓 September 23 - 24, 2022 📍Dakhla, Morocco


Boasting more of an Ibiza vibe for a festival with roots predominantly in the MENA region, this late-summer gathering brings together yoga, art, dance, gastronomy, fashion and revelry to the town of Dakhla in Morocco, where a chilled-out playlist of underground house and techno meets a bohemian vibe. Small enough to feel intimate, Oasis Festival is a must-attend for those yearning for a taste of pre-pandemic life as 2022 marks the return of the event following a two-year hiatus.

To book your hotel in Marrakech, visit rotana.com


Saudi National Day

🗓 September 23, 2022 📍Saudi Arabia


This year will see Saudi Arabia commemorate its 92nd 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 much to celebrate. Last year’s slogan was 'A Home for Us', a tribute to the Saudis and foreigners who call the kingdom home and have played an integral part in the transformative journey that the country has embarked on over the past 92 years.

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


Mid-Autumn Festival

🗓 September 10, 2022 📍China


This annual festivity, also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is one of the most important observances in Chinese culture. Bringing families together around moon cakes – a must-eat food during the celebrations – 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.


Oktoberfest

🗓 September 17 to October 3, 2022 📍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 187th edition, with live music, food – think German sausage and pretzels – and festivities. The festival sees its guests dress up in traditional Bavarian folk attire paying homage to the festival’s historical roots. More than simply sipping on hops, it is also the world’s largest folk festival and it attracted around six million visitors a year in pre-pandemic times. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades and a variety of fairground rides.


New York Fashion Week

🗓 September 19 – 27, 2022 📍Manhattan, New York City


Held annually in February and September, New York Fashion Week sees international fashion designers showcase the best of the season to the world. It is one of the four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the "Big 4", along with those in Paris, London and Milan, which are also scheduled to take place in September. The biggest names in the fashion community will step out in full force to showcase the hottest trends of the season.


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