Our curated selection of essential events across the region in September. Follow us on Instagram @passions.arabia for updates throughout the month.


September’s Top Pick –

Così fan tutte (above)

What: Opera

Where: Dubai Opera House

When: 8 – 15 September 2017

Così fan tutte was Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, following Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Così fan tutte is often said to be the perfect ensemble opera. A small cast, the six roles are almost equal in weight and equal in importance to the piece, without a ‘leading lady’. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.



Contemporary Sculpture

What: Sculpture exhibition

Where: CAP, Kuwait

When: thru’ 13 September 2017

Kuwait’s Contemporary Art Platform’s Summer Exhibition continues through until 13 September. So, these are your final weeks to see pieces from the gallery’s collection, including works by Jeff Koons, Sami Mohammad, Hussein Madi, Aya Haidar, Reza Aramesh, Wafa Hourani and Ali Cherri.



Beirut Art Fair

What: Art fair

Where: BIEL, Beirut

When: 21 – 24 September 2017

Beirut Art Fair is the leading platform for the discovery of new artists, trends, galleries, institutions, and publications from the ME.NA.SA., thus representing a principal catalyst for artistic development of the region. As Beirut is a bridge between East & West, the fair establishes and builds artistic links between diverse cultures, fostering collaboration between galleries with a demonstrated commitment to making discoveries.



Skate Girls of Kabul

What: Photography exhibition

Where: QM Gallery, Katara, Qatar

When: thru’ 21 October 2017

Award winning photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson will present her series of striking portraits, Skate Girls of Kabul, which will tell the extraordinary story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding, thanks to Skateistan, an Afghan charity that provides skate parks as a hook to get children from disadvantaged families back into the educational system.



Maysoon Zayid

What: Stand-up comedy

Where: NYUAD, Abu Dhabi

When: 13 (Arabic) – 14 (English) September

With grace and wit, the hilarious comedian, actor/writer, and disability advocate jokes about her family, global culture, and her life with cerebral palsy. Performances in Arabic and English. Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014 — “I Got 99 Problems…Palsy is Just One” with more than 14 million views to date — and she was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.