From a new relaxation spot and the opening of Dubai's own opera house to the year's biggest sporting event and the world's oldest film festival, August brings you a host of local and international events that cannot be missed. Buro 24/7 Middle East lists the must-do's that need to be added to your calendar this month...

Unwind at Burj Club's new rooftop hotspot

One of Dubai's most exclusive fitness clubs has opened its new rooftop pool and lounge. With stunning views of Downtown Dubai, the new designated space features loungers and cabanas as well as a wide variety of gastronomic offerings, think tapas, salads and the club's signature sliders. In the future, the space is set to host several social activities including themed parties.

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Celebrate sports at the Rio Olympics

Brazil's famed city of Rio de Janeiro will host this year's biggest sporting festival, the 2016 Olympics. Witness renewed rivalries and new champions as elite athletes create history. One of the main highlights of this year's edition is the inclusion of four female athletes in the KSA contingent; Sara Al-Attar (800m), Lubna Al-Omair (fencing), Cariman Abu Al-Jadail (100m) and Wujud Fahmi (Judo). The UAE will also include female athletes namely Alia Saeed (10,000m), Nada Al Bedwawi (swimming) and Aysha Al Balooshi (weightlifting). To cheer on these amazing sportswomen, catch them during the athletics event (August 12-20), the fencing event (August 6-14), the swimming event (August 6-12), the weightlifting event (August 6-15) and the Judo competition (August 6-12). 

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The 2016 Olympic Games will run from August 5-21. 

Take a break with a staycation at Rixos Bab Al Bahar

Ras Al Khaimah's renowned wellness retreat is offering a comprehensive package that includes a complimentary couples spa session at the signature Anjana Spa as well as a constantly flowing culinary experience at any of the 14 restaurants within the hotel. For an added touch of luxury and sophistication, revelers can opt for one of the exclusive cabanas to dine under the stars on the pristine beach.

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Indulge in the East-meets-West gastronomy offering at The Act Dubai

Experience Peruvian cuisine infused with a Japanese touch as the world's highest theatre club invites you to discover its new menu. Expect culinary masterpieces from beef tartare and chargrilled chicken anticuchos to tuna tataki and miso black cod. Created from the finest ingredients from around the world, the dining adventure is made even more memorable by the dining set-up of the establishment, encouraging interaction between diners.

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For reservations, call 04 355 1116.

Drift away in complete relaxation at Timeless Spa

Step into the Timeless Spa at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, to unwind with the spa's special August holistic pampering sessions, from health to beauty programmes. Furthermore, the aromatherapy treatments that are inspired by both the Middle East and the Far East and set amidst nature, guarantee to take away the stresses of daily life.  

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Bask in Placido Domingo's musical prowess at Dubai Opera 

The highly anticipated opening of Dubai Opera is at hand and what better way to launch the premiere arts venue than with an exclusive performance by one of opera's living legend himself, Placido Domingo. Often described as the King of Opera, Domingo will be in Dubai for one night only and fans can experience first-hand why the Spaniard has filled concert halls around the world in a glittering career that has spanned more than 50 years.

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Placido Domingo will perform at Dubai Opera on August 31.

Immerse in artistic story-telling at the Venice Film Festival

The world's oldest film festival returns for its 73rd edition and some of the big titles scheduled to take the spotlight include The Light Between Oceans, which stars Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz as well as La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The Middle East will be represented by celebrated Iranian filmmaker Parviz Shahbazi who will showcase his film Malaria, which is about a girl and her friend who plans to trick her family into sending ransom money. 

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The Venice Film Festival will run from August 31 until September 10.