Buro 24/7 Middle East's culture guide: September '17

Buro 24/7 Middle East's culture guide: September '17

Sayad, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai Opera 

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Editor: Shannon Wylie

Food, art and music come to the fore this month as Buro 24/7 Middle East shares the top cultural events across the region...

As we finally enter Fall, the region continues to offer a host of must-experience cultural events. From Beirut to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and from art exhibitions to culinary journeys, these are the places to be and be seen this September.

Michelin-star gastronomy at Sayad

Sayad at Emirates Palace welcomes Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytan for a Mexican culinary masterclass. The owner of Chicago restaurant Mexique brings the flavours of the South American nation to the capital on the occasion of Mexican National Day on September 19. Expect fine and vibrant food fare including tacos and burritos.

September 17 culture guide

Chef Carlos Gaytan will be at Sayad, Emirates Palace from September 16-22.

Toro Toro Abu Dhabi

Tantalise your tastebuds with Latin flavours at the new Toro Toro restuarant in the UAE capital. From aperas and ceviches to churrasco and traditional grills, Toro Toro offers fine fare complemented by unique and handmade art pieces including the carpets.

September 17 culture guide

Toro Toro is located at The Jumeirah, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. For reservations, call +971 2 811 5882.

Good Face and Incurable Flaws exhibition at Carbon 12

Explore history and contemporary society through the paintings of two renowned artists: Iranian Amir Khojasteh and Australian Philip Mueller. Immerse in Khojasteh's conventional masterpieces which reflect an artistry that might not be as present today, juxtaposed against Mueller's interpretations of events through abstract and modern concepts.

September 17 culture guide

Good Face and Incurable Flaws runs from September 13 until October 31 at Carbon 12. 

Beirut Art Fair 2017

Get ready to discover the must-know names in international and regional art as Beirut's premiere art fair returns for its eighth edition. Highlights of this year's fair include the Revealing section where young emerging artists are showcased. As well, the "Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon" takes a look at the Middle East's arts revolution and evolution in recent times.

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Beirut Art Fair 2017 will run from Septmeber 21-24.

Ripples and Gordafarid at Ayyam Gallery

Ayyam Gallery will be launching two solo exhibitions: Ripples by Syrian painter Mohannad Orabi and Gordafarid by Iranian painter Roshanak Aminalehi. While Orabi offers bright imagery — think ribbons and bows — to contrast the dark themes favoured by many Syrian artists today, Aminalehi presents paintings inspired by an ancient poetry, including the famed piece titled Shanameh.

September 17 culture guide

Ripples and Gordafarid will run from September 13 until October 26.

Opening of La Petite Maison Abu Dhabi

Dubai's famed French culinary hotspot La Petite Maison finds a new coveted address at the Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Take your pick from indoor seating or lounge at the terrace while you indulge in gastronomic delights that include homemade pasta with squid and prawns, sea bream baked with lemon, herbs and olive oil as well as the popular whole-roasted black-leg chicken stuffed with foie gras.

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La Petite Maison Abu Dhabi opens early September.

Mozart showcase at Dubai Opera

Immerse yourself in the genius of master musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with The Marriage of Figaro, a four-act opera that tells the story love in 18th century Seville. Appreciate the stunning score and for those who need, English subtitles will be available.

The Marriage of Figaro runs on September 7 and 14. For tickets, visit

In other culture news, read about renowned artist Yayoi Kusama's new museum