With the New Year festivities firmly behind us, the action in the events arena has finally kicked off.
Cinema and cricket is almost considered a religion in India, with fans of both the lucrative industries spreading far and wide. Banking on this very notion, Bollywood’s top actor, Salman Khan, is zipping into the city one again this weekend (he spent NYE here for those who don’t know), with his brother and band of merry men and women to throw a spinner or two (we hope) in the Celebrity Cricket League in Sharjah.
But if none of this is your thing, then some amazing musical performances beckon with “Rocking All Over the World” paying tribute to some of the most popular icons of the 21st century, while the Dubai Concert Committee is bringing a classical affair that will mesmerise the senses.
Emirates 24|7 brings you the skinny.
Thursday, January 12
Rocking All Over The World
The makers of the super successful show, “Rock on Beethoven,” return to Dubai after their run in May last year, with another musical odyssey: “Rocking all over the World.”
Audiences will travel from New York to Johannesburg, Sydney to London, Paris to Vancouver and all around the globe with this talented 11-piece cast, which pays tribute to musical icons including Celine Dion, U2, ABBA, Edith Piaf, The Gypsy Kings, Madonna, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson, just to name a few.
Comic actress Bronwyn Evans is hosting the show, which promises fun for the whole family.
Open for ages five and over, the event will be held until Saturday at the First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai from 8pm. Tickets are priced at Dh185.
Call: 04 366 6546
The Laughter Factory
While the Irish are having a hoot at one end of the Sheikh Zayed Road highway, the British and a lone Aussie will be having a ball at Jumeirah Beach Residence’s Mövenpick Hotel and The Address, Dubai Marina.
A local comedy hero, Factory Productions, is organising a line-up of three comedians, namely Ben Norris, Simon Blight and Wayne Deakin on January 12.
For those not in the know, Norris has appeared on many TV shows in the UK, including “Mock the Week” and “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”.
Meanwhile, Bligh is a Perrier Award nominee whose humour is more conversational and frenetic.
The man from Down Under, Deakin is a regular headliner at all Australian comedy clubs and shows, and is your regular globetrotter with his signature brand of humour.
To catch the trio in action, head down this Thursday to the Grand Millennium, Dubai.
Show starts 9pm, with tickets priced at Dh130. Call: 04 355 1862
Dine with the King’s Singers
Fellowmen and women, hail the Dubai Concert Committee as the suit up for yet another spectacular musical and gala evening with the King’s Singers, a world-renowned choral ensemble, on a journey from Bach to Beatles.
Treat your family and friends to bubbly and signature dishes served in elegant surroundings.
And whilst there, also don’t fail to bid at a live auction for a luxurious week shared between the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives.
Also on offer is “The Master and his Muse”, a combination of two fine writing instruments by Montblanc (Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition 3000, Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Special Edition), business class tickets from Emirates and Swiss, two hours Emirates-CAE flight simulator training and more.
Strictly a black tie affair, the musical evening will be held at the Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai from 7pm. Tickets cost Dh790. Call: 04 366 6546
Friday, January 13
Celebrity Cricket League Season Two
The world of cinema and cricket collide as Bollywood’s top actors head to Sharjah Cricket Stadium for a battle extraordinaire.
Expected on the pitch are Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Suniel Shetty, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sonakishi Sinha, Kangana Ranaut, Venkatesh, Mohanlal, Vishal, Shrikanth, Bharat and more. Phew!
This two-day tournament will see the Mumbai Heroes take on the Telugu Warriors on Friday, while the former team takes on the Chennai Rhinos on Saturday.
On Friday’s opening ceremony, Devi Sri Prasad and Pakistan’s Atif Aslam are said to perform.
Kicking off at 4pm, tickets start at Dh50 and go all the way up to Dh10,000. Organised by Times Square Events and Aura Middle East, call: 050 938 8288
New Year Concert featuring Mohamad Hamami, the Sharq Orchestra, and Charbel Rouhana
The stage is set on January 13 at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Mall of the Emirates to catch Mohamad Hamami and the Sharq Orchestra once again to mesmerise audiences, this time returning with the exciting guest performer Charbel Rouhana to enthral and entertain.
Rouhana is regarded by many as Lebanon’s finest oud player; this will be his second appearance with Sharq, and the combination of their masterful playing and the charismatic leadership of Hamami will once again be compelling and mesmerising.
This special New Year Concert will feature captivating interpretations and unreserved performances of Arabic classics and their own compositions.
The show kicks off at 8pm, with tickets priced at Dh500, Dh300, Dh200, Dh150 and Dh50 for students. Call: 04 341 4777
International Kite Festival
Being held on January 13 at the Dubai Outlet Mall (we assume its outside), three international kite teams will take to the skies to display around 30 different kites. Event also features kite workshop for kids and a fun fair. Part of the proceeds will go to a school for special needs children.
From 9am to 5pm, tickets are priced at Dh30, Dh50 and Dh80. Call: 055 3564576
Saturday, January 14
The Return of the Shaolin Monks
They came, they saw, they conquered new fans. And now they’re back, with more death-defying feats and a set of stunning performances that reflect the loud and colourful celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
Don’t miss the death defying performances by the Shaolin Monks at the Mirdif City Centre until January 18. Shows are at 6.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm in the Central Galleria.
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