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Things To Do This Month
Updated on 02 January 2020

2020 starts with an absolute bang and January is an action packed month of events and activities for everyone to do and see, from comedy, theatre, sporting activities and live performances from international stars. Here's just some of the many things to do throughout the first month the new decade.

When: 2 January
Dubai World Cup Carnival

One of the much awaited races on the Dubai sporting calender returns with the first race of the season on 2 January. Gear up for an action packed atmosphere where the best jockeys and horses from across the world race to win big prize money. Entry is free. www.dubairacingclub.com

When: 3-4 January
Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet

The team of Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet is coming to Dubai for the first time to perform at Dubai Opera. Formed in Tblisi in 1944, the team presents a mesmerising night of ballet that showcases the spirit of Georgia, from its natural landscape to rich culture. Entry starts at Dhs 275. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 3-17 January
You Will Die At 20

When Muzamil was born, the village holy man said that he would pass away at the tender age of 20. Distraught, his father abandoned the family, leaving Sakina to raise Muzamil as a single mother. She's overly protective except one day the inevitable happens - Muzamil turns 19. Tickets start from Dhs 52.50. www.cinemaakil.com

When: 3-17 January
Robbie Williams Live At The Pointe

Robbie Williams fans in the UAE are in for a very pleasant treat as the British singer is coming to Dubai to perform live at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah as part of Dubai Shopping Festival celebrations. Expect him to perform his iconic hits including 'Rock DJ', 'Millennium', 'She’s The One' and 'Angels'. Tickets start from Dhs 295. www.ticketmaster.ae

When: 8 January
An Evening With Rio Ferdinand

Catch up with Manchester United and England football legend, Rio Ferdinand for an unscripted interview at W Dubai - The Palm. Listen to him share personal stories and behind the scenes anecdotes from an illustrious career. A table of 10 including a 3 course meal and beverages starts at Dhs 18,900. www.platinumexperiences.group

When: 9-10 January
Khaleeki Comedy Play

The hilarious play to be performed by Tariq Al Ali and a cast of star actors at Indian High School is a story of Antar, and his family who are forced to take refuge with relatives after their home is flooded by rain. Hilarious situations arise when the relative's wife opposes their stay at her home. Tickets start at Dhs 150. tickets. virginmegastore.me

When: 9 And 10 And 15-17 January
The Laughter Factory

Save the dates as The Laughter Factory returns with a fresh line-up of comedians to kickstart another fun year. This month's line-up brings Stephen Grant, Matt Reed, and Peter White to the UAE to perform four live shows in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Tickets start from Dhs 160. www.thelaughterfactory.com

When: 10 January
Hankook 24H Dubai

Dubai Autodrome brings back the 15th edition of the Hankook 24-hour endurance race. Already a mainstay on the international motorsports calender, the race line-up includes up to 100 touring and GT cars who get into non-stop 24-hour action to win the battle of supremacy on the track. Entry for grandstand and race paddock is free. www.dubaiautodrome.com

When: 10 January
Dubai Kitesurf Competition

There cannot be a better time than January to sit down at Nessnass Beach taking a shoreline seat and watching trained athletes go head to head as they participate in the annual kitesurf competition, moving across the surface of the water using a parachute like a kite to race with the wind. The sport is sure to delight spectators of all ages. www.dimc.ae

When: 10 January
Super Sports Run Series 3

Round up your friends and head to The Track, Meydan Golf for a fun community run. Open to all fitness levels, participants can choose from distances of 3km, 5km, 10km or 16km. Those who don't want to run can go to stands to cheer on the participants. Ticket is priced at Dhs 175. www.supersportsuae.com

When: 10 January
Sonu Nigam Live

Award winning Bollywood Singer, Sonu Nigam, the voice behind the majority of popular, romantic as well as dance numbers in 90s and early 2000s is coming to Dubai World Trade Centre to perform an energy packed live show. Expect him to sing his popular hits such as ‘Bole Chudiyaan’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. and many more. Entry starts at Dhs 95. The show starts at 7.30pm. www.meraticket.com

When: 17 January
Comedy Night With Max Amini

The Iranian American comedian returns to Dubai to perform a side splittling comedy show at Hartland International School. The comedian is a regular feature at Comedy Store and Laughter Factory in Los Angeles. His social commentary and hilarious cultural jokes are unmissable.Tickets start at Dhs 250. tickets.virginmegastore.me

When: 17 January
Indian Comedian Amit Tandon Live

After having performed sold out shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Amit Tondon returns to town on 17 January with fresh jokes to make his audience laugh and be in stiches. His viral videos have over 100 million views across various social media channels and he was also a hit on Netflix's Comedians of the World. Entry starts from Dhs 75. dubai.platinumlist.net

When: 17-18 January
Broken Wings

Broken Wings is the musical adaptation of renowned literary figure Khalil Gibran's 1912 masterpiece of the same name. Written by Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, the new play goes behind the curtains of this celebrated writer and explores his love journey that inspired the greatest works of his lifetime. Entry is priced at Dhs 295. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 20 January
Jo Koy Live At Coca-Cola Arena

Do not miss your chance to see US comedian Jo Koy's debut show at Coca-Cola Arena. Koy started his career from a coffee house and was named “Stand-Up Comedian Of The Year” in 2018 and in 2019, he reached number one on the Billboard Charts for his stand-up comedy album, Live From Seattle. Tickets start from Dhs 195. www.coca-cola-arena.com

When: 23-25 January
Le Petit Prince

Director and choreographer Anne Tournie brings the story of Le Petit Prince to life. through a mesmerising colourful show at Dubai Opera that will leave audiences completely engagged in this moving story about a little boy who visits different planets in space. The show will transport you to the land of the Little Prince. Entry starts at Dhs 275. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 23-26 January
Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2020

The highly anticipated golfing event, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, returns to Emirates Golf Club for its 31st edition. Expect to watch golfing greats competiting to win the most coveted golf title. This event becomes a must attend for all golf fans with lots of action on and off the course. Tickets start from Dhs 75. www.omegadubaidesertclassic.com

When: 24 January
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

The Middle Easts leading road race Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon returns for another year. For amateur runners, there are options to choose from of 4km and 10km distances for a more fun oriented race with scenic views of the Burj Al Arab, on their way along the race course. Tickets start at Dhs 183. www.dubaimarathon.org

When: 24 January
Indian Comedian Kapil Sharma Live

Gear up for one off night at Coca-Cola Arena filled with uncontrollable laughs as the funnyman Kapil Sharma, currently hosting his own prime time TV show The Kapil Sharma Show in India, takes to the stage and makes his audience laugh and roll with his witty observations and innate sense of humour. Tickets start at Dhs 150. www.Bookmyshow.com

When: 24 January
Prateek Kuhad At The Rotunda

Delhi-based, indie rock artist, Prateek Kuhad is coming to Dubai to perform from his latest jukebox of Hindi and English hits, including 'Cold/Mess' and 'Tum Jab Paas'. Kuhad rose to gain international fame after the release of his 2015 debut album 'In Tokens and Charms' which won him multiple awards. Tickets start at Dhs 150. www.livenation.me

When: 24-25 January
Quoz Arts Fest 2020

This free to attend arts fest takes over the alleys of Alserkal Avenue for another year with so many fun surprises in store. The community event offers a host of activities, from workshops and Alserkal Avenue tours, to film screenings, live music and even unique food concepts. www.alserkalavenue.ae

When: 30 January
At Dubai Opera

The play adpated from the classic love movie made in 1960, Mughal-e-Azam, returns to Dubai Opera. The musical follows the dramatic story of Prince Salim, the sole heir to the Mughal throne, who falls in love with court dancer, Anarkali. The couple face the wrath of Emperor Akbar, Salim’s father. Tickets start at Dhs 250. www.dubaiopera.com


When: 4-9 February
Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature

Meet some world famous authors, take part in literary debates and workshops, and participate in a number of competitions. This year's line-up of authors includes Tayari Jones, Hoda Barakat, Mohammed Hanif, Linwood Barclay, Graeme Simsion, Mitch Albom and Omar Saif Ghobash. The event is a must for any book reading enthusiast. www.emirateslitfest.com

When: 6 February
Camille Thomas At Dubai Opera

This February, the French-Belgian star Camille Thomas arrives for her first show at Dubai Opera with a programme of Bach’s Cello Suite Number 1, 2, 3 and 5. This rising star became the first cellist signed by the prestigious label Deutsche Grammophon in 40 years. Tickets start from Dhs 150. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 6-7 February

RedFestDXB returns for another edition at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Expect heavyweights Stormzy, Bastille, Martin Garrix, Cheat Codes, Machine Gun Kelly and more to perform back-to-back concerts during the two-day event.Tickets start at Dhs 395. www.redfestdxb.com

When: 7 February
Bjorn Again

Fans, finally the ABBA tribute show arrives at Dubai Opera. With 5,000 shows performed in 71 countries around the world, Bjorn Again guarantee a fun-packed performace. Expect them to perform all-time dance and pop hits by the iconic Swedish group including 'Dancing Queen' and 'Money, Money, Money'. Entry tickets start at Dhs 95. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 7-8 February
Schools And Childcare Show

Looking for a school? As well as new schools, this show helps parents explore different options including nurseries, preschools, private institutes, after school clubs and other educational facilities across Dubai, all under one roof at Dubai World Trade Centre. Entry is free. www.schoolsandchildcare.com

When: 8 February
Vir Das Live

Internationally acclaimed Indian stand-up comedian, Bollywood actor and columnist, Vir Das will be performing in Dubai Opera. as part of his Loved Tour. Known for tongue-in-cheek, rather satirical humour, Das is the first Indian to land a Netflix special - Abroad Understanding. ae.bookmyshow.com

When: 10-11 February
A-Ha Live At Dubai Opera

Pop music icons A-Ha are coming to Dubai with their Hunting High And Low tour. A-Ha singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Magne Furuholmen and guitarist Pål Waaktaar-Savoy have sold more than 55 million albums and remain one of the UK and Europe’s most loved pop bands, regularly playing stadiums and festivals. Entry starts at Dhs 250. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 14 February
Maluma Live

Latin music fans are in for a pleasant surprise as the Colombian superstar Maluma will be coming to Dubai for his debut live perfromace in the Emirate as part of his 11:11 World Tour in February. Expect him to perform a number of tracks from his latest album 11:11 and more. Entry starts from Dhs 295. www.coca-cola-arena.com

When: 17-29 February
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

The two week long tennis championship consists of a WTA Premier 5 women’s event followed by the ATP 500 men’s competition, where top tennis stars compete to win the coveted title. Last year saw Roger Federer win his 100th overall title and eighth Dubai title. Get ready for some great tennis action. dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com

When: 20 February-7 March
Dubai Food Festival

The gastronomic heavy event Dubai Food Festival returns with a two-week extravaganza filled with vast food related activities. From fine dining to the 'hidden gems' of small and popular restaurants to the participation of a wide range of international restaurants, you will experience food like never before with tons of activities spread across town. www.visitdubai.com

When: 22 February
Katherine Jenkins Live At Dubai Opera

Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins is coming to Dubai for a one-off night to perform at Dubai Opera. Multi-award-winning Katherine has performed all over the world, for the Pope, for Presidents and is a favourite of the Royal Family. Entry starts from Dhs 295. VIP packages are available. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 26-28 February
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Held annually at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival will be bringing top artists including One Republic, R&B singer Lauryn Hill and singer songwriter Lionel Richie, to perform live for fans in Dubai. Tickets are priced at Dhs 350 for a one day regular standing ticket and from Dhs 850 for a three day ticket. www.dubaijazzfest.com

When: 5 March
Madness Live At The Irish Village

The Legendary British Ska band Madness, return to Dubai to perform their well-known hits such as 'Our House' and 'Baggy Trousers'. Led by flamboyant frontman Graham McPherson, most commonly known as Suggs, the British band will bring their party vibes to The Irish Village. Entry starts at Dhs 275. www.theirishvillage.com

When: 5-7 March
Taste Of Dubai

The city's best loved food and entertainment event returns to Dubai bigger and better. From live performances to tempting chef's tables, cooking classes, restaurants' tasting menus, entertainment options for adults and kids alike and much more. Taste of Dubai is the full package for a fun day out. www.tasteofdubaifestival.com

When: 12 March
Gypsy Kings At Dubai Opera

Back by popular demand, Latin pop music legends Gipsy Kings return for one night The Gipsy Kings have introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through popular singles such as 'Bamboléo' and 'Volare'. Tickets start from Dhs 195. www.dubaiopera.com

When: 20 March
Midge Ure Live At The Irish Village

Scottish singer-songwriter Midge Ure will perform at The Irish Village on 20 March. Enjoy his signature hit singles including ‘Vienna’, ‘Dancing With Tears in My Eyes’ and ‘No Regrets’. The musician enjoyed significant success in the 1970s and 1980s as part of bands like Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Ultravox. Entry starts at Dhs 175. www.theirishvillage.com

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