1. Music at the Opera

The Dubai Opera has an evening of traditional Emirati music planned on June 30 with the show Tones of Golden Time. The musical evening will see the Dubai Music Band, a band of established and up-and-coming local talent, perform a collection of popular Arab and Gulf songs by famous artists such as Jaber Jasem, Mohammed Abdo, Ghrid Al Shati, Ahmed Kassem, and Mohammad Abdel Wahab. Show starts at 7.30pm; tickets from Dh100 at dubaiopera.com.

The Definitive Rat Pack

On July 3 and 4, catch The Definitive Rat Pack in concert at the Dubai Opera. The three-piece musical act made up of Stephen Trffiti, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long will perform the music of the original Rat Pack – a term used to define a group of entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, whose music defined the swinging sixties. You can expect to swing and sway to iconic hits like I’ve Got You Under My Skin, New York, New York, The Lady is a Tramp, That’s Amore. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh175 at dubaiopera.com.

Later in the week, on July 5, American singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega will perform at the Dubai Opera. Her folk-inspired music that has an eclectic bent to it has earned her Grammy nominations and hits like Luka established her as a leading figure of the eighties’ folk-music revival. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh95 at dubaiopera.com.

2. For francophone kids


French-speaking kids can join the Alliance Française Dubai’s multi-activity summer camp. The four-week programme for children aged five to nine includes educational workshops, trips and discovery of the world, countries and cultures through activities such as baking Russian cakes or dancing to African rhythms. From July 1-26, 9am-3pm. Dh850 for a week and four weeks costs Dh3,200.

3. Seriously funny women

Sonali Thakker

Women will have the first and last laughs at The Queens of Comedy show on July 4. Organised by VDesi Laughs, a homegrown desi comedy club, the show will be Dubai’s first all-female stand-up show and will see Indian stand-up comics Urooj Ashfaq, Punya Arora and Sonali Thakker crack up audiences along with Dubai-based comic Arzoo Malhotra at the Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre. Urooj Ashfaq was a finalist on Netflix India’s Queens of Comedy and Sonali Thakker’s special Almost There nabbed a spot on the BBC Asia Network. Tickets cost Dh100 at platinumlist.net; call 050 4 685 355.

4. Moving art


The Louvre Abu Dhabi is celebrating the artistry of cinema with a series of film screenings called Cinem’Art. The series will aim to kickstart a conversation about the connections between selected artworks at the museum and cinema; you’ll watch everything, from films inspired by Mughal Empire paintings to comparing daily life in China to artworks of the 18th century. Paa Joe and the Lion will air on June 30. The film is about how a Ghanian father and son come to terms with the end of their family business of traditional fantasy coffins that feature mythical beasts. Featuring music by Grammy-Award winning musician Anoushka Shankar, the film’s corresponding artwork is a 13th century Reliquary Casket that’s on display at the Museum’s Gallery 6. Show starts at 5pm, visit louvreabudhabi.ae for ticket price.