1. Night at the opera
Bridging the distance between musicians and their audience is Music in the Studio – the Dubai Opera’s intimate concert series curated by renowned pianist Amira Fouad back for a second season. After a summer hiatus, the atmospheric sessions at the Dubai Opera’s smaller but cosier studio venue is making a comeback with Australian-Egyptian composer and oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros’ performance on September 26. Tawadros is known for his self-effacing and humorous anecdotes between songs, strumming jazz, classical and Middle Eastern music at will from the oud, allowing you to experience the Middle Eastern instrument’s versatility as well as a versatile range of emotions – from laughter to melancholy. Tickets from Dh150 at dubaiopera.com.
2. Shopping haven
Fashion exhibition DIVAlicious is back in town. The three-day event running on Spetember 21 and 22 at Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers is your chance to browse through western wear, ethnic apparel, accessories, jewellery and décor items form over 90 exhibitors from London, Mumbai, Jaipur and Delhi. This year’s highlight is Bollywood director Karan Johar’s polki fine jewellery, Tyaani; you’ll be able to shop for pieces that add some movie-star glamour to your ensembles. Free entry and valet parking available. Call 050 4585265 or visit facebook.com/ddivaliciouss.
3. Heaps of comedy
Bollywood’s favourite comedian, Johnny Lever, is set to amuse UAE residents with a two-hour special on September 27 at the Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, Dubai. The actor was synonymous with comedy in Hindi movies throughout the eighties and nineties. Joining him on stage to spread the giggles will be his daughter and fellow comic Jamie Lever and stand-up comedian Rehman Khan. Tickets from Dh75 at platinumlist.net.
Indian comedian Vipul Goyal will be headlining Comic-On Nights at Ibis Hotel, World Trade Centre, on September 22. The electrical engineer-turned-stand-up comic is the star of the popular web series Humorously Yours and is known for taking a dig at everyday situations and astute but funny observations about life. He’ll be joined on stage by comics Kamlesh Dayalani and Alfaaz Manghnani. Tickets from Dh99 at platinumlist.net; show starts at 8.30pm.
4. Numerical art
It’s all about numbers for artist Nima Nabavi whose upcoming exhibition – called 1, 2, 3 – will run until Nov 3 at The Third Line art gallery at Al Serkal Avenue. The self-taught Iranian artist’s creations are all mathematically inspired and are a contemplation of intricate geometries patterns. 1, 2, 3 has been named for the total number of series present in Nima’s exhibited works – the first series comprises of 16 works of black and white grids that gather density; series two introduces colour, and the third and final series merges elements of found in the previous two – colour, thickness, movement and size to represent methods and patterns found in living systems. And you thought maths and art could never intersect.
5. Al fresco music
Summer’s slow but sure exit has made it cool enough to Groove on The Grass – the home-grown music festival is back at the Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, on September 28 for its seventh season. This season’s line up is packed with British artists – DJ James Zabiela, songwriter-composer Chicane, electronic dance music duo Orbital, and techno producer East End Dubs. Tickets from Dh225 at platinumlist.net. Entry for over 21 only; from 6pm-3am. Call 04 3801234.
6. Fun and games
Virgin Megastore in The Dubai Mall is hosting three weekends of fun, games and makeovers with their Play Fest weekends. This weekend it’s all about the kids – children’s entertainer Magic Phil will host a back-to-school Storytime. Once they’re out of the fantasy world, inject some science and creativity into their worlds with the Nintendo Labo, Building Experience by Legoland and Sugarmoo Workshops, where they can learn, play, create things as well as decorate their own cake and cookies. From 10am-1pm; visit virginmegastore.ae/lp/playfest.
7. Fine dining at great prices
Mark your calendars – September 27 to October 8 is Culinary Month at Atlantis The Palm. The hotel will be the venue of a slew of cooking demos, tasting menus, competitions and opportunities to dine with celebrity chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa and Gordon Ramsay, so forgive us hard-earned summer bodies, there’s too much good food at stake. Before you hobnob with celeb chefs, you can savour their signature dishes for a steal as part of the specially-priced set menus that will be on offer from September 27- October 6. That means, you can dig into Nobu’s legendary miso-marinated black cod from Dh350 and Gordon Ramsay’s Vegetarian Wellington at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar special for Dh150. Set menus at Ossiano and Seafire Steakhouse too will be available for Dh350 and Ronda Locatelli, and Ayamna will have menus priced at Dh150. Call 04 426 2626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.