1. Shreya’s coming to town
Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal is performing with a full symphony orchestra at Dubai World Trade Centre on October 5. Touted the ‘playback queen’, the dulcet-toned songstress will be singing in 17 different languages including many Indian languages, French, Nepalese, Bengali and Urdu entertaining fans with hits from every genre imaginable – from ballads, such as Sun Raha Hai and peppy dance numbers like Dola Re Dola. Tickets from Dh295 at platinumlist.net; show starts at 7.30pm.
2. Feat of clay
Why shop when you can DIY? Turquoise Boutique, a Dubai-based creative arts company is hosting a DIY Clay Dish and Earrings Workshop on Sunday at Tania’s Teahouse. For Dh245, you’ll unleash your creative side with like-minded people, learn to work polymer clay into a trinket dish first and mastering the marbling technique. Afterwards, you’ll also learn to make some earrings and pendants to fill up the brand new dish with. All this while enjoying healthy superfood and specialty tea or coffee! Includes all materials too; from 7pm-10pm.
3. Little cooks
Little Masterchefs can cook up a storm at the Top Chef Cooking Studio special kids’ cooking classes. Under the guidance of professionals, children will learn to prepare different dishes, learn how to use age-appropriate kitchen equipment and also the importance of a clean kitchen. The Top Chef Youth Afterschool Cooking Class Packages has a fresh term starting on October 4 until December 13. Classes will take place every Thursday from 4pm-5.30pm. Package costs Dh1,320 for the term for kids aged six to 12 years for the term and Dh120 per session and Dh120 per session. For more grownup chefs in the their teens (13-17 years old), the classes are priced at Dh1,650 for the entire term and Dh150 for single sessions.
4. Latin love
Before Enrique Iglesias captured the imaginations of people, there was his father singer Julio Iglesias (it really does run in the family). And the septuagenarian is still giving his son and other singers a run for their money with his 50th world tour. He’ll be performing at the Dubai Opera on October 1 and 2 and you can expect to be wooed by the Spanish crooner’s multilingual chart-toppers songs such as Begin the Beguine, To All The Girls, Quiererme Mucho and Can’t Help Falling in Love and Amor. Tickets from Dh895 at dubaiopera.com; show starts at 8pm on both days.
5. Just beachy
The Abu Dhabi Corniche is where the party is this weekend! The A’l Bahar Beach Bash will kick off at 3pm on September 28 – you’ll find yourself surrounded by roaming acrobats, capoeira performers, and 3D graffiti floor art at the street festival. A slew of DJs and musicians will provide a soundtrack to the revelries. Got kids in tow? There’s kite-making workshops and fairground rides that will keep them happy. If you’re hungry after, you can tuck into treats from 20 different outlets that will have set up outdoor dining areas. From 3pm–11pm; free entry. Rides, games and craft activities are charged separately. Visit al-bahar.ae
6. Midday music
The idea of skiving off work on a Thursday morning already sounds like music, but here’s something equally musical to do if you’re planning to pull a Ferris Bueller on October 5 – Dubai-based singer Win Hoste will be performing at the Madinat Theatre at the Morning Melodies concert. The singer who effortlessly slips into various musical genres will be belting out hits by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Charles Aznavour, Andrea Bocelli and even Elvis Presley and the song sheet includes numbers like What a Wonderful World, Sea of Love, New York New York, My Way and Time to Say Goodbye. Tickets start at Dh105 per person at madinattheatre.com.
7. Made in China
You don’t have to dig to China. Simply saunter down to the China Film Week at Roxy Cinemas from October 1-7 and watch movies that will be your windows into Chinese life and culture. Part of ‘Golden Week’, the period surrounding Chinese National Day celebrations, films such as Po Feng, Twenties Once Again, The Nightingale, Dragon Blade, Wolf Totem, Monkey King: Hero is Back, American Dreams in China and Big Fish & Begonia will be screened all week long in Roxy cinema branches at The Beach, City Walk and Box Park. Tickets from Dh36.5; call 04 343 2266.
8. A day at the park
Charity begins in the park this weekend – Canon (the camera brand) and Dubai Cares are hosting Canon Day of Giving at Zabeel Park on September 29. The fun family event aims to raise Dh250,000 for an educational programme in the region and another in Africa. All you have to do is show up, purchase coupon booklets whose proceeds go to charity and then spend the rest of the day dabbling in archery, cricket, basketball or cricket; attending camera workshops, and enjoying food and beverage stalls. At Zabeel Park amphitheatre; Dh5 park entrance fee. From 2pm-10pm.