Free entertainment

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Your mall trawls can now extend to a weekend dose of entertainment too – City Centres across Dubai are hosting live performances all through the month. City Centre Mirdif will turn into the Terra Amac Group’s dance floor until February 2. You can enjoy a fusion of jazz, salsa and street dance as part of the 20-minute show that runs daily at 4.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. After busking through Europe’s squares and plazas, the malls welcome the first female street band Doll Girls Band — they will entertain Dubai residents at City Centre Deira and Mall of the Emirates until February 2. Visit citycentredeira.com for show timings.

Quiz Night

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The Tap House at Club Vista Mare, The Palm is hosting a new quiz night every Wednesday – the Quiz on Tap with radio personality Tom Urquhart. Participants will have their general knowledge on current affairs, sports and music tested to win prizes. From 8pm-10pm; free entry. Call 04 514 3778 to register your team of three to six people, free of charge.

Cross the Palm

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Rediscover the Palm Jumeirah’s stunning sights with an early-morning run at the CBD Palm Run on January 18. The multi-option run covers four distances, with a 1km run for kids, and a 3km race for runners with more experience. For something a little more challenging opt for the 5km or the 10km challenge. The race starts at 6am; register at raceme.com before January 12. Dh100 for the 3km race, Dh150 for the 5km and Dh195 for the 10km course.

Go fly a kite

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No, we don’t mean to be rude. We’re just directing you to the International Kite Fest that’s back at Al Mamzar Park on January 18. Fly your very own kites as part of a fun competition, or watch the colourful creations lift off and fight it out against each other. The festival will also have kite-making workshops for little ones, free face painting, henna and food stalls. Tickets cost Dh21 including entry to the park at q-tickets.com; 10am-6pm.

Movie nights

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There’s plenty of quality screen time to be had this week – Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha is screening La deuxième étoile (Let It Snow) by Lucien Jean-Baptiste on January 15 and 19. The family caper chronicles a ski holiday gone wrong and the hilarious events that ensue. Show starts at 7.30pm on January 15 and 5pm on 19th.

For a hard-hitting cinematic experience, watch God Children, a documentary by Dubai-based filmmaker Reshal Shah Kapoor that’s screening on Saturday. The poignant documentary delves deep into the heartland of India where children born with congenital disabilities are treated as deities, and how they navigate a life of imposed holiness. Tickets cost Dh56.50; visit cinemaakil.com.

Acutely funny

Biswa Kalyan Rath
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If math has been the sum of all your fears and tears, turn the tables and get it to be your number 1 reason to laugh at Indian stand-up comic Biswa Kalyan Rath’s show on January 18. The IIT graduate brings his deadpan humour to Dubai when he headlines Front Row Laughter Nights at the Emirates International School next week. Best known for being one half of the hilarious duo behind the viral YouTube show Pretentious Movie Reviews and his comedy special Biswa Mast Aadmi, the comic is known for his quirky take on everyday experiences and unique perspectives. Biswa will be joined on stage by up-and-coming Indian comics such as Varun Bhatia, Sundeep and T-Bone. Tickets from Dh100 at platinumlist.net; show starts at 7pm.

Roll with the punchlines

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This New Year, why be skinny when you can be funny? Dubomedy, the local comedy group run by veteran comics Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed are conducting classes on stand-up and improv comedy. The Stand-up Comedy 101’s seven-week term will see Mina and Ali coach you in public speaking, comedic writing skills, audience interaction and more, eventually culminating in a public stand-up comedy performance in a supportive environment. From 2-4pm, for 17-year-olds and above. Meanwhile, the Improv Jam class will see you dabble in ensemble-based theatre games and short form improvisational comedy – 4.30pm-6.30pm; Dh1,500 each.

Two brunch, or not two

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There are two brunch offers running at the Steigenberger Hotel that will leave you spoilt for choice. The Brunch by the Bay at Bayside Restaurant & Terrace checks all the boxes for an ideal weekend – there’s a live jazz band, a variety of food to choose from, and stunning waterfront views of the Dubai Water Canal. From Dh250, every Friday 12.30pm-4pm.

Meanwhile, the Friday Urban BBQ at The Backyard will force you to reconsider showing up fashionably late at your next brunch outing. The all-you-can-eat buffet lets you gorge on international BBQ delicacies and unlimited house beverages for Dh299, with an additional perk for early arrivals — the first 100 guests only have to pay Dh199. 
Every Friday, 4pm-8pm at 
The Backyard, PD level. Call 04 369 0000 for more info and bookings.