Tennis stars in Abu Dhabi
Score yourself some tickets to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC), happening at Zayed Sports City until December 29. In its eleventh year, the tournament will not only see world number 1 Novak Djokovic compete, but also meet and greet fans at the Tennis Village, which will include various other activities and themed days for tennis fans. The Tennis Village will be following the themes based on love. There’s free entry for kids with the purchase of an adult ticket, a day dedicated to foodies with live cooking stations and culinary specialities from around the world and a ladies day celebrating fashion, sports and healthy living. The line-up also includes 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson, Karen Khachanov, Hyeon Chung and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams. Tickets from Dh100 at ticketmaster.ae or call 800 86 823.
Pinoy blast from the past
Filipino music lovers can rewind into some ninties nostalgia before stepping into 2019 at the 90s Upload concert today. Popular Filipino bands from the nineties will descend upon the Dubai World Trade Centre today – rock out to Cooky Chua perform ‘Paglisan’, Glenn Jacint, the former vocalist of Teeth perform ‘Laklak, and Naldy Padilla and more. Show starts at 7.30pm; tickets from Dh150 at laverdadevents.com.
Jazz up the weekend
Jazz up the last weekend of the year at the Jazz in the Dunes concert at the Qasar Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Enjoy music by Parisian septet Swing Deluxe — composer Melody Linhart and a jazz band, will perform while you dine on an opulent Bedouin dinner under the stars surrounded by the dunes of the Empty Quarter. Formed in 2003 Swing Deluxe fuses the great classics of French and American jazz as well as classics from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Boris Vian, Charles Trenet, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington.
From Dh540; call 02 886 2088.
Make a mess
OliOli, the experiential playground for kids in Dubai, is making a mess of things this weekend with their Mess Fest — until December 29 parents and kids can engage in indoor and outdoor activities such as walking on liquids, making gooey slime, creating works of art using catapults and exploding watermelons using nothing but rubber bands. From 9am-9pm; Dh126 per child above 2 years of age and Dh42 per adult for three-hour access to both the Mess Fest and the other OliOli galleries.