The city’s first Happiness Festival kicks off on Feb 17 at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. The event focuses on positive emotions, engagement, relationships, accomplishment and well-being. There’ll be group exercise sessions of yoga, HIIT and calisthenics led by Fit Squad DXB, creative workshops by Art Therapy International Centre, and talks by psychologists, life coaches and counsellors on how to maintain friendships, mindful parenting, and success. There’s more reason to smile – the event is free. From 11am-6.30pm; register at

Two Indian stand-up comics are set to tickle Dubai’s funny bone this weekend. Kanan Gill, famous for his YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews, will have his first solo show All Correct Opinions at Ductac on Feb 17. The show is first in the Laugh-a-thon series that’s bringing a line-up of Indian stand-up comics to Dubai. Tickets from Dh150 at

On Feb 18, comedian Sunil Grover’s Dr. Mashoor Gulati’s Comedy Clinic will cure the blues with slapstick comedy at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, the Indian High School. The character played by Grover on The Kapil Sharma Show will be accompanied by the show’s other comic characters: Nurse Bumper, Gutthi and Rinku Bhabhi. Tickets from Dh99 at From 8.30pm-11pm.

Turn midweek frowns into laughter when you catch a showing of Tony award-winning comedy play Art by Yasmina Reza at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue. Adapted and directed by Gautam Goenka, the play explores what happens to three friends when one of them purchases a piece of ‘art’ and it upsets their 20-year-old friendship. At 8pm Tuesdays until March 21, tickets from Dh85 at TixBox. Call 04 338 8525.