Festival alert

There’s still time to get to The Mother of the Nation Festival before its fourth edition comes to a close Saturday. The A’l Bahar Corniche at Abu Dhabi is a humdrum of activities and events as part of the festival that celebrates Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and her values such as happiness and progress. From music to magic shows and arts and crafts, you can take your pick of entertainment for the weekend.

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Catch the Walid Show — The Laser Man, which combines technology, dance, and interactive light shows, a magic show by Adrian Hurley Magic, and LED parade of lit stilt walkers, drummers, hula hoop artists and jugglers. Today’s highlight though, is a performance by international DJ Nicky Romero at 10pm today. But topping that explosive lineup is the fireworks competition that the festival is hosting — the pyrotechnics tonight will be courtesy South Korea’s Bisabeol Fireworks (8.15pm) and tomorrow Australia’s Xplosive Art will end the competition with a bang at 9.45pm. Tickets from Dh25 at 800tickets.com; visit motn.ae.

Beach festival Club Social will be back for a second time at Yas Island on March 29 and 30. Gigs by British band Bastille (Rhythm of the Night) and Egyptian duo Oka Wi Ortega of ‘Elaab Yalla’ fame are the only ticketed events at the fest, which is otherwise packed to the rafters with free activities — try fitness classes such as boxing by Punch Studio, Zumba lesosns by Mariyam Lari and capoeira by Associação Lagoa Azul Capoeira; restaurant pop-ups by Clinton Street Bakery and Dubai-born pizzeria C’est Cheesee, and fashion and jewellery stalls. This year, the festival also has a kid-friendly zone featuring art workshops, a tepee park and more. Bastille tickets from Dh195 and Oka Wi Ortega from Dh95 at clubsocial.ae.

Inhale, exhale, repeat


Unlock your inner potential through a session of Deep Healing through Mindfulness with Ishan Shivanand founder of ShivYog. The holistic self-improvement programme uses meditative awakening and powerful mindfulness techniques to tap into an individual’s strengths. Free sessions are happening on March 27 at the Indian Consulate Auditorium, Al Hamriya, Dubai, from 6.30pm-8.30pm. There are additional paid sessions at the Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha on March 28 (4pm-9pm) and 29 (9am-2pm). For details on registration, call 050 508 5968 or email shivyog.uae1@gmail.com.

Fitness, goals

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Run & Flow, the free community event is back at Al Ittihad Park tomorrow. Set in the heart of Palm Jumeirah, the event will encourage participants to pursue healthier lifestyles and workouts with a 2.6km jog through the park followed by a yoga-based stretch session led by an expert guru. After your workout, cool down to the chill tunes of a live DJ and musicians. From 4pm; free entry. Visit coredirection.com.

You could hike out all the way to London to catch Arsenal at the Emirates stadium, or you could just witness them lock horns with home-grown football club Al Nasr during at a friendly match in the Al Maktoum Stadium on March 26. Yes, the Gunners will be heading to Dubai for a five-day training camp and will be bringing their full squad to play one of the UAE’s first and oldest clubs. Tickets from Dh150.

Songs and shows

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Indian hip-hop stars Badshah and Raftaar will be performing at Global Village today in celebration of Holi — the Indian festival of colour. The concert will see the duo perform a string of dance hits such as Heartless and Sare Karo Dab at the mainstage. Tickets to the concert are included in your Dh15 entry ticket to Global Village.

Arab pop icon, Amr Diab, will be in concert at the Dubai Amphitheatre on March 28. Groove from soulful classics such as ‘Tamally Maak’ to the legendary dance number ‘Nour Al Ain’. Show starts at 7pm; tickets from Dh260 at 800tickets.com.

Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal’s mellifluous voice will echo through Bollywood Parks on March 29. The versatile singer who croons both ballads like Sun Raha Hai to pop hits like Radha will perform a repertoire of her hit songs for fans from 8pm. Half-day ticket costs Dh49 per person and includes access to the park and concert from 6pm.

Shreya Ghoshal

Board a ship and take a trip back in time to 1960s Detroit with ever leaving Dubai — celebrated stage show Motown — Get Ready is playing at the Theatre by QE2. There’ll be splendid costumes, music by the Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and more. Tickets from Dh180 per person; visit theatrebyqe2.com.

March madness

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The Laughter Factory’s Tickle Your Funny Bone tour is doing the rounds of the UAE spreading giggles. This month, the trio they’ve roped in to deliver rib-tickling punchlines are Alasdair Beckett-King, known for his viral BBC Scotland Short Stuff Clip, Sarah Callaghan and Adam Bloom will be treat audiences to intelligent stand-up. Catch them today at 9pm at the Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah. Tickets cost Dh160 at thelaughterfactory.com.

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Indian stand-up comic Anshu Mor will be giving you more reason to laugh on March 29 at his solo stand-up show at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue. His brand-new, hour-long special titled KAN.U will see the former head of Microsoft’s Xbox exercise his keen observational and storytelling skills that he’s been honing since he quit his job at the age of 44.

Tickets from Dh75 at thejunctiondubai.com. Two shows at 4pm and 8pm each.

The Wedding Show

Planning for the perfect wedding can be fun and exciting, but also equal parts stressful. The trick is to find the right people who can help the couple put together a truly memorable affair, minus the stress and, of course, within budget.

The Wedding Show at Swissôtel Al Ghurair offers the perfect solution for couples planning every aspect of their big day, bringing together a range of suppliers and wedding specialists who are ready to help even the hardest-to-please brides plan and fulfil the wedding of their dreams.


Taking place on Saturday (March 23) between 11am and 6pm, the free-to-attend show will showcase top set-up suppliers, including wedding planners and flower suppliers, photography and video experts, hair and make-up experts and a stunning array of wedding dresses. There are also wedding entertainment options, including the most popular DJs and live music specialists, for a truly unique guest experience.

As if that was not enough reason to visit, those attending the show will also be eligible to enter a raffle draw with the winner getting a honeymoon getaway at one of the many Swissôtel destinations, as well as sponsored flights!

RSVP to Banquet.AlGhurair@swissotel.com or call 04 293 3000.