Ha, ha happy New Year

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So what if 2018 didn’t see you having the last laugh? Get in on the first guffaws of the year at Max Amini’s Live show at the Madinat Theatre today. The Iranian-American comedian will walk you through social topics and cultural differences through impressions and side-splitting storytelling. Shows at 5.30pm and 8pm today; tickets from Dh220 at madinatjumeirah.com

The year gets funnier later in the month with The Laughter Factory’s January line-up. Edinburgh-based Canadian stand-up comic Tom Stade, Scottish comic Larry Dean and ex-journalist-turned-comic Jojo Smith will be spreading chuckles across Dubai and Abu Dhabi from January 10-18. Tickets from Dh150 and venue details at laughterfactory.com, 
all shows start at 9pm.

On the run

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Make a run for your fitness resolutions by signing up for the Cigna Park Run, back this Saturday at Al Ittihad Park on Palm Jumeirah. Joggers, sprinters as well as serious runners can sign up for a 2.5km or 5km run. Registration is free and covers your entry to running events for the rest of the year. Race starts at 8am; visit cignaparkrun.com.

Take a nocturnal run through the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve for the second edition of the Desert Night Run. Choose from 2.5km, 5km or 10km courses and sprint by the reserve’s 40 hectares of shrub land that are home to more than 204 species of native birds, 158 species of migratory birds, and 10km of lakes, including the stunning Al Qudra Lakes. Tickets from Dh50 for 2.5km and from Dh90 for 5km and 10km at hopasports.com. Race starts at 8pm.

Music to your (new) year

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There’s concerts galore this week and next to start the year on a high note. Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer is performing today at Global Village. Next Friday, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s mellifluous performance will be the highlight at the theme park’s centre stage – it’s your chance to hear the Pakistani musician’s chart-topping ghazals and Bollywood songs such as Afreen Afreen, Mann ki Lagan and O Re Piya. Entry to both performances are included in the Dh15 entry ticket to Global Village.

More Bollywood magic awaits at Bollywood singer Arijit Singh’s performance on January 11 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The hitmaker is returning to Dubai after a two-year hiatus with his repertoire of romantic hits such as Tum Hi Ho and Channa Mereya. Tickets from Dh150 at platinumlist.net; show starts at 6pm. Call 050 734 2004.

The K-Pop fever has gripped the UAE too – Korean girl group Momoland’s first-ever Dubai concert is happening today at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The viral sensations behind songs like Bhoom Bhoom and Freeze are a huge hit both in Korea and internationally. Tickets from Dh200, platinumlist.net.

Torque talk

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The Dubai Motorbike Festival is revving its way back to the Dubai World Trade Centre in Halls 1 and 2 for its second edition on January 11 and 12. Biker clubs, riders, motorcycle enthusiasts, manufacturers and retailers will all come together over the two days to enjoy exhibitions and events such as The Dubai Motorbike Stunt Battle – a stunt tournament open to local, regional and international stunt athletes that tests their creativity, balance and fearlessness. Entrance ticket costing Dh30 per day is available at the door, weekend pass costs Dh40; visit dxbmotorbikefestival.com.

Take to the street fest

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The Dubai Mall is launching the Dubai Shopping Festival Street Fest from January 10-19. The event will include 20 street theatre acts from around the world including France, Italy, Australia, UK and Canada. There’ll be dance circus, art, comedy, theatre and more, including award-winning acts such as the signature show Strange Fruit, where artists defy gravity using their trademark sway-pole apparatus and French hip hop and break-dancing crew Surprise Effect. Also part of the line-up are Dynamike, a stuntman and comedian who juggles chainsaws while balancing on a unicycle, Theakre Von Zairno, an aerialist performing breath-taking stunts on a static trapeze and more. Entrance is free.