Music and more

RnB singer Jay Sean is performing at Global Village on Friday. The British singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the UK’s Asian Underground scene, where he debuted as a member of the Rishi Rich Project, will be belting out his hits like Eyes On You, Dance With You and Do You Remember? at the Main Stage. Tickets cost Dh15, visit globalvillage.ae.

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Don’t preach to the choir, just hear them sing at the Dubai Opera during the seventh edition of ChoirFest Gala Concert on Saturday. The programme will feature performances from the winners of the Choir of the Year competition and performances by international choirs as well as UAE-based choral groups who will all vie for pitch perfection. Tickets from Dh75 at choirfestme.com; from 3pm-7pm.

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Renowned jazz pianist Justin Kauflin is performing at the NYUAD Art’s Centre’s Black Box on March 11. The virtuoso, who lost his eyesight as an 11-year-old but has become a star at clubs and festivals, has been touring the world with his trio performing his new album Coming Home. His gig in Abu Dhabi is part of the Abu Dhabi Festival. Tickets cost Dh105 at nyuad-artscenter.org; show starts at 8pm.

Here comes the bridal collection

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Wedding season is well and truly here and to-be brides who are looking to shop for their fairytale ensembles should check out Indian designer Kashmiraa Gandhi’s trunk show happening Saturday and Sunday (March 9 and 10) at The Rack By Kachchins, the luxury multi-store designer at Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah. The Mumbai-based designer is bringing her ethnic-wear label Keihaa by Kashmiraa’s bridal collection Floret for an exclusive viewing that will run from 11am-8pm and will be present at the show to personally curate, customise and style all brides to-be and their families. Rich in embroidery and floral appliques, the collection’s stunning lehengas come in summery pastel shades such as bluestone, Paloma, pink dove and crème de pink and that cater to a modern bride’s style sensibilities, while sticking to tradition, making them the ideal attire for destination weddings. Entry is free; call 04 3414477 or visit therack.ae.

It’s a woman’s world (this weekend)

World of Women Cinema Festival at Dubai Marina Mall
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The future of film is female too and Reel Cinemas is celebrating it with World of Women Cinema (WOW) Festival 2019 until March 9 at Dubai Marina Mall. The women’s film fair will showcase films featuring the work of female producers, directors, writers, editors and cinematographers as well as fete talented filmmakers from both the local and international film industry. Celebrating Friday's International Women's Day, the festival will focus on the theme Women in Sport and the highlight of the closing day on Saturday will be Human Rights — you can discover hard-hitting films such as Syria’s Tent Cities by Mira Hamour and the documentary about female surfers called Chicks on Boards by Dörthe Eickelberg. The fair will also host panel discussions on the achievements of women in film and the art of film making. Passes cost Dh50 per day and get you access to all screenings; visit reelcinemas.ae.

Layla Kardan
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The Cave DXB and Female First Sessions (FFS), the Dubai-based initiative that hosts monthly empowering sessions on music, literature and art for women, have teamed up to celebrate International Women’s Month and Art Dubai. The two-day event at D3 will feature performances by an all-female lineup of musicians such as Layla Kardan, Megatronic (co-founder of FFS) and Leoné Murphy and DJs Jenn Getz, Alysha, Don’t Touch My Hair and S.O.N.Y.A, panel discussions led by Sophie Le Ray, Elissa Freiha, Liz Wentling, Sara Al Awadhi and others, and a contemporary art exhibition at The Cave where you can shop for painting, murals, installations, digital art and photography. Entry is free and open to all ages; visit femalefirstsessions.com for timings and details.

Dinner and a show

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The Covent Garden Dance Company and Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah Beach are taking ballet out of the four walls of a theatre and letting the magic of dance unfold outdoors on March 10 and 11. Called Ballet Under The Stars, the show will consist of short performances by some of the world’s greatest ballet and dance companies. Sat in a 350-seat open air beachside theatre created within the resort’s grounds, you’ll watch the likes of Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at The Royal Ballet, and Xander Parish, principal dancer at the Mariinsky Ballet, on stage while supping on a three-course gourmet meal. Dinner tickets from Dh550 at platinumlist.net; from 7.30pm-11.30pm.

Tastes of Turkey

For a grand feel of Turkish culture and cuisine, set against the backdrop of a traditional Ottoman decor with all the flavours, aromas and sounds to boot, head to Kiyi at the Fairmont Ajman. The moment you walk in you know it’s an insta-worthy restaurant what with earthy tones and mosaic patterns in vibrant sea shades and antique-like lanterns. Add to that the sharing-style menu with classics and live entertainment, and you’re sure to be transported to another place, another time. After a look around, we decided to make the most of the pleasant weather and headed to the outdoor dining area by the beach.

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We started with some pide — flat-bread with your choice of toppings. The cheese was such a guilty pleasure, we contemplated seconds many times. Now that’s Turkish comfort food if there ever was one. For mains, we opted for the mixed platter. There was char-grilled lamb chop, Adana kebab, shish tawook, a chunk of beef and Turkish sucuk, served with grilled vegetables and bulgur pilaf. Meaty, smokey, all of it was cooked to perfection and bursting with flavours.

The mains also come with your choice of two cold mezzes and one hot one. A huge serving tray arrived with about 15 little bowls holding everything from hummus, spiced sauces, mint yogurt, pickles, to finely chopped seasonal vegetables with walnut, fresh herbs and a pomegranate sauce. Vegetarian friendly, they were all just yummy. Shisha is on offer, including a shisha sommelier on hand. We ended with some baklava and kunafa with Maras-style ice cream so dense it almost made you reach for a fork and knife –perfect to end a nice meal.

Kiyi is proof that you can taste Turkey without actually going there.