Jam session

Reggae music and jerk chicken will abound at Tribeca’s celebration of Jamaican Independence Day (which falls on August 6) on August 10. The restaurant at JA Ocean View Hotel is flying D-TONE, a reggae band from Jamaica, in for the night and the interiors we’re told will be given a makeover to replicate the sun, sand and laidback vibe of Jamrock for one night. Free event; from 8pm-3am. Call 050 345 6067.

Tune in

American metal band Nile is performing in the UAE for the first time on August 5. The concert at The Music Room promises a head-banging show from the 24-year-old band known for their fast tunes and lyrics inspired by Egyptology. From 6pm-3am; tickets Dh175 at platinumlist.net.

Loving thy neighbour gets musical at The Music Room on August 10 at Awaaz, a India-Pakistan unity concert. Performers include four up-and-coming artists – Shaz IA from the UK and Dubai-based DJ KAY, Nazia Live and Eshani-S. From 9pm-3am; tickets Dh75 at platinumlist.net. Call 04 3598888.

Music composing brothers Salim-Sulaiman’s Namaste Abu Dhabi! concert is set to wow crowds on August 18 at the Emirates Palace Hotel. There’ll be plenty to sing along to, from soundtracks to films like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion, to the siblings’ collaborations with the likes of Lady Gaga and Enrique Iglesias. Tickets from Dh100 at platinumlist.net; show from 9pm.

Early to rise

Wake up and see the sights of dawn with the free Sharjah Art Foundation community outreach excursions. On August 5, the group will leave from Al Mureijah Square, hop aboard a water taxi that will sail to Port Khalid where you can witness the dock slowly come to life as fisherman bring in their catch of the day. Next on the itinerary is a walk along Al Buhaira Corniche to observe people starting their day. The walk will be followed by a breakfast at one of the eateries around the Sharjah Art Foundation. From 5.30-8.30am. Visit sharjahart.org.

Feeling Blue

Mauritian artist Zaahirah Muthy’s exhibition at the Z Gallery, Four Points Sheraton, titled My Blue World, runs until September 30, exploring the feeling of piety and reverence felt when one enters a mosque and aims to provoke inner reflection and dialogue.

Weekend activities

There’s only so many brunches you can bond over with friends. These fun activities make the perfect weekend outing to hit up with the gang.

For karaoke and a road trip, head to The Village English Pub at Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Hamra Beach Village and Residence – their sing-along night every Thursday gets the party started and offers free entry. From 8pm; throughout August. Call 07 206 7222.

Granny knows best because bingo, it turns out, is the coolest new game in town if the madness that Bongo’s Bingo Nights promises to be is anything to go by. This popular version of the numbers game is a UK export that’s an ironic take 
on the traditional format and spices things up with dance-offs, heckling, party breaks, costumed particpants and impromptu sing-alongs to old-school anthems. The prizes are equally bonkers: winners could be taking home inflatable swans and breakfast cereal. On August 10 at ON42, Media One Hotel. Tickets cost Dh100 at platinumlist.net; 21 years and above only.

Have the first laugh

Crack up and have a cracking good start to the month with comedian Aurie Styla’s stand-up show at Tribeca, JA Ocean View Hotel on August 5. This is the funny Londoner’s first show in Dubai and will see him poke fun at modern-city dwellers with urban humour. The show is the first in the Stand-Up Dubai new comedy night series. For 21 years and above only; tickets cost Dh80 inclusive of entry and a beverage. From 7pm-12am; call 056 333 8500.

The Laughter Factory is churning out a series of comedy shows to keep you amused until August 11. Comics John Fothergill, Nick Page and Paddy Lennox will draw out laughter from audiences at Movenpick Hotel, Jumeriah Beach on August 4, Grand Millennium Tecom on August 10 and Le Meridien Dubai on August 11. Shows start at 9pm at all venues. The laughter trickles up to the capital on August 9 with a show at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi; show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost Dh140 at the laughterfactory.com; for 21 plus only. Call 058786728.

Dubomedy have extended their Stand-up Workshops for the summer in both English and Arabic – the additional two weeks will run from August 12-26 and are open to all levels. Students will meet five times during the two weeks to work on stage presence, timing and delivery with seasoned comedians. Emirati comedian Ali Al Syed will be tutoring the Arabic students. The students will then get to perform at a public show.

Continuing with the trend of extensions, Dubomedy is also conducting two more free comedy shows, on August 25 (Arabic) and August 26 (English). Both shows start at 7.30pm but venues are yet to be confirmed. Email rsvp@dubomedy.com to be on the guestlist and receive details on the location.