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Laugh your hearts out at Dubai Opera, as the popular comedian Vir Das lands in Dubai on February 8 as part of The Loved Tour. Known for his Netflix specials Abroad Understanding and Losing It, Vir Das has also appeared in multiple Bollywood movies such as Badmaash Company and Go Goa Gone. The evening’s highlights include a routine that has sold out at some of the biggest venues all over the world, so make sure you grab your tickets at the earliest at ae.bookmyshow.com. Prices start from Dh125; 18+ and in English.

Another Indian comedian is ready to dazzle the emirate. Zakir Khan, known for his popular Amazon special Haq Se Single, comes to Meraki Theatre, NLCS, on February 7. Hailed as one of the best comic storytellers of his generation, he is all set to give an absolutely hilarious performance in Hindi, as part of the Laugh-a-Thon series. Prices from Dh100, at dubai.platinumlist.net.

Join French comedian Kev Adams at the MusicHall Jumeirah Zabeel Saray tomorrow, as he celebrates 10 years of his hit TV series Soda with his new comedy routine

Sois 10 Ans (French for Be 10 Years), where he talks about love, life, stage and everything in between. The show will be in French. Tickets from Dh375 on dubai.platinumlist.net.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

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The region’s largest literature celebration is back as the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature marks its 12th edition, boasting a wide array of famous guests that include crime writer Clare Mackintosh, Chris Bonington, explorer who summited Mount Everest, and Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati in space. The programme includes writing workshops and musical performances, and runs from February 4 to February 9 at the Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City. Festival passes from Dh299 at emirateslitfest.com.

Polo action and more sports

The year kicks off with a treat for sports fans as the 10th Silver Cup Tournament makes its way to Dubai on February 7, promising a day of action-packed polo matches and community events at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. The event features several world-class international players fighting for the much-coveted trophy, and exciting family programmes such as entertainment acts, The Shopping Village, kids’ area, food trucks and an extravagant Friday brunch at the Al Habtoor resort. Tickets start from Dh180 at outlets listed at dubaipologoldcup.com.

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Fitness enthusiasts can head to The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for Train@YAS, a competitive community run on February 4, organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Runners can choose from a 2.5km, 5km or 10km run on the Formula 1 track, with the free event also including biking and walking areas. Register online in advance at yasmarinacircuit.com.

Weekend goals with Harry Redknapp

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Football icon Harry Redknapp is scoring goals outside the field through his ‘Audience With’ tour, which he’s bringing to Dubai today. Get a kick out of anecdotes about the beautiful game’s yesteryears from the former player and football manager of clubs such as West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, in his signature down-to-earth manner. He will also be sharing his experience of winning the reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. British comedian Noel Brodie accompanies him to the Movenpick Hotel JBR and will keep the conversation and humour flowing. Tickets from Dh295 on dubai.platinumlist.net.

Out and about in Abu Dhabi

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Check out In the Mix, Abu Dhabi’s latest outdoor extravaganza, held until tomorrow at Zayed Sports City. Set around the theme ‘Into the Fantasy World’, the festivities include samba shows and VR experiences, along with an artisan village, food outlets and The Smash Room popup. Keep your eye out for Turkish DJ Deniz Koyu, who will get the party started with hits like Tung and Hertz, and a closing treat from DJ Wolfpack, the Belgian production duo. Local talents such as Zero Funk, Daneel and Vandalye will also make an appearance, among many others. Tickets from Dh50 at abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net.

Ballerina Svetlana Zakharova in Abu Dhabi

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Russian prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, said to be one of the greatest ballerinas of her generation, is set to take Abu Dhabi by storm with her new ballet performance Modanse, a tribute to French fashion designer Coco Chanel and her legacy. The star is also joined by a stunning cast of dancers from the renowned Bolshoi Ballet company, for the Abu Dhabi Classics event held tonight. A collaboration with renowned choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti (who is also the mind behind a pyrotechnic display in the ballet) and costume designer Helena de Medeiros, the programme is to take place at the Cultural Foundation. Tickets, starting from Dh220, can be bought on virginmegastore.ae.

Ladies first

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Platform 09, an initiative driven towards the empowerment of local businesswoman in the Middle East, will be hosted by Her Highness Shaikha Shamseh Bint Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, daughter of His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, the ruler of Fujairah. The free-to-attend event will run until tomorrow, celebrating the theme of Harmony. The event, to be held at Al Rumailah District on the Ajman-Sharjah border, will also feature numerous female Arab designers, artists and entrepreneurs, and performances by professional singer Zain Awad, the first Emirati parkour trainer Amal Murad, and Emirati poet and writer Eman Al Hashimi. Pre-register now at zeronine.ae.

A-ha and more concerts

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A-ha, the 80s icons famous for their hit singles such as Take On Me, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their extremely successful debut album at Dubai Opera from February 10. The show, which is already sold out for February 11, sees the Norwegian trio belt out popular classics under their Hunting High and Low tour. Book now at dubai.platinumlist.net, tickets starting from Dh250.

End this month in style at the DSF 25th Anniversary Closing Celebrations at the Coca-Cola Arena, where singer Faia Younan, known for her albums Sea Between Us and Tales of the Heart, will perform her finest hits. Faia, the first Middle Eastern artist to crowdfund her debut album, will be joined by All of Me singer John Legend. Tickets from Dh195 on coca-cola-arena.com.

RedFestDXB is back, with an explosive lineup – Martin Garrix, Bastille, Stormzy, Machine Gun Kelly and more! The popular music will also feature street food, along with interactive installations and stalls. Running on February 6 and February 7 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the music festival also features a closing set by home-grown DJ Dany Neville. Buy your tickets from Dh395 at redfestdxb.com.