Dubai Jazz Festival and more concerts

You won’t need to board a time machine to go back into the past anymore, as the sixties are making a comeback at the Theatre at Queen Elizabeth 2. The immensely talented 60s tribute band The Revolvers will play a selection of chartbusting songs from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and more at The Greatest Hits show on February 26 and 27. Revel in some masterful tunes while the guitar gently weeps in the floating hotel. Tickets from Dh162 at dubai.platinumlist.net.

Imagine delightful choir music, with variations on classical composers such as Handel and Bach, and a liberal dose of Bollywood medleys that merge with Western sensibilities to become one perfect symphony. Actually, you won’t have to imagine that, because the Shillong Chamber Choir is in town today to provide a one-of-a-kind musical journey at the Dubai Opera. The India’s Got Talent 2010 winners, who have performed for multiple personalities including former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, US ex-President Obama and Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, will be performing in both English and Hindi. Doors open at 8pm, and children above four only. Tickets from Dh95 at ae.bookmyshow.com.

Regional fusion music acts Adonis, known for their 2017 hit album Nour, and Ens O Jam, the minds behind Taralally and Fantazia, will perform genre-shifting melodies at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi today. Joining Adonis will be Jordanian singer-composer Aziz Maraka, a pioneer of ‘Razz’, a fusion genre of Arabic Rock and Jazz. Tickets start at Dh157.5 on abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net.

Add some heart-thumping electronic music to a venue that offers some fine views of the Dubai skyline, and you get dance music festival Groove on the Grass at the Emirates Golf Club today. With an eclectic selection of musicians including electronic powerhouse Frankey & Sandrino, DJ and innovator Matthew Dekay and party favourites Satori & The Band from Space, this event will be a night to remember. The show will run from 5pm to 3am, and is open for adults above 21 only. Grab your tickets, starting from Dh195, at dubai.platinumlist.net.

Catch Indian rapper Emiway Bantai at Rap’ped Up Live in Concert today at the Etisalat Academy in Dubai. Fresh off his win at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Indian Act in 2019, the rapper, known for the hit single Machayenge that took Bollywood by storm, will be joined by collaborator DJ Shadow Dubai and rising artist DJ Jugal Dubai. Show starts at 9pm, tickets starting from Dh50 at dubai.platinumlist.net.

Get ready to be counting stars at the 2020 edition of the Dubai Jazz Festival, which returns to the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre with an explosive line-up that includes Lauryn Hill on February 26, Lionel Richie on February 27 and OneRepublic on February 28, backed by the upcoming British songwriter Bruno Major, American jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra and the infectious seven-piece band Sammy Miller and the Congregation, respectively. Tickets from Dh350 at various vendors on dubaijazzfest.com.

Listen to Swiss-Egyptian musical great Nehad Al Sayed weave a web of emotions with ancient strings from the lands of Mesopotamia, as he performs on the oud with an ensemble of musicians from Bait Al Oud, a pioneering music academy that aims at the preservation and modernisation of traditional Arabic music and instruments. The concert will take place from 7.30-10pm at the Cultural Foundation Amphitheatre in Abu Dhabi, on February 27. Prices from Dh52.50, abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net.

Horse around

Witness purebred Arabian, local and thoroughbred horses pip each other to the post at the H.H. Sharjah Ruler Race Cup tomorrow, at the Sharjah Racing and Equestrian Club, in six fantastic runs along the popular race track. Organised in partnership with the Emirates Racing Authority, the club will also feature multiple activities and cash prizes for the audience, who can enter the event for free. For details, check out serc.ae.

Before sunset

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Sunsets in Dubai are beautiful, but watching the sunset and painting it live while indulging in some delicious snacks and drinks at the highest rooftop lounge in JBR? Your dream might just come true at the Paint at Sunset event at Pure Sky Lounge and Dining at the Hilton. On February 29, fashion designer, visual artist and Chairperson of The Dubai International Art Centre Diyali Bhalla will teach beginners how to paint sunsets, from 5-7pm.   Personalise your work with your own choice of material and technique, and grab beverages and a selection of bar bites from the venue, all for Dh350. For details, email pureskylounge@hilton.com.

Dubai Food Festival

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There’s no reason to be a couch potato anymore as the Dubai Food Festival makes yet another round around the emirate from February 26 to March 14. Think the Etisalat Beach Canteen at Jumeirah Beach – where you can dive right into live entertainment and home-grown food – to masterclasses and workshops on cooking like a pro. Plus, with special dining deals and carnivals, you’re going to have a full plate! The festival will take place in various locations around Dubai, and will also include competitions and cash prizes for foodies. Check out visitdubai.com for more details.

Walk for Arthritis 2020

Arthritis is a serious issue – it can limit mobility, cause severe pain in critical joints and even increase the risk of cancer by as much as 70 times. The worst part? It’s probably one of the most common conditions out there. Walk at the Dubai Creek Park today to spread awareness and to erase existing medical misconceptions about the condition at the Walk for Arthritis 2020. The community walk is organised by the Middle East Arthritis Foundation in partnership with Dubai Municipality. The walk will start at 8am, and you can register for free at walkforarthritis2020.splashthat.com.

Rinse and shine

If you happen to be critical of your dental habits (like the author of this listing) or if you’re simply someone looking into organic alternatives for your toothpaste, sign yourself up for tomorrow’s Glitches and Stitches DIY Natural Toothpaste workshop at Emirati Coffee at Dar Wasl Mall, Al Safa. The event, which is one of many to be organised by Glitches and Stitches, will take place from 4-5pm, and will expand on organic recipes for toothpastes free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and triclosan, along with methods to leave zero waste while using your toothpaste. There will be a registration fee of Dh75, which will also cover the cost of materials used. Find more details at glitchesandstitches.com.

GIRLGAMER E-Sports Festival

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It doesn’t matter if you like flaunting your tricks and racking up goals on Fifa, or if you like using precision and skill to eliminate the enemy team in Rainbow Six Siege – there’s a place for gamers of all levels at GIRLGAMER E-Sports Festival. The e-sports and entertainment festival dedicated to helping showcase female gamers’ skills runs today and tomorrow at the Meydan Grandstand. There will be esports tournaments, cosplay competitions judged by star cosplayers Alodia Gosiengfiao, Vegacosplay and Sumi Cosplay, conferences about careers in gaming and a closing night performance by American rapper Gucci Mane. Tickets from Dh95 at dubai.platinumlist.net.