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Dubai Shopping Festival’s annual pop-up market Market Outside the Box (MOTB) has set up shop at the Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, where it will remain until February 1. That means plenty of street performances (live music and dancers), food trucks, kids’ play areas and shopping across 70 stalls packed with artisanal products and bespoke home-made knick-knacks. The outdoor market’s carnival-like atmosphere means everyone has a ball, especially the kids, with a dedicated Kids’ Zone full of inflatables, ziplines, craft workshops and more. From 4pm-10pm on weekdays, from 4pm to 11.30pm on Thursdays, and from 11am to 11.30pm on weekends. Visit

DSF plans on drawing to a close with a bang next weekend – performances by Bahraini-Saudi singer Rashed Al Majid and Iraqi singer-composer Majid Al Mohandis get the ball rolling on January 30 at the Coca-Cola Arena.

On January 31, EGOT winner John Legend will croon his way into your hearts at the same venue. The All of Me singer had last performed in Dubai in 2018. Tickets to each gig start at Dh195 at

Well begun


Let your New Year wellness resolutions gather steam with The Lighthouse Arabia’s wellbeing event called Discover Your Light on January 31. The one-day family event features interactive wellbeing workshops, activities, panel discussions addressing adult mental health and parenting, a kids’ zone with arts and crafts, a life-size board game and kids’ yoga and dance. Dh105 per person, children aged five to 12 attend for free. Visit to register.

At the art of the matter


For your weekly dose of arts, culture, music and design, head to Alserkal Avenue – The Al Quoz Arts Fest kicks off today. The two-day creative affair includes a plethora of free events and exhibitions to choose from, but the highlights are a free concert by 47Soul, a Jordanian-Palestinian shamstep (mishmash of dubstep and Levantine folk music) band; an exhibition by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy called New National Dish: UAE; and contemporary dance performances by London-based performance art festival Block Universe, besides film screenings. Other sessions you’ll want to attend while there are the Short+Sweet Theatre festival – the world’s largest 10-minute-play festival and boxing demos and classes with Round 10 Boxing. 

Gong xi fa cai!


That’s Happy New Year in Mandarin! There’s plenty happening around the city this weekend for you to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which falls tomorrow. Motiongate Dubai is celebrating the Chinese New Year until February 8 with dragon dances, lion dance performances and a Chinese New Year Master Po Parade featuring film characters. There’s also a martial arts performance by the Crazy Kung Fu Academy, because who doesn’t love some Kung Fu Fighting? You also get to stroll through an authentic market full of traditional Chinese arts and crafts, and savour Chinse delicacies. Tickets from Dh275 per person at includes access to all rides and entertainment.

Just for laughs

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Indian comedian Kapil Sharma is performing live today at the Coca-Cola Arena. The stand-up comic and actor is best known for his TV shows Comedy Nights with Kapil and The Kapil Sharma Show. The show will also feature fellow comics from his talk show – Bharti Singh, Kiku Sharda, Sumona Chakravarti, Chandan Prabhakar and Krushna Abhishek. Tickets from Dh150 at

British comedian Paul Chowdhry will be performing on January 26 and 27 at Vox Cinemas at Cineplex Grand Hyatt and at the American University of Sharjah on January 28. Called Comedy-4-A-Cause, the show is in aid of Penny Appeal’s South Africa Education Programme. He’ll be joined on stage in his endeavour to tickle your funny bones by Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed, co-founder of homegrown comedy collective Dubomedy as well as beatboxer MB14, who was the 2018 World Beatbox Crew Champion and The Voice finalist. Tickets from Dh95 at

Screen to stage


After its successful Dubai debut in 2019, the stage adaptation of the classic Indian film Mughal-e-Azam is back at the Dubai Opera from January 30 to February 1. The award-winning musical pays tribute to the 1960s film of the same name directed by K. Asif and follows the star-crossed love story of Prince Salim, the sole heir to the Mughal throne, and Anarkali, a court dancer. You’ll be mesmerised by opulent sets and glamorous costumes designed by celebrity designer Manish Malhotra. Tickets from Dh250 per person at