Music, laughter, Shakespeare

If an entertainment-fuelled weekend is high on your agenda then you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing plays out at the Dubai Opera today and tomorrow. This adaptation by the New English Theatre Company will see their top talent play foes-turned-lovers Beatrice and Benedick, who are perfect for each other in the eyes of everyone but themselves. There’ll be drama, confusion, laughter, music and multiple happily ever afters. Shows at 2pm and 8pm; tickets from Dh150 at

American-Armenian saxophone virtuoso Artur Grigoryan is returning to Dubai to debut for an intimate concert on September 30 at The Fridge in Alserkal Avenue. Book your tickets at from Dh50; show starts at 8pm.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this evening’s live celebrity performances by seven South India singers including Madhu Balakrishnan, Sudeep Kumar and Renjini Jose at Al Nasr Leisureland’s MBand Janolsavam show. The musical evening will also see Malayalam actor Manoj K Jayan join in on the fun. Tickets from Dh60 at; show 5.30pm onwards.

Comedy Box Office with Rajneesh and Gaurav Kapoor is sure to tickle your funny bones! Catch two of India’s finest stand-up comedians tomorrow at Headlines Cafe, Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre – Rajneesh is the well-known creator of the  tongue-in-cheek comic strip, ‘This is Our Life’ and  Gaurav’s razor-sharp wit landed him the opening gig at comedian Russel Brand’s India tour. Tickets from Dh99; visit

Take the green route

The grass is always greener at the Al Ain Oasis a Unesco World Heritage site lush with date palm farms thanks to an ancient method of irrigation called the Falaj system. Learn all about the UAE’s home-grown crops and sustainable agricultural practices and professions on field visits the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority are conducting. From September 30 to November 25. Entry is free; call 03 711 8251 to register.

Dazzling Dresses and Dandiya Dances

The Indian festival of Navratri is around the corner, which means dandiya nights will keep your calendar busy for the next nine days. Dress up in your traditional best and bring your squad to enjoy the festive ambience at Zabeel Park’s Mega Ball Theatre which is hosting a couple of different events this next week. Today at 7.30pm dance to the tunes of dandiya singers Preeti and Pinky. Then again on October 3 the Navratri Utsav Dandiya Nights will see you twirl to some great music. Tickets cost Dh60 per person for tonight and Dh20 on October 3 at for both.