The weather is starting to cool off but our calendars are only getting hotter. From concerts to musical plays and a comedy show, you certainly won’t be short of things to do this week.
Rita Ora and Disclosure
Get ready for W Dubai - The Palm’s very first Wake Up Call music festival Friday and Saturday. Catch London-based singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora and electronic music duo Disclosure, comprising brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, among other stars. The event will take place on the main stage and Wet Deck, a poolside lounge, 12.45pm onwards. Visit wakeupcallfest.com to book tickets, from Dh150.
Russian National Orchestra
Get your dose of Russian symphonic favourites Friday as the Abu Dhabi Classics presents one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Grammy award-winning Russian National Orchestra, with musicians Mikhail Pletnev and Lucas Debargue. This evening from 8pm sharp you can enjoy interpretations of composer Tchaikovsky’s music at the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi. Buy tickets, from Dh195, at ticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores.
Aegis and Tekla
An unmissable night for Filipinos in the region, Dubai World Trade Centre will feature the pop rock band Aegis alongside versatile actor and comedian Tekla on October 17. Aegis gained fame with the release of tracks like Halik and Luha. Born Romeo Librada, Tekla is best known as a host on GMA Network’s variety show, Wowowin. Enjoy six hours of music and comedy from 8.30pm. The show is for ages 21 plus. Call 055 972 3311 to book tickets from Dh125.
DJ Carl Cox
Over at Soho Beach that boasts gorgeous views of the spectacular city skyline, celebrity mainstage DJ Carl Cox will perform Friday at 8pm. Tickets at sohobeachdxb.com from Dh100.
Jordan Luck Band
McGettigan’s JLT has music on the menu with the New Zealand Hall of Fame star, Jordan Luck Band, performing live Friday night. Jordan was the former singer and songwriter for the Kiwi rock band The Exponents. Enjoy classics such as Why does love do this to me? and Victoria when doors open at 8pm. Book your tickets at Dh100 on mcgettigans.com.
The Wind in the Willows musical
Witness the timeless children’s tale, The Wind in the Willows, brought to life live on stage by a cast of UK performers aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2. The musical follows the life of Mr Toad whose need for speed lands him in trouble. Shows twice a day from 10.30am- 1pm and 2.30pm-5pm on October 11, 12, 18 and 19. Book your tickets at dubai.platinumlist.net from D120 with an option to join the characters for tea at Toad Hall between 1pm and 2.30pm from Dh65.
The Phantom of the Opera
The world’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera, is making its debut next week at Dubai Opera with a cast, crew and orchestra of 130 members and stunning special effects. Ever since its premier at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London in 1986, the show has won over 70 major theatre awards including four Oliver Awards. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster revolves around the tragic love story of a musical genius who falls head over heels for a beautiful soprano. Shows on selected dates between October 16 and November 9. Tickets from Dh250 at dubaiopera.com.
Dose of laughter
Enjoy a side-splitting evening as Lebanese-American comedian Nemr comes to Dubai for his very own comedy show The Future is NOW! as part of his world tour on Saturday at the MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The accomplished stand-up comic has seven full feature shows to his credit. Show starts at 9pm. For tickets from Dh100, visit dubai.platinumlist.net.
World Arthritis Day
For those suffering from arthritis, performing even regular chores can be excruciatingly painful. Show solidarity with them by participating in The Middle East Arthritis Foundation’s free community event in Dubai on Friday to mark World Arthritis Day. Join in on activities including Tai Chi — known to reduce arthritic pain — a dance and movement session, get your hands screened for arthritis and to detect bone density free of cost, and glean practical tips and medical advice over the day-long event. The highlight: testimonials and insights from arthritis patients. Register at arthritis.ae/wad/ or call 050 534 3182.
All set to bling up for Diwali? We are, and right on cue is a showcase of exquisite jewellery pieces by Renu Oberoi Luxury Jewellery, hosted by Mukta Shahdadpuri. Hit two birds with one precious stone: there’s an exclusive preview of the Festive 2019 collection, a handcrafted symphony of coloured and precious stones. Then there’s her first limited-edition capsule of Pret Fine Jewellery – modern elegance for everyday wear. Get your dazzle on at Vida Emirates Hills on October 13 and 14 from 11am- 8pm. Entry is free.