Entry spaces for this endurance event might have sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head down to Jumeirah Public Beach and cheer on your gym buddies as they tackle a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run. The event is a qualifier for the European, Middle East and Africa TriClub Championship Series.
The series starts on Thursday January 11. Jockeys go head-to-head for the chance to win a massive US$10 million (Dhs36 million) at the Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 31, 2018. Ticket prices to be announced. 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com.
Get ready for the return of the world-famous 24-hour endurance race. Professionals and amateurs are welcome to take part. Free (register online). 3pm-3pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.24hseries.com.
The best players on the planet will be in Dubai to compete for their share of a US$1 million (Dhs3.6 million) prize fund. Can last year’s men’s singles winner Viktor Axelsen of Denmark hold onto the title for another year? Ticket prices to be announced.
You don’t have to run the full 42.2km with the Olympic and World Champions – though, the prize for the winner is US$200,000 (Dhs734,000) if you fancy your chances. There’s a 5km fun run and 10km distance if you’re serious but not pro. The top prize for the latter is Dhs4,000. Dhs440 (42.2km Marathon). 6.30am; Dhs293 (10km Road Race). 9am; Dhs183 (4km Fun Run). 11am. Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Road, www.dubaimarathon.org.
With Dubai Shopping Festival well underway, the city will light up every weekend in January with massive fireworks displays. After a hard day of spending in the sales, treat your eyes to dancing fire in the sky. Free. From 8pm. Until Jan 28. The Beach, JBR; Dubai Festival City and Global Village (no number).
Legendary musical Evita will be arriving at Dubai Opera for a whopping 16-night stint in January and February. The classic Andrew Lloyd Webber show follows the story of Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina, who dedicates her life to charity and becomes heralded as the spiritual leader of the country. Originally released in 1976, the show is famous for a number of massive songs, mainly Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – which sold more than ten million copies in the UK alone. It also hit No. 1 in eight countries, as the show itself won more than 20 major awards. The film adaptation of Evita, featuring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, won an Oscar for its portrayal of the stage show. www.dubaiopera.com.
Former One Direction singer and global superstar Niall Horan has revealed that he is coming to Dubai in January for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The singer has confirmed he will be flying in especially for the tournament, where he will participate in a ProAm competition alongside one of the world’s best golfers, Rory McIlroy. The Friday night clinic will run on Friday January 26 where Rory McIlroy and pro golfer Paige Spiranac will be showing Niall how to perfect his swing and giving top tips to audience members. Anyone with a ticket for the day’s golf can head to the session. You can also expect to see top names from the world of golf alongside McIlroy, including Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, and even Colin Montgomerie, among others. www.omegadubaidesertclassic.com.
Russell Watson; English gent, performer to queens and presidents, and all-round vocal powerhouse, will be coming to perform to yet another impressive crowd (aka us), in Dubai this January. Russell Watson: Up Close and Personal will feature a selection of songs from Watson’s ten studio albums and four compilation albums – of which he has sold seven million. His vast discography includes an array of acclaimed musical performances, which has seen him become widely heralded as one of the top singers of his generation – with many pop influences and songs also in his repertoire. Not bad, that.