Memories of 2009 are already a blur as we look forward to the best of early 2010
When: January 14 What: Jon Lovitz in Dubai Where: Madinat Theatre More details: 04 366 6546 The lowdown: One of America’s best-loved stand up comedians brings his stage act to Dubai. Well known for his appearances in shows such as Friends, Seinfeld and The Simpsons Lovitz is one of the most successful alumni of Saturday Night Live.
When: January 15 What: Freestylers: LIVE Where: Alpha Nightclub, Le Meridien Hotel More details: 04 702 2640 The lowdown: Britain’s best-selling drum and bass/urban dance group bring the underground sounds of London to Dubai.
When: January 21 - 23 What: Merchants of Bollywood Where: Palladium Dubai More details: 04 391 4994 The lowdown: The sensational worldwide Bollywood hit has already toured more than 25 cities around the world. The 40 dancers and 1,500 costumes have already wowed more than 500,000 patrons.
When: January 22 What: Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Where: Start and finish at The Westin Hotel More details: www.dubaimarathon.org The lowdown: World Record holder Haile Gebrselassie will be chasing a million dollar world record bonus on the streets of Dubai. One of the most high profile races on the marathon circuit the action takes place on the attractive Jumeirah Beach Road.
When: January 25-Feb 9 What: Blood Brothers Where: Madinat Theatre More details: 04 210 8567 The lowdown: Willy Russell’s award-winning musical is one of the most successful West End shows of all time and will be staged at Dubai’s finest theatre.
When: January 28-February 28 What: Dubai Shopping Festival Where: Venues across Dubai More details: +971 600 54 5555 The lowdown: A month-long celebration of all things consumer. Drop in to any of Dubai’s malls to pick up bargains in the sales as well as witness the carnival activities.
When: January 28 What: Dubai Racing Carnival begins Where: Meydan Racing complex More details: www.dubairacing.com The lowdown: A new era of horse racing begins with the opening of the multi-million dollar purpose built Meydan stadium. The breathtaking complex stands out as one of the finest places in the world to watch horse racing.
When: February 4-6 What: Gulf Bike Festival Where: Dubai Festival City More details: www.gulfbikeexpo.com The lowdown: Nickelback and Status Quo provide the unlikely musical accompaniment to a celebration of all things motorized, leather or two-wheeled.
When: February 10-19 What: Skywards Dubai Intrnational Jazz Festival Where: Venues across Dubai More details: www.dubaijazzfest.com The lowdown: Brit singer-songwriter James Morrison headlines the annual jazz spectacular. He will be joined by Californian folk singer Brett Dennen, the James Taylor Quartet and a veritable army of swinging smoothies.
When: February 12-27 What: Dubai Tennis Championships Where: Dubai Tennis Stadium More details: www.barclaysdubaitennischampionship.com The lowdown: The best male and female players in the world go head-to-head. Ever since the historic match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer on the Burj Al Arab helipad this has been one of the world’s most anticipated sporting occasions.
When: February 18 What: Sunidhi Chauhan in concert Where: Madinat Arena More details: www.timeouttickets.com The lowdown: One of Bollywood’s favourite touring divas brings her powerful voice, energetic dancing and colourful costumes to the Madinat Theatre.
When: February 26 What: Bloomingdales Dubai opens Where: Dubai Mall More details: www.dubaimall.com The lowdown: New York’s most famous department store opens in Dubai.
When: February 27 What: Global Village closing ceremony Where: Global Village More details: www.globalvillage.ae The lowdown: A celebration of world cultures, Global Village is one of Dubai’s most popular winter attractions. Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors since it began in mid-November it is an open-air market with genuine artifacts from more than 40 countries.
When: February 28 What: Holi Where: Across Dubai The lowdown: This festival of colours is celebrated by millions of hindus around the world. Head down to the souks in Deira and the creekside to experience the liveliest celebrations.
When: March 10-13 What: Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature Where: Intercontinental Hotel More details: www.eaifl.com The lowdown: More than 80 authors, including Martin Amis, Vikas Swarup, Mark Billingham and Amit Chaudhuri will be giving dramatic readings, discussing their works and debating all things literary.
When: March 9-13 What: Dubai International Boat Show Where: Dubai Marina More details: www.boatshowdubai.com The lowdown: Board some of the world’s greatest yachts, set sail across the gulf or just watch the races from the tranquil serenity of the shore.
When: March 10-13 What: Taste of Dubai Where: Restaurants across Dubai More details: www.tasteofdubai.com The lowdown: Top chefs from around the world will be coming to Dubai to cook, chat and compete for your culinary favour. A great opportunity for gourmets to pick up tips as well as indulge tastebuds.
When: March 17-20 What: Art Dubai Where: Galleries and exhibition venues across Dubai More details: www.artdubai.ae The lowdown: The emirate’s cultural credentials are expanded with a festival of all things artistic in the city. This year sees the return of the Global Art Forum as well as the awarding of the second annual Abraaj art prize.
When: March 27 What: Dubai World Cup Where: Meydan More details: www.dubairacingclub.com The lowdown: The world’s richest horse race is one of the most important fixtures on the international racing circuit. Mingle with celebrities, marvel at the new Meydan race course, dress up in your finest and enjoy the action.