Reasons to travel with Rihanna, The Killers and Cirque do Soleil in the GCC
Time Out Doha staff
Rick Ross in concert The notable rapper who’s most famous for his hit single ‘Everyday I’m Hustlin’’ will be heading to Dubai for one night only concert for the first time. In 2012, he was named ‘Hottest MC in the Game’ by MTV. The show also see DJs Skinny Loop, C-Walk, Jay Sa and Junior J get involved for an evening of shake-your-thing action. October 4, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Tickets from QR250 from www.platinumlist.net.
Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back in Dubai for a night of guaranteed barrels of laughs! Expect world order restored and pints of great humour served as Al Murray tackles the Euro, wonders why kids don’t know the meaning of hard work, says the unsayable, dishes on Scots Independence and the delicate balance of supply and demand too. October 4, Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets from QR330 at www.doneevents.com or www.itp.net/tickets.
Dralion by Cirque du Soleil In the next leg of their tour across the region, the acrobats and performers of Cirque du Soleil leave Doha and take the story of the quest for harmony between humans and nature to Beirut. Bearing the unmistakable signature of the Canadian company and featuring 50 international acrobats, gymnasts, musicians and singers, Dralion soars to new heights yet again. October 10-13, Forum de Beyrouth, Lebanon. Tickets from QR190 from www.ticketinboxoffice.com.
WWE Live This unique blend of sport and entertainment combines in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, WWE Live is the ultimate in family entertainment and it’s coming to Abu Dhabi with appearances from WWE champion Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry. October 10-12, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from QR310 available from www.ticketmaster.ae.
The Killers at Sandance The multi award-winning Sandance celebrates its third anniversary on the beach with a massive festival line up including The Killers, Of Monsters And Men and The Wailers in concert plus international DJs to be announced. October 11, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. Tickets QR250 from www.itp.net/tickets.
Omid Djalili Live Stand Up Comedy Show Star of his own self-titled BBC series ‘The Omid Djalili Show’, one of the most famous stand-up comedians of all time and Comedian Of The Year is back doing what he does best; whipping his audience into hysterics with silly dances, witty anecdotes and sharp gags. October 11, Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets from QR250 from www.itp.net/tickets.
Eclipse Festival With the concept of Thailand’s infamous Full Moon parties in mind, the team at Al Dar island in Bahrain are hosting a party along with more traditional and family-friendly events over the five days of Eid. It aims to revive some old Bahraini traditions with rituals such as Heya Beya and some age-old games once played by the island’s children. Then, it culminates in an over-21 only party where international DJs pop by. Head over to the island for a night or rent a chalet with mates for a day or five. 14-19 October, Al Dar Island, Bahrain. A full festival pass costs QR250. Facebook, Eclipse Festival by Lunar Events.
Fifa U-17 World Cup Football fans, listen up, because across six top UAE stadiums – Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; Emirates Stadium, Ras Al Khaimah; Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah; Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah; Rashid Stadium, Dubai; and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain – the largest football event the Emirates has ever seen will be held. There will be 52 matches played over three weeks while teams battle it out for a prestigious title. October 17 – November 8, Six stadiums across the UAE. Ticket applications can be made at www.fifa.com/u17worldcup.
Rihanna Diamonds World Tour Worldwide superstar Rihanna - the ‘#1 Person On Facebook’ with more than 63 million fans – is bringing her Diamonds world tour to the Gulf. Expect naughty costumes, dirty dancing and a night of generally good entertainment. October 19, Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from QR400 from www.ticketmaster.ae.
La Traviata For 160 years, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata has moved audiences with its classic tale of self-sacrifice and redemptive love. The immensely popular opera is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire and is one of the most-performed operas worldwide. October 22, 24 and 26, Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Tickets from QR100 from www.rohmuscat.org.om.
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival A ten-day programme of Arabic and international cinema has been planned for this annual event. Red carpet premieres, eight film awards and new feature length and short film screenings, are just a few of the things you can look forward to. 24 October–2 November, Emirates Palace VOX Cinemas, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Visit www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae.
Gulf Bike Week This is the Middle East’s biggest bike parade and the only dedicated bike festival, alongside an all-day festival of music. Get access to live bands and DJs, quality food and beverage and the region’s only custom bike competition. Oct 24-26, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Day passes adults QR60, under 12s QR20 available at the gate.
Jose Carreras and Katherine Jenkins Spanish tenor José Carreras and Welsh soloist Katherine Jenkins will perform together for an all-seated audience. Carreras is one of the famed ‘Three Tenors’ alongside Pavarotti and Domingo and Jenkins, who has worked with music icons such as Gary Barlow and Andrea Bocelli, will bring a modern twist to the classical evening. October 25, Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from QR400 from www.ticketmaster.ae.
Marinsky Ballet The former Kirov Ballet returns to Muscat with a distinctive, three-part programme featuring choreographed pieces from some of the world’s best loved ballets including the dying swan. October 31-November 2, Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Tickets from QR80 from www.rohmuscat.org.om.