Jan 22 Dubai Marathon Run 42k, 10k or 3k. It’s too late to sign up now, so you’ll just have to cheer the mad people on! Palm Jumeirah, See www.dubaimarathon.org. Jan 21-24 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Expect to see stars including Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia… but perhaps no Tiger. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, See www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com.
Jan 21-24 Locations across the city Prepare yourself for a feast of in-store sales, free entertainment and lots and lots of fireworks. Dubai Shopping Festival, See www.mydsf.com.
Feb 18 Sunidhi Chauhan The Indian playback singer famed for Bollywood tunes performs. Madinat Arena, See www.timeouttickets.com. Feb 19 Bloc Party DJ set Lead singer Kele from the Brit band steers the decks at Alpha after we missed him at SoundCity last year. Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, Call 04 702 2640.
Mar 2 Booker Prize for Arabic Fiction Who will win the region’s top literary prize? All will be revealed… Abu Dhabi, See www.arabicfiction.org.