Time Out looks back at the highlights of the last week. We're so glad we didn't work over Eid and went to Maroon 5.
Festival of Eid al-Adha
Some enjoyed a day off, some worked, accrued lieu days and had traffic-free commute. Every-one had fun during this year’s three-day Eid al-Adha. And if you’re wondering what you were celebrating: Eid al-Adha, the Muslim ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, commemorates the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God.
God then provided Ibrahim with a ram, inspiring the goat-sacrificing tradition. Got it? We said that Maroon 5 were good live – when we saw them in Philadelphia during sumptuous summer rain. Needless to say, they didn’t have quite the same presence in a Dubai car park. Overlooked by Plug Ins. But they gave it their very best shot – and numerous energetic star jumps – in front of the predominantly teenage, middle-aged and very international crowd.
‘The pretty one’, otherwise known as Adam Levine, surprised us, not only with his Alvin-high voice, which did a fine job of the band’s well-aired numbers and Chris Isaak’s super soprano ‘Wicked Game’, but also with his decent guitar playing – and hurling, with which he very nearly decapitated one poor roadie/fielder.
The love he was banding about was also frightening (‘I love the band! We love you Dubai! I love the beautiful girls!), while the lack of atmosphere and short set were both notable. Unfortunately, while Paul Weller and Kylie made us forget the unromantic setting, this time round Festival City was still a car park.