Winter wonderland

It’s the start of a new season, so what’s on around town? Laura Chubb gives you the lowdown for the next few months

Thai Street Market
Thai Street Market
The Singing Kettle
The Singing Kettle
Foto Weekend by Gulf Photo Plus
Foto Weekend by Gulf Photo Plus

1 Thai Street Market: We still can’t quite comprehend how a ‘traditional Thai street market’ on the 24th floor of a five-star hotel works (nor fathom why someone would decide this is a good idea), but we can’t help wanting to check it out and find out. The Dusit Thani on Sheikh Zayed Road promises the ‘charm of Thai culture’ at this market opposite its Royal Thai cuisine restaurant, Benjarong, where there are handicrafts, clothing, accessories and authentic Thai cuisine to sample. Just don’t expect traditional Thai street market prices.
Dusit Thani Hotel, 24th floor, Sheikh Zayed Road. Daily, 11am-3pm and 7pm-11pm
Until November 30

2 The Rat Pack Party: Party with Frank, Sammy and Dean at this recreation of the super-smooth trio’s famous Las Vegas shows. You’ll have to catch it quick, though – the show’s run ends this week.
Dhs150, The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. or 800 4669
Until Oct 10

3 The Singing Kettle: Apparently, ‘playful Scottish humour’ is at the heart of The Singing Kettle, and its ‘madcap musical adventures’ have been keeping kids rapt across the UK for 27 years. In town for a special series of shows, The Singing Kettle is a combination of children’s theatre and pantomime aimed at under 11s and their parents. It’s been performed live for around four million adults and children over the last few decades, notching up an estimated 200 concerts a year, so as far as the little ’uns are concerned, this is the hottest ticket in town.
Ductac at Mall of the Emirates, level 2, Dhs80 for both adults and children under 11. or 800 4669
October 17-18

4 Tenderhook: A Scottish Dance Theatre production, Tenderhook by Liv Lorent has received rave reviews in the UK, where The Stage (the performing arts newspaper) called it a ‘thought-provoking and visually appealing dance’. There are eight dancers exploring how relationships change individuals as they become dependent on each other, so you can either just sit back and enjoy the prancing, or for added fun get slowly depressed about where your relationship is headed, too.
Dhs150, The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. or 800 4669
October 22-24

5 The Woman In Black: ‘Horror theatre’ returns to Dubai after The Woman In Black’s successful run here earlier this year. The spooky show has been a popular fixture on London’s West End for 21 record-breaking years, and what better time for it to be in town than Halloween? Go see this ghostly thriller if you’re feeling brave… and prepare to jump.
Dhs150, The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. or 800 4669
October 27-31

6 Encore: If you like the big numbers from West End shows but can’t be bothered to sit through the whole shebang, then Encore is the answer. It’s a whistle stop tour through the best bits of London’s biggest musical theatre productions, including The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Better still, it’s performed by a bunch of actors who have all made their mark in these shows, so they’ll have it down pitch perfect.
Dhs150, The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. or 800 4669
November 17-21

7 Foto Weekend by Gulf Photo Plus: This series of lectures and workshops is designed to sharpen amateur photographers’ skills to an intermediate level, so that they can attend the intermediate/advanced sessions at the annual Gulf Photo Plus event in March 2010. There are five professional snappers signed up to teach lectures and classes, from David Nightingale (who specialises in computer editing skills) to Bobbi Lane (chair of the Educational Committee for Advertising Photographers of America). A sure fire way to get snap happy.
Knowledge Village, prices range from US$30 for lecture-based presentations to US$400 for a two-day workshop. Tickets are on sale now. For info and bookings call 04 360 2365 or log onto
November 19-22

8 Winterfest at Ibn Battuta: Ibn Battuta’s annual Winterfest arrives in December, and if it’s anything like last year, we’re in for a treat. This time around it’s spreading beyond the China Court and spilling into the India Court too, and promises ‘street entertainment’, festive market stalls, amusement rides and perhaps even the odd special screening in the IMAX cinema (keep your eye on our Film section for more on that). The India Court is the designated ‘festive food’ area, tempting our tummies with home-baked cookies, gourmet jams and sauces. Damn, just when we were starting to lose the summer stone(s)…
Ibn Battuta mall, Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight, China and India courts
December 7 – January 4

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