The to-do list

This week

Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz
Freestylers
Freestylers
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia
Dubai Marathon
Dubai Marathon
The 2010 Pedigree & Whiskas Dubai Pet Show
The 2010 Pedigree & Whiskas Dubai Pet Show
Bloomingdale’s opens
Bloomingdale’s opens
Nickelback
Nickelback
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Paulo Nutini
Paulo Nutini
Taste of Dubai
Taste of Dubai
Dubai World Cup Meydan racecourse
Dubai World Cup Meydan racecourse
Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar
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This week

Ongoing
Sustainable City
Art show revealing how we could overcome the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Continues until January 30.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, See www.ductac.org.

Thu 14
Jon Lovitz
Let’s hope the US funnyman makes it here this time…
Madinat Arena, See www.timeouttickets.com.

Movement feat. David Amo and Julio Navas
The Spanish production duo – they’ve remixed tunes for the likes of David Guetta and Wally Lopez – play a set at this colourful club.
Sanctuary, Atlantis.

Fri 15
Freestylers

The Brit breakbeaters hit Garhoud.
Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai.

Sacred Sights of India
A vast collection of vintage photos, both contemporary and from the ’60s and ’70s. Until February 5.
The Empty Quarter, DIFC.

Sat 16
Dubai Designer Market

Vintage labels in the park. From 1pm-6pm; fashion show at 3pm.
Safa Park, Jumeirah, See www.dubai-fleamarket.com.

Sun 17
Manhattan Film Academy workshop

Learn to act using the same techniques as Marlon Brando and James Dean. Until Saturday 23.
Knowledge Village, See www.mfacademy.com.

Mon 18
Brilliance of the Seas

A new cruise ship arrives in Dubai, offering local cruises until April.
Around the Gulf, See www.royalcaribbean-arabia.com.


January

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!
The Westin, Al Sufouh Rd, See www dubaimarathon.org.

Sharq Orchestra’s Essence of Arabia
Enjoy the sound of an Arabic orchestra.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, See www.ductac.org.

Jan 21-24
Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Expect to see stars such as Sergio Garcia (right) and Paul Casey, but perhaps no Tiger.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, See www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com.

Jan 21-24
Dubai Shopping Festival

Prepare yourself for the annual frenzy of in-store sales, free entertainment and lots and lots of fireworks.
Locations across the city, See www.mydsf.com.

From Jan 25
Blood Brothers

The long-running musical begins a two-week run.
First Group Theatre, See www.madinattheatre.com.

Mahmovies! Music for the Eyes
The free music documentary series returns, with post-film gigs.
thejamjar, Al Quoz, See www.twitter.com/mahmovies.

From Jan 28
The Signspotting Project

A free show of the world’s funniest signs, curated by Doug Lansky.
Dubai Festival City, See www.festivalcentre.com.

Jan 29
The 2010 Pedigree & Whiskas Dubai Pet Show

The annual pet competition. Until February 4.
Dubai Festival City, See www.dubaipetshow.com.


For the diary

Feb DATE TBC
Time Out Nightlife Awards

Which are the best bars, clubs and DJs in the land? We reveal all.
Venue TBC, See www.timeoutdubai.com.

Feb 1
Bloomingdale’s opens

The leading US department store is set to open in Dubai. One Medium Brown Bag for us, please!
The Dubai Mall, See www.thedubaimall.com.

Feb 2-7
Dubai Desert Classic

Will Rory Mcilroy retain his title?
Emirates Golf Club, See www.dubaidesertclassic.com.

Feb 4-6
Gulf Bike Festival

Nickelback and Status Quo provide an unlikely musical line-up.
Dubai Festival City, See www.gulfbikeexpo.com.

Feb 10-19
Dubai International Jazz Festival

James Morrison and David Gray take to the Jazz Fest stage.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, See www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Feb 14-27
Dubai Tennis Championships

Back with the world’s best players, including Rafael Nadal (below), plus the tournament’s first ladies’ day.
The Aviation Club, Garhoud, See www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com.

Feb 18
Sunidhi Chauhan

The Indian playback singer famed for Bollywood tunes performs at the Madinat.
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
The Arabic Booker

Who will win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction? All will be revealed.
Abu Dhabi, See www.arabicfiction.org.

Mar 9-13
Dubai International Boat Show 2010

Yachts, powerboats, schooners and whatever else floats your boat.
Dubai International Marine Club, See www.boatshowdubai.com.

Mar 10-13
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2010

Books are taking over the city again this year. Expect some straight talking as Martin Amis joins the fold of authors and poets.
Intercontinental Festival City, See www.emirateslitfest.com.

Mar 11-13
Dubai Football Sevens

The first-ever football version of the sevens, featuring 300 local and international teams.
Sevens stadium, See www.promoseven.com.

Mar 12
Paulo Nutini

The wee Scot folk-popper flies in.
The Irish Village, Garhoud.

Mar 16
Mirdif City Centre opens

Expect shops, eateries and indoor skydiving. Of course!
Mirdif, See www.mirdiffcitycentre.info.

Mar 17-20
Art Dubai

More world-class pieces as Dubai goes crazy for art.
Madinat Jumeirah, See www.artdubai.ae.

Mar 17-20
Taste of Dubai

The city’s top food fest returns.
Media City, See www.timeouttickets.com.

Mar 20
Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival

Showcasing ballet, classical music, art and more. Until April 7.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, See www.admaf.org.

Mar 25-26
Red Bull AIr Race

Weird and wonderful creations take to the skies over the capital.
Abu Dhabi, See www.redbullairrace.com.

Mar 27
Dubai World Cup

We predict that the city will go Meydan-mad in March when the first Dubai World Cup is held at the new multi-million dirham venue.
Meydan racecourse, See www.dubaiworldcup.com.

April 1-3
Zee Dubai Mega Mela

Take part in the biggest celebration of Indian culture and music ever to take place in Dubai.
Dubai Media City, See www.dubaimegamela.com.

Apr 7-10
Dubai Bride Show

The wedding show is bigger and better than ever before.
Dubai International Exhibition Centre, See www.thebrideshow.com.

Apr 8
Anoushka Shankar

The sitar player (and Ravi’s daughter) plays a concert in the capital.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, See www.adach.ae.

Apr 22-24
Womad Abu Dhabi

Family-friendly world music for free – and it’s only an hour’s drive from Dubai.
Abu Dhabi Corniche, See www.womad.org.

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