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The top stuff to do in Dubai in January. It's official...

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This week

Thu 7
Barasti Beach Sandstorm presents Richard Round
DJ Richard Round headlines with house at this cheerful sundown beach party.
Barasti.

iLL Communications feat. DJ T Madinat Rooftop
The Get Physical house and techno DJ plays an al fresco set at the Madinat, supported by Shadi Megallaa.
See www.timeouttickets.com.

Movement presents Russian Orthodox Christmas feat. DJ Danila
Progressive/tech house for Dubai’s Russian community (although we’re sure it’s open to all!).
Sanctuary, Atlantis.

Fri 8
Car boot sale
A plot costs Dh150 per car; eager punters should roll up by 8am to secure a spot.
Dubai Autodrome, See www.carbootuae.com.

Sat 9
Safa Park Flea Market feat. live music
Sell your unwanted gear, buy a load of new stuff and soak up the tunes from 8am-3pm.
Safa Park gate 5, See dubai-fleamarket.com.

Bazaar and cake bake sale
Dubai International Arts Centre Browse books, household items, toys, clothes, handmade crafts and jewellery, or scoff some of the tasty home-made cakes.
See www.artdubai.com.

Tue 12
Sustainable City art exhibition
A show exploring climate change, the ice age, carbon footprints and eco challenges.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, See www.ductac.org.

Animal Farm

Acted out by solo performer Gary Shelford using only a wooden box. Continues until January 16.
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.


January

Jan 15
Freestylers

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

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.

From Jan 25
Blood Brothers

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

From Jan 25
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.


For the diary

Feb DATE TBC
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 DATE TBC
Time Out Nightlife Awards

Which are the best bars, clubs and DJs in the land? We reveal all.
See www.timeoutdubai.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 Brett Dennen are on the Jazz Fest line-up.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, See www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Feb 14-27
Dubai Tennis Championships

Back with the world’s best players and the first-ever ladies’ day.
The Aviation Club, Garhoud, See www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.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.

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 event, featuring a staggering 300 international and local teams.
Sevens stadium, See www.promoseven.com.

Mar 17-20
Art Dubai

Expect more world-class pieces as art takes over the city again.
Madinat Jumeirah, See www.artdubai.ae.

Mar 20-Apr7
Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival

Showcasing the world’s best ballet, classical music, art and more.
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

Bigger, and better than ever before.
Dubai International Exhibition Centre, See www.thebrideshow.com.

Apr 8
Anoushka Shankar

Ravi’s daughter plays the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival.
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 away.
Abu Dhabi Corniche, See www.womad.org.

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