5 things to do today

Thursday 14

Stuff your face for Thai New Year: Chef Mac will be serving a special celebratory menu at Thiptara to mark Thai New Year. Offer also runs on Saturday.
Dhs279. 7.30pm. Thiptara,The Palace, The Old Town (04 428 7888).

Join the Community Drum Circle: Get banging at this drumming session, where they’ll teach you rhythmic tricks and techniques. Sessions last about 45 minutes.
Free. 8pm and 9pm. Dubai Festival Centre, www.festivalcentre.com (04 311 6536).

Side-splitting entertainment: Prepare for belly laughs aplenty at The Laughter Factory, with comedians Phil Nichol, Stephen Grant and Mick Ferry.
Dhs115. 9pm. Courtyard by Marriott, Green Community (04 355 1862), www.timeouttickets.com

Westlife play Jebel Ali Golf Resort: The Irish man-band is set to ‘rock’ Jebel Ali. Girly screams at the ready…
Dhs250 (regular), Dhs450 (Golden Circle). Doors open 6pm, show starts 9pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555), www.timeouttickets.com

A world-class fight night: More than 300 of the world’s best jiu-jitsu fighters will be competing in Abu Dhabi for a share of the US$1 million prize money. Leading Emirati fighter Faisal Al Ketbi will be defending his gold medal.
Free. From 3pm. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, www.uaejj.com.

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