Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Good news for employees in UAE

Pay to rise faster than inflation in 2014

Ask anyone about the cost of living today, and you're likely to be discussing rising rents, surging food bills, escalating cost of children's education, as well as the price of clothing, travel and a whole lot of other day-to-day items.

What doesn’t seem to be edging up, however, is salaries we earn, right? Wait until 2014, says new research from professional services firm Towers Watson, which says that, next year, we are all going to earn more than what inflation will take away from us.

Employees in the UAE can expect average pay increases of 5 per cent in 2014, it says, and adds that inflation will average 2.5 per cent, resulting in an increase in disposable income, or the real pay hike, to the tune of 2.5 per cent.

Rising rentals, the primary worry of UAE employees, will be more than offset by employers looking to retain talent, the firm maintains. Towers Watson expects annual housing allowances to be closely monitored by companies in the UAE in 2014 to ensure levels remain competitive following significant increases in rental costs in the past year.

For the past two years housing allowances for executives have increased by 9 per cent while management level employees received increases of 5 per cent and professionals 2 per cent, according to Towers Watson research.

In a poll of HR professionals attending Towers Watson’s recent Data Services General Industry Forum, 40 per cent stated that they had recently reviewed their employee housing allowance policies.

“2014 will be challenging for organisations as they will need to balance their ability to recruit and retain the best talent, whilst also ensuring remuneration costs do not exceed company budgets,” said Billy Turriff, Business Leader for Data Services & Technology at Towers Watson.

“UAE pay awards are broadly in line with other countries across the Gulf and with the lowest anticipated inflation in the region, real income rises in the UAE are predicted to be second only to Kuwait,” he added.

The results show healthy pay rises across the Middle East with salary increases in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, all between 5 and 6 per cent.

Projected pay increases by GCC countries in 2014:
Country  Avg Pay Hike 
Proj. Inflation 
Real Pay Hike for employees
UAE5%2.5%2.5%
Kuwait6%3.2%2.8%
Oman5.3%2.8%2.5%
Saudi Arabia5.5%3.3%2.2%
Bahrain5%3.1%1.9%
Qatar5.3%4.2%1.1%
“In a fast moving and rapidly growing economy such as the UAE, circumstances change quickly and companies often find their pay policies out of date if they are not monitored closely and refreshed regularly,” concluded Turriff.
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Monday, 2 December 2013

UAE events calendar: December 2013


DECEMBER 1
Head to Al Ain for the aerobatic show, until December 2. Tickets at ticketmaster.ae
BidiBondi Movember closing party, 1pm. Free of charge; registered Mo-bros and Mo-sisters get 20 per cent discount. Call 04-4270515.
DECEMBER 2
It’s the UAE’s 42nd National Day. For a full list of events, visit gulfnews.com/tabloid
DECEMBER 3
Check out Off The Rails, an art exhibition at The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, with works by Abu Dhabi artist Noor Al Suweidi. Until December 7.
Healing Art exhibition by Wilma Burton at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi, until December 4.
DECEMBER 4
Punchline Comedy Club, with Wayne Deakin, Dave Johns and Daniel Townes, at Danat Hotel Al Ain, 9pm. Tickets, Dh150, at urbanevents.ae. Also at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on December 5 and Abu Dhabi Golf Club on December 6.
Watch Trashed, a documentary featuring actor Jeremy Irons, with The Scene Club, at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre, 8pm. Tickets free but need to be booked at thesceneclub.com; collect by 7pm before an hour of networking with fellow film enthusiasts.

DECEMBER 5
Swiss Arabian’s Lamhe, a tribute to Indian music of the 1950s-70s, with a tribute to the late Manna Dey, at Crowne Plaza Dubai, 9pm. Tickets Dh350 and Dh250 (including buffet dinner); Dh150 and Dh100 seating is theatre style; call 04-3373724.
The Movenpick Jumeirah Beach lights its Christmas tree, with help from Santa. 7-8.30pm. In Abu Dhabi, the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri will be lighting up and selling hampers for charity, from 7.30pm.
Dubai Drama Group presents Steven Berkoff’s stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, at thejamjar, Al Quoz, 7:30pm.  Entry is by donation and seating is free. 
At the movies: Its Saving Santa, a computer-animated comedy film. Enough Said, a sharp, insightful comedy exploring the mess that comes with getting involved and Rambo Rajkumar directed by Prabhu Deva starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha
Dubai Christmas Festival at Media City Amphitheatre (until December 7). Go to dubaichristmasfestival.com.
DECEMBER 6
Graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez will turn a blank wall in Safa Park into an Expo 2020-themed work of art (legally!). Watch him from 2-5pm at The Archive.
Red Bull Soundclash at Dubai International Marine Club from 8pm, with Wust Al Balad and Autostrad.
We Are 9, Cypress Hill headline Infusion’s celebration, at Atlantis, tickets Dh250 (advance) and Dh290 on the door.
Sharon Cuneta and KC Conception, at Dubai Wonderland, show at 9.30pm. Tickets Dh100-300, on 055-9979474.
Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) begins. For full schedule and ticket details, go to dubaifilmfest
DECEMBER 7
Documentary Voices, a non-profit film education initiative this year focuses on ‘Children and Cinema’, until December 14. Workshops and lectures at Total Arts (Courtyard) Gallery and AM Studio in Al Quoz; contact documentaryvoices.com
You Are Beautiful, an art exhibition and auction in aid of female education in Pakistan, featuring the works of 10 Pakistani artists, at The Designers Gallery, JLT, 6-9pm. Call 050-4216601.
Stollen charity cake sale, with chefs from the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates baking 600 metres of German Christmas fruit cake – using 2,210 eggs, 600 kilograms of flour, 278 kilograms of raisins and 55 kilograms of marzipan. Slices (Dh5), half cakes (Dh50) and full cakes (Dh100) will be sold for Dubai Centre for Special Needs, from 10am.
DECEMBER 8
South African comedian Barry Hilton at The Gramercy, DIFC (also December 9). Show at 9pm, Dh175 including a drink; Dh350 with a three-course dinner and a drink. Call 04-4377511.
DECEMBER 9
Check out u/c: under construction, an exhibition by British Artist Michael David Bosworth at Coral Beach Resort – Sharjah, until xxx.
DECEMBER 10
More Cafe book club looks at The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling), 6.30pm at DIFC. Group limited to 12 people, RSVP tobookclub@more.com.
DECEMBER 11
Women’s Exhibition until December 14 at Dubai World Trade Centre, featuring products and services for women, as well as fashion designs, beauty, health and the culinary art.
Gingerbread factory and lighting of the Christmas tree at Sheraton Abu Dhabi, 4-7pm, Dh135 per child, Dh95 for adults; call 02-6773333.
DECEMBER 12
Gucci’s House of Artisans at The Dubai Mall atrium until December 15, with craftspeople making the brand’s handbags (including the Bamboo, pictured), shoes, fine jewellery and silk scarves in front of customers. Archival pieces on loan from Florence’s Gucci Museo will also be on display.
Mother, Baby & Child show at Dubai International Exhibition Centre (until December 14) has a winter wonderland theme, with education and edutainment, food, cooking demonstrations and appearances by Star Wars storm troopers, Lala Loopy and Father Christmas. Tickets Dh65 (advance, giving priority entrance to see Father Christmas); Dh125 per person on the door. The Very Snowy Holiday theatre show for 3-7 year olds.
McGettigan’s brings Irish comedians PJ Gallagher & Dave McSavage to Almas Tower, JLT, show at 9pm, tickets Dh120 at McGettigan’s JLT and DWTC.
At the movies: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug brings together Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage; For Kids there’s Tarzan, an animated motion capture, family film.
DECEMBER 13
The Prodigy, Calvin Harris play Creamfields Abu Dhabi, at du Arena, Yas Island. Tickets from Dh275. Go to thinkflash.ae
Susan Boyle performs a Christmas concert at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from Dh250 at www.ticketmaster.ae.
Asha Bosle performs at Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets, Dh100-2,000 (various categories) at 050-2254010.
Groove On The Grass festival with Ricardo Villalobos, at Emirates Golf Club, tickets Dh160 (early bird), at platinumlist.net, Dh250 on the door.
Sharmila Dance Gala, performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at DUCTAC. Tickets Dh155/200 at Virgin Megastore.
Jam Night at Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotels Al Barsha, with 25 jammers from 9.30pm. Takes place every second Friday of the month.
DECEMBER 14
It’s the last night of Diff, with the screening of American Hustle. The film’s star Christian Bale is rumoured to be on the red carpet. Stay tuned to @gulfnewstabloid for updates!
Eva Longoria hosts the Global Gift Gala at supperclub Dubai, Jumeriah Zabeel Saray. For tickets, write to
The Color Run [CQ], a 5k at Dubai Autodrome (entries are now closed).
Numaish winter show, a fashion exhibition at The Address Hotel Dubai Mall .
DECEMBER 15
DUCTAC’s Kids Christmas Art Camp, until December 19, for children aged 6-11, making festive decorations, drawing, painting, crafts and more. Daily 10am-1.30pm; five-day course Dh900. Call 04-3414777.
DECEMBER 16
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony  in true festive style at the Al Raha Beach Hotel Lobby, 6pm-7pm  
                                          
Cabinet of Curiosities by Jaime Puebla, an exhibition of photographs shot in the UAE by Jaime Puebla at Gulf Photo Plus, Al Serkal Avenue.
DECEMBER 17
Middle East Film and Comic Con workshop, at The Magazine Shop, Media City. Entry free. RSVP on rsvp@mefcc.com.
DECEMBER 18
Visit the Souk Festive Market (from December17-27) at Madinat Jumeirah, open 3pm-midnight on weekdays; 1pm-midnight on weekends, with seasonal food and beverage snacks such as roasted chestnuts and gingerbread, a giant snow globe, an ice rink, Santa surfing, a reindeer rodeo, Santa’s grotto and the North Pole Train.
DECEMBER 19
Chicago Broadway Musical, the incredibly popular and famous Broadway musical is coming to Dubai World Trade Centre. Until January 3. Platinumlist.ae
At the movies: Bollywood’s Dhoom 3, starring Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Abhishek Bachchan
DECEMBER 20
Beauty and the Beast, a family show by Barnyard Productions at Madinat Jumeirah,7pm. Tickets, Dh250-350, at madinattheatre.com. Shows also December 21-24 (11am and 3pm); December 26-28 (3pm and 7pm); December 29-30 (11am and 3pm); December 31 (3pm).
DECEMBER 21
Baby Bazaar, a monthly flea market for mums to sell pre-loved baby, toddler and maternity items (held on the third Saturday of the month), at Foutouh Al Khair Mall, 10am-2pm. Visit www.babybazaar.org or call 050-5532048.
DECEMBER 22
UAE Contrast of Time, an exhibition by established and upcoming photographers from the UAE Goodwill Photographers group, at Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, until January 7.
DECEMBER 23
BookMunch Cafe is bringing you glad tidings of good cheer with the best of Christmas fun and food, all children eating at BookMunch between will get a free gingerbread cookie with candy and frosting to decorate with. 
DECEMBER 24
Check out Lines and Colors an Arabic calligraphy exhibition with works by 10 Arab and Iranian artists, until December 25 at Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip, Jumeirah Beach Road.
DECEMBER 25
Merry Christmas! For listings of Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day offers, check gulfnews.com/tabloid.
DECEMBER 26
High Impact Festival, at Meydan (also December 27) with performers from Africa and Asia. Headliners on 26 are P-Square, Mr. Vegas, Lira and Mafikizolo. Open to all ages; from 4pm-3am. Tickets, Dh299/545 at Virgin Megastores.
For table reservations, call 050-7486540.
At the movies: The Wolf of Wall Street based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, and Jonah Hill.
DECEMBER 27
Filipino rock band Eraserheads perform at High Impact Festival, Meydan, tickets Dh259/399. highimpactfest.ae
DECEMBER 28
Nabil Nahas’ second solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi, presenting Fractals, his best-known series, and his Galactic paintings. Until January 9.
DECEMBER 29
El Moulid, a group exhibition by 15 Contemporary Egyptian artists exploring a unique cultural phenomenon at Gallery Ward
DECEMBER 30
Eyes Wide Open - An Afghan Journey, a photo exhibition by Pia Torelli at Alliance Francaise, Oud Metha, Dubai. Works will be for sale. Until December 31.
DECEMBER 31
It’s New Year’s Eve! Amid fireworks at Atlantis, Burj Khalifa and Emeli Sande and Pete Tong at Atlantis, there are a host of events taking place across the UAE. Check gulfnews.com/tabloid for updates.
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

November Events Calendar


Diaries at the ready... gear up for a month full of art and culture, sport, fashion, films, food and festivals


SUN, 03

See Hunger, an exhibition at Ductac exploring the raw and primitive sensations that surround Hallowe’en. Until November 5.

MON, 04

Kamal Musallam performs Arabic fusion music at The Fridge Concert Series from 8pm, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets Dh50 per person, Dh25 for students, free for under 18s. Log on to thefridgedubai.com
Lumen, Italian painter Antonio Nunziante’s first exhibition in Dubai, in support of Al Noor Centre for children with special needs, at Capital Club, DIFC.

TUE, 05

An Evening with John Cleese at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Theatre from 7.30pm. Tickets Dh350-450. madinattheatre.com
Dubai International Motor Show at Dubai World Trade Centre until November 9. Tickets Dh55, available at Eppco, Enoc, Zoom outlets. dubaimotorshow.com
Mooovember special by Comedy Dubai featuring Ray Addison, Roger Talty, Robert Hillier, Feyaza Khan, Sheida Ibrahim and Omar Shams, at SoHo Bar & Grill Century Village, Garhood. Entry free. Write to events@ chihospitality.ae
Tickle, Iranian pop artist Morteza Zahedi’s second solo show at XVA Gallery DIFC. Until November 14, then moves to XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, November 17-December 7.
Talk by German artist Carla Mercedes Hihn at Ductac, 7pm.

WED, 06

National Geographic’s Dubai Ultimate Airport screenings at Meydan IMAX from 9am to 8.15pm until November 9. Call 800-IMAX (4629).
The International Coffee & Tea Festival 2013 at Meydan IMAX Gallery until November 8. For more information log on to coffeeteafest.com
Last chance to see Tachi Pintor’s portraits of famous, historical and culturally diverse figures, at Avenue at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. The artist will also be painting live daily from 7-8pm.

THU, 07

Mike Tyson, a two-night stage show by the boxer, at Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets at tixbox.me
The Million Dollar Art Exhibition at The Raffles Dubai, until November 13. The event also features selected unique pieces by Miraj Islamic Centre.
Dubai Race Nights start the season at Meydan.
At the movies:
The geriatric Hangover, Last Vegas, brings together Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline; Chris Helmsworth and his hammer return in Thor 2; Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes star in She’s The One.
Ladies night at Velocity, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, from 8 to 10pm every Thursday.
Bale Thelipaale a Tulu comedy show at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School Dubai. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets Dh35-100. Call 055-4849401/055-6232089.
Soshana Forever Austrian painter Soshana’s exhibition at Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City until November 30.
BFG & Fever perform as part of adidas’ Unite All Originals campaign at the brand’s Dubai Mall store from 7.30 to 9.30pm.
Last day for entries to Shaikha Manal Young Artist Award 2013 at youngartistaward.ae

FRI, 08

Pink Polo, a polo exhibition game, camel and pony rides, falcon shows, golf lessons, camel polo, photo sessions with polo players, reserved picnic areas and the “Pink Clinic”, with medical experts and free screenings at the mobile mammography unit. At Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, from 2pm. Free entry.
Percussionist Bikram Ghosh at Ductac, 7pm, tickets Dh100, 150 and 200.
Tropfest Arabia short film festival, judged by Egyptian actress Yousra, on Abu Dhabi Corniche. Entry free.
Dubai Wrestling Entertainment with Chris Raaber, the Red Eagle, Kenzo Richards, Joe Doering, Tajiri, Chris Masters and the Arabian Knight, at Hamdan Sports Complex, tickets from Dh50. Call 056-3379386.
Flea Market, Uptown Mirdiff, 2-7pm, entry free.
Fireworks at Emirates Golf Club from 5-8pm.
Unite All Originals hosted by Younique, P7 car park at Media One Hotel, Dubai, with DJs Scratch, BFG and Fever; free entry to those wearing adidas Originals, under 21s until 8pm only.
Lee Burridge spins at Blue Marlin Ibiza. Restaurant open from 1-11pm. Call 056-1133400.
Xtreme Fiestamatic a Filipino rock-fashion-comedy event featuring Rico Blanco, KZ Tandigan, Daniel Matsunaga and Ethel Booba at Dubai Creek Park  Amphitheatre from 8pm, doors open 7pm. Tickets Dh175, Dh250. Call 04-2558092.
The Wiggles perform live at Atlantis Asateer at 10am, 2 and 6pm. Tickets Dh220 and Dh500, one child under two enters complimentary with a paying adult. Also November 9. Log on to atlantisthepalm.com
Plus Minus Sessions featuring Tiefschwarz at Nasimi Beach from 2pm-3am. 2-7pm women enter free, men pay Dh100; 7pm on Dh150 per person. Call 056-7893897/055-2004321.

SAT, 09

This Is Vinyl, event celebrating vinyl music with stalls and live bands outdoors at Ductac’s Piazza, midday-7pm. Entry free. Performers include  Beatbox Ray, The Victims, Parallel Sound System and The Girls.

SUN, 10

Calligraphy workshop by Pakistani artist Bin Qullander at Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Quoz, 10am-1pm. Call 04-3881663.

MON, 11

Golf Day with Peter Alliss, at Emirates Golf Club. Golf, Dh950, dinner, Dh650; both Dh1,600. Call 04-3234100.

TUE, 12

Jewellery Box: Ireland’s Hidden Gems, a photographic exhibition by Daragh Muldowney, at Four Points By Sheraton, Shaikh Zayed Road. Until Januar 31, 2014.

WED, 13

Tango Milonga concert with Olivier Manoury (bandoneon) and Sergio Cruz (piano) blending jazz and tango, 7.30pm at Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre. Dh80 (Alliance Francaise members), Dh100 (non members). Tickets at Alliance Fran├žaise - Oud Metha
Casa Mia restaurant celebrates its 20th anniversary with guest chef Graziano Prest (who is cooking there from 7-15 November). Dh499 per person; call 04-2170000.

THU, 14

Cinderella, performed by the Moscow City Ballet, at Madinat Theatre, two shows daily until 16th. Tickets Dh350, Dh300 and Dh250; call 04-3666546.
Isabel Marant’s collection for H&M hits stores in the UAE. Get ‘em quick!
At the movies:
Two takes on Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, with Bollywood’s Ram Leela, starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh going head to head with Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in Hollywood’s latest Romeo and Juliet. For kids, there’s the animated Free Birds.

FRI, 15

Alica Keys, with support from Jason Derulo, at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets from Dh295 at doneevents.com
Sandance with Jamiroquai, Nile Rogers and Rudimental at Atlantis The Palm. Tickets from Dh295
Metal Asylum, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai. Entry Dh100. Call 050-7140427.

SAT, 16

Two-day workshop with timelapse photographer Joe Louw at Light House Studio (starts Nov 15). Dh1,500. info@lighthouse.ae

SUN, 17

Head to Global Village. The international showcase is open until March 2014. Entry is Dh15, children free.

MON, 18

Premiere of  Hafez Puppet Opera (until 20th), a Persian puppetry performance, at Ductac, shows at 8pm. Tickets Dh500 at 04-3414777.

TUE, 19

Cabinet of Curiosities, photographs of the UAE by Jaime Puebla, an exhibition running until December 19, at Gulf Photo Plus, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai.

WED, 20

Skyview, a four-day public event alongside the Dubai Airshow, with displays on land and in the air, including UAE aerobatic team Al Fursan. From 18-21 November, noon-6pm at Dubai World Central (DWC), Jebel Ali. Flying displays at 2pm daily. Daily tickets Dh60 (adult), Dh30 (children under 12). Visit skyview.aero.
Abu Dhabi Art 2013, November 20-23, at UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District.

THU, 21

Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show at Dubai Creek Marina, until November 24, with fiesta bodega island, family friendly games and competitions and live music. Entry free.
At the movies:
She’s won the games, but the fun is just beginning: Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Those looking for something more grown-up can see Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy in Before Midnight.

FRI, 22

Barasti launches a new night, Sugar Beach, a carnival-style day-and-night party featuring Belleruche, 11am-3am, entertainment from 2pm. Entry free.
Fifth Beat Diabetes walkathon, with free breakfast and blood glucose testing, live music, kid’s zone, Zumba and drumming sessions, area A, Gate 1, Zabeel Park, Dubai, walk starts at 8am. Register at Oasis Centre, Dubai and all Centrepoint, Home Centre, Max, Fitness First and iCare Clinics outlets in the UAE and beatdiabetes.me.
Europe perform at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, with support from UAE bands Ascendant and The Boxtones . Tickets from Dh200 at mpremiere.com.

SAT, 23

Dubai Chamber Orchestra performs Vorisek Symphony in D, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Gluck’s Overture to Orfeo ed Euridice, Mozart Horn Concerto No 3, by soloist Jen Cuthbertson. At Christ Church, Jebel Ali, 8pm.
Auditions for The Wizard Of Oz (also November 22) at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, seeking UAE-based dancers, singers and actors, open to anyone aged 7-60.
Coutts Polo at the Palace with fashion, food and matches at Emirates Palace. Limited hospitality and general admission; visit citypoloseries.com.

SUN, 24

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged!) at Madinat Theatre, from November 21-26 (moving to Al Jaheli Theatre, Armed Forces And Officers Club in Abu Dhabi, November 28-29. Tickets Dh160 and Dh200.

MON, 25

Southeast to Armageddon, an exhibition of images from the Middle East chapter of Raja’a Khalid’s ongoing ‘Minor Histories Archive’ project, at The Third Line, until December 5.

TUE, 26

Christmas market, 9am-4pm, at Alliance Fran├žaise, Oud Metha. Call 050-3803519.

WED, 27

Abu Dhabi Alive, a three-day health event at Zayed Sports City with games, rock climbing, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, health and fitness professionals, medical checks and body composition assessments. Noon-9pm daily; entry free, Dh5 daily for access to bowling centre, tennis courts, beach tennis and rugby field, free to those who register in advance on abudhabialive.ae.

THU, 28

CNCF gala dinner, 7pm, Grand Hyatt, with three course dinner, beverages until midnight, live music and rugby stars. Table bookings only; 10 guests Dh7,500; urbanevents.ae.
Lotus Educational Institute Art Exhibition at Dubai Knowledge Village, with 35 per cent of proceeds going to Rashid Pediatric Therapy Center.
At the movies:
Saif Ali Khan is Bullet Raja, alongside Sonakshi Sinha; 50 years on, revisit the Kennedy Assassination in Parkland; Spike Lee directs Josh Brolin in his remake of modern Korean classic Oldboy.

FRI, 29

Dubai Rugby Sevens Weekend, at the Sevens Stadium, Dubai. Tickets Dh250 in advance (Dh300 on the dooor); two-day tickets Dh400 (Dh500 on the door). At dubairugby7s.com.
Up Close & Personal with Martin Nievera, a two-night show by the Filipino star, 10pm at Boracay Club, Asiana Hotel, Deira. Tickets Dh150 (standing) and Dh250. Call 04-2387777.

SAT, 30

Black Cloth and Bronze, an exhibition by Paul Wadsworth and Karel Zijlstra, at Majlis Gallery, Al Fahedi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai. Call 04-3536233