Sunday, 4 August 2013

UAE events calendar: August 2013

Diaries at the ready... Gear up for a month full of art and culture, sport, fashion, films, food and festivals. Here’s tabloid!’s don’t-miss guide to what’s happening in the UAE.

August 1
Ramadan Night Market at Dubai World Trade Centre, until August 10, a consumer fair with an Arabian souq, fashion pavilion, food pavilion, health and beauty bay and kids zone. Entry free, from 8pm-2am during Ramadan and 5pm-midnight during Eid.

August 2
Designs of Hope charity bazaar at Dubai Ladies Club. 100 per cent of sales to be donated to Noor Dubai Foundation’s Noor Al Hayat blindess charity. 14 Emirati designers will be selling their pieces. Last day. Open to ladies only from 9pm-1am.

Ramadan indoor night flea market, Dubai World Trade Centre, 8pm-midnight, entry free.
ARTE grand Ramadan bazaar at Dubai Festival City Mall, 5pm-11pm.

August 3
Ramadan and Eid fair at Expo Centre Sharjah, with shopping and entertainment activities, cuisine weeks, charity events, religious programmes and health initiatives, until August 10. Register to visit at

August 4
Last Chance to catch the Freej: Abood’s Dream show at Show World, Adnec, Abu Dhabi. Shows at 9pm and 11.30pm

August 5
Light, sound and fireworks show at Dubai Festival City daily during Eid festivities starting at 10pm.
Scooby-Doo Live: Musical Mysteries, the gang help solve an epic mystery as a trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre, at Adnec. Tickets Dh20 for children and Dh40 for adults. Shows until Aug 12.

August 6
Director Kadija Leclere will attend a screening of her film Bag Of Flour at The Scene Club. Arrive at 8pm to meet the film director; screening at 9pm. Registerahead at

August 7
Check out the fireworks in Dubai for Eid, on the Dubai Creek at Al Seef Street at 9.30pm.
Last day to see Samar Arts, an exhibition by Emirati artist Dr Samar Al Shamsi, includes her Mona Lisa portrait, at Avenue, Etihad Towers.

August 8
At the movies: It’s an Eid moviefest with six major releases in one day. Shah Rukh Khan takes the Chennai Express with Deepika Padukone; Idris Elba battles a monster from the Pacific Rim; the little blue ones are back in Smurfs 2 with Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays; will you give some box-office love to Johnny Depp and the Lone Ranger? Red 2 sees Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Catherine Zeta-Jones return as vintage spies; and finally, meet the minions, the stars (alongside Steve Carell and Kristin Wiig) in the summer’s big hit, Despicable Me 2.

August 9
Light Racers, a series of live acts at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, including Arab’s Got Talent act Khawater Al Dalam and America’s Got Talent finalists Lightwire Theatre. Daily until August 18, 11am-8pm.
Season VIII at 360º with JC, Rod Lee Winters and Raxon.
Studio F, the Fashion TV lounge at Jumeriah Emirates Towers, has its season opening party. Call 04-
Keep Calm And Rock’n Roll, ten UAE rock bands on one night, at The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Dh60, 21+ only. Call 050-1139873.

August 10
Hussain Al Jassmi performs a one-hour headline set at Eidfest, a fully-seated indoor concert at du Forum on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. Also on the line-up are Saudi Arabian singer Rabeh Saqer and Lebanese opera star Yara. Doors open 8pm; tickets Dh495 (VIP), Dh350 (premium) and Dh200 (A Reserve), at
The Saturday Showcase at 360 season launch with Tristan Bain, Amir Sharaha and Rod Lee Winters.

August 11
OKKU restarts their “L.O.V.E” nights with Marshall, Hush on percussion and Lucina on sax; reservations recommended on 04-5018777.

August 12
Dubai Sports World — an air conditioned arena with football, basketball, fitness, running, rugby, volleyball, tennis, cricket, action sports — is still on at Dubai World Trade Centre, until August 21.  

August 13
Last day to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at The Dubai Mall, with 40 life-size replicas of his machines and inventions and copies of his masterpiece paintings, all made by engineers and carpenters from Florence, Italy. The exhibit is usually is housed in Rome but has spend the summer at the mall’s Grand Atrium.

August 14
The Laughter Factory starts at Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, with its August line-up of Caimh Mcdonnell, John Lynn and Pierre Hollins; show at 9pm, tickets Dh140 at the venues and online ticket retailers. Also August 15 and 16 at Movenpick Hotel JBR; August 19 at The Els Club, Dubai Sports City; August 21 at Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai; and August 22 at Grand Millennium (TECOM). Call 04-3551862.
Ben 10 Ultimate Challenge, the live game show will pit the region’s biggest Ben 10 fans against each other in four rounds of competition, at Adnec Abu Dhabi, until August 17.

August 15
Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf from Palestine and runners-up Farah Yusuf and Ahmad Jamal perform alongside Idol judge, Lebanese superstar Ragheb Alama, at a concert at Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets Dhxx at  
At the movies: Forest Whitaker’s The Butler goes up against Hugh Jackman, who returns for the sixth time as The Wolverine. In Hindi cinema, Akshay Kumar tells the story of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Doobara.

Canadian circus Cirque Éloize’s streetdance-inspired iD show debuts at Dubai World Trade Centre for a ten-day run. Tickets, Dh150-1,000, at

August 16
Award-winning British singer Michael Ball performs his show Michael Ball Sings the Musicals, for two nights at du Forum on Yas Island. Expect West End and Broadway hits from the man who originated the role of Marius in Les Miserables. Support comes from West End singers and the British Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets, from Dh100, at
British rapper Angel debuts in Dubai at N’dulge, Atlantis; Tickets Dh100, free entry for women before 11pm, 21+ only. Call 050-7381388.

August 17
Things We Like a pop-up store at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates; meet and talk to Dubai’s artists and creatives and view and buy their work. Camel Milk Soap on August 10; VintEdge Décor and Lady Mauve Jewellery August 17.

August 18
Islamic Art Splendour, an exhibition of 30 original works of Quranic art, calligraphy and Arabesque themes at Ahmedia Art Gallery, Ahmedia Guest House, near Al Ras Metro Station, until August 30.

August 19
Meet Dora the Explorer and her best friend Boots the monkey at Dubai Festival City Mall (they’re there August 15-21). Three shows daily at 5pm, 7pm and 8.30pm.

August 20
See live mermaids swimming with sharks and fish at in the mermaid show at TheDubai Mall Aquarium until September 7. The show, choreographed by former USA Olympic head coach for the USA synchronized swim team, Stephan Miermont, takes place three times a day.

August 21
Movies n Munchies by the pool at Desert Palm Dubai, Al Awir showing Horrible Bosses at 7.30pm. Entry Dh40. Call 04-3238888.

August 22
Children action hero Ben 10 and his crew Gwen, Kevin Levin, Grandpa Maz arrive at Mirdif City Centre until August 28. Shows three times daily at 4.15pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
At the movies: It’s another movie-packed weekend, making up for all the releases skipped by local distributors earlier in the summer: Ashton Kutcher takes on Steve Jobs’s lifestory in Jobs; Amitabh Bachchan and Arjun Rampal fight for the common man in Satyagraha; Lily Tomlin gets scary in The Conjuring; Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges team up as dead cops in R.I.P.D.; check out the next teen fantasy franchise as Lily Collins debuts in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; and we expect this one to get cancelled, but it’s on the schedules now: Amanda Seyfried plays porn star Linda Lovelace in Lovelace.

August 23
Dubai Arabic comedy nights, every Friday in August at VOX Cinemas Theatre, Mall of the Emirates, featuring emerging Arab and GCC comedians.

August 24
Captivating Calligraphy Exhibition by emerging artists Noreen Akhtar, Arif Khan, Ahmed Khan and Tahir Bin Qullander at Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Course.

August 25
Stars of the Stage children’s talent week at Dubai Mall, daily 4-9pm, until August 31.

August 26
IKEA launches its monthly ladies’ coffee morning at the Yas Island store, with IKEA experts speaking on working with smart products, from 10am. Each meeting to take place on the last Monday of every month (September’s talk is on coordination in living rooms). To register, email

August 27
It’s the last week to head to enjoy have fun at Modhesh World, which is open until August 28.

August 28
The Illusionsists: Witness the Impossible, a magic show at Dubai World Trade Centre, until September 7. Tickets start from AED 250
Tickets are exclusively available at

August 29
Ladies night at Yas Waterworld are back after Ramadan (every Thursday starting August 15 until September 26). Tickets Dh210 for guests who are 1.1m or more in height and Dh170 for those below 1.1m.
At the movies: Cue the screams outside the cinema: One Direction’s 3D film is out. Otherwise, there’s an animated film about a snail who wants to be a racer: Turbo. If you’re a grown up, your best option is Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg’s undercover agent action comedy 2 Guns.

August 30
Kaslik night at Nomad, recreating one of Lebanon’s best party streets, at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. DJ Tony White plays the latest hits from Beirut until 3am; reservations required, 21+ only. Every Thursday and Friday, from 10pm.

August 31
Meet Hello Kitty, live at BurJuman from August 29-September 4, three times every evening at 6pm, 7.15pm and 8.30pm.

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