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Somebody That I Used To Know is coming to town, plus more fun in the UAE

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Somebody That I Used to Know singer, Goyte, will be performing at the Dubai World Trade Centre Doors on Friday, November 23.

Asian Swimming Championships  

Why go?

1. We totally caught water-sport fever during the London Olympics, so to fill that gaping hole we recommend heading to the Asian Swimming Championships, which will be in town for 11 days, starting this weekend.

2. You’ll be able to watch swimming races and synchronised swimming competitions from November 15 to 18, while water polo and diving competitions are held from November 19 to 25. The Chinese athletes are some of the best in the world, and they’ll mostly be competing.

3. The UAE are competing in a host of the swimming events, including all the men’s freestyle and breaststroke races and men’s group and individual medleys. Mohammed Al Ghafri is the UAE athlete to keep an eye on as he won bronze in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke at last year’s Swimming
World Cup.
Cost Tickets are Dh20 per day or Dh80  for the 11-day season ticket, children under 12 enter free

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex | Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 25 |


He (yes, ‘he’, not ‘they’) may have only released one song that you actually know in the shape of Somebody That I Used To Know, but he’s a wonderful musician and pretty fantastic live, so is well worth checking out. You have a week until the gig, so why not download his album, Making Mirrors, put it in your car and brush up on a few of his other tunes? We can’t stop listening to the uplifting
I Feel Better, and we’ll be in the crowd singing along.
Cost From Dh250
Dubai World Trade Centre Doors at 7pm, Friday November 23 |

Sleeping Beauty

Thanks to the Moscow City Ballet, you could be in for a fantastic dose of culture this weekend, as they stage a magnificent performance of the Sleeping Beauty ballet. Watch in awe as the young ballerinas dance out the iconic fairytale, which tells the story of the beautiful young Princess Aurora who’s cursed by an evil fairy to sleep for 100 years until she is awakened by the kiss of her handsome prince.

You will be dazzled and absolutely blown away by the talent of the dance company – which just happens to be one of the best in Russia – and captivated by the story from the moment it begins until the final dramatic seconds.
Cost From Dh180
Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Dubai  8pm, Thursday November 15 to Saturday  November 17 |

The Woman in Black

If you’re a fan of a good spooking you need to get your hands on tickets to see Woman In Black, the iconic and terrifying West End play that was recently adapted into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe. We recommend you take a bag big enough to hide behind as you watch the story of a young lawyer obsessed with getting to the bottom of a curse that’s been cast over his family, with chilling consequences. It’s made even more real in a theatre, and is very, very scary.
Cost From Dh120
First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai; and Al Jaheli Theatre, Abu Dhabi | Times vary, Wednesday November 21 to Friday November 30 in Dubai and Tuesday December 4 to Friday December 7 in Abu Dhabi |