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Events Calendar: February 2013

Welcome to Tabloid's guide to the best things to do in the UAE this February. Below you’ll find this month’s movies, art and culture, sport, fashion, films, food, festivals and so much more.

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Midnight Fashion Show, showcasing the works of a variety of designers and fashion brands, at The Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall. Three
fashion shows from midnight at 25 minute intervals.

Handcrafted with Love, a Valentine’s art and craft market featuring over 100 artisans selling their creations, at Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, noon to 9pm.

The Weight Loss Show, a health and fitness event showcasing weight-loss solutions, workout demos and fitness equipment, at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi. From 10am to 7pm on Friday and Saturday, free entry. Details at

Wild Wadi Swim Burj Al Arab 2013, swim around this iconic landmark. Registration from 6-7.30am. Participating fee Dh275. Details at

Fireworks display synchronised with the Dubai Festival City Light & Water Show, 10.30pm.

Afro-Urban Festival featuring Nigerian artist Jesse Jagz, at Chi Club @ The Lodge, Dh150. Call 055-8805769 or 050-1739365.


Big Boys Toys, The Ultimate Playground, at Atlantis The Palm. Last day. Tickets priced at Dh500 (VIP) and Dh3,700 (Club Royale). Log
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Faceless, a solo exhibition by Marwa Adel at Art Sawa, DIFC. Last day. For more information log on to


Audition for KidZania SuperstarZ talent contest, at KidZania Dubai Mall, until February 15 (semi-finals on Feb. 22-23, grand finale on March 1). Two age groups are available: 5-8 and 9-16; register by emailing or by calling 04-4485222. Prizes include Sony Xperia tablets, beach balls, cake and ice cream vouchers from Baskin Robbins, gift hampers from Swiss Arabian Perfumes and Candelite, and gift vouchers from Air Miles, winner is crowned Emaar Prince or Princess.
Last day of Dubai Shopping Festival.


Last day to see the Water, Fire and Light show at Dubai Mall, 8pm and 10pm shows.
Opening of ‘Paper’, a group show by artists Anish Kapoor, Walid Siti, Imran Channa, Debjani Bhardwaj and Mohsen Ahmadvand, to celebrate paper, at XVA Gallery, DIFC.


Gourmet Abu Dhabi food festival begins, with celebrity chefs, special dinners and demonstrations, until February 20.
French chef Cyril Lignac takes over the kitchen at Nautilus, Yas Viceroy from Feb 6-9; Abhijit Saha is at Ushna, Souk Quaryat Al Beri from Feb 11-14, Michel Rostang is at Finz, Beach Rotana from Feb 16-19, and TV chef Rachel Allen


Cirque Du Soleil begins its 10-day run of East-meets-West show Dralion at Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets from Dh295, at

The Laughter Factory with Mandy Knight, Andre Vincent and Matt Welcome at Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (also Movenpick Hotel JBR, 7-8 Feb; Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai, 13th; Grand Millennium Tecom, 14th.)- Show starts 9pm, tickets Dh140; call 04-3551862


Art in the Public Realm, a series of talks by UK and UAE experts, 3-9pm, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Email

The Coronas Live at McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (also February 8); tickets Dh150 at McGettigan’s JLT and DWTC ; call 04-3560560.

The Farnsworth Invention, a play by Aaron Sorkin, at Wellington School, Dubai. Entry Dh50; call 04-3484999.

West End To Broadway - A Musical Extravaganza, at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates.

At the movies: Sylvester Stallone takes A Bullet To The Head; Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen go on a Guilt Trip; Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg try to mend a Broken City; Remo D’Souza believes Any Body Can Dance, and Akshay Kumar sings in Special Chabbis. Randeep Hooda and Aditi Rao Hydari commit Murder 3.


Dubai Cares’ Walk for Education, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. Entry, Dh30 (children under 5 years free). Registration begins at 8am, walk at 9am. Call 04-4504550.

ARTE Souk at Times Square Center, 12-7pm, with Feline Friends fundraising book sale.

Air Supply, at Emirate Golf Club, Dubai; tickets Dh275; call 055-8810881.

American rapper Fat Joe at Mo*vida; call 055-1744449.

Coat of Arms, Sigma and Vin Sinners perform at Metal Asylum’s Metal Ballroom, 9pm-3am, at The Music Room, entry Dh60.

25th Dubai Pet Show at Dubai Rugby Sevens Stadium, with competitions, games, Pet Health Centre. Dh10 for adults, free for children; all proceeds to local animal charities.


Art Couture’s increase creativity Art & Coffee morning with Amirah Hall, at Al Badia Golf Club, Dh40 per person; call 04-6010101, ext 2101.

Harmony Of Beats concert with Kailash Kher, Ali Azmat and Shafqat Amanat Ali at Shaikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets Dh150-1500; call 050-2254010.

Dubai Flea Market, Uptown Mirdiff, 3-8pm. Free.

Dancing On Ice (Series 8) begins Saturday 9th February on ITV Granada - IST: 1730, Malta: 1800, THAI: 1900, HK/SIN/KSA: 2000, MAL/UAE: 2100


Irish TV cooking star Rachel Allen hosts a celebrity dinner at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, part of Gourmet Abu Dhabi. 7pm, Dh750. Visit for bookings.


Cirque du Soir launches weekly Hip Hop Chic nights with DJ Whoo Kid (50 Cent, Mobb Deep, The Game, Soulja Boy and Snoop Dogg).
Catch the BAFTA Awards live on Fox Movies at 1.30am.


Michael Jackson History Show, featuring impersonator Kenny Wizz, at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, until February 20; tickets Dh185 (balcony) and Dh250 (stalls).


Last day to see ProArt Gallery’s Street Art In The City exhibition, at Palm Strip Mall. Call 04-3450900.


Zakir Hussain, accompanied by Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, U Srinivas and Rakesh Chaurasia, at Shaikh Rashid Hall, World Trade Centre; tickets Dh150-1,500 (multiple categories); call 055-5786888.

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival begins with One Republic, supported by Gary Honor and Guy Manoukian, at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, tickets Dh295-995, at

Don Moen and Friends, Wonderland, Oud Metha, tickets Dh60-200, call 050-2183536.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Brazilian beach party at B Lounge. Free entry from 8pm.

At the movies: Bruce Willis wonders if it’s A Good Day To Die Hard; Jessica Chastain gets spooked in Mama; Dark teen romance Beautiful Creatures is tipped to be the new Twilight.


Opera concert with soprano Clare Lesser and David Lesser on piano, music by Mozart, Puccini, Gretry, Duparc, Faure, Mahler, Meyerbeer, Cilea and Benjamin Britten, from 7.30pm at Art Sawa, Al Quoz. Adults Dh125, students Dh100; call 04-3408660.
3 Doors Down, supported by Nicholas Cole and Chuck Loeb, part of Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, tickets Dh295-995, at


Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival Jazz Garden, until Feb 20, nightly jazz concerts (free if registered at or Dh100 on the door.
A cappella group the Swingle Singers in concert at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah. Matinee, 2.30pm, Dh150; evening, 7.45pm, Dh185/250.


An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar / Contraband, an exhibition at The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, by American artist Taryn Simon featuring a selection from two bodies of her work, until May 6.


Dubai Tennis Championships Ladies’ tournament starts at Dubai Tennis Stadium, until 23

Akram Khan - Vertical Road, a dance performance with an after-show talk, Abu Dhabi Theatre, 7pm. With a specially commissioned score by long-term collaborator composer, Nitin Sawhney. Call 02-6576333.


Falling Leaves, an exhibition by Golnaz Fathi, until March 7, at The Third Line gallery. A new body of work using traditional Iranian calligraphy and the epic poem Shahnameh by Persian poet Ferdowsi as a point of departure.


Artinhouse at Mövenpick Hotel & Apartment Bur Dubai, with Austrian artist Gerald Huber, until February 25.


It’s ladies’ day at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Dress stylishly and get your photo taken by tabloid! for a chance to win prizes.

Deep Purple Dubai Jazz Festival, at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, tickets Dh295-995, at

Short+Sweet Dubai, the largest 10-minute theatre festival in the world, starts, running until March 2. Thirty short pieces will be performed over two weeks, ending with a gala final. Performances 8pm February 21-23 and February 27-March 2, tickets Dh50-75; gala final at 7pm. Call 04-3414777. UK band The Stone Roses play Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, supported by Starsailor’s James Walsh; tickets Dh295 at
At the movies: JLo and Jason Statham are double-crossing in Parker; Stephen Dorff is an Officer Down; Rutger Hauer is a Hobo with a Shotgun; Leslie Bibb and Ryan Kwanten are passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean encountering a supernatural force in 7500; Chetan Bhagat’s Three Mistakes Of My Life are told in Kai Po Che; Sanjay Dutt goes action in Zila Ghaziabad.


The Script at Dubai Jazz Festival, at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, tickets Dh295-995, at

Catch South African comedian Barry Hilton in Stand-Up Chameleon (18+ only), 8pm, at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (also Feb 21 and 23; tickets Dh185.


DIVAlicious shopping event at Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with 60 exhibitors; call 050-4585265.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a show at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi, until March 2. Tickets Dh99-499, at


Watch 85th Academy Awards live on Fox Movies at 2am.
The Dubai Tennis Championship men’s tournament begins (final March 2).


John Gray, the author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, hosts a seminar at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, 5-9pm. Register at, from Dh645.

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare’s Globe Education, for all ages (until February 28) at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah; tickets Dh175/200.
Les Contradictions de la Vie, an exhibition by Cheikhou Ba, until February 28, at The Mojo Gallery, Dubai.


Flash Dance, every Wednesday at Cavalli Club, with hits from the 80s and 90s and a setting that recreates the era of cassette tapes, Rubik’s cubes and boom boxes. Call 04-3329260.


Comedian Chris Tucker performs at the du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (also March 1); tickets, Dh195-695, at

Qasr Al Hosn festival, a celebration of Emirati history told by dancers, acrobats and gymnasts in a show created by ex-Cirque Du Soleil director Franco Dragone, until March 9. Tickets from Dh250, at

Fantastic Fan Day at Dubai Tennis Championships, best costumes get their picture taken by tabloid! for a chance to win prizes.

At the movies: John Abraham is egotistic in I, Me Aur Mein; catch Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, Rooney Mara’s suffering Side Effects.