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Hip hangouts: Evanescence and more

The hottest events and places to see and be seen at in the UAE this week

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Evanescence will be performing at Dubai World Trade Centre.


Alternative American rock band, Evanescence, are jetting into Dubai to entertain the crowds. Expect to hear the band playing their popular hits from first album Fallen, such as Bring Me To Life and Going Under, as well as songs from their latest self-titled album, including Lost In Paradise and What You Want.

Supporting Evanescence will be EYE (or Empty Yard Experiment), a Dubai-based progressive rock band. Be sure to check out their excellent Soundcloud channel to get a feel for the band’s music before you go

Cost Regular tickets Dh295, VIP Dh450, Fan pit Dh595
Where Dubai World Trade Centre
When From 8pm, Friday June 22
Call 050 150 6676

Royal Ascot At Meydan

Just because you’re not in the UK doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Brits’ best horse event. Head to Meydan and get into the sprit as you watch the Royal Ascot races live between 5pm and 8pm, from Wednesday to Saturday next weekend.

In true Royal Ascot style there’ll be quintessentially British food and drink on the menu, so expect to tuck into strawberries and cream, scones with jam, cucumber sandwiches and all whilst sipping on a long fruity cocktail.

The event means you don’t have to retire your flamboyant Dubai World Cup hat for summer, as ladies who wear their race-day finery will be treated to free bubbly.

Where Meydan Racecourse
When 5pm-8pm, June 20-23
Call 04 327 0000

15 Years Of The Laughter Factory

To celebrate 15 years of comedy in the UAE, The Laughter Factory is flying in three of the funniest guys on the circuit. Enjoy laughs aplenty with Brit comedians Josh Howie and Junior Simpson, as well as American funnyman, Dave Fulton. All three are favourites at the Edinburgh Fringe, and you might recognise Junior from Never Mind The Buzzcocks or I’m Alan Partridge.

Cost Dh140
Where Grand Millennium Dubai, Tecom
When 9pm, Thursday June 14 and Friday June 15

Dubai Vocal Ensemble

If you like Glee, you’ll love the Dubai Vocal Ensemble, an immensely talented group that performs a mix of current pop songs, original compositions by local singer-songwriter Shero, ballads, traditional Filipino folk songs and popular choir songs. We’ve been watching their version of Jai Ho on YouTube on loop, it’s brilliant – the group’s cheer and spirit is completely infectious.

Cost Dh50
Where The Fridge, Al Quoz
When 7.30pm-9.30pm, Monday June 18

Euro 2012 at The Cube

Where better to watch 16 nations battling it out on the pitch to win Euro 2012, than on the four-sided screen in the middle of Meydan’s The Qube. They have daily drinks deals and are on the hunt for the ultimate fan, so don your face paint in a bid to be crowned your country’s biggest supporter.

Where Meydan Racecourse
When Daily, until July 1
Call 04 327 0000