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Dubai events calendar: May 2013

Here's tabloid!'s don't-miss guide to what's happening in the UAE this month

May 1

The First Ladies by FORTLOM (FOR The Love Of Music), seven performers, at The Music Room, from 8pm. Entry Dh100.

Celebrate spring with the German festival of Maifest at several hotels in the UAE, including Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina, for three nights. Dh195, includes food and live band.

May 2

Movida Dubai presents “PARIS ✈TOKYO”, showcasing the latest sunglasses collection by Etnia Barcelona. Plenty of models and the chance to win a pair of sunnies, plus music by new resident DJ Nick Waters. Call 055-1744449.

British singer Estelle takes the stage at Cavalli Club in Dubai. Standard club entry rules apply. For table bookings, call 800-Cavalli.

At the movies: John Abraham goes gangster in Shootout At Wadala; Robert Downey Jr still has it as Iron Man 3.

May 3

Elite Model casting at Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, from 1-5pm. Those selected go onto national finals for a change at the Elite Model Look international competition. Open to men and women, 14+.

Contemporary Dance Dubai, at Ductac, shows at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets Dh120, from 6-9pm at James & Alex Dance Studios in Dubai Media City. Superstar DJ David Guetta is Live@Atlantis, tickets Dh275 (regular) and Dh500 (VIP).

L. Subramaniam, an Indian violinist, composer and conductor, and his son, Ambi Subramaniam, at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates as part of Emirates NBD Classics II. Tickets Dh100, Dh150 and Dh200.

Friends of Yoga 7th Annual Day Celebrations at Zabeel Park Gate 3, 5.30-7am, with yoga sessions, meditation, fusion music and laughter sessions followed by breakfast and raffle draws. The event is free of charge and open to all -- just bring a yoga mat.

Blue Marlin celebrates its first birthday with DJs Jamie Jones, Davide Squillace and Richy Ahmad; call 056-1133400 for reservations.

May 4

Dubai Flea Market, at Safa Park Gate 5, 8am-3pm.

Justin Bieber brings his “Believe” World Tour to Dubai for two nights. First night sold out.

Ukrainian pop stars Ani Lorak performs at a family-friendly black tie dinner show at Atlantis, The Palm’s Asateer tent, from 7pm. Tickets from Dh790 including a four course set menu and a welcome drink. Call 04-4262626.

May 5

Justin Bieber performs his second show at The Sevens Stadium, Dubai. Tickets Dh350-1000 (various categories) at all major online ticket retailers.

May 6

Cesare Pico Piano Calling, a concert at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Reem Island, 8pm. Email

May 7

Go take another look at The Little Black Jacket, a free exhibition of photographs of celebrities taken by Karl Lagerfeld wearing a Chanel jacket. At The Venue, Downtown Dubai, until May 11. 11am-9pm (until 10pm on weekends).

May  8

Celebrate Maifest at Grand Hyatt Dubai, with German asparagus, beef tatar and Bee sting cake on the menu, served by traditionally dressed waiters and waitresses and a traditional band, Die Kirchdorfer. There’s a Friday brunch on May 5 with three for the price of two offer for adults (Dh180, food only). Celebrations on until May 11. Call 04-3172222.

The Patience Stone, in Farsi with English subtitles, networking from 7pm, screening at 8pm, at The Scene Club, Dubai Knowledge Village. Register for free entry at

May 9

Swan Lake, performed by the Royal Moscow Ballet at Dubai World Trade Centre, begins a five-night run. Tickets Dh250-1,500 (varying categories) at

Punchline Comedy Club visits Emirates Golf Club with Rob Deering, Andrew Stanley and Paul Myrehaug. (Also: The Clubhouse in Abu Dhabi on May 10; Hilton Al Ain on May 15; Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on May 16; Sharjah Rugby Club on May 17.) Tickets Dh200 (inclusive of food at Emirates Golf Course and Abu Dhabi Clubhouse); Dh150 at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Sharjah Rugby Club shows (no food); and Dh150 at Hilton Al Ain (Italian set menu for Dh90 on show night when tickets are presented).

Haste Hasate Hasya Kavi Sammelan, a humorous poetry event, at Crowne Plaza Dubai featuring Surender Sharma, Sampat Saral, Atal Aaskaran, Yusuf Bharadwaj and Ghanshyam Agrawal. Tickets Dh250-350 (inclusing dinner); and Dh150 and Dh75; call Signature Events on 04-3373724.


Hard Kaur and Atif Aslam perform at the Live@Atlantis Desi Beats, 8pm-2am. Tickets Dh100 (early bird), Dh150 (pre-sale), Dh200 (door) and Dh250 (VIP) at and 055-2004321 (VIP); 21+ only.

At the movies: Rom-com fans, rejoice: Katherine Heigl returns to the genre in Big Wedding, also starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton. Go Goa Gone stars Saif Ali Khan as a zombie killer.

May 10

Monster Jam at Zayed Sports City Stadium, with ten enormous trucks including Iron Man, Maximum Destruction and Grave Digger doing wheelies, back flips and donuts over jumps, ramps and crush cars. Tickets from Dh150 at or 800 FLASH (35274).

Florence + the Machine, Keane, Groove Armada and Nightmares on Wax play the last Sandance of the season at Atlantis, The Palm. TicketsDh295 (Dh350 on the door) and Dh500 VIP.

Dubai Scrabble Championship at Dubai Festival City, competition open to ages 8 and upwards in three categories (junior, 10-13; intermediate, 14-17; senior, 18+). Registration Dh50; call 04-2693412 or email Dubai Flea Market, Uptown Mirdiff, 3-8pm.

May 11

Dubai Flea Market, Ibn Battuta Mall Tunisia car parking, 1-6pm.

May 12

It’s Mother’s Day (yes, again). Make up for missing the last one with an afternoon tea at Plantation Lounge, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, 3-5pm -- mums get 50 per cent off that day. Packages start from Dh130 per person; call: 04 448 4733

May 13

It’s the Hindu festival of Akshaya Tritya. Celebrate with a piece from Pure Gold’s collection such as this pendant, Dh1,799.

May 14

Head to north India for lunch. Chutneys, at the Moevenpick Hotel and Apartments, Bur Dubai, has a Lucknowi food festival until May 17, with a Luknowi Royal Thali served noon-3pm for Dh75. Call 043104340

May 15

Women’s Day Out at Oasis Centre with discounts of up to 25 per cent for women (the offer is on every Wednesday until June 5).

May 16

At the movies: The second-most awaited movie of the summer is finally here: Star Trek: Into Darkness has Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprising their roles as Captain Kirk and Spock. Baz Lhurman is back with his 3D take on The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Amitabh Bachchan.

May 17

You Raise Me Up, an all-dancing show until May 19, Madinat Theatre, 04- 3666546 or

May 18

In the last watersports event of the season, watch nearly 100 modern dhows in the Al Gaffal Traditional 60ft Dhow Race. The race, running since 1991, starts at Sur Bu Na’air Island at 7am and finishes at Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi, where entry is free to watch the boats come in.

May 19

Get an early start: Beat the heat with a 6.30am round of gold at Meydan before work and get a free breakfast at The Track. Dh195 per person (also the summer night rate, not including food). No membership is required at the club. Book at or call 04-3813733 for tee time bookings.

May 20

As summer approaches, get your interiors sorted as you’ll be spending a lot more time inside. Check out the INDEX International Design Exhibition (until May 23) at Dubai World Trade Centre. Entry is Dh150, with 800 companies showcasing furnishings, homewares, lighting, kitchen and bathroom fittings, outdoor living and textiles. Call 04-4390355.

May 21

Tiger prawn promotion at Long Yin at Le Meridien Dubai, Dh200 per portion. Call 04- 7022455.

May 22

Love, Loss and What I Wore, a play by Nora Ephron, at Ductac (also May 24-25). Dh100; call 04-3414777 or

5th Dubai Tango Festival until May 25, at The Meydan Hotel, with galas and workshops. A couples workshop starts from Dh80; visit

May 23

Murder Mystery at Western SteakHouse, Crowne Plaza Dubai, in association with The Dubai Drama Group. 8pm; Dh250 includes play during a three-course dinner. Call 800 CROWNE (276963).

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters: The world’s top eight darts players shoot for the bullseye at Dubai Tennis Stadium (semis and finals on Friday). Tickets Dh199; call 04-2824750.

Aerial artist Orlando Vargas and flying guitarist Graham Gillot are two of the acts at Urban Circus, taking place at Madinat Theatre. Tickets Dh185.

At the movies: The Rock is back (again) this summer with the 6th instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

May 24

Egyptian star Tamer Hosni plays Dubai World Trade Centre in a three-hour show with support from DJs David Vendetta, Kurd Mevrick and Tamer Yehya and violinist Micah. Tickets from Dh250 at online retailers and Virgin Megastores and Alchemy Project stands at JBR, Dubai Marina Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

May 25

Still got some money before payday? Try At.mosphere’s Seafood Saturday lunch on top of Burj Khalifa. On the menu are hand-dived scallops, French giant prawns, oysters, Maine lobster and Australian yellowtail Kingfish tuna. Dh450 (food only; Dh690 with two glasses of bubbly with a minimum of two diners). Call 04-8883828.

May 26

Grab a spoonful of Magnolia Bakery’s cake of the month, peppermint icebox cake -- layers of chocolate wafer cookies and peppermint-flavoured homemade whipped cream, Dh120; call 04-3505440 for orders and deliveries.

May 27

Ladies Night at White X Beach & Lounge at Rixos The Palm Dubai; two free drinks and free beach access to ladies from 4-6pm.

May 28

Pink Paw and Lipsy London ladies night closing party with DJ Natalie Brogan at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City. Ladies receive 3 complimentary Pink Cocktails.

Indian sarod player Amjad Ali Khan performs with his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Madinat Theatre as part of The Score classical series. Tickets Dh185-250.

Get your cosmetics fix at Beautyworld Middle East, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Entry free, 10am-7pm until May 30.

May 29

Celebrate the 16th anniversary of Hibiki Karaoke Lounge at Hyatt Regency Dubai with its “16@16” promotion -- 16 dishes and drinks priced at Dh16 each served while you sing (or let their new singer Pocholo do the hard work). There are also three themed private rooms with individual karaoke units. (Offer on all month, Monday-Saturday, 7.30pm-3am.) Call 04-3172222.

May 30

George’s Marvellous Medicine, a stage version of Roald Dahl’s book by The Birmingham Stage Company at 4pm, Ductac (also June 1 at 2pm and 5pm). Dh120-170.

Come and experience Roald Dahl’s amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper.

At the movies: The wolfpack is back! There’s no wedding, no stag night... and yet things will, probably, go horribly wrong in The Hangover III. Beyonce and Amanda Seyfried team up in the animated adventure Epic (and yes, B plays a Queen in this fairytale story).  Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani reunites ex-lovers Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor.

May 31

Pankaj Udhas performs in Ek Shaam Ghazal Ke Naam, at the Raffles Hotel, Dubai. Tickets Dh495, Dh1,500 and Dh2,000; call 04-3796030.

Hilton Dubai Tower Race 2013, a run up 36 floors (that’s 730 stairs) at 8am. All proceeds go to Dubai Autism Centre; register at

Be Super Natural Workshop, a two-hour talk on super foods from 10.30am at Bo Art Cafe, JBR. Dh90; 15 seats available; email

Blaze Bayley performs an acoustic show with Thomas Zwijsen and Anne Bakker, supported by UAE bands Echoes With Laughter and Xceed at The Music Room from 9pm. Entry Dh150.