The To-Do List
CATS AT DUBAI OPERA
MON 16-WED 25 JAN
The feline-filled show Cats brings with it the much-loved song Memory and epic choreography. FYI:
1) The musical has been seen by over 73 million people worldwide with audiences in over 300 cities around the globe.
2) It was adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems about feline psychology and sociology.
3) Cats is one of the longest-running shows in the West End (21 years) and Broadway (18 years)!
INFO: Dhs275-Dhs10,000, show times 2pm Fri and Sat only, 7pm Sat and 8pm Mon-Fri, Downtown Dubai, dubaiopera.com
SCOTT DISICK AT SUGAR FACTORY
FRI 13 JAN
Head down to Sugar Factory’s grand opening and you could meet Scott Disick, who’s in town for the special event! The American brasserie’s signature treats include Couture Pops, Smoking Goblets and Insane milkshakes, plus burgers, pizzas and more.
INFO: From 7pm, Sugar Factory, Level 1, Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City, 04 284 3456, sugarfactory.com
LATINO NIGHTS AT GARDEN
Garden’s new Latino night definitely has us intrigued. Serving up unlimited grilled anticuchos (skewered beef), accompanied by South American vintage grape, to the backdrop of Latin beats on the terrace, this fiesta sounds like a winner!
INFO: Dhs275, 7pm-10pm, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, 04 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
DETOX BRUNCH AT RAFFLES DUBAI
FRI 13 JAN
This detox brunch sounds surprisingly tempting with a dedicated Paleo station, a salad bar with over 60 ingredients, gluten-free stations, seafood, a barbecue and smoothies galore!
INFO: Dhs235 per person with soft drinks, Dhs385 per person with house drinks, 1pm-4.30pm, Raffles Garden, Wafi, Sheikh Rashid Road, 04 324 8888, raffles.com/dubai
EDU IMBERNON AT BLUE MARLIN
FRI 13 JAN
Blue Marlin’s known for bringing world-class artists to the region, and this week there are three making their debut at the beach club. Edu Imbernon became known for his remix of The XX’s classic Crystalised, while Pig&Dan gained the support of heavyweights Solomun and Maceo Plex.
INFO: 1pm-11pm, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Exit 399, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, 056 113 3400, firstname.lastname@example.org, bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
PRE-OPERA MEAL AT
As we’re hitting Dubai Opera on a regular basis, we’re pleased that Armani/Deli has this deal ongoing: at Dhs130 for two courses, starters include buffalo mozzarella and roasted vegetables, while mains comprise everything from buckwheat penne with cockerel ragout to the lighter sea bream with cannellini sauce. It’s only Dhs30 extra for dessert, too!
INFO: From 6pm, Armani Hotel Dubai, 04 888 3444, armanihoteldubai.com
NEW IN CINEMAS
A MONSTER CALLS
THU 12 JAN
This touching tale, based on the novel by Patrick Ness, revolves around a boy who struggles to cope with his mother’s terminal cancer. In this fantasy film, he seeks the help of a tree monster that he previously drew with her. Bring tissues!
INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
FROM FRI 13 JAN
Fans of the books, who are likely to be hoping for a better on-screen adaptation than the film, are in luck as Lemony Snicket’s stories have finally hit Netflix. The original series stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, who chases after the three Baudelaire orphans as they jump between various guardians.
GOOP CLEAN BEAUTY, BY THE EDITORS OF GOOP & GWYNETH PALTROW
No one can forget the launch of Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop, which featured some rather bizarre tips about clean living, fashion, beauty and health. Now the editors of the site and Gwyn have shared their top recipes, workout plans and more.
INFO: Dhs71 on amazon.com
FULL MOON DESERT PARTY
FRI 10 FEB
Anatara Qasr Al Sarab’s hosting its first Full Moon Desert Party where you can set up camp under the stars or stay in one of its luxurious rooms. You’ll get a welcome drink, a barbecue dinner and snacks and brekkie, too.
INFO: From Dhs350 per person for the overnight camping package (bring your own camping gear), from Dhs1,999 for two people for one night in a Deluxe Garden Room, 8pm onwards, Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 886 2088, email@example.com
DUBAI JAZZ FESTIVAL
WED 22-FRI 24 FEB
With big-hitters Sir Tom Jones, Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias headlining the three-day Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, you’re in for a treat this year! Tickets are on sale now.
INFO: Dhs325-Dhs1,295 on Wed 22 Feb, Dhs395-Dhs1,595 on Thu 23 and Fri 24 Feb, 6pm-12midnight, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.ae, dubaijazzfest.com