Top 10 Things to do This Week
Friday 10 May
As part of one of the best line-ups for a while, Florence and the Machine are set to storm the sand. Featuring Florence Welch and Isabella “Machine” Summers, expect the band to play hits from Mercury Prize-winning album Lungs including dancefloor filler You’ve Got The Love. British indie kings Keane, and DJ sets from Groove Armada and Nightmares on Wax complete the bill.
INFO: Dhs295 (regular), Dhs350 (door), Dhs500 (VIP), 055 200 4321, www.sandance.ae
Punchline Comedy Club
From Thursday 9 May
Starting out on the Hong Kong entertainment scene in 1994, the Punchline Comedy Club has been getting crowds laughing from Shanghai to Bangkok. Now the club has lined up two dates in Dubai, one in Abu Dhabi and others in Sharjah at Al Ain. On the bill is award-winning, guitar-playing comedian, Rob Deering, who has taken six shows to the Edinburgh Festival; Andrew Stanley, who has been invited to the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal; and Canadian comic Paul Myrehaug, who has entertained troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Italy and Kosovo. They will all be on at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on Thursday 9 May, Abu Dhabi’s The Clubhouse on Friday 10 May, Hilton Al Ain on Wednesday 15 May, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai on Thursday 16 May and Sharjah Rugby Club on Friday 17 May. INFO: Dhs200 including food, (Emirates Golf Course and Abu Dhabi Clubhouse), Dhs150 (Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Sharjah Rugby Club and Hilton Al Ain), 7.30pm, www.urbanevents.ae, www.facebook.com/ThePunchlineComedyClubMiddleEast
Saturday 11 May
Experience the exotic tastes of Asia at Toshi Restaurant in Dubai. A teppanyaki and wok show-kitchen takes centre stage as you’re treated to some of the finest delicacies while savouring a magnificent view of the coastline. Indulge in a sizzling plate experience and choose from poultry, beef, lamb, dumplings, vegetables and noodles.
INFO: Dhs295 (three hours of house drinks), Dhs195, (one glass of bubbly or vino and soft drinks), Dhs157 (soft drinks), 7pm to 12.30am, Millennium Hotels, Al Barsha, Dubai, 04 429 9999, www.milleniumhotels.ae
Friday 10 May
Ten enormous trucks are heading to Abu Dhabi to take part in the first ever Monster Jam event. Larger-than-life characters including Iron Man, Maximum Destruction, and Grave Digger will come to life for an evening of incredible stunts including wheelies and back flips! Zayed Sports City Stadium is being transformed for the event, with an obstacle course of jumps, ramps and crushed cars. A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, driver Tom Meents pulled off a world first in monster truck freestyle: a double back flip. UAE fans of monster jam will be hoping he will be able to repeat the feat in Abu Dhabi.
INFO: From Dhs150, May 10, Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 800 FLASH (35274), www.thinkflash.ae
Swan Lake by the Moscow Royal Ballet
Thursday 9 May to Monday 13 May
Dance fans shouldn’t miss this epic event. The classic Tchaikovsky ballet is brought to life by some of the world’s best dancers. It tells the story of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette. While hunting, Prince Siegfried sees a magnificent swan. As he takes aim, the swan turns into a beautiful woman. It’s Princess Odette, the victim of an evil sorcerer’s spell, who spends her daylight hours as a swan, swimming in a lake of tears, until at night she becomes a woman again. The spell will be broken only if a prince swears eternal love to her. Highlights include the epic Song of the Swans.
INFO: From Dhs250, 6pm, 9pm or 10pm, World Trade Centre, Dubai, 04 457 3212, www.platinumlist.ae
Golf resort The Address Montgomerie Dubai has unveiled a new restaurant. Named after course designer Colin Montgomerie, it overlooks the 18th hole and putting green.
INFO: The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills, Dubai, 04 390 5600, www.theaddress.com
Train YAS by Activelife
Tuesday 14 May
Where else can you exercise on an F1 track? Running, cycling or even just a stroll – you could take to the Tarmac at Yas Marina Circuit tonight. You don’t even need to be fast!
INFO: Free, 6pm to 9pm, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800YAS (927), www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
The Huddle Quiz
Tuesday 14 May
Ahlan! Best in Abu Dhabi winner Daisy Clarkson from Radio 2 is one of the hosts of the quiz night at The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill. The winner of Best Personality, she takes turns with Radio 1 hosts Ross and Danny C to challenge your brain cells to win vouchers worth Dhs1,500.
INFO: Free, 8pm, The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel, Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai, 050 100 7065, www.facebook.com/thehuddlers
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Daily until 20 July
The Winner of Ahlan! Best in Abu Dhabi’s Best Gallery or Museum, you can see some of the world-class art in the UAE before the Louvre opens in 2015.
INFO: 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 02 657 5800, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
This new Abu Dhabi hotspot has launched a healthy menu for guilt-free indulgence. Try their wraps, muffins and salads.
INFO: Twofour54 Tower, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, 02 441 1330, www.nathalies.ae