Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE This Week

Brunch at the Bonnington, sing the final countdown with Europe and see some Shakespeare
BySarah SwainThursday , 21 November 2013
Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE This Week
1 Brunch at the Bonnington Fri 22 Nov The Cavendish at the Bonnington hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers caters to families, so there’s plenty to keep kids entertained, including a special buffet and movies. For the adults, there’s a live pianist playing classical and pop hits. Meanwhile, the food includes a choice of à la carte dishes as well as the buffet. INFO: Dhs379 (bubbly), Dhs299 (house drinks), Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs149 (children under 12), free for children under six, 12.30pm-4pm, Bonnington, JLT, Dubai,

2. Hum Along to Rooftop Opera
21–22 Nov
Wafi’s Opera in the Park returns this week with a concert by a popera trio direct from London’s Covent Garden. Singers John and Moray Innes will be joined by Rosaria Crolla at the picturesque rooftop garden. They’ve been in hit shows including Les Misérables. Tickets include a picnic basket containing goodies such as Scottish smoked salmon with apple, celery and walnut salad, artisan breads, vintage cheese, sandwiches, homemade chutney and prawn cocktail. For dessert there’s double chocolate mousse cake. A glass of vino is also included.
INFO:  Dhs195, 8pm, 21-22 Nov, 04 324 4100,

3 Sing The Final Countdown with Europe
Fri 22 Nov
The Swedish rock band behind The Final Countdown are playing a one-off show in Dubai, and they’ll be supported by top local bands Ascendant and The Boxtones.
INFO: Dhs200 (silver) Dhs295 (gold), Dhs375 (fan pit), 8pm, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, 050 768 6418,

4. Laugh at The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged!)
21-29 Nov
This parody of the Bard’s plays is returning to the UAE for the fourth time, as audiences just can’t get enough of this entertaining take on everything from Hamlet to Macbeth. The show was first performed in 1987 and ran in London’s West End for nine years. It sees three actors take on all 37 plays in 97 minutes.
INFO: Dhs160 (standard), Dhs200 (VIP), 8pm, 21-26 Nov, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai; 11am, 28-29 Nov, 8pm 29 Nov, Al Jaheli Theatre, Armed Forces and Officers Club, Abu Dhabi,

5. Thanksgiving Dinner
24-30 Nov
British restaurant The Ivy in Jumeirah Emirates Towers pays homage to their friends across the pond on this special occasion. Enjoy a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast with all the classic American dishes, such as mac ‘n’ cheese, butternut squash salad, and of course, a traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. We’re already drooling just thinking about it. Sweet dishes include pumpkin cheesecake and apple and pecan pie. Yum! You certainly will be thankful after eating all of that!
INFO: Dhs395, 12pm, 24-30 Nov, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 319 8767,

6 Watch Hamlet
Thu 21–Sat 23 Nov

If you’d rather see the real thing, Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy is being performed in full.
INFO: Dhs100, 7.30pm, American University in Dubai, Dubai Media City,

7 See Mary Black
Fri 22 Nov
Expect a rocking night from this Irish powerhouse singer who’s being brought to Dubai by McGettigan’s to celebrate their third birthday (wow, how time flies). Watch her perform hits No Frontiers and Song for Ireland while being supported by daughter, Róisín O, on stage.
INFO: Dhs120, 8pm, Bonnington, JLT, Dubai,

8. Walk for Diabetes
Fri 22 Nov
Hundreds of people will head to Dubai’s Zabeel Park to be part of the Beat Diabetes walkathon. The 2km event is backed by Landmark Group.
INFO: Free, 8am, register at

9. Dine Around the World at Anise Brunch
Fri 22 Nov
United Flavours of Anise Brunch offers global cuisine cooked in front of you.
INFO: Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs425 (house drinks), Dhs325 (soft drinks), 12.30pm-4pm, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127/28,

10. Attend Abu Dhabi Alive
Tue 27–Fri 30 Nov
A new health and wellbeing show that also offers the chance to use sports facilities including tennis courts and the rugby field.
INFO: Free, 11am-8pm daily, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi,

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