Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
He made teenage girls swoon during his time with Take That, and now Gary Barlow’s coming to Dubai! Ahlan! caught up with the Let Me Go singer ahead of his tour finale…
Ending your world tour in Dubai will be pretty cool, and Team Ahlan! will definitely show you around town.
Honestly, I’m beyond excited! I love doing new things and I’ve never played anywhere in the UAE. Yeah, the weather is special, but I also like the general vibe! Dubai still feels like a new exciting city with loads of opportunities!
You’ve been performing a mix of solo material and Take That songs. You put on a great solo show, but do you miss the boys?
I always miss Take That and I’m still happiest when the band’s back together working! It’s great fun.
Does that mean we can expect a full reunion – complete with Robbie – any time soon?
I really don’t know! He’s popping out babies, right, left and centre!
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Women get four free drinks at revamped bar Eight, from Beirut’s White and Iris stable.
Thu 16-Sat 18 Oct
See a Nora Ephron Play!
A touching comedy from the writer of When Harry Met Sally is back in Dubai! Love, Loss, and What I Wore features funny and often poignant tales, each connected by clothes.
INFO: 8pm, Dhs150 and Dhs175, book at www.itp.net/tickets, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546
TUE 21 OCT
Bounce to Beat Breast Cancer with Ahlan!
Burn calories for a good cause while wearing your most outrageous pink attire! Ahlan! is holding a charity bounceathon at free-jumping centre Bounce, and the person wearing the most creatively crazy outfit will win a luxury break for two in the Maldives! To take part, email AhlanBounce@itp.com with your name – the first 100 people to respond will get a place.
INFO: 8pm-10pm, fee of Dhs100 is payable at ITP, Building 14, Dubai Media City, and goes to Friends of Cancer Patients. For more information call Sian Tunow on 056 274 7880
Until Fri 31 Oct
Pick up Style Tips and More at Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion
Mall of the Emirates is setting the stage for a style extravaganza! As well as glitzy runway shows, the event features makeovers and weekly wardrobe giveaways worth Dhs25,000, while on 22 October, Lebanese superstar Najwa Karam will make an appearance.
INFO: Free, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 409 9000, www.malloftheemirates.com
Thu 23 Oct
Club Night of the Week SENSATION TRIBUTE
Party the night away on the city’s highest outdoor dance floor at this warm-up for major music event Sensation Dubai. With DJ Admin and MC Farid.
Thu 16-Sat 18 Oct
Have a Nosy at Cyrano de Bergerac!
He’s a skilled swordsman, poet and witty raconteur, but one thing comes between Cyrano de Bergerac and love – his humongous hooter. Famously portrayed onscreen by French star Gérard Depardieu, complete with prosthetic proboscis, the character comes to the stage in this acclaimed adaptation by playwright Glyn Maxwell.
INFO: 7.30pm Thu-Sat, Dhs150; 2.30pm Fri-Sat, Dhs120, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Thu Oct 16-Wed Nov 19
Experience the Best of Russian Dance, Music and Art at Wafi!
Matryoshka Festival is a month-long extravaganza showcasing Russian fashion, sport, ballet, music and art. It’s named after the country’s traditional wooden nesting dolls, an exhibition of which will be on show throughout the event.
INFO: Wafi Mall, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 324 4555, www.wafi.com
Brunch of the Week
The Thursday Pool Deck Barbecue
Try dishes including bonfire-smoked salmon and marinated baby chicken. Mmm!
INFO: 7pm-11pm, Dhs189 with food only, Dhs239 with house hops, grape and soft drinks, Ingredients, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Sheikh Zayed St (formerly named Salam St), Abu Dhabi, 02 656 1181, www.anantara.com
Fri 17 Oct
Catch South African Comics at Media One!
House of Afrika doesn’t just run club nights – it’s back with another top comedy line-up. These are the faces you can expect to see…
John’s charm and absurd worldview have the rare ability to resonate across audiences worldwide.
Rob Van Vuuren
A household name in South Africa, Rob won the country’s version of Strictly Come Dancing!
Crazy White Boy
Ryan Murgatroyd and Konstantinos Karatamoglou will spin “ghetto tech” tunes.