6 awesome things to do in Dubai this week

Esther Eden
As a Dubai-based vocalist, originally from Goa, India, Esther Eden is taking the UAE by storm. After being spotted on a school visit by Jessie J, the singer was invited on-stage at RedFestDXB in 2014. Recently she released her first album, and she’s gearing up for the premier showcase at The Fridge this Monday.
When: January 30, 7.30pm-10pm
Where: The Fridge, #5 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1

Monday Night Comedy: This is Impro
The Courtyard Playhouse puts on an evening on scenes and stories with their most experience performers. It’s all about improvisation, so the audience can get involved and make suggestions – the crowd can choose 10 titles (our favourite suggestion from the write-up is “Drama in Karama”).
When: Monday, January 30, 8pm-10pm
Where: The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Street 4B,

RedFestDXB 2017
Two days of megapop action in Media City as chart-topping singers and their backing tracks flood into Dubai this weekend. The two-day event has become a staple on the calendar and has always attracted some major talent, and this year powerhouse singer Demi Lovato, of X Factor fame, is topping a pretty crowded bill of artists. She takes to the stage on February 3 just after Sweden’s sultry dance queen Tove Lo and singer-songwriter Mike Posner – the co-author of Justin Bieber’s song “Boyfriend” and Labyrinth’s “Beneath Your Beautiful”. The day before, there’s another multi-platinum lineup as G-Eazy, The Veronicas, Daya and Sean Paul. Tickets start at AED395 for the Red Fan area, AED695 for the weekend.
When: February 2-3
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.tickets.virginmegastore.me/ae

Dubai Tour
Across the city, The Dubai Tour, the premier cycle race in the UAE, returns for 2017 bigger and better. There are now five stages over five days and the challenge is now over 865km, 194km more than last year. The final stage, on February 4, will see the riders race to the finish in City Walk.
When: January 31- February 4

The Ripe Market
Ripe is already a bit of an institution among foodies and craft hunters in the UAE. It aims to support local businesses – from farmers to jewellery designers – with markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that also offer hours of mooching opportunities. Every Wednesday from 2pm-4pm, Ripe will take over Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as stalls from small local businesses.
When: 2pm-6pm, Wednesday
Where: Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre, 

Cinema – Live by Night (18TC)
Ben Affleck directs, produces and stars in this epic gangster yarn from the Roaring Twenties, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, when Prohibition is creating a widespread black market that ruthless underworld types are exploiting to its fullest. This is a sort of Florida-based version of Birmingham’s Peaky Blinders, when the son of Irish immigrants, Joe Coughlin (Affleck), returns from the horrors of World War I desensitised to violence and eager to build a much better life for himself. Here, too, he has to take on rival crime gangs, only his attempts to extricate himself from the world he jumped into proves impossible. It’s all good, soapy stuff and although it perhaps doesn’t quite crackle as it might, there are some great performances (Sienna Miller as a sultry moll in particular) and a couple of excellent directorial set-pieces that prove that Affleck is a more than steady hand behind the camera.
In cinemas from February 2


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