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8 great things to do in the UAE this week



Ed Sheeran
Grammy-award-winning Ed Sheeran might well be the single biggest male musical act on the planet right now and it was a mighty relief to all his fans here that he didn’t postpone the Dubai show after his cycling accident a month or so ago. He’s here to support his Divide album, which we assume most of the audience know by heart, but there’s no doubt all the classics will come out, from “Thinking Out Loud” and “Galway Girl” to recent chart busters such as “Shape of You”. The show sold out in about 35 minutes but we think we’ve seen some tickets floating around on Dubizzle for rather more than the original AED295. Hey, it’d be worth it, right? Think of the stories you can tell your grandkids.
When: Thursday, November 23
Where: Dubai Autism Rocks Arena
Contact: +971 4 4237980, website

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Expect some fast paced action when the world’s racing elite take to the Yas Circuit this weekend. Aside from seeing the likes of Lewis Hamilton, guests can expect some quality entertainment from A-listers like Calvin Harris, P!nk, J.Cole and more who will be performing at the Yassalm After-Race concerts that will take place at the du Arena.
When: November 23-26
Where: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Contact: website

Andrew Strong
Remember The Commitments? The film based on the novel by Roddy Doyle about a rag-tag soul band from Dublin who suddenly got it together and took the city by storm? Well, the film’s undoubted star, Andrew Strong, graduated from the big screen to the stage, on which he has developed a pretty solid career over the last quarter of a century. Expect all the soul, Motown and Atlantic standards.
When: Thursday, November 23
Where: The Irish Village, Garhoud
Price: Free entry
Contact: website

Bongo’s Bingo
This British phenomenon has made the Media One Hotel a semi-permanent home now, where hundreds of people cram into ON42 for a show
of games, music, dancing and, of course, bingo. All raucous good fun.
When: Thursday, November 23
Where: ON42, Media One Hotel, Media City
Contact: website

Nicolai Friedrich
The noted German illusionist – named The Best Mentalist in the World in 2009 – will be trying to astound audiences in Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Meyana Auditorium with his credibility-shredding mental tricks this weekend. In what will be his first ever show in Dubai, he will be combining mind-reading, a few stunts, lots of audience interaction and a healthy dose of comedy, too.
When: Saturday, November 25
Where: Meyana Auditorium, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Price: From AED100
Contact: +971 50 639 9240, website

The Art of Magic by Arnaud
Dutch magician Arnaud returns to Dubai with a brand new show that centres around the history of the genre, with every trick accompanied by a story that charts its development down through the years.
When: Wednesday, November 22
Where: Junction Theatre, Alserkal Avenue
Price: From AED100
Contact: website

White Friday Sale is hosting its massive four day sale from November 22 to November 25. Die-hard shoppers can expect discounts of up to 70 percent on everything from electronics to fashion and accessories to household appliances. In short, it’s perfect for those looking to do some Christmas shopping and or, sprue up their wardrobe.
When: November 22-November 25
Contact: website

Thanksgiving at Clinton Street Baking Company
If you want a proper Thanksgiving this year, you probably ought to head to a bona fide American restaurant. The two branches of Clinton St Baking Company in Dubai are serving up a full turkey dinner with sides that includes sweet potato with candied pecans, mashed potato and gravy and, get this, a jalapeño cornbread loaf. All for AED170. Then there are desserts such as maple pecan pie, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake. Want to stay at home? Deliveries start at AED650.
When: November 23-25
Where: City Walk and Burj Views, Downtown
Contact: website

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