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The circus is in town this week, bringing an impressive show full of jaw-dropping stunts. If you’d prefer to keep the stress levels down, check out JLT’s brand new hangout, get stuck in to an old favourite ladies night, and take things up a notch on Thursday with 2016’s RedFest DXB.

UFO Circus
This collaboration between the Great Moscow State Circus and Zapashny Brothers brings a performance “from another planet”. The storyline of a man abducted by aliens is told through trapeze, aerial gymnastics and skaters.
When: Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 February
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, +971 52 653 3611

Madame Butterfly at China Grill
One of Dubai’s most generous ladies night offerings, China Grill gives the girls free drinks all night, including bubbles. If you decide to eat (and let’s be honest, with a drink offer like that, you should), you’ll also get 50 percent off food. The venue often hosts pop-up shops on ladies night, with brands like InSeller showing their collection of second hand designer wears.
When: Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 12pm
Where: China Grill, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, +9714 511 7333, www.chinagrilldubai.com

RedFest DXB
It’s back for another year, and the line-up is pretty exciting. RedFest DXB 2016 kicks off on Thursday with Steve Aoki, Rita Ora, The Vamps and Dawin. Friday brings MistaJam, Adam Lambert, Eva Simons, Fifth Harmony Trey Songz and RedFoo.
When: Thursday February 11
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.platinumlist.net

Cocktail Kitchen
Following in the wake of popular New Orleans eatery Nola, JLT’s impressive spearheading of new venues continues with the launch of cocktail kitchen. Situated in the P cluster of Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the hip new hangout prides itself on an unfussy but slick offering of modern European cuisine with a twist. Even better news is that it’s just launched an ace new lunch menu, another win that can be chalked up to JLT’s burgeoning culinary and watering hole scene.
Where: Cluster P, JLT, www.cocktail-kitchen.com

The Laughter Factory
This week’s line-up includes witty gags from Andrew Bird, Luke Toulson and Simon B. Cotter. Thursday sees The Laughter Factory pitch up at Movenpick JBR. Expect close to the bone humour, washed down with house beverages and snacks. Tickets AED140.
When: Thursday February 11, 9pm
Where: Movenpick, JBR, +971 4 355 1862

Cinema – The Finest Hours (PG15)
This film brings cinematic life to what the trailer brands as the “most daring coastguard rescue in US history”, a real-life incident that unfolded off the east coast of America in the 1950s. Casey Affleck, back in blockbuster mode after a string of method-y indies, heads up a ragtag crew of seamen who come a cropper when their oil tanker is caught in the middle of a Perfect Storm-esque nor’easter and splits in two.
Fortunately, hope is rekindled via the nautical nerve and sinew of coastguard Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), who – in somewhat predictable fashion – leaves a budding romance back on land to make it his do-or-die mission to save the stranded souls. All-American heroism laid bare.
In cinemas February 4

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