This week’s don’t-miss events.

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Mo­ham­mad Abdo, Span­ish fla­menco gui­tarist To­matito, trum­peter Wyn­ton Marsalis, Chi­nese Amer­i­can cel­list Yo-Yo Ma, and many other artists are com­ing to the UAE to per­form in this year’s Abu Dhabi Fes­ti­val from March 14. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture per­for­mances in the Emi­rates Palace, The Arts Cen­ter at NYU Abu Dhabi, and in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion at Umm Al Emarat Park from March 23-April 23 fea­tur­ing art­work by UAE-based artists that de­pict lo­cal species and habi­tats. Tick­ets range from Dh125 to Dh350 and stu­dents get a 50 per cent dis­count. Juan Pérez Floristán, Tarek Ya­mani, and To­matito will be per­form­ing at NYU Abu Dhabi free of charge. For the pro­gramme and tick­ets see abud­hab­ifes­ti­val.com

The Dubai Latin Fest will be re­turn­ing to Dubai for a third time, from April 13-15 at Dubai Me­dia City Am­phithe­atre. Salsa band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico will per­form on April 14, while Rosario Flores will be the clos­ing act on April 15. There will also be per­for­mances by reg­gaetón duo Cali Flow Latino, Eddi Duarte, and Taha Tito. Be­sides per­for­mances, the fes­ti­val is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to en­joy Latin dance, cui­sine, tra­di­tional mar­ket stalls, out­door film screen­ings and dance work­shops. The events kick off with a party at Zero Grav­ity on April 12, and sev­eral yacht par­ties and desert sa­faris take place around Dubai. Early bird tick­ets are from Dh250 for three-day gen­eral ad­mis­sion, at dubailat­in­fest.com

Time to swing from the chan­de­liers and grab your tick­ets for Aus­tralian pop star Sia’s first UAE gig on March 25. The Cheap Thrills singer plays the Dubai World Cup’s an­nual af­ter-race con­cert.

The eight-time Grammy nom­i­nated singer’s act is limited only to Dubai World ticket hold­ers. Race tick­ets start from Dh450 at store.mey­dan.ae.

Os­car-win­ning mu­si­cian AR Rah­man is per­form­ing at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium on March 17. Ex­pect to cheer for an­thems such as Jai Ho and Humma Humma. Tick­ets from Dh50 at plat­inum­list.net

This au­tumn will be an ex­cit­ing time for Dubai and not just be­cause the weather gets bet­ter. Dubai Opera’s sched­ule for the Au­tumn sea­son has been an­nounced and will see the per­form­ing arts venue host The

Opera Tril­ogy – three op­er­atic mas­ter­pieces by com­poser Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart and li­bret­tist Lorenzo da Ponte. The Mar­riage of Fi­garo will get the ball rolling on Septem­ber 7 and 14. Comic opera Don Gio­vanni plays on Septem­ber 9 and 16 and Septem­ber 8 and 15 sees Così fan tutte , an opera about de­ceit and dis­guise, take to the stage. The newly in­tro­duced Opera Sea­son Pass gets you seats to all three op­eras for the price of two when you buy a Pre­mium or an A Re­serve ticket. Visit dubai­opera.com

Think you’re tough as nails? Prove your met­tle at the Desert War­rior Chal­lenge ,atAl Zo­rah Ma­rina in Aj­man on March 24. Start­ing at 8am, the race will in­clude a 5km ob­sta­cle course for those aged 16 and over, and two other cour­ses for chil­dren aged six to 15 years. Ob­sta­cles in­clude the war­rior zip, ma­rine mad­ness zone, walk-the-plank and chim­ney.

Regis­ter on­line at de­sert­war­rior­chal­lenge.com. Tick­ets for the 5km fear­less are Dh393, the 1km ju­nior tick­ets (ages six to nine) are Dh117.50, and the 2km ju­nior tick­ets (ages 10-15) are Dh162. Par­tic­i­pants can regis­ter on the day for a higher fee.

Up­com­ing con­certs in­clude AR Rah­man in Shar­jah, Wyn­ton Marsalis in Abu Dhabi, and Sia at the Dubai World Cup horse race

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