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Find out what’s hap­pen­ing in the UAE this week.

Amaz­ing Dubai, an English­language mu­si­cal about Dubai, pre­mieres at Mad­i­nat The­atre, Souk Mad­i­nat Jumeirah on Oc­to­ber 4. Star­ring UAE-based talent from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, the mu­si­cal nar­rates the city’s trans­for­ma­tion from a small fish­ing com­mu­nity in the 1800s to one of the world’s most mod­ern cities. The mu­si­cal will be Mad­i­nat The­atre’s res­i­dent show, per­formed twice a day, all year round. Dh100 for tourists, and Dh75 for chil­dren and UAE res­i­dents; call 04 366 6546.

Fla­menco danseuse Eva Yerbabuena (above) will turn Dubai Opera into her stamp­ing ground on Oc­to­ber 5 with her first UAE per­for­mance. Yerbabuena, one of Spain’s top dancers and fla­menco chore­og­ra­phers, is known for her light­ning-fast foot­work and for adapt­ing tra­di­tional fla­menco forms and giv­ing them her own flair; she’ll be ac­com­pa­nied by five dancers and an en­sem­ble of mu­si­cians. Tick­ets from Dh200 at dubai­opera.com; show starts at 8pm. Want be­hind-the-scenes ac­tion? Sign up for the Dubai Opera’s new all-ac­cess pub­lic tour. The hour-long tours are in Ara­bic and English (other lan­guages on re­quest). Visi­tors will be re­galed with anec­dotes on the per­form­ing arts venue’s de­sign, cre­ation and me­morable mo­ments from shows, and a peek into the VIP suite. Daily at 10.30am, Dh75 per adult and Dh40 per child.

The the­atri­cal adap­ta­tion of An­toine de Saint Ex­upéry’s French novella Le Petit Prince (above right) is on at Duc­tac today. One of the world’s most-trans­lated books, it nar­rates a pi­lot’s en­counter with an alien child when he crash-lands in the Sa­hara desert, and will be per­formed in its orig­i­nal French ver­sion at the Ki­lac­hand Stu­dio. While on the sur­face it ap­pears to be a chil­dren’s tale, the play deals with philo­soph­i­cal themes and ques­tions of imag­i­na­tion, self-discovery, ma­te­ri­al­ism and lone­li­ness. Tick­ets cost Dh145 per per­son at duc­tac.org; show starts at 5pm.

You don’t need a de­gree in lit­er­a­ture to be well-versed with The Bard’s 37 plays in a mere 95 min­utes. The Com­plete Works of Wil­liam Shake­speare Abridged (left), the com­edy play run­ning at The Junc­tion from Oc­to­ber 5-7, will give view­ers a hu­mor­ous crash course in Shake­spearean clas­sics. This adap­ta­tion will fea­ture all the el­e­ments of the orig­i­nal mad­cap play that was writ­ten and first per­formed in 1987, such as 100 cos­tume changes, the ab­sence of a fourth wall and witty di­a­logue. How­ever, there will be one stand-out dif­fer­ence: An all-fe­male cast. Dh100 at the­junc­tion­dubai.com; shows at 7.30pm with a Satur­day mati­nee at 2.30pm.

Hard Rock Café at Dubai Fes­ti­val City is rolling out a stair­way to heaven with their Led

Zep­pelin trib­ute by Hats Off to Led Zep­pelin to­mor­row. Head-bang your evening away to ren­di­tions of the leg­endary rock band’s hits from 8.30pm; 15 years and above only. En­try is free.

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