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1.SHOW YOUR JAZZ HANDS

The leg­endary mu­sic fes­ti­val lives on, and this year the 17th edi­tion of The Dubai In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val boasts a truly glit­ter­ing ar­ray of talent. Ir­ish rock­ers Snow Pa­trol are set to per­form on the open­ing evening on 20 Fe­bru­ary, jazz-funk band Jamiro­quai are also tak­ing to the stage and none other than Ali­cia Keys is clos­ing the show on the 22 Fe­bru­ary. The su­per­star will be re­turn­ing to the UAE for the first time since her Set The World On Fire tour back in 2013, and we’re sure she’ll have the crowds Fallin’ for her dreamy voice once more. • Visit dubai­jaz­zfest.com

2. HAVE A (PLATE) SMASHINGLY GOOD GREEK MEAL

Is this the year that Greek eater­ies – Greek­eries? – fi­nally get cool? We think so. With four open­ing in Dubai in the space of three months, you can get your feta fix at tra­di­tional hotspot Opa, at Fair­mont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, or go fancy at Gaia in DIFC and de­vour their seabream carpac­cio. Fi­nally, look for­ward to mod­ern mezze and a cel­e­bra­tory at­mos­phere in Avli by Tasha’s in DIFC and au­then­tic dishes at Am­mos at Rixos Premium on JBR. Bring on the avalanche of hal­loumi…

3.THE POPE POPS BY

The Pope is com­ing to Dubai! No, re­ally. In a land­mark mo­ment, Pope Fran­cis will touch down in DXB from 3-5 Fe­bru­ary, mark­ing his first visit to the UAE. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the Vat­i­can said the pope had ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion from HH Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. A lucky 120,000 lo­cals will be ac­com­mo­dated to the mass he is hold­ing in the city, which is yet to be dis­closed. • Visit uaepa­palvisit.org

4.MAKE WAY FOR A MID­DLE EAST­ERN MU­SI­CAL DE­BUT

Phan­tom of the Opera – the record-break­ing the­atri­cal block­buster – is com­ing to Dubai Opera this au­tumn. Hoorah! An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s show is largely re­garded as one of the most pop­u­lar mu­si­cals in the world (it’s won more than 70 ma­jor the­atri­cal awards, in­clud­ing seven Tony Awards on Broad­way).

It’s also the long­est-run­ning show in Broad­way his­tory. Tick­ets for the un­miss­able pro­duc­tion are avail­able to pur­chase now, so get them while you can. • Visit dubai­opera.com

5.IN­DULGE IN A FES­TI­VAL FAN­TASY

A round of ap­plause for RedFestDXB, please, for se­cur­ing a stel­lar line-up of per­form­ers for their an­nual event. The de­li­cious mix­ture stars Cuban-Amer­i­can singer (and for­mer Fifth Har­mony band mem­ber) Camila Ca­bello, US rap­per Mack­le­more and Bri­tish star Jess Glynne. The artists will all be tak­ing to the stage at Dubai Me­dia City Am­phithe­atre over 14 and 15 Fe­bru­ary. Tick­ets start from Dhs395 and can be pur­chased from redfestdxb.com. See you in the crowd…

6.IBIZA IS COM­ING TO DUBAI (KIND OF)

Ocean Beach Ibiza, one of the party is­land’s best known hotspots, is open­ing in Dubai this year. Al­low us to tell you more. The re­cently re­branded ‘O Beach Ibiza’ prom­ises pool par­ties, bang­ing beats and beau­ti­ful peo­ple in at­ten­dance. Al­though a venue has not been con­firmed, sources widely sug­gest it will open in Dubai De­sign District. Look­ing even fur­ther for­ward, O Beach has hinted at ex­pan­sions to Croa­tia and London, so it’s go­ing to be a truly global club­bing ex­pe­ri­ence. Bring it on.

While there is un­de­ni­ably greatTV hit­ting our screens this year (we’re look­ing at you, The Lion King and se­ries two of Big Lit­tle Lies) 2019 is all about so­cial­is­ing in real life, and here, we’ve rounded up the best DXB-based ac­tiv­i­ties you need to pen­cil in the di­ary

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