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What will Dubai look like in 2019? Tim Skin­ner previews 36 things to look for­ward to

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And a new one just be­gun. We take a look at what’s com­ing up in Dubai in 2019. Look­ing good, The Royal At­lantis

We’ve nearly ripped off 365 leaves from our daily cal­en­dar, Christ­mas has been and gone we’re al­ready star­ing into 2019.

As we cel­e­brate the the decade’s fi­nal year, it’s time to get our col­lec­tive nog­gins around what will be com­ing to Dubai in the next 12 months. From top con­certs, to new con­cert venues, from the world’s big­gest Fer­ris wheel to space-bound Emi­ratis – this is ev­ery­thing we know so far about what 2019 has in store.

What we hope to see Dubai Arena opens, and brings some huge acts to town

It could scarcely be in a bet­ter lo­ca­tion, and this 20,000-seater (ap­prox­i­mately) arena is all set for com­ple­tion in 2019, bring­ing an ide­ally po­si­tioned sta­dium ca­pa­ble of host­ing gigs, sports events, fes­ti­vals, ex­hi­bi­tions and more.

Con­struc­tion of the build­ing has been man­aged by AEG Og­den, a com­pany whose port­fo­lio in­cludes The O2 in Lon­don, the STA­PLES Cen­tre in Los An­ge­les and the Mercedes-benz Arena in Shang­hai, so we know we’re in for a world-class arena.

Some ex­cit­ing names have been mooted for an ar­rival at this City Walk venue, and an in­cred­i­ble amount of ef­fort has gone into mak­ing the arena not just look good on the

front (with its ac­tive-lit façade), but also sound bril­liant on the in­side.

The 4,000-tonne roof has been de­signed to acous­tic per­fec­tion, and we can’t wait to check this place out. It’s set to have a walk­way link­ing to the Burj Khal­ifa/dubai Mall metro sta­tion, to ease con­ges­tion post-event.

Mer­aas says the Arena is set to open in early 2019, and artist an­nounce­ments are ex­pected soon.

Dubai Creek Tower takes shape

Lin­ing up to be the new tallest tower in the world, we’re not ex­pect­ing to see the fin­ished prod­uct dur­ing 2019, but we can’t wait to see Dubai Creek Tower tak­ing shape as it gets close to com­ple­tion, fol­low­ing some mas­sive de­vel­op­ments in 2018. De­signed by Span­ish ar­chi­tect San­ti­ago Cala­trava, Dubai Creek Tower will be clear of 1,000 me­tres tall (the Burj Khal­ifa stands at 829.8m), and will fea­ture a range of residential and leisure fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a 360-de­gree view­ing deck, so you can re­ally ad­mire the city around you.

2018 saw an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant mile­stone com­pleted in the tower’s con­struc­tion. The pile cap (which lays the foun­da­tions for huge multi-story build­ings) was com­pleted, us­ing 50,000 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete and weigh­ing in at around 120,000 tonnes. To put that into con­text, the foun­da­tion alone, weighs roughly the same as the en­tirety of the CN Tower in Canada. To say that this will be big will be one gi­ant un­der­state­ment.

Emi­ratis in space

Thirty-nine can­di­dates have been passed phys­i­cally and phys­i­o­log­i­cally fit for space ex­plo­ration, and a team of Emi­ratis will be sent to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion in April, pend­ing fi­nal tri­als and as­sess­ment. When there, they’ll be con­duct­ing a range of sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments and mis­sions – mark­ing the UAE’S first ever space-age foray. The UAE is also in talks with Vir­gin Galac­tic over com­mer­cially ac­ces­si­ble space flights from Abu Dhabi.

Free wi-fi in ev­ery taxi

Firmly back on terra firma, the RTA has con­firmed its am­bi­tions to pro­vide free wi-fi in taxis across the city by the end of the year. With a fleet of thou­sands, that means res­i­dents and tourists alike are un­likely to ever be out of sig­nal.

Top­golf ar­rives at Emi­rates Golf Club

For golf fans, this is likely to be a crack­ing new hang­out in the evenings and/or week­end af­ter­noons. The Dubai de­but for this in­ter­na­tional brand has been in the mak­ing for a cou­ple of years now, and the golf-but­not-as-you-know-it at­trac­tion is set to ar­rive at Emi­rates Golf Club in early 2019.

This li­censed driv­ing range of sorts will bring a nightlife vibe to a fa­mously down­tempo sport, with mi­crochipped golf balls mean­ing you’ll get fully in­ter­ac­tive and big bud­get en­ter­tain­ment.

We’re talk­ing light-up tar­gets, real-time scoring, mu­sic, food & drink, com­pet­i­tive mini games, big TVS show­ing live sport and the lat­est kick off. So you’ll have an ace new hang­out for Satur­day af­ter­noons.

This is prob­a­bly go­ing to be one of the coolest new en­ter­tain­ment open­ings in Dubai in the com­ing years, and one that you need to get on your list.

Brand—new ho­tel ar­rivals: FIVE Dubai Jumeirah Vil­lage

A sec­ond lux­ury ho­tel from FIVE is com­ing to Dubai, and this one has got 271 – yes, 271 – swim­ming pools con­structed in this sweep­ing, 800ft tower. Ba­si­cally, ev­ery apart­ment in the build­ing will have its own pool, even those at the top of the tower, be­cause swim­ming pools line the edges of the ho­tel.

It will be com­ing to Jumeirah Vil­lage Cir­cle, as a range of con­struc­tion projects in the area be­gin near­ing com­ple­tion. The ma­jor­ity of those pools will ser­vice the 221 one- and two-bed­room ho­tel apart­ments and the 33 four-bed­room apart­ments in the ho­tel.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit five­g­lob­al­hold­ings.com.

Hilton The Palm

Found on the trunk of the Palm, on the Eastern side along­side lux­ury ho­tels Fair­mont The Palm and FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Hilton the Palm will fea­ture 13 storeys, 608 rooms, a pres­i­den­tial suite and some seven restau­rants that we just can’t wait to check out when open.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www3.hilton.com.

Man­darin Ori­en­tal

Dubai’s Man­darin Ori­en­tal Jumeira is soon to add yet more swish ac­com­mo­da­tion and fine din­ing to Jumeirah’s coast­line, with the rapidly pro­gress­ing prop­erty set to open at the be­gin­ning of 2019. And among its eight restau­rants and bars will be Tasca, the first Mid­dle Eastern restau­rant from Por­tuguese chef José Avillez, whose Lis­bon eatery Bel­canto cur­rently holds two Miche­lin stars.

A big open­ing party is planned to launch the re­sort in 2019, with ru­moured celebrity fans ex­pected to be in at­ten­dance – no doubt they’ll be stay­ing in one of the Ori­en­tal’s eight over-the-wa­ter vil­las, which will be the first along Jumeirah’s coast­line and only the

sec­ond in the city. Other fea­tures of the ho­tel in­clude the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Spa, spread over 2,000 sq m and fea­ture­ing a ded­i­cated ham­mam-style suite, plus a grand ball­room that opens out on to the beach.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/dubai.

Stu­dio One Ho­tel

This trendy new ho­tel ar­rival comes from the team be­hind Dubai Me­dia City’s pop­u­lar nightlife-cen­tric Me­dia One Ho­tel. Lo­cated at Dubai Stu­dio City, we al­ready know that Stu­dio One Ho­tel is go­ing to be home to the city’s third lo­ca­tion of The Ir­ish Vil­lage. The ho­tel is in the fi­nal stages of prepa­ra­tion for open­ing, so ex­pect more of the same stylish vibes for which its pre­de­ces­sor is known.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.stu­dioone­ho­tel.dubaiemi­rates.ae

Taj Ex­ot­ica Re­sort & Spa

An­other Palm Jumeirah open­ing, the sec­ond ho­tel in Dubai for Taj is set to open in early 2019 (fol­lowed by a third, in JLT, with an open­ing date TBC). The 325-room ho­tel will be open­ing on the Eastern cres­cent of the Palm, and will also bring with it an Italianthemed all-day din­ing restau­rant, a gas­tropub, a rooftop ter­race restau­rant and a lounge bar over­look­ing the Ara­bian Gulf.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit taj.tajho­tels.com.

The Royal At­lantis Re­sort & Res­i­dences

Work is due to com­plete on the sis­ter ho­tel to At­lantis The Palm in late 2019, and this Dhs5 bil­lion devel­op­ment is go­ing to be big. Found on the Eastern cres­cent of the Palm Jumeirah, this enor­mous, mod­u­lar ho­tel will house nearly 800 guest rooms and more than 230 ser­viced apart­ments.

Cel­e­brated UK chef He­ston Blu­men­thal’s first Dubai restau­rant, Din­ner by He­ston Blu­men­thal, is due to be the ho­tel’s first open­ing (more on that later), when work com­pletes on the ho­tel.

Work is also ex­pected to fin­ish on At­lantis The Palm’s full re­fur­bish­ment of its 1,539 rooms. Fifty rooms are be­ing ren­o­vated ev­ery six weeks, and the fi­nal rooms and suites are due to be fin­ished by the end of the year.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.theroy­alat­lantis­res­i­dences.com.

W Dubai – The Palm

This ho­tel chain, which is known for its ul­tra­trendy vibes and dé­cor, is bring­ing a hand­ful of food and drinks out­lets that we can’t wait to check out, as well as the 350 rooms, pri­vate beach and more.

Top of the list is Ital­ian restau­rant Torno Su­bito from world-fa­mous chef Mas­simo Bot­tura, the man be­hind the world’s num­ber one restau­rant of 2018, Os­te­ria Frances­cana (more on that later). There’ll also be Ja­pane­seko­rean fu­sion restau­rant Akira Back from the Miche­lin-starred chef of the same name, pool bar Wet Deck and rooftop bar Sobe (which it claims will of­fer un­ob­structed, 360-de­gree views out from the Palm).

Some of the pre­view im­ages look in­cred­i­ble, and we can’t wait to check out all of the new places open­ing up here.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wdubaithep­alm.com.

Hot new restau­rants, bars and clubs Alici

When it’s com­ing from the team be­hind Time Out Dubai’s Restau­rant of the Year (Il Borro Tus­can Bistro), you know it’s go­ing to be an ab­so­lute cracker. Alici, set to open on the Blue­wa­ters is­land early in 2019, will fo­cus on dishes from the cen­tral Ital­ian re­gion of Tus­cany, pro­duc­ing its own olive oil and grape bev­er­ages, and serv­ing spe­cials such as the area’s renowned bis­tecca alla Fiorentina.

Fans of the group’s ex­ist­ing work in the city will be rar­ing to pack their bags and head south to Alici Dubai for the win­ter. We know we are, be­cause this’ll be some­thing spe­cial.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.alici.com.

Din­ner by He­ston Blu­men­thal

Ex­per­i­men­tal chef He­ston Blu­men­thal has con­firmed that he is open­ing a restau­rant at The Royal At­lantis in 2019. The Bri­tish mind be­hind The Fat Duck will be bring­ing his cre­ative spark and in­no­va­tive gas­tron­omy dishes to Dubai in what will be his first restau­rant in the city – Din­ner By He­ston

Blu­men­thal. The restau­rant will in­clude its own ded­i­cated bar, two out­side ter­races, as well as a pri­vate din­ing room. If the Lon­don branch of Din­ner is any­thing to go by, we can ex­pect con­tem­po­rary dishes in­spired by gas­tro­nomic recipes dat­ing back as far as the 1300s. That’s proper old-school.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. theroy­alat­lantis­res­i­dences.com.

Man­tis

Dubai’s lat­est uber-trendy night­club was ini­tially penned to open its doors in De­cem­ber, but the DIFC club’s open­ing has been pushed back just a smidge. Now DIFC’S party-lov­ing em­ploy­ees won’t even have to leave the neigh­bour­hood af­ter fin­ish­ing the week on a Thurs­day, be­cause this swanky new club will be open­ing its doors at Emi­rates Fi­nan­cial Tow­ers. It will fea­ture “state-of-the-art light­ing, sound, au­dio and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy”, as well as an “im­mer­sive room” in which guests can un­wind – and it hap­pens to serve one of the most ex­pen­sive types of cof­fee in the world.

→ Open­ing early 2019. Emi­rates Fi­nan­cial Tow­ers, DIFC.

Nam­mos Beach Club

The in­ter­na­tional beach club party des­ti­na­tion will be expanding out from Greek Is­land Mykonos next year, open­ing at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach in the early part of 2019.

A lazy beach spot by day and a buzzing party des­ti­na­tion by night, the orig­i­nal Nam­mos is a favourite haunt of celebri­ties in­clud­ing Gigi Ha­did and Ken­dall Jen­ner, and now it’s our turn.

→ Open­ing soon. Four Sea­sons Re­sort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah (04 270 7777).

O Beach Club

An­other beach club open­ing. O Beach Club (pre­vi­ously known as Ocean Beach Club) will be bring­ing its seven-days-a-week day­time pool par­ties to Dubai’s shores, mark­ing its first in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tion out­side of the Balearics. We’re yet to be given a venue, but given the orig­i­nal site has wel­comed the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stor­mzy and Conor Mcgre­gor in re­cent years, we’re ex­pect­ing an­other top qual­ity party hang­out.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit obeachibiza.com

Sky­bar 2.0

Renowned in Le­banon for its ab­so­lutely show­stop­ping par­ties, Dubai’s d3 is about to get a slice of the ac­tion, boost­ing its cre­den­tials as a nightlife des­ti­na­tion in its own right (it’s

al­ready home to our Club of the Year, BASE).

Open-air party vibes, big lights and more, we’re ex­pect­ing big things, be­cause it could trans­form d3 into a nightlife hotspot.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sky­bar­beirut.com.

The Arts Club

One of the most fa­mous pri­vate mem­bers clubs in the world is set to open its doors in its first over­seas venue in 2019. Mak­ing its way from Lon­don, the new ICD Brook­field devel­op­ment in DIFC will be home to this ex­clu­sive club. Spread across five lev­els, in­clud­ing a sprawl­ing rooftop ter­race, The Arts Club will be home to three restau­rants and bars, as well as arts ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, a busi­ness cen­tre and more. Celebrity board mem­bers in­clude Gwyneth Pal­trow and Alan Sugar, and if it was good enough for Charles Dick­ens it’s cer­tainly good enough for us.

→ Ap­prox Dhs10,000 an­nual mem­ber­ship. Open­ing 2019. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.theartsclub.co.uk.

Torno Su­bito

Open­ing at W Dubai – The Palm, this restu­ar­ant is from chef Mas­simo Bot­tura, the man be­hind the world’s num­ber one restau­rant of 2018 – Os­te­ria Frances­cana. Torno Su­bito will be a first restau­rant out­side of Italy for the chef, and it prom­ises to “take guests on a jour­ney back to 1960s Italy, where the vibe is so­phis­ti­cated and so­cial, but laid-back”. The restau­rant will be open for both lunch and din­ner, and there will be din­ing ar­eas in­doors, as well as al fresco on the ter­race or beach. You can even or­der a ped­alo pic­nic to en­joy in the la­goon. Plus, we’re promised a “quirky roam­ing gelato cart”, too. → For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wdubaithep­alm.com.

Var­i­ous out­lets at The Pointe

Hav­ing opened in some style with a live per­for­mance from En­rique Igle­sias ear­lier this month, the Palm Jumeirah’s lat­est des­ti­na­tion is now open for busi­ness. When com­pletely fin­ished, The Pointe will be home to some 70 dif­fer­ent food and drink out­lets, from fast food chains Mc­don­ald’s and Star­bucks to ca­sual din­ing des­ti­na­tions and some swankier lounge bar and restau­rants. There’s plenty to check out, con­sid­er­ing its killer views out from the wa­ter­front to­wards At­lantis The Palm.

→ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.the­p­ointe.ae.

Mu­sic, fes­ti­vals and the arts Al Mur­ray

Orig­i­nally penned to take place in Novem­ber 2018, UK co­me­dian Al Mur­ray (and his iconic char­ac­ter The Pub Land­lord) has moved his show to Thurs­day April 11 in­stead. Tick­ets are avail­able now for the show, and any­one with tick­ets for the orig­i­nal show will have their tick­ets car­ried over. Known as The Pub Land­lord and fa­mous through­out the UK, Mur­ray has had plenty of sell-out gigs, with some venues in­clud­ing the O2 Arena in Lon­don. The com­i­cal ge­nius is known for pick­ing on the crowd, so be pre­pared for some hi­lar­i­ous roast­ing and quick wit.

→ From Dhs150. Thu Apr 11, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, www.dubai­opera.com

BBC Proms

The le­gendary clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val is back for an­other five-night stint in March. Hav­ing last vis­ited Dubai in 2017, this year’s show will see a Dubai premiere of Beethoven’s time­less Cho­ral Sym­phony no.9 fea­tur­ing the BBC Singers and the newly cre­ated Dubai Opera Fes­ti­val Cho­rus.

There will also be a range of clas­si­cal per­for­mances, orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions and more as the fes­ti­val re­turns for its sec­ond visit. You can get a sea­son ticket to see each show of the fes­ti­val for just Dhs375, or tick­ets

to in­di­vid­ual shows from Dhs75 – in keep­ing with the Proms’ orig­i­nal in­ten­tion of mak­ing tick­ets to clas­si­cal mu­sic ac­ces­si­ble to all.

→ From Dhs75 (per show), Dhs375 (sea­son pass). Mar 19-22. Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, www.dubai­opera.com.

Ge­orge Ezra

The man be­hind some of the catchi­est tunes of the past five years is head­ing to Dubai World Trade Cen­tre in Jan­uary 2019, with Live Na­tion bring­ing Ge­orge Ezra to Dubai.

Ezra comes to town in the midst of tour­ing his sec­ond al­bum, Stay­ing at Ta­mara, which has topped the UK al­bum charts and has seen the singer em­bark on a huge in­ter­na­tional tour as a re­sult.

Com­ing to Dubai on Tues­day Jan­uary 22, you can ex­pect to see his live, en­er­getic per­for­mance of Shot­gun, which was crowned the top song of the sum­mer by the Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany af­ter top­ping the UK records chart. The of­fi­cial video has racked up more than 20 mil­lion Youtube hits, while the of­fi­cial lyric video for the tune has hit nearly 100 mil­lion. Also lis­ten out for ab­so­lutely enor­mous tune Bu­dapest. → From Dhs295. Tue Jan 22. Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, www.tick­et­mas­ter.ae.

Michael Mcin­tyre

The top UK co­me­dian is re­turn­ing to Dubai for a two-night stay at Dubai World Trade Cen­tre in April. Part of his 2019 tour The Big World Tour, tick­ets are avail­able from Dhs295. Don’t miss out on your chance to see one of the UK’S fun­ni­est men live in Dubai, a man who has reg­u­larly won awards through­out his ca­reer, has been the host of mul­ti­ple prime time TV shows in the UK, and has sold more than 1.5 mil­lion tick­ets to his shows around the world to date.

→ From Dhs295. Apr 25-26. Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, www.800tick­ets.com.

Othello

This clas­sic Shake­speare play will be mark­ing Dubai Opera’s first-ever the­atri­cal per­for­mance (sur­pris­ing, right?) in Jan­uary.

A reimag­ined pro­duc­tion, the play takes on a dras­tic twist on from that first per­formed more than 400 years ago. It will be on stage from Thurs­day Jan­uary 31 un­til Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 2, with two mat­inée per­for­mances tak­ing place on Fri­day and Satur­day.

In the pro­duc­tion, Venice – a western colo­nial power – em­ploys the new­ly­mar­ried Othello to lead its army against an im­pend­ing in­va­sion. In a so­ci­ety torn apart by dis­crim­i­na­tion and fear, Othello’s life quickly un­rav­els. Ma­nip­u­lated by Iago, he turns on ev­ery­thing he holds dear.

→ From Dhs150. Thu Jan 31-Sat Feb 2. Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, www.dubai­opera.com.

Red­fest DXB

An­other ma­jor fes­ti­val in Dubai Me­dia City in Fe­bru­ary, Red­fest DXB never fails to bring some of the top cur­rent pop acts to town for a two-night show. 2018 saw The Chainsmok­ers, Marsh­mello and Ke$ha top the bill, and 2019 prom­ises to bring more of the same, with more mas­sive names com­ing to town.

If you fancy mak­ing a real night of it on Valen­tine’s Day, then Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 14 will see two ab­so­lutely huge chart-top­ping head­lin­ers take to the stage.

Amer­i­can rap­per G-eazy will be re­turn­ing to Dubai, fol­low­ing a head­line per­for­mance at BASE Dubai (our cur­rent Club of the Year)

ear­lier in 2018. The Beau­ti­ful & Damned

writer will be play­ing mas­sive hits like I Mean It, Good Life and of course, Me, My­self & I. Hav­ing racked up hun­dreds of mil­lions of streams on Spo­tify, and just as many views on Youtube, you can ex­pect a big per­for­mance from this big show­man.

G-eazy will be joined by Jess Glynne, the voice be­hind one of the big­gest tracks of the decade, Rather Be, along­side Clean Ban­dit. With that tune rack­ing up just a ca­sual half a bil­lion plays since its 2013 re­lease, Glynne has gone on to break records of her own, as the only fe­male solo artist to hit the top spot in the UK charts with seven dif­fer­ent songs. Ex­pect tracks like I’ll Be There, Hold My Hand and Don’t Be So Hard On Your­self.

On Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 15, it’s the turn of Ha­vana (a-na-na) singer and for­mer Fifth Har­mony mem­ber Camila Ca­bello to head to town, be­fore Thrift Shop rap­per Mack­le­more takes to the stage for his first UAE per­for­mance since 2014. UK DJ Jax Jones

will fin­ish off the night, hav­ing had a big year with tracks like Just Got Paid, Breathe and Ring Ring, on top of his en­dur­ingly pop­u­lar break­out tune from 2016, You Don’t Know Me.

→ Tick­ets from Dhs395. Dubai Me­dia City Am­phithe­atre, Dubai Me­dia City, www.800tick­ets.com

Sleep­ing Beauty by The Na­tional Bal­let of Ukraine

Sleep­ing Beauty, a lov­able fairy­tale told time and time again. Now a world-renowned bal­let group is giv­ing pa­trons of Dubai a whole new rea­son to watch it one more time.

Set to per­form four shows on Fri­day April 26

and Satur­day April 27 next year, Dubai Opera will host The Na­tional Bal­let of Ukraine’s en­chant­ing ver­sion of Sleep­ing Beauty, and tick­ets are now on sale.

Tick­ets for the per­for­mances start from Dhs125, and range up to Dhs425 for tick­ets im­me­di­ately in front of the stage. From Dhs6,750 you can spend the evening (or mati­nee) in a VIP box. The grand bal­let pre­miered in St. Petersburg in 1890, and has stunned au­di­ences world­wide since.

→ From Dhs250. Apr 26-27. Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, www.dubai­opera.com.

The Phan­tom of the Opera

Per­haps the most fa­mous mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion of all time, this Broad­way and West End main­stay will be com­ing to Dubai in Au­tumn 2019. Most fa­mous for songs in­clud­ing the ti­tle track The Phan­tom of the Opera, All I Ask of You and Wish­ing You Were Some­how Here Again, we can’t wait to see the ma­jes­tic show take to the Dubai Opera stage. You can pre-reg­is­ter for the show now, which has won more than 70 dif­fer­ent ma­jor the­atre awards, in­clud­ing seven Tony Awards on Broad­way and four Olivier Awards in the West End.

→ Price TBC. Com­ing Au­tumn 2019. Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, www.dubai­opera.com.

Thriller Live

Get ready to moon­walk straight to the box of­fice – be­cause hit Michael Jack­son mu­si­cal Thriller Live is com­ing to Dubai Opera. It’s head­ing here straight from Lon­don’s West End af­ter more than 4,000 per­for­mances, and we can’t wait to hear the clas­sic beats of the King of Pop’s most iconic tunes.

The show in­cludes hits from The Jack­son 5 through to Jack­son’s solo ca­reer in­clud­ing from his most suc­cess­ful pe­riod from 1982 to 1995. So we’re look­ing for­ward to hear­ing tunes like Billy Jean, Beat It, Smooth Crim­i­nal, Dirty Diana, Earth Song, Bad and, ob­vi­ously, the epony­mous Thriller.

This will be a five-night run through un­til the end of March, in­clud­ing two mati­nee per­for­mances on the week­end of Fri­day March 29 to Satur­day 30. Don’t miss this iconic show about one of mu­sic’s most im­por­tant artists.

→ From Dhs275. Mar 26-30. Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, www.dubai­opera.com.

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Top­golf

Man­tis

Dubai Jazz Fes­ti­val

BBC Proms

Ge­orge Ezra

Phan­tom of the Opera

Red­fest DXB

Trhiller Live

G-eazy

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