24 July 2024

The Laughter Factory Premium Comedy Club

The Club Al Mina, Abu Dhabi

This month's Laughter Factory tour calls in on Abu Dhabi, something it hasn't done of late: Rory O'Hanlon The Irish comedian is a firm favourite at the Fringe, thanks to his rapid-fire delivery – "a joke every 30 seconds" calculated [ ... ]

AED 160

New Orleans Jazz: Nikolai Mishchenko Quintet

Theatre of Digital Arts Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai

Classic New Orleans jazz favourites in ToDA's immersive 360º visuals that "will transport you straight to the heart of New Orleans". The band: Nikolai Mishchenko piano Matt West saxophone Tona trumpet Rami Lakkis bass Satya Darcy drums    

From AED 211.43

The Laughter Factory Premium Comedy Club

Radisson DAMAC Hills Hessa Street Dubailand, Dubai

The penultimate gig for this month's Laughter Factory tour: Rory O'Hanlon The Irish comedian is a firm favourite at the Fringe, thanks to his rapid-fire delivery – "a joke every 30 seconds" calculated the Irish Times. Highly recommended. Darius Davies [ ... ]

AED 160

Dreams of Miyazaki

Theatre of Digital Arts Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai

A journey in 360° space through the worlds created by Hayao Miyazaki & Joe Hisaishi with the Armenian pianist Gayane Aslanyan. "In 60 minutes, she will transport you to a realm of wonder and fantasy where imagination knows no bounds [ ... ]

From AED 211.43

Improv Party

The Junction Unit H72, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A spontaneous, unscripted live show created on the fly in response to audience prompts. We're promised "comedy, drama, mischief, and a bunch of unique emotions". Mostly comedy, we'd guess ...

AED 100

The Laughter Factory Premium Comedy Club

Dukes The Palm Palm Dubai, Dubai

Last gig for this month's Laughter Factory tour: Rory O'Hanlon The Irish comedian is a firm favourite at the Fringe, thanks to his rapid-fire delivery – "a joke every 30 seconds" calculated the Irish Times. Highly recommended. Darius Davies Definitely [ ... ]

AED 160

LAST CHANCE Leila Eskandari: Whispers of Legends

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Eskandari's exuberant and busy paintings intertwine myth and reality, exploring the power of storytelling – the artist's inspiration for this series comes from the Shahnameh, or the Book of Kings, an ancient Persian epic poem filled with mythical figures and [ ... ]

Free

The Lion King: dir Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff (1994)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A gorgeously restored print for the 30th anniversary of the family friendly classic. With help from his long-lost friend, Nala (Moira Kelly), and a curious pair of newfound friends, Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) and Timon (Nathan Lane), Simba (Matthew Broderick) must [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

Ali & Ava: dir Clio Barnard (2021)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A compelling contemporary love story about two fundamentally lonely people – classroom assistant Ava and landlord/failed DJ Ali – who bond over a love of music and their shared affection for the child of Ali’s Slovakian tenants. But even as [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

LAST CHANCE Houda Bakkali: Digital Art, Digital Culture

Alliance Française Abu Dhabi Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

An exhibition that aims to demonstrate the power of digital art to break spatial, temporal and generational borders, "creating synergies between different audiences and making art not only timeless, but also universal, close and understandable". It features work by Bakkali [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE ChefBurger: Journey Through the Arts – From Tokyo to Paris

ME Dubai The Opus by Omniyat, Al Amal Street, Business Bay, Dubai

A collection of digital and painted art from ChefBurger (aka Mano Gonzalez) that "offers a unique opportunity to experience the convergence of diverse cultures through compelling portraits, French masterpieces, and a profound reverence for nature". Included is a new series [ ... ]

Free

The Jazz Night with Winck

Theatre of Digital Arts Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai

ToDA transforms into a jazz venue for live performance accompanied by a 360° immersive show for a 90-minute set from Luisa Winck, with keyboard and drums as accompaniment. Expect a range from soulful ballads to upbeat foot-tappers ...     [ ... ]

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LAST CHANCE Drawing Time: Duets

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

This exhibition spotlights new and historical works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection that present the range and possibilities of drawing and print culture. The first instalment of a four-part series, it delves into the concept of “the double, the [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANcE Drawing Time: Duets

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

New and historical works by 15 intergenerational artists in the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection that explore drawing as a practice. The exhibition grew out of a two-year research project into conserving paper; it seeks to re-examine the very nature of [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Khaled Jarada: Non Key Frame

Fann à Porter The Workshop, Villa 45, St. 23b, off Al Wasl Road (opposite Box Park), Jumeirah 2, Dubai

The title of this exhibition evokes a notion that originates from the world of the moving image. Key frames are those that define a scene in a film; they set its starting as well as ending point, they are typically [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Gold and Treasures: 3,000 Years of Chinese Ornaments

L’ÉCOLE Middle East Building 10, Dubai Design District, Dubai

L'ÉCOLE Middle East – Van Cleef and Arpels' school of jewellery arts– is celebrating its opening in Dubai Design District with this spectacular exhibition. The clue is of course in the name: the pieces on show (a hundred or so [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Echoes of the Orient

Bassam Freiha Art Foundation Cultural District Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The inaugural exhibition of the brand new Bassam Freiha Art Foundation is curated from the private collection of Bassam Said Freiha to offer a perspective into how the Middle East has been perceived, portrayed and romanticised over time – particularly [ ... ]

Free

Uncharted Paths: DocuShorts in Focus

421 Arts Campus Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

An evening of short documentary films from the region, works by artists taking part in Image Nation Abu Dhabi's Arab Film Studios programme: Luminary: dir Nada Jahed Arabic, 9.5 mins A poetic portrait of a blind father who is strongly [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Through the Seasons with Eric Carle

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

For the first time in the region, the work of the noted illustrator and children’s book author (more than 70 titles to his name, including of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar) is celebrated through Carle’s brilliant imagery of the seasons, [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Mona Ayyash: The Clock Doesn’t Care

421 Arts Campus Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

In her first solo exhibition, Mona Ayyash presents a collaborative video piece with a group of actors, dancers, and performance artists, focusing on small body movements. Selected through an open call, the artist’s collaborators committed to a long-term creative process [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE On a Timeline: 2024 MFA Graduate Show

421 Arts Campus Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Marking the third year of collaboration and an expanded partnership between 421 Arts Campus and NYUAD, the exhibition of work by students completing the two-year Master of Fine Arts in Art and Media at NYUAD showcases research and experimentation by [ ... ]

Free

Closing Program: Spring 2024 Exhibitions

421 Arts Campus Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Most exhibitions open with a bang and close with much less fanfare, so 421 is to be commended for marking the end of its current shows – Mona Ayyash: The Clock Doesn’t Care and On a Timeline: 2024 MFA Graduate [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Hussein Sharif: Re-framing Reality

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

A major survey of four decades of the artist’s work across painting, drawing, collage and sculpture that should further demonstrate why Sharif – one of 'the five' – is such an important figure in the development of UAE postmodernism. The [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Native: Plants in the UAE

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

A group exhibition that showcases the UAE’s native flora, exploring the life conditions of plants indigenous to the country’s landscape and examining how the surrounding atmosphere both affects their growth and results in unique variations of colour, texture, size and [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Hussein Sharif: Re-framing Reality

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

The Culture Foundation's big summer show is a major survey of four decades of work showcasing the multidisciplinary practice across painting, drawing, collage and sculpture of an artist acknoweldged as one of the UAE’s key postmodernists (he was one of [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Native: Plants in the UAE

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

An exhibition that explores the plants indigenous to the UAE, looking at the surrounding atmosphere that affects its growth and gives it its unique variations of colour, texture, size and behaviour. "From the iconic Ghaf tree to the resilient desert [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE backbone

Carbon 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

studio salasil has curated this group show of six artists "who engage in risk and interruption within their practices", structuring the exhibition around the effective concept of the backbone – "a central, internal structure of strength that binds and connects [ ... ]

Free

Emily Karaka: Ka Awatea, A New Dawn

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A survey of the work and practice of Emily Karaka. A largely self-taught painter, she is an abstract expressionist, a colourist and (occasionally) an assemblage artist. Her work is personal, passionate and anchored in the politics of the culture clash [ ... ]

Free

Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Amplifying the voices of migrant and disenfranchised communities, Khalili makes manifest micro-histories erased by the nation-state. Featuring a selection of her most significant projects over the last two decades, including the regional premiere of The Public Storyteller (2024), the exhibition [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Amplifying the voices of migrant and disenfranchised communities, Khalili makes manifest micro-histories erased by the nation-state. Featuring a selection of her most significant projects over the last two decades, including the regional premiere of The Public Storyteller (2024), the exhibition [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Timur D’Vatz: Arcadian Dreams

Andakulova Gallery Unit 18, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A summer-long exhibition of work from one of the gallery’s stalwarts, Timur D'Vatz, featuring his signature mix of stylised figures and symbolic settings that owe something to mediaeval European tapestry, something to Byzantine decoration. The title refers to the dawn [ ... ]

Free

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The longest running American musical in Broadway history – and “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times) – is coming to Yas for a decent run from 12-22 September 2024. First seen in 1975 and still an all-round [ ... ]

From AED 185

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The longest running American musical in Broadway history – and “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times) – is coming to Yas for a decent run from 12-22 September 2024. First seen in 1975 and still an all-round [ ... ]

From AED 185

Aida

Dubai Opera

"Back by popular demand", says Dubai Opera. Verdi's masterpiece is a suitable opener fpr the 2024-2025 season, performed by the Polish National Opera Orchestra, Choir and Soloists under the baton of conductor Patrick Fournillier and the direction of Roberto Laganà [ ... ]

From AED 380

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The longest running American musical in Broadway history – and “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times) – is coming to Yas for a decent run from 12-22 September 2024. First seen in 1975 and still an all-round [ ... ]

From AED 185

Aida

Dubai Opera

Verdi's masterpiece is delivered by the Polish National Opera Orchestra, Choir and Soloists under the baton of conductor Patrick Fournillier and the direction of Roberto Laganà Manoli. This is the second evening of three; the final performances is on 15 [ ... ]

From AED 380

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The longest running American musical in Broadway history – and “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times) – is coming to Yas for a decent run from 12-22 September 2024. First seen in 1975 and still an all-round [ ... ]

From AED 185

Aida

Dubai Opera

The final performance of Verdi's masterpiece as delivered by the Polish National Opera Orchestra, Choir and Soloists under the baton of conductor Patrick Fournillier and the direction of Roberto Laganà Manoli.

From AED 380
Event Series Giselle

Giselle

Dubai Opera

The ultimate tragic/romantic ballet – beautiful young peasant girl fall in loves with a disguised nobleman but goes mad and dies of heartbreak when his true identity is revealed by a rival; she then becomes a ghost, one of a [ ... ]

From AED 432

Lucerne Festival Quintet with Alexander Malofeev

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A chamber concert featuring the acclaimed young Russian virtuoso pianist and composer Alexander Malofeev, joined by four musicians from the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to give us Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Fauré’s Piano Quartet No.1, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No.3. There's a [ ... ]

From AED 100

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The second weekend of performances for “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times). First seen in 1975 and still an all-round stunner, it is based on a 1926 play by one-time reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins and is built [ ... ]

From AED 185

Lucerne Festival Quintet with Alexander Malofeev

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A second performance of this Abu Dhabi Classics chamber concert featuring the acclaimed young Russian virtuoso pianist Alexander Malofeev with musicians from the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The programme includes Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Fauré’s Piano Quartet No.1, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet [ ... ]

From AED 100
Event Series Giselle

Giselle

Dubai Opera

Second performance for the Polish National Ballet and Orchestra’s take on the ultimate tragic/romantic ballet – beautiful young peasant girl fall in loves with a disguised nobleman but goes mad and dies of heartbreak when his true identity is revealed [ ... ]

From AED 432

LAST CHANCE Carpets of Eden, Gardens of Fantasy

Leila Heller Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This exhibition of carpets designed by artists and curated by Behrang Samadzadegan is described by the gallery as "a territory where artists navigate unbridled fantasies ... Like architects of dreams, they go beyond the surface, delving into the unseen, weaving [ ... ]

Free

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The second weekend of performances for “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times). First seen in 1975 and still an all-round stunner, it is based on a 1926 play by one-time reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins and is built [ ... ]

From AED 185
Event Series Giselle

Giselle

Dubai Opera

A third performance for the Polish National Ballet and Orchestra’s take on the ultimate tragic/romantic ballet – beautiful young peasant girl fall in loves with a disguised nobleman but goes mad and dies of heartbreak when his true identity is [ ... ]

From AED 432

Giselle

Dubai Opera

Final performances (at 2pm and 7pm) for the Polish National Ballet and Orchestra’s take on the ultimate tragic/romantic ballet – beautiful young peasant girl fall in loves with a disguised nobleman but goes mad and dies of heartbreak when his [ ... ]

From AED 432

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The second weekend of performances for “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times). First seen in 1975 and still an all-round stunner, it is based on a 1926 play by one-time reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins and is built [ ... ]

From AED 185

Chicago

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The second weekend of performances for “the most exciting musical of its generation” (The Times). First seen in 1975 and still an all-round stunner, it is based on a 1926 play by one-time reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins and is built [ ... ]

From AED 185

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Dubai Opera

It's 200 years since Betthoven's Ninth premiered, and this performance by the Polish National Opera Orchestra with the Dubai Festival Choir under the baton of Patrick Fournillier should provide a suitable tribute to what is undoubtedly a masterpiece of Western [ ... ]

From AED 260