x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

A season of stars

A wealth of entertainment awaits UAE residents this weekend.

Amy Winehouse is in town this weekend. Eric Clapton too. And don't miss the world's top three golfers playing their first round together today at the Dubai Desert Classic.

There is no denying that the lineup of acts in the Emirates this weekend is impressive. As with all winters in the UAE, performers begin to trot across the stage as the temperature drops and the concert season kicks off.

As more venues come online, the bar seems to raise further.

The season of stars began during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in November, when we were treated to the strangely compelling megalomania of Kanye West, and the powerful, albeit diminutive, personage of Prince. But the show doesn't end when Clapton packs up his guitar this weekend. Stevie Wonder will be signed, sealed and delivered to Abu Dhabi in March, performing in the UAE for the first time.

While these big names have drawn in large crowds, ticket prices will keep some at home. That's why we appreciate the free shows at the jazz festival in Dubai: every cat has something to scat to this weekend.