x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Five things to do today: Chuckle it up with The Laughter Factory

Plus: See the exhibition 9 x 9; catch a performance by Jahida Wehbe; be part of a fusion of art and literature at Manart Al Saadiyat; and watch day one of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Gold Championship

The comedian Paul Sinha is part of The Laughter Factory's line-up this month. MJ Kim / Getty Images
The comedian Paul Sinha is part of The Laughter Factory's line-up this month. MJ Kim / Getty Images

Wind down from a hard day’s work with The Laughter Factory. This month’s line-up of top comedians includes Justin Moorhouse, Mike Gunn and Paul Sinha (pictured). At 9pm, Dh140, Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, 04 355 1862, www.thelaughterfactory.com, www.timeouttickets.com

Catch the last day of the exhibition 9 x 9. The Saudi Arabian artist Lulwah Al Homoud has a refreshingly modern approach to Arabic calligraphy. Her aim is to break down traditional barriers and present a new perspective. From 10am to 8pm, Art Space, The Gate Village Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.artspace-dubai.com

Enjoy a performance by the Lebanese chanteuse Jahida Wehbe and the Belgium Fusion Band at the Sharjah World Music Festival. At 8.30pm, from Dh150, ages 12 and over only, Al Qasba, Sharjah, 06 556 0777, www.timeouttickets.com

Take part in Artscape: The Harmony of Art and Poetry, a celebratory evening that features a Marathon of Arts – a three-hour series of non-stop readings and performances by several thought-provoking writers, artists and musicians – using themes and artworks in Emirati Expressions: Realised as its starting point. From 5pm to 10pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae

Head to the links for the opening day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, one of the biggest events on the European Tour, which regularly attracts some of golf’s most famous names. This year’s list includes Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com

* Compiled by Ellen Fortini