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Top 10: Book tickets for the Montreux Comedy gala events, see police dogs show off their duties in Al Ain, and more
Have some laughs
Montreux Comedy presents a three-day comedy festival featuring a line-up of top international comedians. The first two days feature French performers Fary, Jason Brokerss, Roman Frayssinet, Yoann Provenzano and Lenny M Bunga. The final day is an English-language line-up featuring Ali Al Sayed, Francesco De Carlo (pictured), Athena Kugblenu and Provenzano.
February 28-March 2, 8.30pm, from Dh220 for the French shows; from Dh150 for the English show, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com
Alliance Française Abu Dhabi presents the exhibition Dans Ses Yeux (In Their Eyes), which features black and white photographs by Dominique Baudis. The late politician and photojournalist spent time in the Middle East in the 1970s and captured images of the lives and hopes of people living in countries of conflict.
Daily until February 27, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 5pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, near Irish Embassy, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 02 612 2900, www.afabudhabi.org
Book tickets now to see The Harlem Globetrotters, the popular basketball team that travels the world showing off their skills and tricks, as they take on the Washington Generals, their perennial rivals, in this hilarious, high-energy event.
March 30 and 31, 7pm on March 30; 4pm on March 31, from Dh75, du Forum, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Taste of Java
Make plans to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi this weekend, where Indonesian court dancers of the Royal Palace of Yogykarta will perform, accompanied by an indigenous music ensemble from Java. The slow-paced, elegant dance combines Islamic, Indian and Indonesian dance influences dating back to the 7th century.
Friday and Saturday, 5pm, from Dh80, Auditorium Plaza, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae
Book tickets now to see award-winning English pop singer Dua Lipa perform in Abu Dhabi. Nominated for five Brit Awards, her hits include New Rules, Be the One, No Lie, Scared To Be Lonely, Genesis, Garden, Lost in Your Light and Blow Your Mind (Mwah).
February 24, gates open at 7pm, from Dh265, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Canines on duty
Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain hosts police dog shows every Wednesday, featuring top sniffer dogs from the police force who will show their abilities and duties, including protection, hunting and detection of drugs and explosives. The shows are organised by the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police to highlight the importance of the police’s role and the history of dogs in Emirati history.
Wednesdays, 5pm to 6pm, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae
Move like Jackson
Register to take part in a choreography masterclass for advanced and professional dancers with Danish dancer Tobias Ellehammer, who is best known for his round-the-world video interpretation of Michael Jackson’s Black and White. Presented by Nader Musharbash Choreography, the all-ages class will feature Ellehammer’s distinctive commercial style in a challenging programme recommended for dancers who are at least at an intermediate level.
February 18, 8pm to 9.30pm, from Dh150; The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at 052 779 3793, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leila Heller Gallery presents A Song, A Story and The Empty Vessel, an exhibition by Indian conceptual artist Sudarshan Shetty that comprises two bodies of work. A Song, A Story, features a two-channel film and two installations of hand-carved wood to express the need to tell the stories we carry within us. The Empty Vessel is a film that plays on a loop and examines the gestures in the rituals of death.
Daily until March 12, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com
A flying festival
Make plans to attend the Kite Fiesta 2018 at Dubai Outlet Mall, where families can enjoy a day of visual artistry, music and food. Teams from India will display a variety of kites in various shapes, sizes and colours. There will be a kite-making workshop for children as well as a kids’ play area. Food trucks will serve up international cuisines and a resident DJ will spin tunes.
Friday, 10am to 5pm, from Dh75 for a family of four; from Dh35 per individual ticket; free for children younger than 6, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Book tickets to attend a performance of Evita at Dubai Opera. The Bruce Kenwright production of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice show tells the rags to riches story of Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, who was a controversial figure in her homeland before her death aged 33. The show, which debuted in 1976, includes the hit songs Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and One This Night of a Thousand Stars, and was the basis for the film of the same name starring Madonna.
Daily until Saturday, 8pm daily; plus 2.30pm on Friday and Saturday, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com