Ballet, boats, cars, comedy and music from around the region
Time Out Bahrain staff
Abu Dhabi Triathlon A major event in the region’s sporting calendar, the Abu Dhabi Triathlon attracts participants from across the globe with a prize purse totalling more than $180,000 for individual runners. Bahrain Road Runners chairman Sheikh Saqer bin Salman Al Khalifa will be flying the island’s flag in the short course event – it’s only 111.5km! – he’ll be competing alongside British Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee so if you’re in that neck of the woods, why not cheer them on. Sat, Mar 2, East Plaza (public beach), Abu Dhabi. More information at www.abudhabitriathlon.com.
Dubai International Boat Show It’s the region’s biggest boat show and nothing says glamour like these super crafts. Even if you can’t afford one and, let’s face it, how many of us actually can? It’s still fun to take a stroll round and spend a little time on board seeing how the other half live. There are also some more pocket-friendly craft on show and various curiousities like underwater vessels as well as a dive exhibition, a superyacht pavilion and a supercar promenade. Mar 5-9, Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai. Tickets cost BD6 at the entrance. More details at www.boatshowdubai.com.
Emirates Classic Car Festival Classic car collectors from across the Middle East and as far afield as Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand will be converging on Dubai to show off their vintage wheels. Cars and motorbikes from days gone by will be displayed along the 3.5km boulevard competing in around 14 different categories with judges looking at age, condition and areas as diverse as engine cleanliness and paintwork. If you’re a classic car buff, this really is one event not to be missed. Mar 7-9, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. Further details from www.emiratesclassiccarfestival.com.
Armin Van Buuren in Beirut With tickets for the New York Madison Square Garden leg of Van Buuren’s A Sense of Trance 600 tour selling out in just an hour, there could be serious bragging rights attached to his Beirut appearance. After months of speculation it was confirmed that Lebanon will be the Dutch master’s only regional appearance in this tour and he’ll even be playing a special hour-long warm-up set for VIP ticket holders and the first 1,000 regular ticket holders. Also on the DJ line-up are Antillas, Andrew Rayel, John O’Callaghan, Dash Berlin and Marlo for what promises to be an awesome night for trance fans. Sat, Feb 9, Forum de Beyrouth, Lebanon. Further details and tickets, from BD26.500, from www.mixfm.com.lb.
Bob Geldof in Dubai He’ll always be remembered as one half (along with Midge Ure) of the duo that created Live Aid. But for the last seven years Sir Bob has opened the St Patrick’s Day celebrations with a live performance at the Irish Village. Expect a folky, rocky, Irish set that gets the crowd joining in - it’s eight years running so he must be doing something right. Order a pint of the black stuff and enjoy. Thu, March 14, Irish Village, Dubai. Tickets are BD13 from Time Out Tickets at www.itp.net/tickets.
Sting in Abu Dhabi Rock legend and former Police frontman Sting visits the UAE this month for the Middle East’s only stop in his Back to Bass tour. He’s been on the road with this one for a long time now and critics say this jaunt has him at his ‘most playful’ delivering hits from both his own solo career and Police classics plus a smattering of new stuff and maybe a few favourite covers, so it should be a fun night which will appeal to all ages and bring in new fans. Thu, March 14, Du Arena, Yas Island. Tickets, from BD30, from www.thinkflash.ae.
Gallagher/Ashcroft double bill in Dubai For those of us of a certain age, it doesn’t get much better than this. Noel Gallagher, the musical genius behind Oasis, the The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft on the same stage on the same night! From the same people who organise Sandance, this extravaganza is Gallagher’s first ever Middle East appearance and he’s flying his whole band out for a show that promises Oasis classics as well as some of his latest solo work. Supporting him will be Ashcroft, whose acoustic performance at Sandance two years ago is still hailed as one of the event’s finest. The evening will be rounded off with Radio One’s Zane Lowe, another Sandance fave, on the decks. Fri, March 15, Atlantis, Dubai. Tickets from BD25 from www.atlantisthepalm.com, www.timeouttickets.com, www.virginmegastore.me, www.platinumlist.net
Art Dubai The region’s biggest art event features 75 galleries from 30 countries and showcases the works of more than 500 artists. There’s also a not-for-profit programme of curatorial and educational projects, including a new sculpture park; 11 site-specific works; a live radio station; curated film and video screenings; commissioned performances; the launch of Sheikha Manal Little Artists projects for children; artists’ and curators’ residencies; the third edition of dXb Store; plus the unveiling of works by the winners of the annual Abraaj Group Art Prize and the seventh Global Art Forum. Various artists from Bahrain will be taking part alongside a number of worldwide talents. Mar 20-23, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. More details from www.artdubai.ae.
Abu Dhabi Festival highlights Mariinsky Ballet: Homage to Fokine One of the finest ballet companies in the world makes its debut appearance in the UAE with two breathtaking performances to open the tenth anniversary edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival at Emirates Palace. Choreographed by the legendary Mikhail Fokine, Homage to Fokine features Chopiniana (Les Sylphides); Le Spectre de la Rose; The Dying Swan; culminating in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. It promises to be a real treat for dance fans and is likely to sell out fast. March 14/15, Emirates Palace Auditorium. Tickets BD25 www.itp.net/tickets.
Placido Domingo As one of the Three Tenors, Plácido Domingo needs no introduction, specially after his sell-out performance in Bahrain late last year. The legendary musician has dominated the world of opera for more than three decades, appearing in more roles than any other tenor in history. Having performed in every major opera house in the world – including a record 20 times at The Met, New York, USA - his catalogue of recordings is also unrivalled. His performance will be the centrepiece of the Abu Dhabi Festival’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Accompanied by The Czech Philharmonic and conducted by long-time collaborator Eugene Kohn, Domingo is joined by Ana María Martínez, who returns to the festival after her acclaimed performance in the 2010 Puccini Festival Opera production of La Boheme. Wed, Mar 20, Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from BD50 from Time Out Tickets at www.itp.net/tickets.
Bryn Terfel Festival Gala A double-bill to commemorate the festival’s big birthday, beginning with the world premiere of Poeme Oriental by the acclaimed Franco-Lebanese composer and poet, Bechara El Khoury. Followed by Bryn Terfel, the Welsh bass-baritone who has achieved global recognition as a soloist at the Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera and many more. Tune in for an evening of beloved arias, popular favourites and traditional Welsh song. Early booking is strongly advised. Tue, Mar 26, Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi. Tickets from BD25 from Time Out Tickets at www.itp.net/tickets.