Best Middle East events in May 2015

Darts, ice theatre, Beirut tango festival, drama queens and more

Drama Queens
May 1
Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

Mezzo-soprano singer Joyce DiDonato brings her ‘Drama Queens’ project to Muscat, singing compositions written by well-known classical maestros Handel and Vivaldi, as well as more obscure works from Orlandidi and Porta. She will be joined by Italian ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro and conducted by Dmitry Sinkovsky. The show lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes altogether, with an intermission.
Prices start at BD5. Book tickets at

Beirut International Tango Festival
May 6-12
St George’s Yacht Club Ballroom, Beirut, Lebanon
It takes two to tango, so let the fantasy pull you in as the international tango festival is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Now in its seventh year, the event brings together tango teachers, artists, dancers and enthusiasts. The main rundown of the week comprises stellar concerts and workshops to celebrate and marvel at all things tango in this Argentinian spectacle. Prices range from BD9.5 upwards, depending on what you are attending. The whole package costs approximately BD120.
Tickets and information available at

Ice Theatre events
May 7-9
Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Saint Petersburg State Ice Theatre makes its Abu Dhabi debut with both ‘Alice in Wonderland on Ice’ and ‘Princess Anastasia on Ice’. With skating from top stars, including Olympic athletes, the stories being played out on ice are bound to highlight Russian theatrical heritage as Alice travels through her magical world and Russian orphan Anastasia transforms into a princess, while the palace auditorium turns into an ice rink. This is ideal for both families and couples to enjoy.
Prices are from BD10 and available at Time Out Tickets

Omid Djalili
May 9
Jumeriah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Dubai, UAE

He’s the eccentric British-born Iranian comedian who is bound to do an excellent set, smashing down the boundaries and stereotypes of eastern and western cultures with his wit and observations. What you may not also know is that Omid is a successful actor, appearing in films such as Gladiator and The Mummy. A well-known international comedian with a wealth of experience at making people laugh, this show is not to be missed.
Prices start from BD19.5. For tickets, go to

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
May 28-29
The Irish Village, Tennis Club, Dubai, UAE

Let’s… play… darts! The world’s top six and two wildcards will battle it out in one of darts most prestigious events. Will the young ‘Flying Dutchman’, we’re talking ‘Mighty Mike’ van Gerwen, win the crown for the second year running, or will old-timer, ‘Barney’, Raymond van Barneveld upset the apple cart? Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will also be competing. The 14-time World Championships winner, and winner of the Masters in 2013, will, as always, start as one of the favourites. Other players include the colourful and flamboyant Peter Wright, Aussie Ryan Whitlock, England’s James Wade, Scotland’s Gary Anderson and reigning UK Open Singles champion Adrian Lewis. 21+ only.
Prices start from BD10. Tickets are available at Time Out Tickets

Disney on Ice
May 28-30
Qatar National Convention Centre, Education City, Qatar

The spectacular event comes back to Doha in its third incarnation – this time with a princesses and princes theme. You can also meet new favourites Anna, Elsa and Olaf from ‘Frozen’, as well as some of the iconic princesses like Snow White and princes such as Prince Charming. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Disney on Ice without entertainment from Goofy, Mickey and Minnie. Professional skaters dance to the enchanting stories, making it a great event for all the family.
Tickets start from BD15 and are available at

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