Best events in the Gulf: May

The best events happening around the GCC this month

Best events in the Gulf: May
Doha

What About The Art? Contemporary Art from China
This exhibition comes as part of Qatar-China Year of Culture 2016. Curated by celebrated artist Cai Guo-Qiang, it features 15 Chinese artists and explores the nature of creativity in China through sculpture, painting, video game design, installations and more.
Free entry. Until July 16. Open Sun-Mon and Wed 10.30am-5pm; Thu and Sat noon-8pm; Fri 2pm-8pm. QM Gallery, Katara Cultural Village and Al Riwaq Gallery, Museum of Islamic Art (+974 4452 5555).

Dubai

Adam Hills live in Dubai
The Australian comedian is performing in the city for the first time ever this month, bringing his new show The Last Leg. The man who rose to fame thanks to his quick wit, impersonations and TV shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, promises a great night of entertainment that’ll have you laughing out loud.
From BD30. Fri May 27, 7pm-11pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE, www.platinumlist.net.

Armin Van Buuren live in Dubai
As part of his world tour Armin Only Embrace, the Dutch remixer, music producer, DJ, musician, pianist and songwriter is headlining in Dubai for one night only. Currently number four on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine, Armin Van Buuren was previously ranked World No. 1 five times, four years in a row. The DJ will do a four-hour live solo set joined by various artists, dance acts, visuals and special effects.
From BD30. Fri May 20. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, UAE, www.arminonlydubai.com (+971 4 314 8222).

Dubai Tango Festival
For the eighth year, Tango Dubai welcomes amateur and pro dancers at the Dubai Tango Festival, a four-day festival of tango workshops and a gala dinner, alongside live music and performances by top tango musicians and dancers.
BD36. May 18-21, 8pm-midnight. The Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE, www.tangodubai.org/festival (+971 50 622 3679).

Picasso and Miro, Passion and Poetry
This exhibition features the best works from around the world by pioneering artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Picasso, who needs no introduction, is widely praised for his “cubism” style, while Miro, who was inspired by Van Gogh, is well-known for his surrealist paintings.
BD13 general admission. Until Tue May 17. Burj Khalifa Annex, next to Armani Hotel, Dubai, UAE, www.platinumlist.net.

Oman

Diana Damrau in concert
This star German soprano from the Bavarian State Opera is performing some of the best known arias and duets from the Italian 19th century operatic repertoire, with music by Verdi, Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti.
From BD5. Wed May 18, from 7.30pm. Royal Opera House, Muscat, Oman, www.rohmuscat.org.om.

La Fille Du Regiment
This two-act comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti is about a young girl who is raised by an entire regiment. Palermo’s Teatro Massimo presents this masterpiece and it’s staged by the notable Franco Zeffirelli.
From BD10. May 11, 12 and 14, from 7pm. Royal Opera House, Muscat, Oman, www.rohmuscat.org.om.

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