Events and exhibitions in January 2016

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Carpet and Arts Oasis 2016

When? 20 Dec – 15 Jan, 10am – 10pm

Where? Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Hall 2, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

General admission? Free

The Carpet and Arts Oasis 2016 is one of the world’s biggest displays of hand-woven carpets and a sure magnet for our ExpatConnect Handcrafting Group. It features the finest works from various countries, including Turkmenistan, China, India, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Dubai Shopping Festival

When? 1 Jan – 1 Feb

Where? Throughout Dubai

This year, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) celebrates its 21st anniversary. As the largest shopping and entertainment spectacle in the Middle East, DSF takes place throughout Dubai, including Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, and Mall of the Emirates. It gives visitors a wide range of extraordinary shopping experiences; topped with fashion shows, raffle drawings and fireworks.uae-shopping festival


The Ripe Food and Craft Market

When? 1 Jan, 9am – 3pm (every Friday: 8, 15, 22, 29 Jan)

Where? Zabeel Park, Gate 2

General admission? Free

The Ripe Food and Craft Market is a community event and offers fresh organic local fruits and vegetables, as well as a wide range of handmade art and accessories. In addition, there are live musicians and a petting zoo for children.


Al Faris (The Knight)

When? 6 – 9 Jan, 6pm

Where? Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

General admission? Silver – AED 195, Gold  – AED 295, Platinum – AED 495, Diamond  – AED 795

Al Faris (The Knight) is a musical play inspired by the poems of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In the leading roles are the renowned Lebanese singer Ghassan Saliba, and famous Emirati singer Balqees Fathi. This is a great event for theatre and music enthusiasts, aka our ExpatConnect Acting Group and ExpatConnect Music Lovers.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

When? 6 – 9 Jan

Where? Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

General admission? AED 250 and above

Another one for our ExpatConnect Acting Group and Music Lovers.

For the first time, Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to Dubai. Enjoy this romantic love story with its enchanting characters and beautiful songs, including the popular title song, and the unforgettable “Be our guest”.beauty-and-the-beast-dubai


Ballet Gala 2016

When? 7 – 8 Jan

Where? Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

General admission? AED 250 – AED 495

We know you love Dance. That’s why you joined our ExpatConnect Dance Group, right? Check this out! The Ballet Gala 2016 will invite you to French classical ballet performed by one of the most celebrated companies in the world: The Paris Opera National Ballet. The soloists will showcase a selection of classical and contemporary works.


Hankook 24H Dubai 2016

When? 14 – 16 Jan

Where? Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road

General admission? Free

This is one for our ExpatConnect Motor Racing Group. The Hanook 24 H Dubai 2016 is a 24-hour endurance race, featuring a wide range of top touring cars, GTs and motor racing specials. Don’t miss it!


World Classic Music Series

When? 14 Jan

Where? One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai

General admission? Gold – AED 250, Platinum – AED 350, VIP – AED 550

For those of our ExpatConnect Music Lovers who like classic, have a look at this year’s World Classic Music Series. It welcomes world-renowned French opera singers Delphine Haidan (Mezzo) and Karine Deshayes (Mezzo-soprano), performing masterpieces by Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Delibes and Offenbach.


Salaam Dubai 2016

When? 15 Jan, 9pm

Where? Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium

General admission? Silver – AED 100, Gold – AED 250, Platinum – AED 300, VIP – AED 500

Are you part of our ExpatConnect Music Lovers and like Bollywood songs? If so, don’t miss Sallam Dubai 2016. It brings you two Bollywood icons in concert. Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK) is one of the biggest singers from India, while Shaan has made himself a name as a singer and popular TV host.


Russell Peters “Almost Famous”

When? 19 – 20 Jan

Where? Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

General admission? Bronze – AED 250, Silver – AED 395, Gold – AED 495, Platinum – AED 695, Diamond – AED 995

“Almost Famous” is the title of Russell Peters’ current tour which brings him back on stage in Dubai. The Canadian comedian has risen to fame because of his hilarious shows making audiences roar with laughter.


The Affordable Home Show

When? 21 – 23 Jan

Where? Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City

General admission? AED 45

The Affordable Home Show is an exhibition that provides you and your family with everything related to affordable housing in Dubai. The show will present the best offers in home furnishings, financing, landscaping, and more.affordable_home_show_dubai


The Grand Night 2016 with Tina Arena

When? 21 Jan, 7 – 11.40pm

Where? Grand Hyatt Dubai

General admission? AED 650 (Dinner and show)

Our ExpatConnect Music Lovers are really getting spoilt in January. Welcome the Australian singer-songwriter Tina Arena to the stage. As one of Australia’s highest selling female artists, Tina Arena will be presenting her hit songs, including “Chains” and “I want to know what love is”.


Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2016

When? 22 Jan

Where? Dubai Police Academy, Umm Suqeim

General admission? Online registration

For all members of our ExpatConnect Jogging Group, this is an excellent chance to show what you are up to.  The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2016 offers you three races to participate in:

  1. Race 1 (42km) starts at 7am and is for those who are 18 years and above
  2. Race 2 (10km) starts at 7:15am and is for those who are 15 years and above
  3. Race 3 (3km) starts at 11am and is open to everybody


Quoz Arts Festival 2016

When? 22 – 23 Jan

Where? Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1

General admission? Free

If you are a member of our ExpatConnect Arts Group, don’t miss this. The Quoz Arts Festival 2016 offers visitors a wide range of murals, live art and music, as well as various workshops and film screenings. The festival is a great platform for local artists and musicians to promote their work.Quoz Arts Festival


Zumba Festival Dubai 2016

When? 23 Jan, 9.30am – 5pm

Where? Zabeel Park

General admission? AED 75

This is surely something for our ExpatConnect Zumba Group! The festival invites all Zumba enthusiasts to get the body moving to pumping Zumba beats. Bring your friends and family along to take part in the various high cardio workouts.


Dubai International Kite Fest 2016

When? 28 – 30 Jan

Where? Jumeirah Beach, behind Sunset Mall

General admission? Free

The Dubai International Kite Fest 2016 is something for everybody, showcasing hundreds of kites conquering the Dubai sky. So, grab your kite and come along to this colourful and fun outdoor kite festival


Dubai Show Jumping 2016

When? 28 – 30 Jan

Where? Emirates Equestrian Centre, Dubai Al Ain Road

General admission? Free

The Dubai Show Jumping 2016 will give you the opportunity to watch Olympic jumpers and the UAE’s elite team of show jumpers in action. So, if you like horses and everything related to them, take your chance to see this free event, even if you are not a member of ExpatConnect’s Horseback Riding Group. There is always a chance to join.dubai_show_jumping


Simple Minds in Dubai

When? 28 Jan, 9pm

Where? The Irish Village, Al Garhoud

General admission? AED 225

Our ExpatConnect Music Lovers will be thrilled: Simple Minds is in town! The Scottish rock band has been around for more than 30 years, bringing us all-time favourite hits like “Don’t You”, “Promised You a Miracle”, and “Waterfront”.

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