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My Kind of Weekend- 5 fun things to do around the UAE: Comedy, films and more

David Light

Published on July 17, 2020 at 00.01

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Musical theatre workshop

Leading UK performing arts academy, Urdang International, is making its West End performance training accessible around the world this summer and is hosting a free, online musical theatre taster session on Friday. For anyone aged over eight who loves to dance, the three-hour workshop will be streamed live from the academy's central London location, and will provide a window in to fundamental aspects of the dance techniques taught at the academy. Open to all abilities and with no audition needed to take part, the interactive workshops will run from 11.30am to 3pm and will be led by Urdang International's talented faculty and industry professionals across a number of dance genres including ballet, musical theatre, jazz and street dance/commercial. Visit https://www.theurdang.international/
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Friday fun day

For those of you who thought this DSS would be unrecognisable, think again. ‘Mask On Comedy’ is part of the seven-week extravaganza brought to you by The Junction. Four known artists with four untold stories; watch as the city’s leading comedians, Arzoo Malhotra, Tabarak Razvi, Maher Barwany and Miqdaad Dohadwala take centre stage and promise you a night of hilarity, guffaws, and no Zoom calls for once! The show will take place on Friday during two time slots, 6pm - 7pm and 8.30pm - 9.30pm. Each show will be filled at 30 per cent capacity with strict social distancing measures in place. Tickets start from Dhs50 (Dhs80 per couple) at ae.bookmyshow.com
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Film fest at home

The Sharjah International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFF) has introduced movies, which will entertain and enlighten on its popular ‘Our Home Cinema’ online platform. Watch a collection of short films that explore refugee experiences from around the world. Eleven features, some of which star Hollywood’s Angelina Jolie and Ben Stiller, will shed light on the trials child refugees and their families go through in their quest for freedom, peace, and togetherness. The films are available for free at www.siff.ae until August 12.
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Chow down and chuckle

The Laughter Factory is back and this time you won’t only have a stellar night out, you’ll be fed too. Returning as a supper club, three comedians will take to the stage as you tuck into your dinner at venues across Dubai. Making his debut, ‘Dublin’s Funniest Comedian’ Danny O’Brien has opened for Bill Burr. Next on the bill Nick Page will tell his outlandish stories before Irish Times columnist Peter Flanagan will tell some perfectly crafted jokes. Tonight and tomorrow the show will be on at the Movenpick JBR at 8.30pm. Compulsory main courses start from Dhs60. Check out thelaughterfactory.com
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A legend returns

How have we spent so many Saturdays without this Dubai institution’s traditional roasts to see us through? If you’ve been dreaming of classic British comfort food and getting together with friends to watch the football, F1 or cricket, the wait is officially over. Dhow & Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s much-loved British gastropub, is officially back in action this weekend with a new menu and plenty of space to feast on a full English, fish & chips or classic roast dinner whilst catching the end of the football season.
 
 
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