Things to be aware of this month
Hankook 24H Dubai – Jan 8-10
The 24-hour endurance race at the Autodrome, Dubai Motorcity with touring cars, GTs and 24H-Specials as well as GT3 and purpose-built race cars. And it’s free admission. 24hseries.com
Ballet Gala – Jan 8-10
The Madinat Jumeirah will host French ballet stars from the Paris Opera, with the likes of Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette performing contemporary and classical pieces.
Everyday Middle East — Photography Exhibition – Jan 12
Collection of 90 images on show at Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, featuring images taken of everyday life using mobile phones by 25 professional photographers from the Middle East and North Africa.
Romeo and Juliet – Jan 15
The performance of Shakespeare’s classic is brought to life at the Madinat Jumeirah by renowned dancer and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot from Les Ballets De Monte Carlo.
HSBC Golf Championship – Jan 15-18
The European Tour event will attract golf icons such as Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose who will battle it out over the three days to win the $2.7 million prize. .abudhabigolfchampionship.com
American Sniper in cinemas – Jan 15
Bradley Cooper stares down the sight of the most lethal sniper in US military history. Clint Eastwood directed, and also starring Sienna Miller, if the trailer’s anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.
P&B’s Smokin’ Fair – Jan 22 – 31
Get your fill of all things meat at the inaugural ‘Smokin Fair’ in the Madinat Jumeirah, hosted at the brand new barbecue based establishment P&B’s Smokehouse. Featuring a live cooking stage from 6-6.45pm on weekdays and 4-4.45pm on weekends. A different kind of food fair with all requisite trimmings of flowing drink and live music.
Dubai Marathon – Jan 23
More than 25,000 runners, including last year’s winner Tsegaye Mekonnen and three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, will compete in the marathon as well as 10km and 4km races at what is set to be the region’s largest mass-participation event.
Dubai Polo Silver Cup Series – Jan 23
Start of the Silver Cup series at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, as some of the world’s best polo teams compete. The Gold Cup series starts next month. dubaipologoldcup.com.
Jan 23-Feb 6
Omega Dubai Desert Classic – 29 Jan
Golf’s big hitters, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, will compete against defending champion Stephen Gallacher for the $2.5 million prize money at the 25th edition of this three-day PGA Tour event.