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Those of us who’ve lived in UAE long enough know the country is unparalleled when it comes to parties, live gigs and high-profile events, and this weekend is no less. Plan it out with our roundup of the best events.

Blond:ish live

Where: Soho Garden

When: Thursday, 28th March   

About: Vivie-Ann Bakos, one half of Canadian techno duo Blond:ish will be charging Soho Garden up with a techno set this Thursday. The electronic production duo has been a driving force on the circuit for the last 11 years, bringing their slinky psychedelic house tunes to parties, terraces and festivals across the world, including residencies at WooMoon Ibiza and Scorpios Mykonos. For reservations, contact 052 388 8849 or email reservations@sohogardendxb.com.

7

Where: Skorpeus, Emerald Palace

When: Thursday, 28th March   

About: Emerald Palace’s urban boho-chic lounge, Skorpeus is introducing a transformative entertainment journey, ‘7’ bringing the concept of live production and culinary theatre. For its launch, the show will feature a live performance by international star Layla Kardan, who became a sensation in the Middle East for her smoky soulful voice and her hypnotic rhythm. She’s the songstress behind R&B hits like “Closer,” “Goddess,” Just Breathe” and “All The Beauty.” Tickets are priced from Dhs 499, including soft beverages, Dhs 669 including house beverages and Dhs 799, including premium beverages. For reservations, contact 052 715 6278.

Tinie Tempah live

Where: Drai’s DXB

When: Thursday, 28th March   

About: No one has better blended rap and pop as Tinie Tempah since debuted in the lae-2000s. The 30-year-old rap star is the man behind club-conquering hits like “Frisky,” “Written In The Stars,” “Pass Out” and “Girls Like.” For table reservations, contact 052 388 8857.

Seth Troxler and Guy Laliberté live

Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

When: Friday, 29th March   

About: Ghantoot’s party destination, Blue Marlin has come a long way: seven years to be precise, and they’re celebrating their birthday bash with Seth Troxler, one of the most recognizable faces from Detroit’s techno scene and Canadian star DJ Guy Laliberté. Dining options are available at their terrace and bar. Doors open at 1 pm and the party goes on until 11 pm. For reservations, call 056 113 3400 or email reservation@bluemarlinibiza-uae.com.

Akon live

Where: Base Dubai

When: Friday, 29th March   

About: As soon as you hear Akon’s voice you know it’s him, that’s how iconic he is. The Senegalese-American rapper emerged on the mainstream scene in the mid 2000s with the smooth single, “Lonely,” followed a slew of chart-topping hits like “Smack That,” “I Wanna Love You,” “Beautiful,” “Right Now Na Na,” “Angel” and “Don’t Matter,” peaking at number one on Billboard Hot 100. For reservations, contact 055 313 4999 or bookings@basedubai.com.

Dubai World Cup

Where: Meydan Racecourse

When: Saturday, 30th March  

About: One of the biggest occasions in Dubai’s event calendar is around the corner, the Dubai World Cup. It’s the biggest payday in horse racing, with a prize money of $12 million (AED 44m), and its closing ceremony will feature a live performance by “Hollaback Girl’ Gwen Stefani. Tickets are priced from Dhs 150.

‘Thriller’ live

Where: Dubai Opera

When: Saturday, 30th March  

About: West End, a creative arts hub from London is bringing Michael Jackson’s iconic Halloween-inspired ‘Thriller’ show, alongside performances of his greatest hits like ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Dangerous,’ and ‘Beat It.’ Pop music fans can expect an extravaganza of singing and dancing by a live band performing his classics. The show begins at 8 pm and tickets are priced from Dhs 300. Get them here.

Photograph credit: LoveTheatre

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