Tales of love on stage
Everyone’s favourite musical is coming to town! Sadly Pierce Brosnan won’t be joining the cast, but you can still sing along to all the hits from the award-winning Broadway show Mamma Mia! running from January 2-10 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets are priced from Dh195 and are exclusively available online at www.platinumlist.ae. If ballet is more your thing, don’t miss Madinat Theatre’s heart-rending production of the timeless Romeo et Juliette choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the artistic director of the Monte Carlo Ballet. It’s on from January 15-17 and tickets, starting from Dh195, are available online at www.madinattheatre.com.
Rock the guac
Rosa Mexicano (The Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre) has launched a fun new birthday party concept where mini chefs are taught to make signature guacamole and quesadillas before sitting down in their sombreros to munch on their Latino feast. For eight to 18 kids, from Dh99 per person, call at least four days in advance to book. 04 388 2505/ 04 285 8988.
Art in the capital
The Guggenheim is running a series of workshops designed to explore the themes and concepts behind the Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection exhibition currently on at the museum. Suitable for ages from six to adult – with classes split according to age – the workshops are open to all abilities, all materials are provided and you’ll even get to take your artwork home. From Dh50, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae.
Seventh Son tells the tale of Thomas Ward, the 12-year-old farm boy who – as the seventh son of a seventh son – sees mysterious beings others cannot. Based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice, this fantasy follows Thomas as he learns to manage his special powers under the tuition of The Spook, who travels the country fighting supernatural bad guys. Out in the UAE on January 8.
Toko, Vida Downtown
Last year’s hottest venue has upped the ante. Showcasing everything we’ve come to expect of Toko, new Friday brunch Kasa features buffet starters with à la carte mains and free-flowing beverages. Bag a table on the terrace if you can. Dh350-Dh535, 04 442 83836.
In the capital…
Los Angeles celebrity favourite Koi has launched an exciting new menu offering diners a revamp of the eclectic mix of contemporary Japanese cuisine. Look out for specialities such as lobster tacos and spicy rock shrimp tempura, and a host of other signature dishes. 02 678 3334.
Yes, it’s a cuisine; Asia de Cuba, recently launched at St Regis Abu Dhabi, is one of North America’s most popular cross-cultural restaurant concepts based on the Asian-influenced Cuban food in Havana’s Chinatown. Expect a varied menu including signature dishes such as Cuban seafood stew and a chilled-out, friendly vibe on the beachfront terrace. 02 699 3333.
Meat-lovers might like to try the new Friday night barbecue at Fanr restaurant, Manarat Al Saadiyat at Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Dh195 will get you unlimited goodies from the barbecue including marinated prawns, Fanr shish tawook and sizzling sirloin steak, as well as free-flowing beverages and a selection of starters and desserts, and there’s also a soft drink package at Dh145. Fridays, 7pm-11pm, 02 657 5888.