The January hotlist: check out the month’s activities ranging from concerts, comedy nights and movie premieres to cookery classes and yoga gatherings

January 6 Parisian touch at Bistro Des Arts

Check out Raclette Nights at the newly opened Bistro Des Arts on the Dubai Marina waterfront. The French bistro serves moreish melted cheese with select meats and freshly baked bread. Don’t forget to try the famous blueberry pie. Every Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm. Dh245, including unlimited select drinks. Call 04 551 1576; visit

January 7 See Leonardo DiCaprio fight a bear

After suiting up in The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio roughs it out in the man-versus-nature drama Revenant, directed by acclaimed Spanish director Alejandro Iñárritu. Could this be the film that finally nabs Leo that much-eluded Best Actor Oscar?

January 9 Get a free manicure with any facial at The White Room

Throughout the month, The White Room spa in Dubai is offering a free manicure with every facial that is booked. The extensive facial menu includes a number of treatments, such as the 60-minute energising and detoxifying Éclat Cocoon for Dh295; and the Le Grand Classique, which involves 90 minutes of skin purifying and complexion toning for Dh350. Available at any of The White Room branches in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Marina Mall, or Motor City. For more information, visit

January 14 Melodies and stories with The Fureys

Folk music forms part of Ireland's DNA and The Fureys are one of the nation's finest exports of the genre. Led by brothers Eddie and George Furey, the five-piece will serenade a crowd at Abu Dhabi's The Club with selections from their five-decade career. Tickets cost from Dh150 from

January 15 Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is unleashed

The uber-cool director’s latest Western rides into town this weekend. Features a star-studded cast including Tarantino regulars Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madeson and Tim Roth, not to mention the welcome big-screen return of Jennifer Jason Leigh.

January 16 Laugh at The Brown Party

Pakistani comedians Saad Haroon, Danish Ali and Salman Qureshi have found fame by recounting their memories of growing up in desi households, from mothers obsessed with feeding them to fathers who remain involved in their personal lives. The three stand-up guys will take the Ductac stage for a night of humorously familiar everyday scenarios. Haroon returns to the UAE after being named the World’s Second Funniest Man by the Laughter Factory USA. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. 6pm. Tickets cost Dh125 from

January 20 Put on an apron and cook with chocolate

Learn how to prepare chocolate-infused dishes at the School of Culinary and Finishing Arts Dubai in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Whip up a white-chocolate baba ganoush, cook strip loin with barbecue chocolate sauce and pommes Anna, and finish off with a delicious chocolate mousse. From 6.45pm to 9.30pm. Dh250 per person. To book a space, call 04 379 4044 or visit

January 21 Visit Market OTB at Burj Park

Market OTB is back for its third season in Downtown Dubai to coincide with Dubai Shopping Festival. Housed at Burj Park, the 3-hectare island in Burj Lake at the Burj Khalifa, the fair offers a chance to spend a day outdoors and browse the booths and kiosks set up by local and international home-grown brands, snack on delicious food and participate in fun activities. Emerging artists will perform on stage. There will also be a library, spa, club, boot camp, games box and pop-up classes such as dancing and typography. The park is accessible by bridge from The Dubai Mall. Until January 30.

January 22 Celebrate wellness at YogaFest Middle East

Get your Zen on with a special session during YogaFest Middle East, a sustainable community event that brings together yoga instructors and students to support important causes. This first session will help raise funds for Dubai Foundation for Women and Children. Participants will go through two 60-minute yoga sessions of flow and yin yoga, followed by a 30-minute meditation session. All you need to bring is a mat, water and community spirit. Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre. Visit

January 28 Take a trip down memory lane with Simple Minds

The Scottish soft rockers return to the UAE after their last visit headlining the Lifestyle Festival in Dubai in 2002. To be honest, the set list hasn’t changed much, with the exception of a few tracks from a recent album. But with evergreen hits such as Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Promised You A Miracle bound to be played, they are sure to leave the crowd thrilled. At Dubai Tennis Stadium; tickets cost from Dh225 from

January 28 The return of Mulder and Scully

Fans of The X Files, rejoice: a rebooted version of the sci-fi series, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, debuts at midnight (appropriately spooky, don't you think?) and will air every Thursday

January 31 Ras Al Khaimah – through the lens

Enjoy Emirati photographer Reem Falaknaz’s stunning insights into Ras Al Khaimah. The Place of Perpetual Undulation explores the northern emirate’s mountain villages, culture and people through a series of photographs. At Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai. Closes on January 31. Visit

England Test squad

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes.

Our legal columnist

Name: Yousef Al Bahar

Advocate at Al Bahar & Associate Advocates and Legal Consultants, established in 1994

Education: Mr Al Bahar was born in 1979 and graduated in 2008 from the Judicial Institute. He took after his father, who was one of the first Emirati lawyers


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Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

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  • Patients with the condition are prone to lung infections and often suffer from chronic coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Life expectancy for sufferers of cystic fibrosis is now around 50 years.
The specs

Engine: 6.2-litre supercharged V8

Power: 712hp at 6,100rpm

Torque: 881Nm at 4,800rpm

Transmission: 8-speed auto

Fuel consumption: 19.6 l/100km

Price: Dh380,000

On sale: now

'The Lost Daughter'

Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Starring: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson

Rating: 4/5

Dubai World Cup factbox

Most wins by a trainer: Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor(9)

Most wins by a jockey: Jerry Bailey(4)

Most wins by an owner: Godolphin(9)

Most wins by a horse: Godolphin’s Thunder Snow(2)

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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).


For tickets for the two-day Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) event, entitled Dubai Invasion 2019, on September 27 and 28 go to

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The calling app is available to download on Google Play and Apple App Store

To successfully install ToTok, users are asked to enter their phone number and then create a nickname.

The app then gives users the option add their existing phone contacts, allowing them to immediately contact people also using the application by video or voice call or via message.

Users can also invite other contacts to download ToTok to allow them to make contact through the app.


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Power: 118hp
Torque: 149Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
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Company profile

Name: Elggo
Started: August 2022
Founders: Luma Makari and Mirna Mneimneh
Based: Dubai, UAE
Sector: Education technology / health technology
Size: Four employees
Investment stage: Pre-seed

Recent winners

2002 Giselle Khoury (Colombia)

2004 Nathalie Nasralla (France)

2005 Catherine Abboud (Oceania)

2007 Grace Bijjani  (Mexico)

2008 Carina El-Keddissi (Brazil)

2009 Sara Mansour (Brazil)

2010 Daniella Rahme (Australia)

2011 Maria Farah (Canada)

2012 Cynthia Moukarzel (Kuwait)

2013 Layla Yarak (Australia)              

2014 Lia Saad  (UAE)

2015 Cynthia Farah (Australia)

2016 Yosmely Massaad (Venezuela)

2017 Dima Safi (Ivory Coast)

2018 Rachel Younan (Australia)

How to keep control of your emotions

If your investment decisions are being dictated by emotions such as fear, greed, hope, frustration and boredom, it is time for a rethink, Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at online trading platform IG, says.


Greedy investors trade beyond their means, open more positions than usual or hold on to positions too long to chase an even greater gain. “All too often, they incur a heavy loss and may even wipe out the profit already made.

Tip: Ignore the short-term hype, noise and froth and invest for the long-term plan, based on sound fundamentals.


The risk of making a loss can cloud decision-making. “This can cause you to close out a position too early, or miss out on a profit by being too afraid to open a trade,” he says.

Tip: Start with a plan, and stick to it. For added security, consider placing stops to reduce any losses and limits to lock in profits.


While all traders need hope to start trading, excessive optimism can backfire. Too many traders hold on to a losing trade because they believe that it will reverse its trend and become profitable.

Tip: Set realistic goals. Be happy with what you have earned, rather than frustrated by what you could have earned.


Traders can get annoyed when the markets have behaved in unexpected ways and generates losses or fails to deliver anticipated gains.

Tip: Accept in advance that asset price movements are completely unpredictable and you will suffer losses at some point. These can be managed, say, by attaching stops and limits to your trades.


Too many investors buy and sell because they want something to do. They are trading as entertainment, rather than in the hope of making money. As well as making bad decisions, the extra dealing charges eat into returns.

Tip: Open an online demo account and get your thrills without risking real money.


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