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Top things to do in January

Art, music and culture are the themes of the month, with a host of engaging and immersive events set to take place in the region and beyond in January

Abu Dhabi Classics

🗓 January 20, 2023 📍Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Award-winning pianist Rebeca Omordia will take the stage at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi this January as part of the ongoing season of Abu Dhabi Classics. The emirate's leading classical music festival will see the acclaimed London-based pianist perform the 'African Pianism' piano recital. The programme consists of key works by composers from Nigeria and Ghana, South Africa and Morocco as well as other pieces based on African percussion. It's a performance that must not be missed!

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Quoz Arts Fest

🗓 January 28 - 29, 2023 📍 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai's Alserkal Avenue is bringing the region's beloved annual arts and culture festival back to Al Quoz this January. This year, the popular Quoz Arts Fest will celebrate 10 years of art, design, music, culture and film from the UAE and the region. Alongside the packed cultural programme, attendees can look forward to delicious food from local vendors, outdoor film screenings, live performances, yoga sessions as well as arts and crafts workshops, such as painting lessons and candle-making sessions.

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Winter at Tantora

🗓 December 22, 2022, to January 22, 2023 📍Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Returning to the majestic desert landscape of Al Ula for the fourth time, the kingdom's annual Winter at Tantora festival is ready to wow visitors once again. Taking place for six weeks every year, it is Saudi Arabia's premier music and arts festival packed with events, concerts, adventure activities and immersive cultural experiences. The star-studded line-up last year saw Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Magida El Roumi, Omar Khairat and Abdulrahman Mohammed perform at the famed Maraya concert hall, which is also the largest mirrored building in the world. This year's showcase will also present 'Flavours of AlUla' offering visitors a taste of local and international cuisines with cooking demonstrations, workshops and tastings.

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Al Dhafra Festival

🗓 October 28, 2022, to January 31, 2023 📍Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

An annual highlight on the UAE capital's cultural calendar, Al Dhafra Festival offers residents and visitors insight into Emirati traditions. Set in Abu Dhabi’s remote western region in the oasis town of Liwa, this winter festival – now in its 16th year – features several events that celebrate local heritage. Attendees can expect the ever-popular camel beauty contest, traditional falconry displays, the dates competition, saluki shows, horse races, poetry recitals and folk music. Embodying the spirit of the desert Bedouin, the festival offers a glimpse into the essence of life in the UAE before the discovery of oil.

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Imagine Dragons: Mercury World Tour

🗓 January 26, 2023 📍Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum band Imagine Dragons is bringing their Mercury World Tour to the UAE capital this January. The acclaimed group will perform their highly-anticipated double-disc album, Mercury, at Etihad Arena on Yas Island. The 32-track album includes hits such as Enemy, Bones and Sharks, and explores themes of love, faith, pain, passion and loss. Audiences are certainly in for a treat!

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