The Buro 24/7 Middle East culture guide: January

The Buro 24/7 Middle East culture guide: January

Culture-packed month

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

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The new year is upon us and we're starting it with a cultural calendar that is brimming with must-experience events...

With a full suite of events happening this January, think the ballet, orchestra, art and a gastronomic opening, there's always something to look forward to in the UAE. Here Buro 24/7 Middle East compiles the chicest and coolest cultural events to welcome in the new year...

Be mesmerised by the Ballet Gala 2016

The world's oldest ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet, will start 2016 with performances that include a selection of both classical and contemporary works. The third annual Ballet Gala will feature Dorothee Gilbert, one of the most acclaimed dancers of the Opera. Gilbert holds the honour of the Etoile title, awarded as the highest level of achievement within the Paris Opera. Expect colourful costumes and graceful movements aplenty.

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Ballet Gala 2016 will run from January 7-8 at Madinat Jumeirah Theatre. For tickets, visit Madinat Jumeirah. 

Listen to the Sinfónica de Galicia with Dima Slobodeniouk

Spain's leading musical ensemble Sinfónica de Galicia, conducted by Russian Dima Slobodeniouk, will present Gustav Mahler's 6th Symphony, the composer's signature piece in his body of work. Written, and then revised, between 1903 and 1906, the 6th Symphony is regarded as a mythical piece that is both fantastic and frightening and theories of its inspiration are varied, from a mere autobiography to depictions of his beloved wife, Alma.

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Sinfónica de Galicia with Dima Slobodeniouk: Mahler 6th Symphony will be performed on January 13 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. For tickets, visit Abu Dhabi Classics.

Laugh with Russell Peters

Popular comedian Russell Peter returns to Dubai with all new material. Peters 'Almost Famous World Tour' has been performed more than 200 times in 26 countries with more than 300,000 fans in attendance globally. One of the highlights of Peters' shows is his quick-witted improv, which usually ends with a 'victim' from the first few rows. "I like to interact with the front rows," he said. "I just use the audience to move me in certain directions. It's very collaborative and each show is unique."

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'The Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour' will run from January 19-20 at the Dubai Wolrd Trade Centre. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.

Cheer at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup

The annual equestrian event, presented by luxury watchmaker Longines, sees riders and horses ride for 160km through the desert. Last year's edition, won by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid, saw the prize money bumped up to almost Dhs9.5 million. To further promote the endurance riding, Dubai's Government-owned developer Meydan Group also announced a series of European races to promote endurance riding. The royal family, including Dubai's ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum also take to the track to participant in the competition.

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The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup will take place on January 9 at the Dubai International Endurance City.

Immerse yourself in the Quoz Arts Festival 2016

Dubai's hub for arts and creativity, Al Serkal Avenue, will host the fourth edition of the Quoz Arts Festival. The first and only arts festival of its kind in the UAE, will see two days of design, music, art and film on display. It also provides an accessible platform for homegrown talent and gives visitors the unique opportunity to discover the local arts scene and engage with gallerists, artists, creatives and like-minded culture enthusiasts.

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The Quoz Arts Festival 2016 will run on January 22-23 at Al Serkal Avenue.

Dine at Dubai's newest restaurant, Mayta

Indulge in Peruvian food as Mayta opens this January. Headed by chef Jaime Pesaque, the restaurant offers a unique Peruvian sharing-style of dining. Already a hot favourite in Lima, Mayta prides itself on using seasonal produce to fuse classic dishes with contemporary techniques. "I am extremely passionate about all things Peruvian and we are excited to bring a taste of Lima to Dubai," says chef Pesaque.

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Mayta will open at Gate Village, Building 3, Capital Club, DIFC.

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