5 things to do today: celebrate The Laughter Factory's 20th anniversary and watch the first round of the Hard Rock Rising 2016 battle of the bands

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Laughter Factory making the GCC laugh with stand-up shows by visiting comedians from around the world. The event began in 1997 as something new and interesting to do in Dubai on a Thursday night and grew in popularity over the years, drawing comedians such as Michael McIntyre, Russell Peters, […]

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Laughter Factory making the GCC laugh with stand-up shows by visiting comedians from around the world. The event began in 1997 as something new and interesting to do in Dubai on a Thursday night and grew in popularity over the years, drawing comedians such as Michael McIntyre, Russell Peters, Sean Hughes, Ed Byrne and Jason Manford. This month’s line-up includes Pete Johansson (pictured), Chris Kent and Marlon Davis. At 8pm, from Dh140, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.ae

Watch the first round of the Hard Rock Rising 2016 local battle of the bands, which will take place over the next four weeks. The final showcase takes place on June 1. Participating bands include Skarner, When the Night Comes (pictured), Timeo and Moonshine. At 8pm for Skarner vs When the Night Comes, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, 04 232 8900, www.hardrock.com/Dubai

Attend Wednesday Night Improv: Maestro, the fast-paced and unpredictable night of scenes, songs and games based on suggestions from the audience, who also act as judges, eliminating players until a Maestro is crowned. At 8pm, free with registration, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai. register at www.courtyardplayhouse.com/events

Visit Marina Souq and enjoy shopping for apparel, jewellery, accessories and shoes, plus goods from more than 30 vendors, as well as the Baker & Spice pop-up restaurant, in a marquee overlooking the sea.Open from 9am to 8pm, fishing harbour, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai, 050 585 7543, www.facebook.com/marinasouq

Enter the Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes photography competition, which has relaunched this year and is organised by The Office of Government Communication and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. Amateurs and professionals are invited to capture the spirit of Abu Dhabi through photographs. Top prize is Dh50,000. Entries now open at www.abudhabitye.com

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