3 eastern events SoundingoffinDubai ExperiencetheblingoftheEmiratesandpartyinstyleatamusicget-together BY JANE MULKERRINS 1Al Bustan Festival, Beirut (16February-21 March) Orchestralconcerts, dance, theatre and arts.albustanfestival.com 2Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival(10-19 February) Ultra-chilled tunes overlookingthe ocean. abudhabijazzfest.com 3Contempo, Tel Aviv (February)Everything from experimentalelectronica to video-opera.contempo.co.il WHATS GOING ON? NOT content with building the Palm Islands, the worlds biggest indoor ski slope and its only seven-star hotel, Dubai now wants to be a major player in the music and enter tainment scene. Its hosting its first Dubai Sound City from 5-7 November: three days of shows and music industry hob- n o b b i n g i n t h e Jumeirah Emirates Towers and five other music venues, for 128 per ticket. The line-up i n c l u d e s H a p p y Mondays, The Human League, Echo & The Bunnymen and Super Furry Animals. BED DOWN EXPECT to pay from 100 for a hotel room -- but much more if you splash out on Jumeirah Beach or that s e v e n - s t a r wonde r, t he Burj Al Arab (j u m e i r a h . com). The Al Bustan Rotana (rotana.com) is opposite the Irish Village, the main venue of Dubai Sound City. As part of the Sound City package, a four-night stay starts at 400. HIT THE TOWN BOOZE is only served in hotels and licensed bars and restaurants but the bars are as glam as youd expect. Head to 360 (jumeirah.com) a rooftop club. For a civilised tipple check out the rooftop bar at the One & Only Royal Mirage (oneandonlyresorts.com). REFUEL FRIDAY brunch is an expat institution at most top restaurants; unlimited food and drink from about 50. Try Marina (jumeirah.com) for sushi and bubbly. DONT MISS THE Gold Souk is one of the few bits of Old Dubai remaining. HOW TO GET THERE VIRGIN (virgin-atlantic.com) flies from London for 399 return. MORE INFO dubaisoundcity.com Wetellyouwheretogoandwhen... Dubai London Lite Monday, 19 October 2009 37 Sheikh, rattle and roll: Super Furry Animals with Gruff Rhys, left, will play at Dubais first major music conference index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html