Thurs 3 The Haçienda feat. Graeme Park The UK’s legendary club comes to Dubai for one night, courtesy of its former resident DJ. Alpha, Garhoud.
Fri 4 Rugby Sevens See (most) of the world converge on the city for a weekend of hard, fast seven-a-side rugby, a sport that Dubai has made its own. The Sevens, Al Ain Road. Sat 5 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge Athletes run, cycle, kayak and scramble through the desert in a demanding endurance race. Abu Dhabi.
Sun 6 Oh Victory! You Forgot Your Underwear Fresh from his show at Charles Saatchi’s London HQ, Rokni Haerizadeh gets a much-needed, much-anticipated solo show. B21 Gallery, Al Quoz.
Mon 7 Dubai Ladies’ Masters Defending champion Anja Monke takes on the world’s best female golfers in this vital competition. Emirates Golf Club.
Tue 8 The Killers Look to the Brightside with these chart-topping US indie rockers. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. For tickets, go to www.timeouttickets.com.
Wed 9 Fifa Club World Cup The best football squads from across six continents touch down in the capital. Highlights? Local team Al Ahli could face Barcelona if they make it to the semi-finals. Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
Dubai international Film Festival The sixth DIFF kicks off today, and is shaping up to be the best yet. Catch the hotly anticipated Avatar. Various locations.
Fri 11 Creamfields An all-star line-up featuring Calvin Harris, Erick Morillo, Sasha, the awesome Deadmau5 and, finally, Underworld as headliners. Get your glow sticks at the ready. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. Sat 12 Time OutKids’ Teddy Bears’ Picnic Time Out Kids is hosting its second picnic, guaranteed to be full of teddy bear fun. Aviation Club, Garhoud, See www.timeouttickets.com.
Sun 13 Memoriale Dubai-based artist Paolomaria uses found objects and great hunks of concrete to reflect on the overwhelming tide of human loss. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba.
Mon 14 Norwegian Christmas Table Guest chef Therese Lillevik flies in from Oslo to cook up some traditional Norwegian dishes. Expect plenty of herring. Boulvar, Radisson Blu Hotel, Call 04 205 7033 to book.
Tue 15 Gavin & Stacey Christmas special Prepare to feel festive with the Christmas edition of this classic Brit comedy show. Showcomedy.
Wed 16 Dubai International Motor Show Drool over hundreds of flash motors at the 10th Dubai motor show. Dubai Exhibition Centre, Until December 20. See www.dubaimotorshow.com.
Thu 17 Outdoor Adventure Dubai A unique, action-packed ‘try before you buy’ event, showcasing a diving demonstration pool, paintballing range and much more. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, until December 19, See www.outdooradventuredubai.com.
Thu 17 The Proclaimers The Scottish brothers play ‘I’m Gonna be (500 Miles)’ and ‘Letter from America’ along with some of their other classic tunes. The Irish Village, Garhoud.
Thu 24 Sherlock Holmes The unlikely casting of Robert Downey Jr as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson has us intrigued about Guy Ritchie’s latest. In cinemas.
Fri 25 Nova feat. Tom Novy The progressive house DJ and creator of ‘Your Body’ plays the Atlantis club on Christmas Day. Expect plenty of festive surprises. Sanctuary, Atlantis.
Tue 29 Movies @ The Shelter Wes Anderson season ends with a screening of The Darjeeling Limited. The Shelter, Al Quoz,Call 04 434 5655 for info.
Thu 31 Rihanna We doubt she’ll need an umbrella in this country, but expect all the hits from the foxy US R&B star. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi ,See www.timeouttickets.com.
iKandy feat. Valentin Huedo and Lisa Shaw The Café del Mar DJ and singer bring in the New Year. iKandy, Shangri-La.
Blackout feat. Armin van Buuren Armin van Buuren is apparently the best trance DJ in the world. And who are we to argue? World Trade Centre, Dubai. See www.timeouttickets.com.
For the diary…
Jan 4 Burj Dubai opening: The world’s tallest building is set to open on January 4 to coincide with the four-year anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, becoming ruler of Dubai. We can’t wait! Watch out for Time Out’s upcoming cover story.
From Jan 25 Blood Brothers: The long-running ‘nature vs. nurture’ musical is at the First Group Theatre for two weeks. See www.madinattheatre.com.
March 10-13 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2010 Books are taking over the city again after this year’s inaugural success. Expect some straight talking as Martin Amis joins the fold of authors and poets. See www.eaifl.com.