The best Dubai events and other things to do in Dubai in December, including deals at Dubai restaurants, bars and spas, cinema, concerts and festivals.
There may well only be one thing on your mind this month, and who can blame you? But while December 25 may be the undisputed highlight - closely followed by New Year's Eve - there is still much to enjoy in the run up to the big day.
This lavish, award-winning show was created by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin and has taken the world by storm. It’s full of breath-taking special effects, including a blizzard that leaves the audience knee-deep in snow.
City Walk in Jumeirah is hosting the exhibition Hareem Al Sultan, based on the popular historical Turkish TV series. The show first ran between 2011 and 2014, telling the story of Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Turkey’s longest-reigning Sultan. It went on to be a worldwide hit, with an audience of some 400 milion.
The exhibition is running until the end of the year, so if you’re a fan of the show, head down to view the authentic costumes you will have only seen previously on TV. Even if you’ve never seen the show, the exhibition still provides an interesting insight into Turkish history, with a great representation of what Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace would have looked like in all of its splendor. It’s an impressive, must-see show. www.citywalk.ae/play/hareem-al-sultan.
TopKapi palace Fans of the show will recognise replicas of sets, as well as genuine props from some of the show’s biggest scenes, as they’re taken on a tour of the Topkapi Palace. The whole exhibition is spread out across 14 rooms and over 1,300 square metres, and took 36,000 hours to put together.
Travel back in time
The exhibition has been designed to be as immersive as possible, scents having been piped in to take you back to the Ottoman era. You’ll even be able to try sherbets and sweets while you hear snippets of the Sultan’s poetry.
Meet the characters
You’ll be able to meet some of the show’s stars – or models of them, technically. There are 12 handmade, hyper-realistic sculptures of key characters, including the Sultan and his wife, Huyam Sultan, all wearing costumes from the show.
The exhibition’s gift shop has more than 200 exclusive items on offer, which were specially designed for it, and all inspired by the show. As well as clothes and jewellery, you can bag yourself some perfume and stationery.
Hailed as the ultimate obstacle course for amateur athletes, the grueling adventure race will take over the Hamdan Sports Complex on the weekend of December 9 and 10.
Founded in 2010 as a 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course race, it has developed into the standard bearer for an 'fun' endurance races, while diversifiying to include five0mile courses and even a World's Toughest Mudder which lasts 24-hours.
With a slogan of ‘Probably the toughest event on the Planet’, it puts teamwork at the heart of everything. And you'll need it, with obstacles such as ‘Arctic Enema 2.0’, ‘Electroshock Therapy’ and ‘Block-Ness Monster’.
More than 2.5million people have taken part in events all over the world, with 120 different races scheduled to take part in 2016.
Speaking at the launch of the UK race in 2012, James Corcoran, a veteran of the London Marathon, said: "Let's face it, running is boring. Tough Mudder, though, allows you and your fellow Mudders to test yourself while, weirdly, enjoying the various obstacles thrown at you."
Sam Baker, who has completed the Virgin Active London Triathlon and the Paris Marathon, added: "The atmosphere and novelty aspects make the event the sort of 'fun younger brother' of traditional marathons. I can't really imagine running a 'normal' marathon or race."
The Dubai installment of the race, which is untimed, will feature two distances, an 8km and 16km course, which they say will appeal to the super fit as well as the casual athletes. There will also be a du Mini Mudder for 7-13 year olds raced over 1.5km.
Early bird registration exclusively for du customers is now open at www.toughmudder.ae and registration opens afor all prticipants on Wednesday 20 July. MORE AMAZING PICTURES FROM TOUGH MUDDER AROUND THE WORLD