Gaelic football, cycling challenge, Elvis and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 9 Dance to Dennis Ferrer
Ferrer, the New York DJ behind smash-hit track ‘Hey Hey’, headlines Chi Garden, with a
warm-up set from Da:Sendri. Urban music lovers can head indoors to Chi Club and Red, where DJs John and Dany Neville will be spinning R&B and hip hop.
Chi, Oud Metha, doors open 9pm. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Thursday 9 Attempt Gaelic football
Try your hand at this niche sport.The Dubai Celts GAA welcome players of all standards, both men and women. Get fit and meet people with sing-song accents – what more could you ask for?
The Sevens, Al Ain Road, 6.45pm. Log onto www.dubaicelts.com for more information.
Thursday 9 Chuckle at Arabic comedy night
See Arabic-language comedian Won Ho Chung at this one-night-only stand-up performance. Tickets Dhs100-Dhs250.
American University of Dubai auditorium, 7.30pm. Log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Thursday 9 Listen to cool tunes at Zuma
If you can’t face clubbing this Thursday, quirky French duo Brahms & Co (yes, one of them is actually called Co) combine a DJ set and live sax performance at the swanky Dubai venue.
Gate Village, DIFC, 7.30pm. Call 04 3425 8934 for more information.
Friday 10 Watch the Spinney’s Dubai 92km Cycle Challenge
Dubai’s top amateur cyclists will be navigating the city’s streets by bike. Why not jump out of bed early to give them some moral support?
Around Dubai, 6am. Log onto www.cyclechallenge.ae for more information.
Friday 10 Buy fresh produce
The long-awaited Baker & Spice Farmers’ Market restarts this Friday. Meet local farmers from the UAE, who will be selling a huge range of freshly-picked, natural produce.
Souk Al Bahar, 10am-5pm. Log onto www.bakerandspiceme.com for more information.
Friday 10 Chill out on the beach
Head down to the beach to enjoy the glorious winter weather and relax to chilled-out tunes at Nasimi’s Café Del Mar session. Dhs100 for all from 4pm.
Nasimi, doors open noon, party starts 2pm. Call 055 200 4321 for more information.
Friday 10 See Dubai’s best Elvis impressions
Catch local bands Riff Raff (who rocked us with their AC/DC tribute), Repeat Offenders and Eddie and the King’s Boyz as they perform some of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits in a
night of rock’n’roll. Dhs60.
The Music Room, Bur Dubai, from 10pm. Call 04 501 2534 for more information.
Saturday 11 Help clean up the UAE
All seven emirates will participate in clean-up activities in spots all over the region. Spare
an hour of your time to volunteer and make Dubai an even better place to live.
Locations across Dubai, 8.30am-1pm. Log onto www.eeg-uae.org for more information.
Saturday 11 Shop at a Christmas market
The Madinat’s ever-popular Christmas market gives shoppers the chance to pick up all manner of gifts and sample plenty of festive treats. Continues until December 26.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 5pm-midnight. Call 04 366 6730 for more information.
Saturday 11 Get a taste of Ibiza at 360°
MustHaveSoul’s guest DJ, Kiko Navarro from Pacha in Ibiza, returns to the open-air spot to play highlights from his new album, Ocho. You might even get a freebie.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, from 4pm. Call 04 406 8744 for more information.
Saturday 11 Take better photos
Join fantastic African photographers Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (who acted in Blood Diamond) and Antony Kaminju for this two-day workshop, which begins on December 10). You’ll need to be of at least an advanced beginner level.
Mojo Gallery, Al Quoz, 11am-4pm. Call 04 347 7388 for more information.
Sunday 12 Cheer on Dubai’s local footballers
Bottom-dwellers Dubai take on Al Wasl as the UFL picks up the pace after the November break.
Dubai Police Officers’ Club, 6.15pm. Log onto www.uaefootballleague.com for more information.
Sunday 12 The perfect day out for chocoholics
Get a sweet chocolate body scrub, followed by a strawberry body butter treatment and a scalp or foot massage, then head to the hotel’s lobby for a complimentary chocolate buffet. All for Dhs450.
The Address Dubai Marina, until December 31. Call 04 436 7777 for more information.
Sunday 12 Learn adventure photography tricks
Join this welcoming group for talks on how to take great adventure photos, and get an introduction to natural history. Free.
Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, 7.30pm. Call 04 394 8872 for more information.
Monday 13 Try some wickedly sticky ribs
Tuck into Loca’s famous ribs and a hop-based beverage for just Dhs65 every Monday evening. Get in!
Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, 8pm. Call 04 346 1111 for more information.
Monday 13 Join a taster kiteboarding course
Dabble in a fast-growing sport at this taster session on the beach. You’ll learn
to fly and steer a foil kite, as well as the importance of wind conditions. Dhs250.
Call 050 758 6992, Umm Suqeim Beach, next to Burj Al Arab. Log onto www.dukite.com for more information.
Monday 13 A flavour of Beirut
Sample some top-notch Lebanese cuisine from a four-course menu. Dhs250 per person.
Awtar, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, 7.30pm. Call 04 317 2222 for more information.
Tuesday 14 Tree decorating
Learn the art of adorning your tree, New York style, at this fantastic department store. Free, but booking is essential.
Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall, 10.30am-11.30am. Call 04 350 5333 for more information.
Tuesday 14 Feast on roast lunch
Feast on Yorkshire puddings, home-made gravy, roast potatoes, carrots and cauliflower cheese. Each roast is served with a complimentary pint. Lunch costs Dhs105.
Left Bank, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, noon. Call 04 368 6171 for more information.