Fire festival, Bryan Adams, break dancing and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 16 Learn to spin on your head
Discover how to pull off some impressively cool moves at a free in-mall breakdancing lesson. If you can’t make it today, there will be more lessons on December 19-22.
Mirdif City Centre, 4pm. Call 800 6422 for more information.
Thursday 16 Watch the world’s best swimmers
The aquatic action continues this week at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships. Tickets are Dhs10 for the heats and Dhs30-Dhs450 for finals. Continues until December 19.
Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai Bypass Road 10am (morning sessions), 7.30pm (evening sessions). Log onto www.dubaiswimming2010.ae for more information.
Thursday 16 Shake it with Zebradisko
Head down to this free event to hear Dubai’s Rod Lee Winters and Aaron Brien, aka Zebradisko. Selected drinks are half price until 9pm.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, from 5pm. Call 04 406 8744 for more information.
Thursday 16 Yolanda Be Cool turn up the heat
The über-cool Australian duo, who brought us swing house hit ‘We No Speak Americano’, kick off the weekend by headlining at Chi. Dhs150.
Chi, Oud Metha, doors open 9pm. Call 04 337 9470 or log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Friday 17 Embrace ‘dad rock’ for the evening
Legendary rocker, humanitarian and, more recently, photographer Bryan Adams returns to Dubai for a live show, this time at the 10,000-capacity indoor arena. Dhs250 standing.
Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, 7pm. Call 04 208 0808 or log onto www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Friday 17 Start swinging at night
Practise your golf swing under the cover of darkness at the floodlit Faldo course. Dhs255 for nine holes; Dhs425 for 18.
Emirates Golf Club, 4pm-9.55pm. Call 04 380 1234 or email email@example.com for more information.
Friday 17 Get fired up under a full moon
Witness something spectacular as UK-based fire-dancing group Flame Oz turn up the heat at the Extreme Festival of Fire Full-Moon Party.
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, from 5pm. Call 055 200 4321 for more information.
Friday 17 Lee Burridge takes the stage
Dance ’til your back aches as renowned DJ Burridge, the man behind the world-renowned Get Weird parties, hits the decks. Entry Dhs100.
Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, from 10pm. Call 050 624 5751 for more information.
Saturday 18 Cook like a Traiteur chef
The Park Hyatt offers cookery classes hosted by the chefs from Traiteur and Thai Kitchen. Dhs295 with lunch or dinner and soft drinks; Dhs445 with bubbly.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, noon-3pm. Call 04 602 1234 for more information.
Saturday 18 Cheer on your team
Big-spending Dubai club Al Ahli take on Al Shabab in the Etisalat Pro-League. Entry is free.
Al Ahli Sporting Club, Al Nahda 1, 6.15pm. Call 04 298 8800 or see www.alahliclub.ae for more information.
Saturday 18 World-class football in Abu Dhabi
The winners of each continent’s Champions League have battled it out in Abu Dhabi for the ‘ultimate prize’ in world club football. Now, two teams remain – one will be crowned FIFA World Club Champion. Tickets can be bought online for Dhs70-Dhs145. Snap them up!
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9pm. Log onto www.fifa.com/clubworldcup for more information.
Saturday 18 Party with Dubai’s Russian expats
Calypso Events and Russian Radio present this new night, which hosts the biggest Russian act and is already enticing crowds of more than 1,500 revellers.
Sanctuary, Atlantis The Palm, from 9pm. Call 04 426 0561 for more information.
Sunday 19 Discover Hatta and meet new mates
For a different way to spend the day, join this sociable trip to the Hatta pools. You’ll pass local villages, dunes and fascinating rocky canyons. Free.
Hatta pools, 10am-5pm. Call 055 881 5044 ort log onto www.socialcirclesuae.com/events/a-day-around-hatta-pools for more information.
Sunday 19 A lesson in art appreciation
This four-week course will teach you how to view and analyse art with a critical eye. Dhs440 per person.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 7pm-9pm. Call 04 341 4777 for more information.
Sunday 19 Turkey-tastic!
Christmas turkey arrives on Rivington Grill’s menu today, meaning you can get festive a full six days before Christmas actually arrives. Make merry!
Rivington Grill, Souk Al Bahar, noon-11pm. Call 04 423 0909 for more information.
Monday 20 Fly a falcon
Get involved in a traditional Emirati pastime with an intensive falcon-flying lesson, breakfast and refreshments included. Dhs1,000, or Dhs750 with a group.
Shaheen Extreme desert camp, near Al Ain. Call 050 874 5725 or log onto www.shaheenxtreme.com for more information.
Monday 20 Check out Victoria’s Secret
This iconic lingerie store has finally opened in Dubai. Unfortunately the new branch focuses mostly on the brand’s toiletries, but there is a small selection of nightwear and lacies on offer – although we expect this stock to go fast.
Mirdif City Centre. Call 800 6422 for more information.
Monday 20 Wax on, wax off
Daily karate lessons are available at this martial arts school. The graceful practices are perfect for fitness and self defence.
Al Razi Boys School, Al Safa, Jumeirah. Call 04 344 7797 or log onto
www.dubaikarate.com for more information.
Tuesday 21 Sail the creek on a traditional abra
Take an atmospheric trip down the creek with the oldest mode of transport in Dubai. It’s also one of the cheapest way to get around in the city, at just Dhs1. Abras available every few minutes along the creek by the Gold Souk.
Dubai Creek, Deira side, opposite the Gold Souk.
Tuesday 21 BiCE: 10 years and counting
To celebrate 10 years of BiCE, the team are reviving classic dishes from the restaurant’s original menu until January 31. Dishes include homemade ricotta, spinach tortellini and signature dishes by Chef Cosimo. Prices vary.
Hilton Jumeirah, noon-3pm. Call 04 399 1111 for more information.
Tuesday 21 Discount dinners for ladies
Ladies who reserve a table at Medzo, Mahi Mahi or Persia Persia get a 40 per cent discount on à la carte food and drinks, plus two free drinks at Carter’s, Seville’s and Vintage.
Wafi City, Oud Metha, 9pm-midnight. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.
Wednesday 22 Follow a historic Antarctic journey
This photography show is a visual journey through Captain Scott’s 1910-1912 Antarctic expedition, which unfortunately ended badly.
The Empty Quarter, Gate Village, DIFC, until January 9. Call 04 323 1210 for more information.
Wednesday 22 Ride a superbike through Dubai
Okay, so you don’t actually ride a real bike through the city. But new video game Super Bikes 2, recently installed at Fun City, has digitally recreated the roads of this fair city, allowing you to zoom down Sheikh Zayed Road without the risk of speeding tickets.
Fun City, Al Reef Mall, Deira, 10am-10pm. Call 04 222 2405 for more information.
Wednesday 22 Cheese and grape
Get some mates together and enjoy all the cheese you can eat (the selection is huge) and four grape-based beverages for just Dhs200.
The Wharf, Madinat Jumeirah, from 7pm. Call 04 366 6152 for more information.
Wednesday 22 Tap your foot to Abri’s tunes
Local music heroes Abri perform their last Tamanya session of 2010 before heading into the studio.
Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, 9pm. Call 04 366 9111 for more information.