Dress up for Rugby Sevens or see the Prodigy's Leroy
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 1 Booka Shade man the decks
This German DJ duo are likely to be setting the floors alight at Trilogy. Arrive early to make sure you get a good spot.
Dhs100 before 11pm, Dhs150 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).
Thursday 1 See top DJs at a three-day festival
Freemasons, Akcent, Artful Dodger and The Prodigy’s Leeroy Thornill are among the headliners at the World Top DJs Festival 2011, a three-day day-to-night celebration of mixology.
Dhs250 per day, Dhs450 for a three-day pass. 4pm-2am. Until Saturday. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 1 Do the truffle shuffle at Fire & Ice
Taste white and black truffles in all their glory through beautiful dishes at this week-long promo.
Prices from Dhs100. 7pm-11.30pm. Until December 7. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha
(04 324 8888).
Thursday 1 Go crazy for Karizma
Acclaimed American DJ and former Basement Boy Karizma gets behind the decks for a night with the MustHaveSoul team.
Free. 7pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Thursday 1 Get in the festive mood at Après
With views of the Ski Dubai slopes, Après is the perfect place to get in the festive mood (and take a break from your Christmas shopping). The festive menu offers tapas, two- or three-course set menus and special cocktails.
Festive menu from Dhs199, cocktails and tapas from Dhs45. Open Sat-Wed 11.30am-1am, Thu-Fri 11.30am-2am. Until December 25. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 2575)
Friday 2 Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2011
The busiest day of this three-day tournament is today, when UAE residents and tourists turn out to see international teams play seven-minute games in their battle to win the cup. Post-Sevens buses will be on hand to transport revellers back to The Irish Village, Chi, Barasti and Nezesaussi to continue the party into the evening. Also on Thursday and Saturday.
Thu free; Fri or Sat Dhs230, season ticket (Fri and Sat) Dhs350. 7.30am-9.30pm. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 2 Enjoy French food flair on Fridays
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire serves a four-course menu every Friday, matched with grape picked by the sommelier. It’s the perfect way to sample the food at this award-winning venue without breaking the bank.
Dhs250 (food only), Dhs390 (with grape). Fri noon-2pm. Ongoing. InterContinental Festival City (04 701 1127).
Friday 2 Kate Nash unplugged
The quirky British pop songstress is playing a one-off stripped-down acoustic gig in Dubai. Expect painfully honest lyrics shrouded by chirpy melodies and Supremes-eque harmonies in hits such as 2007’s ‘Foundations’.
Dhs150 (advance) Dhs180 (on the door). 6pm. The Amphitheatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 2 Giggle at a human motormouth
Michael Winslow – the funny one from the Police Academy movies – can make thousands of funny noises and sound effects with his mouth. Tonight he shares his party trick live, so expect plenty of laughs.
Dhs175-Dhs250. 7.30pm. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 3 See a language-based art exhibition
This show explores artists’ use of language in their works and how words and text are used to either back up or question a concept. Artists include Manal Al Dowayan, Ayman Yossri Daydban and Nadine Kanso.
Until December 14. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Saturday 3 Toast St Nick at Belgian Beer Café
This Belgian-themed watering hole is hosting a special festive buffet spread in honour of
St Nicholas. Here’s to the Christmas spirit.
Dhs185 (includes one bottle of hops). Noon-3.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Saturday 3 Party with the residents at Chi
The nightlife institution showcases the best of its in-house talent, with sets from DJs DLB, Flow Master John and Emtee.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Saturday 3 Test your fitness
Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just an active person, come and assess the progress of your fitness at The Championship Fitness Challenge. There are 13 levels and five different divisions, so there’s something for everyone. Complete the assessment in the fastest time possible and earn your spot in history.
Free. 8.30am-10am. Barsha Park (055 346 3436).
Sunday 4 Treat yourself to a spa package
Spend the day at the Heavenly Spa by Westin and enjoy a package that includes a 55-minute Heavenly Massage, buffet lunch in Blue Orange restaurant and all-day access to the pool and beach. Available Sunday to Thursday.
Dhs499. Until December 31. Heavenly Spa, The Westin Dubai (04 511 7901).
Sunday 4 Have a festive feast at Rivington Grill
Starting today until the end of the month, Rivington Grill is offering a series of set Christmas menus featuring traditional favourites to get you in the mood for the big day.
Dhs350, Dhs400, Dhs450. Noon-11.30pm. Until December 31. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903).
Sunday 4 Watch a locally filmed blockbuster
Much of new movie Black Gold was filmed in Qatar, making it one of the biggest film projects to be made in the Gulf. Revel in the camel-mounted battle scenes as a sweaty Antonio Banderas leads the fight over oil.
In cinemas across Dubai now.
Monday 5 Takeaway turkey at The Montgomerie
Pre-book a Christmas hamper filled with festive biscuits, muffins, mince pies, nougat, gingerbread men, fruit cake and lots more. Alternatively, order a pre-prepared turkey with all the traditional trimmings.
Dhs800 (per turkey); hampers from Dhs250. 9am-7.30pm. Until December 25. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Monday 5 Learn about veggies at MeVeg Congress
This two-day conference includes workshops and talks by a fruitarian from Singapore and a health and wellness coach. Topics include raw veganism, organic agriculture, vegetarian and vegan cooking and more.
Dhs99 for the two-day conference, Dhs25 per workshop. 11am-6pm. Until Tuesday 6. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, DIFC, www.mevegcongress.com.
Monday 5 Party Persian-style
The Persian Superstars host this weekly night at the Madinat superclub, spinning house and Persian tracks throughout the night.
Dhs100, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeriah (050 911 0600).
Tuesday 6 Experience a Dubai-inspired art show
Thejamjar presents a 100-piece exhibition entitled ‘Muqtanayati’, in which Dubai residents have been invited to submit objects and artworks they feel describe their journey in, and stories of, the UAE.
Until January 1. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Tuesday 6 Take off with the cabin crew
The Gold Lounge hosts its final cabin crew-friendly night of the year.
Dhs50, free with flight crew ID. 9pm-3am. Gold Lounge, Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com.
Wednesday 7 Give your lashes a boost
Lash guru Laila Nazari will transform your look with Novalash eyelash extensions.
Dhs900 for full set. Ongoing. Ladies only. N.Bar, Emirates Towers (04 330 1001); Tilia & Finn, Mirdif City Centre (04 236 2121).
Wednesday 7 Tackle the IDF 5k run
Bringing together delegates from the World Diabetes Congress 2011, the event aims to emphasise the importance of increased physical activity to help prevent diabetes.
Free. From 7.30am. Megabowl, Zabeel Park Gate 1, www.tracs.net/idf5k.
Wednesday 7 More Christmas feasting at Left Bank
There are plenty of special set menus to be had at both Left Bank venues.
Packages from Dhs199. Sun-Sat 10.30am-2am (Madinat), Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am (Souk Al Bahar). Until December 25. Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6171), Souk Al Bahar (04 368 4501).
Wednesday 7 Dubai International Film Festival begins
Starting today, the festival features 171 films and more guest stars than you could shake a stick at.
Continues until December 14. www.dubaifilmfest.com.