Hit new nightclub opening and see '80s soul star Sade
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 15 Check out a new club opening
For its opening weekend, the new Velvet Underground club (we don’t think Lou Reed was consulted on the name) is throwing open its doors for free. Tonight, see girl group High on Heels and DJ Sabrina Terence.
Free. 11pm-3am. Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 857 3802).
Thursday 15 Watch a festive ballet
The acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet will be performing Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutracker, about a girl whose nutcracker toy turns into a fairytale prince.
From Dhs165. Thu 15 4.30pm and 8pm; Fri 16 11am and 4pm; Sat 17 11am, 2pm and 7pm. Until December 17. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Thursday 15 Two-for-one dinner at Palm Grill
Contemporary steakhouse Palm Grill introduces an array of two-for-one dinner deals throughout December and January.
Prices vary. Daily 7pm-12.30pm. Until January 31. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road (04 205 7333).
Thursday 15 Try Aquarium’s new Christmas menu
This four-course festive menu is rounded off with mince pies and a special seasonal drink.
Dhs210. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Until December 30. Aquarium, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Thursday 15 Festive eats at Splendido
The venue is offering a three-course set menu of seasonal specialities from Italy (think foie gras and duck ravioli with sweet pumpkin purée, and lamb rack with dried fig chutney).
Dhs350 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Until December 28 (not served on December 24). The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
Friday 16 Head into the wild
Relax on a camping weekend with sunset and sunrise yoga, desert meditation, and activities including hiking through the mountains in Dibba and cooking on an open fire. Places are limited.
Dhs650 per person. Depart Dubai 11am, return Saturday 4pm. Contact Simon Cahill for further details, www.arabiaoutdoors.ae (055 955 6209).
Friday 16 Enjoy a spot of polo and brunch
Watch the Christmas Cup polo match and feast on brunch, followed by a festive bazaar at Palermo Restaurant and Terrace.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages), Dhs375 (house beverages and half a bottle of bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm (bazaar continues until 5pm). Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
Friday 16 Party on the beach, Full Moon-style
This Thai-inspired beach party features gasp-inducing pyrotechnics, plus decksmiths including DJ Gregory and Globalfunk.
Dhs50 before 8pm, Dhs100 after. 5pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (055 200 4321).
Friday 16 Sing along to East 17
London boy band East 17 have regrouped for this unusual Christmas-themed gig in an Irish pub. Well, three of them have – former frontman Brian Harvey is still absent.
Dhs100. 8pm. McGettigan’s, The Bonnington Hotel, JLT (04 356 0560), www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 16 Hear soul sensation Sade
The ’80s soul star brings ‘Smooth Operator’, ‘No Ordinary Love’ and plenty more hits to Abu Dhabi.
Dhs295-750. 7.30pm. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae.
Saturday 17 See up-and-coming Palestinian art
Palestinian artist Jeffar Khaldi presents a symbolic collection of works, entitled ‘Throw Your Symbols on the Wall’, that hints at current events in the media, film and YouTube clips.
Until January 12. Gallery IVDE, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
Saturday 17 Gingerbread fun at the Radisson Blu
Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread. To help get you in the festive mood, the Radisson Blu Deira is hosting a gingerbread house-decorating event for all the family, providing plenty of sweets, icing and more.
Dhs70 (per gingerbread house). 2pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road (04 205 7333).
Saturday 17 Try an F1-style experience
Think you could be the next Sebastian Vettel? Feel the adrenaline as you’re strapped in to the 180bhp single-seater race car for the ride of a lifetime. A full instruction briefing will be given before you’re let loose on the circuit.
Dhs875. From 9.05am. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Sunday 18 Get a free hair cut at Formul’A
Try a new look without finding yourself in the red. Trainee stylists at Formul’A offer blow-dries, cut and styles, trims and restyles all free of charge, while colour treatments are available for as little as Dhs50.
Free. 9.30am-6pm. Ongoing. Formul’A Academy, Block 11, Dubai Knowledge Village (04 438 0122).
Sunday 18 Improve your game with cardio tennis
Clark Francis Tennis offers intensive sessions where you’ll improve your footwork and strengthen key muscles by training on a specially designed circuit.
Dhs75. From 8pm. Ongoing. Clark Francis Tennis, The Aviation Club, Garhoud (050 685 8304).
Sunday 18 New flavours at Fire & Ice
The steakhouse is offering rich seasonal specialities such as turkey breast with garlic confit mash, baby carrots and stuffing.
Prices from Dhs45-Dhs140. 7pm-11.30pm. Until December 25. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Monday 19 Drinks for a dirham
Selected beverages cost just Dhs1 on Mondays and Wednesdays when you order two courses at the classy Glasshouse Brasserie.
Prices vary. 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 227 1111).
Monday 19 Beginner Pilates at Club Stretch
Looking for a different kind of workout this week? Try your hand at Pilates with this inclusive beginner class with instructor Sandy. Also on Wednesday at 9.30am. Booking essential.
Dhs70 per class. 8pm. Club Stretch, behind the Capitol Hotel, Satwa (04 345 2131).
Tuesday 20 Start the day with morning warrior yoga
A style of yoga favoured by Trudie Styler (aka Mrs Sting), this yoga session is all about powerful, dynamic movement. Also on Sundays and Thursdays.
Dhs75 per session, Dhs575 for 11-session trial package for new students, Dhs750 for 11-session package for existing clients. 7am--8am. Zen Yoga, Building 10, Dubai Media City, www.yoga.ae (04 367 0435).
Tuesday 20 Visit new Polynesian club Mahiki
Arriving from London, high-end club brand Mahiki promises to bring Polynesia to Dubai when it opens to the public today. Rihanna and Jay Z are fans of the brand, so we’ve been told to expect something special at this launch night.
Free. 6pm-3am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.mahiki.ae (04 380 7731).
Tuesday 20 Christmas rappingwith Salt-N-Pepa
The most successful female hip-hop troupe in the world – behind hits such as ‘Push It’ – headline a night of retro thrills courtesy of the UK’s Guilty Pleasures team.
Dhs100 (advance), Dhs150 (on the door). 7pm-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Tuesday 20 Find out if M:I 4 was worth all the fuss
Fresh from its much-hyped Dubai premiere, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol is released in the UAE this week. Find out if it was worth all the fanfare.
At cinemas across Dubai.
Wednesday 21 Get pictured with Santa
Beauty store Sephora at Dubai Mall invites you to get a free printed picture with Santa and his gorgeous helpers inside their ‘gigantic’ snow globe. They promise spectacular decorations and a singalong with Christmas carollers.
Free. 5pm-9pm, December 16 to 24. Sephora, Dubai Mall (04 339 9828).
Wednesday 21 Catch Woody’s latest flick
The first half of a Woody Allen double bill, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, lands in the UAE this week. It has a star-spangled cast, including Antonio Banderas, and Anthony Hopkins.
At cinemas across Dubai.
Wednesday 21 Scoff seafood and steak at The Wharf
Enjoy half a North Atlantic Canadian hum lobster and a 200g striploin steak, served with fries and salad.
Dhs450. 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6152).