There's more to Dubai than New Year's Eve this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 29 Join the Culture Club
The ’80s band, who have apparently shifted 150 million records, are making an appearance in Dubai; yes, Boy George will be here to serenade you with ‘Karma Chameleon’.
Dhs295. 9pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
Thursday 29 Your last chance to tuck into Rivington Grill’s party packages
Until the end of the month, Rivington Grill is offering several set Christmas menus to help you continue to celebrate the festive season.
Dhs350-Dhs450 per person. Daily noon-11.30pm. Until December 31. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903).
Thursday 29 Catch Ciara live at Chi Garden
The slinky American R&B singer-songwriter behind hits ‘1,2 Step’ and ‘Goodies’ will be strutting her stuff in Oud Metha.
Dhs150. 9pm-2am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Thursday 29 Get discounts on your do at the new Ted Morgan salon
To mark the opening of its branch in Motor City, the new Ted Morgan outlet will be offering 20 per cent off all hairdressing services for the first three months.
Cut and blow-dry from Dhs280. Until March 4. Ladies only. Ted Morgan, Motor City (04 457 2309).
Friday 30 Go riding in the desert with Mushrif Equestrian Club
Riders of all ages and abilities are catered for at this riding club, which offers regular organised rides with pro instructors.
Dhs300 for 90-minute desert ride, Dhs450 introduction package of four 30-minute private lessons. Open 8am-11am, 3pm-8pm. Ongoing. Mushrif Park (04 257 1256).
Friday 30 Spend the last Friday of the year at a sophisticated lunch
Award-winning French venue Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire serves a four-course menu matched with grape picked by the restaurant’s sommelier.
Dhs250 (food only), Dhs390 (with grape). Noon-2pm. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Friday 30 Enjoy one last Friday dim sum lunch at Long Yin
Feast on a delectable dim sum spread of steamed and fried dumplings, with an excellent two-for-one deal on hop-based beverages.
Dhs18 per portion. 12.30pm-3pm. Ongoing. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
Friday 30 Sunset Sessions at 360˚
Residents such as Mr Mr and Raxon spin chilled tunes to set you up for tomorrow’s big night – a perfect precursor to New Year’s Eve.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Friday 30 Celebrate Traffik Events’ third anniversary with ‘Too Many DJs’
No, not the Belgian mash-up kings; instead, a big long list of resident DJs to get the party going. So what if it’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow? Celebrate the last Friday of the year today!
Free entrance for all. 11pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza (04 331 1111).
Saturday 31 Stomp to the sounds of Sandance
What better way to see in the new year than getting down to the likes of Above & Beyond, Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez and Sister Bliss?
Dhs250-450. 3pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626), www.timeouttickets.com
Saturday 31 Sway to Coldplay in Abu Dhabi
The stadium-filling soft rockers return to the nation’s capital for a New Year’s Eve gig. Expect plenty of aching anthems and a rousing singalong camera-phone-fest, with hits such as ‘Yellow’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Clocks’.
From Dhs325. 7.30pm. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (04 366 2288).
Saturday 31 Get down with Armin van Buuren, the world’s best DJ
One of the best DJs in the world (he won DJ Magazine’s Top 100 poll for four years running) will be here to welcome the new year.
Dhs400-1,000. 9pm-3am. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com
Sunday January 1 Post-party pampering at Akaru
Choose your four favourite treatments from a list that includes a Pevonia full-body scrub, Pevonia black mud wrap, foot massage, Swedish massage, Pevonia facial, Pevonia de-stressing eye treatment and a 30-minute Oxyspa, and have them all in one session at a discounted rate.
Dhs435. Until January 31. Akaru Spa, The Aviation Club (04 282 8578).
Sunday January 1 Have a Bubbalicious beginning to 2012
If you didn’t get sufficiently merry last night, book into this New Year’s Day brunch to keep the party going.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (selected house beverages), Dhs590 (bubbly), Dhs190 (children aged six to 12). 1pm-4pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7139).
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A leisurely lunch to help you get over the hangover and get on with 2012.
Dhs199 (food and three selected house beverages). Noon-6pm. Southern Sun Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Sunday January 1 Tango and dinner at Asado
Enjoy a three-course dinner with optional tango lessons and performances.
Dhs222. 7pm-11.30pm (tango starts at 9.30pm). The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Monday 2 Try an Eve Lom facial at Raffles Spa
The popular Eve Lom range is now available at Raffles, and you can choose from either a 90-minute signature facial or 60-minute cleanse.
Dhs529 for 60 minutes, Dhs729 for 90 minutes. Until January 31. Raffles Spa, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 314 9869).
Monday 2 Donate your old trainers
Donate your sneakers to Dubai’s labourers so they can compete in the SmartCup cricket tournament in February.
Donations can be made at Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, 4th floor, Emarat Atrium on Sheikh Zayed Road between 9am and 6pm (050 457 6873).
Monday 2 Start your new-year detox at Café Chic
Chef Etienne and his culinary team have created a five-course ‘greenhouse detox menu’ for a healthy start to the year.
Dhs395 (food only), Dhs430 (with a trio of health drinks). Sat-Thu 12.30pm-2.45pm, 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 2615).
Tuesday 3 Pair and dine at Mango Tree
Indulge in a five-course pairing menu, which offers a wide spectrum of Thai flavours perfectly matched with selected grape.
Dhs295 (standard menu), Dhs250 (vegetarian menu). Daily 6.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. Mango Tree, Souk Al Bahar (04 426 7313).
Tuesday 3 See Maurice Pinto’s paintings
The landscape painter has documented his travels in the UAE with a body of work that captures the sun, sand and sea.
Free. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Tuesday 3 Dine at the chef’s table at Thiptara
Join Chef Mac at Thiptara’s chef’s table and enjoy an exclusive four-course meal, tailored to meet your tastes. Perfect for loved-up couples.
Dhs1,500 (per couple with a bottle of bubbly or selected beverages). 8.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7961).
Wednesday 4 It’s business time at Royal China
Business lunches are available on the terrace. There’s also a special menu for groups of eight or more.
Dhs80 (dim sum, soup, main and rice), Dhs100 (dim sum, soup, main, rice and vegetables). Noon-3pm. DIFC (04 354 5543).
Wednesday 4 Watch AC Milan play Paris Saint-Germain
The Italian giants will take on Qatar-backed (ergo ‘mega-rich’) PSG in what should be an entertaining exhibition match.
Dhs100-200. Gates open 6pm, kick-off 7.30pm. Al Ahli Football Club, Rashid Stadium, www.timeouttickets.com
Wednesday 4 Afternoon tea at Al Samar Lounge
This all-new afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, pastries and scones.
Dhs150 (soft drinks, tea and coffee), Dhs220 (one glass of bubbly). 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).