Thursday 5 Attention shopaholics: Dubai Shopping Festival starts today!
Today is the first day of a month-long bonanza of sales and events throughout the city. With more than 6,000 outlets participating, including the Global Village complex, the event is expected to be bigger than ever. A variety of entertainment, including concerts and fireworks, are scheduled throughout the festival.
Prices and timings vary. www.dubaievents.ae.
Thursday 5 Trot along to the Dubai Showjumping Championship
Riders compete for qualifying points for the FEI World Cup Showjumping at this event, which takes place over three days. There will be family entertainment throughout, including pony rides and face painting. Giddy-up!
Free. 11.30am-7pm. Until Saturday 7. Dubai International Endurance City (050 553 7986).
Thursday 5 Ándele arriba! It’s Mexican night at The Talk
Make a dash for the border at The Talk – sample the finest Mexican cuisine, from sizzling seafood to spicy grills and wholesome regional dishes, washed down with Mexican hops.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs225 (selected house beverages), free for children 12 and under. 6.30pm-11pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Thursday 5 Non-stop skewers at Chef’s House
Chefs will grill seafood, lamb, beef, chicken and veggies and bring them to your table
until you shout ‘stop!’
Dhs135 (soft drinks), Dhs180 (selected house beverages). 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Thursday 5 Hear the Slammin Boys at 360°
UK house masters the Slammin Boys make their debut for the MustHaveSoul team.
Free. 7pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel(056 682 6617).
Friday 6 Head out on the Hatta Copper Hike
This moderate hike winds its way through a wadi, passing the remains of the old copper works. Good fun and a great chance to see some of the country’s natural offerings.
Dhs150 per person. Call for timings. Arabia Outdoors, Dubai Creek (055 955 6209).
Friday 6 Shop for the latest seasonal produce at the Farmers’ Market
Visitors can expect to find an abundance of locally grown produce. The perfect way to eat more healthily for the new year.
Free. 9am-3pm. The Terrace (next to Baker & Spice, opposite Burj Khalifa), Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856).
Friday 6 Try tasty yum cha at Hukama
Partake in the Cantonese custom of yum cha, where you can sip Chinese teas and chow down on delicious dim sum.
Dhs145. Noon-3pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8928).
Friday 6 Indian night at Choices
Acquaint yourself with the culinary heritage of India at this affordable and fun evening buffet, featuring cuisine from across the Subcontinent.
Dhs179 (selected house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 0000).
Friday 6 Have a laugh and a half at an Irish comedy fest
Five Irish comedians are flying over for the second of two nights of laughs, headlined by Joe Rooney, otherwise known as Father Damo from acclaimed comedy Father Ted.
Dhs50. 8pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 356 0560).
Saturday 7 A picnic brunch at Al Badia Golf Club
Enjoy fine dining outdoors. Guests are handed an authentic wicker picnic basket on arrival and can feast from live cooking stations.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (selected house beverages), Dhs550 (premium bubbly), Dhs895 (premium pink bubbly). Noon-4pm. Ongoing. Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Saturday 7 Celebrate Russian Christmas
Experience Christmas in Moscow – Dubai-style. The brunch features outdoor dining and cooking stations offering the festive flavours of Russia.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (selected house beverages and bubbly), free for children aged 12 and under. 12.30pm-4pm. The Talk Restaurant & Lounge, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Saturday 7 Try flamenco classes at Latin Soul
Ever wanted to try a different kind of dance? Learn how to dance traditional Spanish flamenco with instructor Milla. Cha-cha-cha!
Dhs80 per session, Dhs350 for a package of five classes. From 9pm. Latin Soul Dubai, Studio 106, Icon Tower, TECOM (04 450 8476).
Saturday 7 Step to it with Masterstepz
Rare is launching a new urban night, with a set from the UK’s DJ Masterstepz.
Free. 9pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Sunday 8 Snap up plenty of DSF bargains
Shoppers can bag discounts at some of our favourite hotspots, such as Diesel, Fred Perry and Bimba & Lola. Sales of up to 40 per cent off can be found at Diesel, up to 50 per cent at Fred Perry, 40 per cent off at Bimba & Lola and up to 60 per cent off at Custo Barcelona.
Until January 18. Various locations including Deira City Centre (04 295 0792).
Sunday 8 Sample top vintages at Nineteen
Guests can try a four-course menu paired with selected beverages recommended
by the sommelier.
Dhs375. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai (04 390 5600).
Sunday 8 Hear some Guf
We’re really not sure about his moniker, but Russian rapper Guf (ahem) has roots going back a decade to his former band Rolex-x. Glam, indeed. Find out if he lives up to his name.
Dhs120 (ladies), Dhs150 (men). 10.30pm. Club Sensation, The Address, Dubai Mall (050 115 2544).
Monday 9 Beginners’ golf at The Montgomerie
Take up golf this winter with the beginners’ academy package: a complete programme that includes 10 45-minute introductory sessions, four 90-minute lessons on the course and plenty more.
Dhs9,750. Timings vary. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Monday 9 Enjoy Zuma’s award-winning lunch
Try two or four courses of Japanese delicacies at Time Out Dubai’s favourite business lunch of 2011.
Dhs62 (two courses), Dhs120 (four courses). Sat-Thu Noon-3pm. Ongoing. DIFC (04 425 5660).
Tuesday 10 Great offers at Elche Retreat
Sign up for a six-month membership package at Elche and get a facial for free. Also during January, buy four of the spa’s products and get a fifth free.
Membership package Dhs4,055. Until January 31. Elche Natural Beauty Retreat, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 4942).
Tuesday 10 Eat healthily in 2012 with Balance Café
Sample Balance Café’s client-specific healthy meal deliveries to keep your new year’s resolution on track.
Dhs90 per day. 8am-9.30pm. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4051).
Tuesday 10 Try your hand at making Nobu sushi
Sushi and tempura-making classes are hosted by the Nobu team, followed by a demonstration of how to make the signature cheesecake and a bubbly lunch. Booking essential.
Dhs1,250 (lesson, three-course lunch, and apron). Daily 11am-2pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0760).
Tuesday 10 Dance to DJ Bliss
The award-winning DJ plays French-themed night Haute People by Crystal in the club at the top of the Raffles pyramid.
Free. 11pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Wednesday 11 See innovative Austrian art
Austrian photographer Birgit Graschopf explores public and private space in ‘Space Forward’. Tonight, to celebrate the exhibition’s first night, she will put on
a special performance.
Free. 7pm; performance starts 8pm. Until February 12. Carbon 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).
Wednesday 11 Afternoon tea at STAY by Yannick Alleno
This tea in the beautiful environs of STAY offers a jaw-dropping array of teas and fair-trade coffee, as well as French pastries.
Dhs220. Tue-Sun 3pm-6pm. One&Only The Palm (04 440 1010).