Go retro with Macy Gray and see Katy Perry and Usher live
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 6 Go retro with Macy Gray The American soul singer turned actress, best known for 1999 hit ‘I Try’, plays an intimate gig at The Irish Village this evening. Dhs175. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. The Irish VIllage, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 6 Azur Spa’s Christmas Spirit offer Prepare for the festive season with this package, including an anti-stress massage, mani-pedi, paraffin hand and foot treatment and blow-dry. Dhs350 (normally Dhs470). Until December 31. Azur Spa, International City, www.azurspa.com (04 447 5284).
Thursday 6 View prominent Indian art Indian contemporary artist Rameshwar Broota displays a selection of pieces from his recent photographic work, and a rare oil on canvas from 1999, in new exhibition ‘Traces of Man’. Until January 4. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Thursday 6 Visit a Christmas fair This outdoor festival includes food and drinks stalls and festive shopping opportunities, as well as live entertainment to help you get into the Christmas spirit. From Dhs30 in advance, Dhs40 on the door. Thu noon-6pm, Fri 2pm-11pm, Sat 2pm-10pm. Until December 8. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubaichristmasfestival.com (no number).
Thursday 6 Groove at a huge African festival Guests can enjoy a big bill of African talent, including Nigeria’s D’Banj, Ethiopia’s Gossaye Tesfaye, South Africa’s Freshlyground and Ghana’s Castro, at the second Viva Africa event. Dhs195-395. 4pm-2am. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 7 Tackle a half marathon, or just enjoy the atmosphere It’s the 11th edition of the Dubai Creek Striders half marathon, which winds around the creek. Dhs200. From 6.30am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.premiermarathons.com (055 532 1674).
Friday 7 Get into the groove at Dubai Yoga and Music Festival This three-day festival features yoga workshops, speakers and more. Today’s music includes acoustic tunes at 7pm, and ends with a headline slot from ‘spiritual house guru’ Pierre Ravan. Dhs275 (one day); Dhs600 (three-day pass). 8am-midnight. Until December 8. The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi (050 453 9727).
Friday 7 Christmas shopping at a night market JESS School’s annual market returns with Irish dance, acoustic rock and jazz bands, craft tables, a Santa’s grotto, plenty of food stands and loads of festive activities. Free. 3pm-8pm. JESS Jumeirah, opposite Safa Park (050 451 1617).
Friday 7 Head to Abu Dhabi for Creamfields Two of the world’s biggest DJs – David Guetta and Armin van Buuren – headline this year’s massive dance festival in the nation’s capital. Dhs275-595. From 6.30pm. du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae (800 35274).
Friday 7 Hear jazz legend Al Jarreau perform At 72 years old, US jazz/R&B singer Jarreau still has the chords. Expect to hear some of his notorious vocal workouts among hits and songs drawn from the American songbook. Dhs550-1,250. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 8 Browse original art and vintage finds at Ductac’s market The Things We Like Market will feature wares by local artists, photo prints, printed T-shirts and music. There will also be kids’ workshops, a graffiti wall and music from local musicians. Free. Noon-7pm. Until December 8. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Saturday 8 Join the carnival at Links The Carnival on the Lawn involves activities for kids, plus shawarmas and soft drinks. Dhs50 (adults), Dhs110 (children). 3pm-6pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai (04 390 5600).
Saturday 8 Katy Perry and Usher live in Dubai Hit-tastic chart sensation Katy Perry makes her Dubai debut to close the World Parachuting Championship, alongside Usher, who won Time Out’s Best Gig gong following his show in Media City last year. Dhs450-1,000. From 5pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 8 Tree lighting at The Irish Village It’s that time of year again! Head down for mulled beverages, carols and mince pies. Free. 7pm-9pm. The Irish Village, Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Saturday 8 Taste Indian grape at Mahec The venue is dishing up a special menu paired with Indian grape from the Sula vineyards. Dhs399 (five courses with grape pairing). Daily 7pm-midnight. Until December 10. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Sunday 9 Try local dishes aboard a floating barbecue Sail the Dubai Creek aboard Boardwalk’s BBQ Donuts while sampling a floating barbecue of local dishes. From Dhs150 per person. Daily noon-9pm. Until December 22. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Sunday 9 Sign up for a new men’s football league The Premier 7s league runs sessions on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Dhs225 individual, Dhs1,750 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until January 1 2013. Dubai American Academy, Barsha (055 224 0187).
Sunday 9 Swagger Sunday at Kiza Head to this unusual African restaurant to sample its set menu for a great price. Dhs165 (three courses), Dhs265 (three courses with grape pairing). Sun 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Al Nasr Leisureland (04 334 4159).
Monday 10 Get an Audrey Hepburn-style makeover This six-hour, one-on-one course will teach you how to apply make-up and do your hair in the style of Audrey. You’ll also get a shopping trip with a stylist. Dhs4,500. Ongoing. SO Famous, Loft Office 3, Dubai Media City, www.so-famous.com (050 948 2463).
Monday 10 Festive tea at Raffles Sup a free Christmas beverage and festive music while the kids enjoy the playroom. Dhs299 per couple. Daily 2pm-7pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Monday 10 See a double bill of adventure flicks Lakeview has lined up a double header of adventure films, with 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels followed by 2008’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Free. Screenings at 7pm and 9pm. Lakeview Terrace, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 60000).
Monday 10 Hit ‘Monday Club’ at Chi To break the midweek lull, Chi serves 25 different drinks for just Dhs25 all night. Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Tuesday 11 Catch Keira Knightley in a Tolstoy movie The British actress takes the lead role in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Tolstoy tome Anna Karenina. In UAE cinemas from Thursday December 6.
Tuesday 11 Organic treats for less Book the Simply Organic deep conditioning hair treatment and blow-dry, plus a fresh fruit facial, and you’ll get a free foot scrub and massage. Treatment and blow-dry Dhs270, facial Dhs200. The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, Jumeirah (04 380 4666).
Tuesday 11 Indulge in Japanese treats at Sushi Sushi This evening’s deal features unlimited sushi and sashimi, plus noodles salads, tempura and mixed drinks. Dhs189 (house beverages). Sat,Tue 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Garhoud (04 282 9908).