See Goldie behind the decks or sing along to East 17
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 13 See Goldie behind the decks at Trilogy Drum’n’bass and breakbeat DJ and former Bond actor Goldie – known for his golden teeth – guests for Trilogy at this lively night. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Thursday 13 Have a guilty singalong to East 17 There may only be three of the Walthamstow men still standing – Brian Harvey is lost in transit – but East 17 know how to belt out the hits to a rowdy Dubai pub crowd, as they proved at an identical gig this time last year. Dhs100. 9pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington JLT (04 356 0560).
Thursday 13 Festive bazaar at Bo House The café hosts an outdoor market with locally crafted gift items and kids’ activities. Free entry. Noon-8pm. Bo House, The Walk at JBR (04 429 8655).
Thursday 13 Barasti’s Christmas party A Christmas-themed outdoor barbecue, with a festive red and white dress code. Dhs260 (house beverages). 1pm-5pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina (04 399 3333).
Thursday 13 Meet Santa at Oasis Centre Want to make your kids’ day, or perhaps just get a glimpse of Santa yourself? This mall’s meet-and-greet package includes a chance for kids to interact with the man in red and receive a special present, plus a free kids’ meal and a ride at Fun City. Dhs35. Sun-Thu 6.30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-11.30pm. Until December 25. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 5154000).
Friday 14 Tackle the Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Take on this challenge, which tours the city, or support those peddling the 92km distance. Dhs250 per person. From 6am. Dubai Autodrome, www.premiermarathons.com (050 680 4528).
Friday 14 Eat cake for cause! The chefs at Kempinski are baking a 570-metre stollen (a German fruit cake), with proceeds going to Dubai Centre for Special Needs. Dhs5 per slice, Dhs100 per cake. From 10am. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).
Friday 14 Join The Ivy’s ‘Rat Pack’ brunch A festive event, with live jazz and three courses. Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).
Friday 14 Browse second-hand buys at Dubai Flea Market This family-oriented market features second-hand finds, plus kids’ rides and food. 3pm-8pm. Promenade Courtyard, near Spinneys, Uptown Mirdif Mall (055 452 6030).
Friday 14 Spot stars on the DIFF red carpet Hollywood stars Colin Firth, Kristin Davis and Rooney Mara are all guests at DIFF’s Oxfam gala dinner. Tickets are pricey, but anyone can get a glimpse of the red-carpet entrance. Dhs2,000. 6.30pm. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaifilmfest.com.
Friday 14 Attend a black-tie Christmas ball Dress to impress for a night of festive dinner and dancing, with live music during the evening and a five-course meal. Dhs650 per person. From 8pm. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).
Saturday 15 Don’t miss the action at the World Powerboat Championships Expect fast-paced action in the watersport equivalent of Formula 1, which reaches its climax in Abu Dhabi on Friday December 21. Free. Thu from 3pm, Fri-Sat practice from 10am, race from 3.30pm. Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi (04 399 5777).
Saturday 15 See local and celebrity dance stars Sharmila Dance showcases hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, salsa and tango, with international stars including American So You Think You Can Dance duo Michelle Brooke and Jesus Solorio. Dhs155 (balcony), Dhs200 (stalls). 7.30pm. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Saturday 15 Be first to see new flick The Sapphires Musical fun-fest The Sapphires has been picked as the closing gala film at Dubai International Film Festival – with the cast in attendance. Dhs80. 8pm. Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah, www.dubaifilmfestcom.
Saturday 15 Hear some old-school rap Former Def Squad rapper Keith Murray makes an intimate Dubai debut. Dhs100. 9pm. Sublime, Ibis World Trade Centre www.timeouttickets.com.
Sunday 16 View works by Indian artist Rahul Krishnan Entitled ‘E&OE (Errors & Omissions Excepted)’ Krishnan’s politically heavy works focus on half-truths and ‘small print’ used for political, social or economic gain. Until December 28. Mojo Gallery, 33 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 345 8424).
Sunday 16 Visit The Urban Yogi pop-up store for gifts Check out eclectic homewares at this temporary store. You’ll find plates, ottomans, saris, patchwork chairs and more. Until January 5. Dubai Marina Mall (055 222 2078).
Sunday 16 See acclaimed Michael Haneke film Amour One last chance to catch our top pick of DIFF’s movies on the final day of screenings. Dhs30. 3pm. Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, www.dubaifilmfest.com.
Sunday 16 Eat early and save cash at Ruth’s Chris Devour two courses for less when you eat before 8pm at this steakhouse. Dhs149 (two courses). Sun-Wed 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538); The H Hotel (04 501 8666).
Monday 17 Try Italian winter specials at Nais Taste seasonal culinary creations using mushrooms and black truffle, as well as pasta dishes made in-house. From Dhs50 (main course). Sun-Thu 10am-10pm. Ongoing. HDS Tower, Cluster F, JLT (04 452 9991).
Monday 17 The Bombay’s Rampuri food festival Sample dishes from Rampur in the first event of an à la carte series concentrating on India’s lesser-known cuisines. Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-2am. Until December 22. Marco Polo Hotel, Al Mutheena Street, Deira (04 272 0000).
Tuesday 18 Check out a new exhibition at Ayyam ‘The Seat of Perception’ features works by Lebanese artist Walid El-Masri. His paintings examine a single subject matter: a chair. Until December 31. Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Tuesday 18 Stand-up paddleboard yoga at JBR beach New company Sandy Toes is offering SUP yoga, meditation and beach yoga. Dhs50 with your own board. 6.30am and 8.30am. Ongoing. JBR beach, after the Sheraton, www.supyogadubai.com (050 942 7240).
Tuesday 18 Tuck in at Sushi Sushi Enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi, salads, tempura and noodles at this buffet event. Dhs189 (house beverages). Sat and Tue 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 9908).
Tuesday 18 Grab the mic and sing karaoke Belt out all your favourite hits at 1Up’s karaoke night, which offers a varied songbook of 70,000 tunes, plus free drinks for ladies. Free. 8pm-late. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).