Camel racing, kayak tours, reggae, Christmas festivals and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 4 Cheer on camels Don’t miss the racing at Al Marmoum. It’s a great chance to see one of Dubai’s traditional activities and see the camels in full speed. Free. Until December 5 Morning races from 7am-9am, afternoon races from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).
Wednesday 4 Check out a new store Patrick Hellman has opened its doors in Wafi Mall, with a collection of business and formal wear that combines classic English tailoring with modern Italian style. Patrick Hellman Collection, Ground Floor, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 396 7337).
Wednesday 4 See acoustic musicians Are you a dab hand at playing guitar? The Music Room’s Acoustic Wednesday is an opportunity for local talents to showcase their skills. Dhs50. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Wednesday 4 Festivities 24-hours a day at La Farine La Farine café has created a life-sized gingerbread house and is serving mulled grape, roasted chestnuts and afternoon tea. Santa is also popping in for visits. Open 24 hours. Until December 23. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay (04 414 0000).
Thursday 5 Take a sweet cooking class Dubai Marina eatery Mazina hosts two chocolate truffle making masterclasses this week, held today and Tuesday. Dhs300 per person. Thu and Tue 10am-noon. Until December 10. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Thursday 5 Dance at an intelligent house night UK producers and DJs Copyright bring their brand of intelligent house music to Bliss Lounge, the Sheraton’s beachside venue. Free. 8pm-3am. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (056 694 4538).
Thursday 5 Enjoy a night of live comedy British comics Gordon Southern (left) and Josh Howe plus Canadian comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol perform as part of the latest run of The Laughter Factory gigs. Dhs140. Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 5 Check out reggae at Drop Dread Earl Gateshead from Trojan Sound System will be playing a set featuring classic reggae tracks from the extensive Trojan Records back catalogue. Dhs85. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (055 418 6265).
Friday 6 Kayak tour of Palm Jumeirah Sports company Sea You runs a special tour of The Palm – powered by you. Go kayaking around the sights with a guide and enjoy a spot of lunch, too. From Dhs230. Tours start at 10.30am and 2.30pm, Sofitel The Palm Jumeirah, East Crescent Road www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).
Friday 6 Two-for-one dinners at Urban Bistro Throughout the month of December, the Media City eatery offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on main courses during the evening. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 6pm-10pm. Until December 31. CNN Building, Dubai Media City, Dubai (04 362 4330).
Friday 6 Celebrate Infusion’s anniversary Legendary Californian rappers Cypress Hill and UK DJs the Cuban Brothers will be performing live, with Afrika Bambaataa and UK dance stalwarts Stereo MCs laying down DJ sets at the label’s birthday party. Dhs250 (advance), Dhs290 door. 4pm-2am. Atlantis Beach, Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 6 Check out the JESS Night Market Hosted by Dubai 92’s Catboy and Geordiebird, this family friendly festive market will have more than 150 stalls, a Santa’s grotto, live music and even a train ride for kids. Free. 3pm-8pm. JESS Jumeirah School. 3pm-8pm. www.facebook.com/JESSNightMarket.
Saturday 7 Watch gingerbread house decorating Kids can decorate their own gingerbread house at Nofara Café, assisted by the chefs. The deal includes lunch and a drink. Booking is essential. Dhs120 per child. From 10am. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT (04 432 20230).
Saturday 7 Shop your way around Wafi Bazaar Every Saturday in December, there will be 50 market stalls selling crafted goods at Wafi Mall. Next to Cafe Court, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 4555).
Saturday 7 Explore Dubai Christmas Festival The festival runs from Thursday to Saturday, with festive workshops, musical performances, Christmas nibbles and beverages and more. Dhs60 (adults), Dhs30 (children), Dhs30 (Santa’s grotto). Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-10pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubaichristmasfestival.com.
Saturday 7 Experience homegrown talent Eric Francis will be on deck duty for this house night at 360° which focuses on local musicians. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Sunday 8 Learn from the Masters Watch the best in women’s golf go head-to head at The Emirates Golf Club. www.dubailadiesmasters.com (04 380 2112).
Sunday 8 Dine and laugh Head to The Gramercy to enjoy a meal and a stand-up performance by South African comedian Barry Hilton. Dhs175 (entry plus one beverage). Dhs300 (entry plus three-course dinner). Sun and Mon 9pm-midnight. Until December 9. DIFC (04 437 7511).
Sunday 8 Win a car at the mall Spend Dhs300 with your MasterCard shopping or dining at The Dubai Mall this December for the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz S 500 2014. Until December 31. The Dubai Mall. www.thedubaimall.com (04 362 7500).
Sunday 8 Watch a kids' movie Saving Santa, a kids' movie starring the voices of The Hobbit star Martin Freeman and fellow British actor Tim Curry, is released in UAE cinemas this week. It's about an elf who goes back in time to save Santa – and, of course, Christmas. Various times and locations, www.voxcinemas.com.
Monday 9 View mixed media art Furniture store Ikonhouse is exhibiting landscape and portrait painter Charlie Calder-Potts’ work on aluminium, inspired by travels to Georgia, Armenia and Eastern Turkey. Free. 9.30am-7pm. Ikonhouse, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1848).
Monday 9 Master make-up Head to Bloomingdale's for a make-up masterclass by Illamasqua, which will show you how to create party looks. Free. Running every Monday in December. Bloomingdale's, Dubai Mall (04 350 5141).
Monday 9 Feast on steak Nezesaussi’s steak night offers unlimited platters of Australian steak and chops plus side dishes, and live music to keep diners entertained. Dhs250 (house beverages). 7pm to 11pm. Ongoing. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 5927).
Tuesday 10 Get picture perfect Develop your photography skills with The Emirates Photography Club. Learn from other snap happy enthusiasts and professionals. Dhs20 joining fee. 7pm-9pm. Studio Attitude 6th Street and 3A Street, Al Quoz. www.meetup.com/EmiratesPhotoClubbents.
Tuesday 10 Munch a quick burger Try Ketchup's express lunch deal, which includes two courses and a drink. Dhs64. Sun-Thu 10am-5pm. Ongoing. Emaar Boulevard Plaza, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 363 8595).