Armand Van Helden, Groove on the Grass or an early Christmas by the creek
Wednesday 11 Go Greek near the Creek tonight Greek eatery Elia welcomes award-winning visiting Chef Yiannis Baxevanis, who has created a series of daily specials with help from the restaurant’s head chef. Price vary. Wed-Mon 7pm-midnight. Until December 16. Majestic Hotel Tower Dubai, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).
Wednesday 11 Be bowled over at the cricket Pakistan take on India in a live international Test match. The two cricket power-houses will be playing in the T20 Series. It promises to be a night of fast bowls and plenty of wickets Tickets are priced from Dhs45, 8pm. Until December 13, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, www.dubaisportscity.ae (04 425 1111).
Wednesday 11 Rock out at The Music Room Egyptian industrial metal band Hate Field, who got together in 2011, will be performing live at The Music Room tonight. Dhs60. 10pm-3am, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Thursday 12 Get a free facial at Sisters Head to Sisters Beauty Lounge to purchase gift vouchers worth Dhs750 or above this December and you will receive a free Dermalogica Express Facial to redeem in January or February 2014. Sisters Beauty Lounge, various locations across Dubai including Mirdif City Center (04 284 3554).
Thursday 12 See Armand Van Helden spin the decks The US DJ and producer will be appearing at the lounge dining concept Supperclub Dubai. Dhs350. Supperclub Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 1100), www.timeouttickets.com.
Thursday 12 Head to a new nightclub launch Societe Dubai is opening its doors with a concept that promises an unpretentious door policy and music from the ’80s ’90s and ’00s. Free. 10pm-3am. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Thursday 12 Enjoy a festive cheese menu For one night only, the grape and cheese evening at Arcadia Lobby Lounge takes on a Christmas inspired twist. Dhs149 per person. 6.30pm-10pm. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Friday 13 Watch the Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge After months of gruelling cycle tests and hundreds of kilometres, the final of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Challenge has arrived. Give the cyclists a boost as they take on the 92km circuit past some of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. Free. 6am. Nad al Sheba Cycle park, www.cyclechallenge.ae.
Friday 13 Christmas gets a Celtic kick Head to The Gramercy today, and join in the Christmas brunch. After feasting on food and beverages, the party continues with a Scottish-style ceilidh (social gathering), kicking off at 5pm and featuring a live band and Scottish dancing. Dhs295 per person. Noon-4pm. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).
Friday 13 Party on a yacht The final Sunstroke yacht party of 2013 promises a surprise international DJ headliner as well as DJ sets from John Spoor, Martin Hibbit, Danny Kwang and Miss D. Dhs375 (including food and drinks). 1pm-5pm. Dubai Marina Mall Harbour, Dubai Marina (050 600 9928).
Friday 13 Head down to Groove on the Grass This event returns for another helping with tunes supplied by DJs Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, Deian, Adam and Siamak Amidi. Dhs160 (early bird), Dhs200 (advance), Dhs250 (door). 7pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9999).
Saturday 14 Watch The Color Run Combing fun, fitness and fiesta, The Color Run has arrived in Dubai. Runners wearing white T-shirts will be pelted with coloured powder as they finish in this non-competitive fun run. 9am, The Dubai Autodrome, Motor City www.thecoIorrun.ae.
Saturday 14 Christmas at Radisson Blu Deira Creek This family day involves a competition to decorate the best gingerbread house. Dhs99. 1.30pm-4.30pm. Radisson Blu Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Saturday 14 Partake in a laid-back brunch The newly opened Angelina Tearoom’s in The Dubai Mall offers a daily selection of eggs, mini pastries, macaroons and more. Dhs120 per person. Daily 10am-2pm. Ongoing.The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 362 750).
Saturday 14 See Samir Maslo’s Balearic sessions The European house, electronic and new age DJ Samir Maslo, who is based in Vienna in Austria, will be supplying the tunes for this poolside party with an Ibiza vibe. Free. Noon-midnight. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 600 9928).
Sunday 15 Make an edible house Each branch of Carluccio’s in Dubai hosts a gingerbread house decorating workshop for kids this week. Dhs90 per child. Sun-Wed 3pm-5pm. The Dubai Mall (December 15). Marina Mall (December 16 and 18) Mirdif City Centre (December 17).
Sunday 15 Dim sum mania Sizzling Wok’s bargain dim sum festival, which offers unlimited servings, ends today. Dhs39 per person Sat-Wed 7pm-11pm. Until December 15. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street (050 100 7065).
Sunday 15 Try a tall happy hour The highest bar in the world, Vault, is offering two for one drinks deals and 50 percent discounts on beverages between 6pm and 8pm daily. Free. Daily 6pm-8pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).
Monday 16 Visit Street Art Dubai This new art event is a showcase of the talented young artist Wa Roox from France. Free. Until January 10. Artissima Art Gallery, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).
Monday 16 Try a cryo treatment Cryo Health, based in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, has launched the new Beauty Angel treatment. This innovative skincare therapy uses different beams of light to rejuvenate skin gently with zero recovery time. From Dhs275. Ongoing. Cryo Health, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 351 8300).
Monday 16 Nayomi part sale Grab a bargain at lingerie store Nayomi in Mercato Mall, where a part sale is now running with discounts up to 75 percent. Until January 11. Nayomi, First Floor, The Dubai Mall (04 344 9120).
Monday 16 Get all jazzy Center Cut Steak House’s festive meal deal is a four-course degustation menu, served to live jazz and blues. Dhs350 per person (soft beverages). Wed-Fri 6.30pm-11pm. Until December 30. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Tuesday 17 Watch an Oldboy Spike Lee’s remake of the excellent Korean thriller with a killer plot twist (and starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen) is now in cinemas. Cinemas across Dubai. www.voxcinemas.com.
Tuesday 17 Eat in record timing Japanese restaurant ICHO has launched a super speedy business lunch, offering three courses and a miso soup in just 30 minutes. Dhs100 per person. Sat-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0550).
Tuesday 17 Attend a frat party Head to circus-themed Cirque Le Soir for an evening of American frat party-themed fun. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).