Broadway comes to Dubai, and birthdays at Mahiki and Rock Bottom
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 18 Get creative at Carluccio’s If you missed last week’s spree of gingerbread-decorating classes for kids at Carluccio’s, today is your last chance at this event, which is taking place at the Marina Mall branch. Dhs90 per child. 3pm-5pm. Marina Mall (04 399 7844).
Wednesday 18 Help Rock Bottom turn three tonight The popular nightspot will be three year’s old so there’ll be complimentary food and beverages on offer as well as plenty of commercial tunes and the usual lively atmosphere. Free. 9pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café TECOM, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).
Wednesday 18 Try Dubai’s most high-tech gym The ShuiQui Spa and fitness centre at Atlantis The Palm has been refurbished with a slew of top-of-the-range equipment. Perfect for January! Personal training sessions from Dhs210, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1020).
Thursday 19 Try yoga and get a discount Purchase a package of ten Exhale yoga classes at the JBR branch this December and you will get two classes thrown in for absolutely nothing. Until December 31. Exhale, Murjan 1, JBR. www.exhaledubai.com (04 424 3777).
Thursday 19 Bag a bargain lunch at Zaroob The Levantine street food spot has introduced an affordable new weekly lunch deal. Dhs39. Sun-Thu 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 927 662).
Thursday 19 Celebrate Mahiki’s second birthday The Dubai branch of the world famous high-end London brand Mahiki, is turning two. The venue promises there’ll be confetti canons in abundance as well as a little cake. We’re also hearing rumours that a special celebrity female guest from the UK will make an appearance. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (055 216 0181).
Thursday 19 Head to a Media City bar launch Q43, unsurprisingly, is located on the 43rd floor of the Media One Hotel. Expect some stunning views as well as a New York loft atmosphere thrown in for good measure. There’ll also be a resident DJ spinning house tunes. Free. 5pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (056 102 4298).
Friday 20 Attempt a duathlon A duathlon is a family-friendly fitness event, combining cycling and running and it is open for all abilities to try. Even kids can get involved. 1pm, The Sevens Stadium, www.premiermarathons.com (050 105 7845).
Friday 20 Feast on free puddings Today only, diners at the Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar will be given a complimentary dessert platter, including sticky toffee pudding, Eton mess and rhubarb crumble. All in honour of the venue’s fifth year in Dubai. Prices vary. Noon-10.30pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903).
Friday 20 T’is the season... to brunch Feel festive and head to a Christmas-inspired brunch at Lafayette Gourmet, which ought to mark a decent way to sidestep the festive shopping duties if only for a few hours at least. Dhs145 person. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
Friday 20 Party hard at Blue Marlin Head out into the desert as Parisian-born and Berlin-based Cesar Merveille from Cadenza records will performing alongside his label mate and international DK Mirko Loko. Members and bookings only. 9pm-3am. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Friday 20 Check out the resident DJs at 360˚ JC, Rich Showell, Raxon, Conan Manchester, Danny Kwang and Mr Mr will be taking it in turns to be on deck duty for this special festive Audio Tonic house music night. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Saturday 21 Nab a discount beauty package The Cure’s December offer includes an express facial, make-up and a spa pedicure, for Dhs500. Until December 31. The Cure Beauty & Wellness Lounge, Building 10, Dubai Media City, www.thecure.ae (04 391 6485).
Saturday 21 Check out a Broadway musical Hit prohibition-era musical Chicago arrives in town, for a limited run only, so get booking. Dhs245-2,295. 4pm or 8.30pm. January 3. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 453 4445).
Saturday 21 View local-inspired photography This exhibition by the local collective UAE Goodwill Photographers is a study of the country. Expect iconic sites and everyday snapshots. Until January 7. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Saturday 21 Enjoy Christmas in the snow Book now for a private Christmas Eve party in the ski chalet-inspired dining rooms, overlooking Ski Dubai. Minimum of six-12 guests. Dhs395 per person. Times vary. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5999).
Sunday 22 Lunch, Lebanese style The business lunch deal at Mezza House offers diners a soup, cold starter, main course, dessert and soft drink. And it is only Dhs10 extra for shisha. Dhs69 (without shisha). Dhs79 (with shisha). Sun-Thu 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 420 5444).
Sunday 22 See a classic fairytale The legendary Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a magical delight for adults and kids. Dhs130. 11am and 3pm. Runs until December 30 (times vary). Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha www.timeouttickets.com.
Monday 23 See African drumming Join rhythmic percussion group Dubai Drummers, and learn to play the Djembe in the process. Dhs50. 7.30pm-8.30pm, DUTAC, Mall of the Emirates, www.dubaidrums.com (056 744 2129).
Monday 23 Grab a bargain at Wafi Spend Dhs300 at Wafi and you will be entered into a draw to win Dhs10,000 every day throughout December. Spend at Wafi Mall or Pyramids to enter. Until December 24. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 324 4555).
Monday 23 Hot-foot it to La Farine Today is the last chance to visit the café’s festive experience. Look out for Santa. Prices vary. Open 24 hours. Until December 23. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay (04 414 0000).
Tuesday 24 Get festive nails De La Mer Spa on Jumeirah Beach Road is offering a festive nail art service this December, with polish, glitter, shimmer, and stones used to create eye-catching designs. Between Dhs5 and Dhs10 per nail. Until December 31. De La Mer Spa, Jumeirah Road (04 328 2775).
Tuesday 24 L’Wren Scott collection Check out the L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic collaboration, with clothes and accessories in sparkly colours. From Dhs150. Banana Republic, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8462).
Tuesday 24 Feast on French fare Christmas Eve is finally upon us! Celebrate at Traiteur with fine French food, served at live cooking stations. Dhs425 (soft drinks). Dhs525 (grape or hops and glass of bubbly). Dhs215 (children). 7pm-11pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Tuesday 24 Go Irish this Christmas McGettigan’s will be serving a Christmas dinner and blasting out some yuletide classics to maintain a party atmosphere. Free. From 7pm. McGettigan’s DWTC, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).