Doo-wop at Wafi, deep house in Barsha and mixed media in DIFC
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 25 Check out a photography exhibition The group photography exhibition ‘Contrast of Time’ is themed around capturing ordinary moments in life that we often miss. Until January 9. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Building 10, DIFC Gate Vilage (04 425 0400).
Wednesday 25 Pick up a last-minute beauty gift Head to Sisters Beauty Lounge to purchase vouchers worth Dhs750 or more and you will receive a free Dermalogica express facial to redeem in January or February 2014. Until December 31. Sisters Beauty Lounge, various locations including Mirdif City Center (04 284 3554).
Wednesday 25 Watch a film at IMAX Meydan What could be cuter and cooler than a film about king penguins? Go see Penguins, an endearing film about one bird’s journey to Antarctica. From Dhs45. IMAX Meydan, Meydan Road Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3760)
Wednesday 25 Dine on food from the US South Celebrate the food of the American South at CLAW BBQ. Any time during the day or night, the eatery will be serving turkey and all the trimmings. Dhs199 (house grape, hops). Noon-2am. Until December 31. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 2300).
Wednesday 25 Eat cuisine from across the world The Radisson Blu in Deira is hosting a festive brunch today and tomorrow. Cuisines include Japanese, English pub grub, Chinese and more. Dhs199 (food only). Dhs249 (soft drinks). Dhs299 (house beverages). Dhs349 (sparkling grape). Dhs99 (children four to 12). Free for children under four. 12.30pm-4pm. Until December 26. Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira (04 205 7333).
Thursday 26 Celebrate a 1960s dance movement British Northern Soul DJ Russ Winstanley will be performing a set exploring the definitive doo-wop sound. Dhs75. 9pm-2am. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop, Oud Metha (052 992 8692).
Thursday 26 Go Cantonese at Hakkasan In case you don’t fancy the usual Christmas fare, but want to celebrate Boxing Day in style, Hakkasan is hosting a festive set menu deal this month, with four courses of its signature fine modern Cantonese cooking. Dhs488 per person. Daily 7pm-2am. Until December 30. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).
Thursday 26 Enjoy happy hour and a steak Upmarket restaurant Ruth’s Chris Steak House & Lounge is offering selected drinks for Dhs25 so you can treat yourself over Boxing Day dinner. Daily 6pm-8pm. The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).
Friday 27 Indulge in an all-over body treatment Head to The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge for a three-hour treatment that includes an organic deep conditioning hair treatment, full body scrub, pedicure, shape/shine/polish manicure and a blow-dry. Get a free body scrub to take home, too. Until December 30. Dhs600 for three hours. The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge. Al Wasl Road (04 380 4666).
Friday 27 Save the pennies at Urban Bistro If your December budget has been eaten up by Christmas presents, make a saving with two-for-one on main courses until the end of the month. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 6pm-10pm. Until December 31. CNN Building, Dubai Media City, Dubai (04 362 4330).
Friday 27 Head to the High Impact A2 Festival This two-day event will see performances from Asian and African artists with sets from Redsan, Lira, Fally Ipupa, P-Square, Mr Vegas, Mafikizolo and Dany Neville. Dhs299-545. December 26-27, 6pm-3am. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 27 Get deep at a house music night Located literally underground in the basement of the Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Jacques Bon and Salar Ansari hit the decks at Analog Room. Dhs75, free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. Q Underground, Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Saturday 28 MAKE time for a spot of lunch MAKE Business Hub has launched a three- course lunch deal for December that offers a soup or salad, main course and dessert. Diners must quote ‘business lunch’ when ordering. Dhs79 (food only). Sun-Thu 11am-3pm. Until December 31. Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina (04 392 9216).
Saturday 28 Enjoy deals on drinks at The Agency If you fancy a drink on a terrace with a great view of the Burj Al Arab, grape bar The Agency is offering glasses at the bargain price of Dhs20 and bottles for Dhs100. Daily 6pm-8pm. The Agency, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
Saturday 28 Dance to Detroit house music The American techno house wizard Kevin Sanderson will be showcasing his mixing skills at this popular al fresco hangout, which sits on a secluded beach out of town towards Abu Dhabi. Members and bookings only. 9pm-3am. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Sunday 29 Spend and receive Buy Dhs5,000 or more in the fine jewellery and watches department of Bloomingdale’s and you’ll receive a gift card worth Dhs1,000 to spend in the same department. This week is your last chance to take up the offer. Until December 31. Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 350 5333).
Saturday 28 Help Movida turn two The nightspot will be hosting a party in celebration of its second year on the nightlife scene. It’s promising a special celebrity guest on the night, too. Free, reservations required. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (05 517 4449).
Sunday 29 See DJs spin at 360° House music fans are treated to a slew of resident DJs at this iconic nightspot tonight, including Tristan Bain, Dan Chadwick, Megadon Betamax, Rich Showell and Rod Lee Winters on the decks. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Monday 30 Ask for Tiffany jewels Head to the flagship Tiffany store in The Dubai Mall to share holiday cards to your jewellery-mad friends. An iPad will be stationed near the Tiffany tree in the store for you to send an electronic card to a recipient anywhere in the world containing your digital wish list. Tiffany, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8350).
Monday 30 Try discounted yoga Purchase a package of ten Exhale Yoga Classes at the JBR branch and you’ll receive two classes free. The studio is also running a series of workshops in different disciplines in 2014, visit the website for details. Offer ends tomorrow. Exhale, Murjan 1, JBR. www.exhaledubai.com (04 424 3777).
Monday 30 Get pampered for NYE Get ready for 2014 with a trip to Tips & Toes. The December Party Package includes a Gelish manicure and pedicure, full set of eyelash extensions, quick fix 15-minute make-up, and eyebrow threading for Dhs680 (reduced from Dhs805). Tips & Toes, various branches across Dubai, including Business Bay (04 369 7321).
Tuesday 31 Enjoy NYE at Atlantis One of Dubai’s most famous New Year’s Eve parties takes place at Atlantis The Palm, and the night includes a gala dinner on the beach and views of one of the top festive firework displays in the city. Dhs3,200 per person. Free for children three and under. From 7.30pm-midnight. Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Tuesday 31 Feast on Japanese fare Japanese restaurant and lounge bar Sake No Hana celebrates its first New Year’s Eve in Dubai in grand style with a six-course menu and perfect views of the Burj Khalifa from the terrace. Restaurant menu: Dhs1,200 (house beverages). Lounge menu: Dhs1,500 (house beverages). Terrace menu: Dhs1,500 (house beverages). 6pm-3am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 7808).
Tuesday 31 See Jazzy Jeff spin The star of 1990s US TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is making a special New Year’s appearance at Barasti. Dhs150 (early bird). Dhs210 (advance). Dhs260 (door). 7pm-late. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina (04 318 1313).
Tuesday 31 Watch a rap veteran Old-shool hip-hop superstar Vanilla Ice will be on stage at Atlantis for N’Dulge’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Expect to hear him belt out his classic hit ‘Ice Ice Baby’. Dhs300 (with a free glass of bubbly). 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322). www.timeouttickets.com