Watch camel racing, Rugby Sevens, daredevil skydiving and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 3 Spend time in a salt cave Get 30 percent off Salt Therapy sessions at Salt Cave Spa. Click here for details. Dhs175 (single session), Dhs875 (package of six). Until December 31. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 370 8877).
Wednesday 3 Attend a camel race Experience one of the nation’s oldest sporting traditions. The Camel races are a unique event for residents and visitors to enjoy. For further details, call between 8am and 5pm. Free. 2pm and 7pm. Until December 4. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dcrc.ae (055 676 0006).
Wednesday 3 Feast at a biryani festival Head to Claypot, where this month the restaurant is celebrating its annual biryani festival with a special menu of both vegetarian and meaty rice dishes. Dhs49 per dish. Daily 7pm-midnight. Until December 27. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai (050 100 7065).
Wednesday 3 Laugh out loud at Tuney Loons 2 The Tuney Loons are back with one of Dubai’s favourite acoustic acts, Freddie Million and Francoise Crosbie. Headlined by Indian and Pakistani stand-up artists and mediated by a British comic, the show will be supported by comedians from across the region and led by Ras Al Khaimah’s funnyman Tai Paschall. Dhs50. 8pm. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (052 779 0077).
Wednesday 3 Head out for men’s night Enjoy a free bottle of hops on arrival and an all-night happy hour with live sax and a singer. Free. 8pm-11pm. Aquara Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (04 362 7900).
Thursday 4 Don’t miss the Dubai Rugby Sevens Watch some of the best teams in the world play as part of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Expect great rugby, plenty of entertainment and fancy dress. Free entry on Thursday. Fri-Sat: Dhs300 (day pass), Dhs500 (season pass). 7.30am-midnight. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubairugby7s.com (04 321 0008).
Thursday 4 Catch DJ Fresh live Dubstep-rooted electro legend DJ Fresh takes to the stage. From the pivotal role played in drum ’n’ bass supergroup Bad Company through to his chart-busting tracks ‘Hot Right Now’ with Rita Ora and ‘The Power’ with Dizzee Rascal, DJ Fresh is still reinventing his self-labelled ‘Jungle Sound’ with every season. Free before 9pm, Dhs100 after for gents, Dhs100 after midnight for ladies. 6pm-3am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Thursday 4 Scoff seafood at Al Forsan The secluded desert restaurant’s new weekly special sees fresh seafood cooked at live stations every Thursday evening. Dhs290 per person (soft drinks). Dhs440 per person (selected house beverages). Dhs145 (children four to 12). Ongoing. 7pm-11.30pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
Thursday 4 Dance to house music Join Ilario Alicante, Arado, Mary G, A-Moralez and Robert Walker for a night of deep house. Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 315 3886).
Thursday 4 Cheer on top class cricket Watch Pakistan take on New Zealand in the first T20 match of the bilateral series. Dhs30-1,000. 8pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City (04 425 1111).
Friday 5 Watch daredevil skydivers Look to the skies this week as top skydivers compete in the Dubai International Parachuting Championship. It’s the opening ceremony today. The competition proper starts Saturday December 6. Free. 7.30pm (competition starts Saturday December 6 at 9am). Until December 7. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dipcdxb (040 377 8877).
Friday 5 Kick back at a new brunch Sur Mer at Meydan Beach is hosting a weekly Mediterranean-style buffet for its Friday brunch. Enjoy it with mixed Spanish beverages or splash out with a bubbly package. Dhs195 per person (soft drinks). Dhs295 per person (mixed Spanish beverages). Dhs695 per person (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 433 3777).
Friday 5 Have a fab Friday Cuartero, a young producer born in Malaga, Spain, will play groove and bass mixed with seductive vocal cuts. DJ Will and others support. Book brunch and get free entry. Dhs150. 1pm-9pm. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Friday 5 Take free make-up lessons Head to Bobbi Brown stores across Dubai to try the brand’s new make-up lessons. There are ten free lessons to try, each lasting ten to 20 minutes. Free. Ongoing. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8151). www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 5 Zone out at Plus Minus Sessions Berlin-born DJ Ben Klock will play a techno set full of hypnotic, deep and heavy grooves with support by Gabriel Floriani and Deian. Dhs120-240. 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 359 9798).
Saturday 6 Find bargains at Dubai Flea Market Visit this monthly flea market and shop for pre-loved household items, furniture, textiles, toys and a whole host of other items. Dhs5 per person. 8am-3pm. Gates 1-3, Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya, www.dubai-fleamarket.com.
Saturday 6 Pick up gifts at a Christmas market Get into the spirit by shopping at the Jebel Ali Village Christmas Market. Browse more than 100 stalls and enjoy festive food and drink. Free. December 6, 1pm-5pm. Nakheel Car Park, Jebel Ali Village, Jebel Ali (no number).
Saturday 6 Get a spa package at Armani/Spa Book the Armani/Spa Bespoke Winter Beauty package, which includes a facial and soothing 60-minute manicure with a choice of colours. Dhs750. Until December 31. Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3282).
Saturday 6 Chill out at Reggae Beachfest Kingston 5 will perform live reggae and dancehall music with DJs Copper Shot from Kingston, Jamaica, Jerry Wonder and DJ Montana. Free before 6pm. Dhs125 after. 2pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Sunday 7 Enjoy a freebie Order a drink at Roberto’s and receive a complimentary plate of appetizers. Sit back and take in the views of the Burj Khalifa with music from a live DJ. Free. 5pm-8pm. Roberto’s, The Bay Gate, DIFC (04 386 0066).
Sunday 7 DIY decorations Sign up for a craft course and make your own Christmas decorations. The session promises to be full of festive cheer with refreshments and seasonal soundtrack. Dhs300. 6pm-9.30pm. reMADE DXB, Objects & Elements, Al Quoz, www.remadedxb.com (055 615 5711).
Monday 8 Check out graffiti art Hec One Love is bringing his ‘Loveism’ movement to the people of Dubai. Hec is showcasing more than 100 works, his biggest collection ever on display to the public. Free. 10am-7pm. Street Art Gallery, 10B Street, Jumeirah (055 888 8247).
Monday 8 Sample a festive menu Centre Cut’s four-course festive dinner features dishes such as scallops, slow-cooked duck and warm mince pies. Christmas starts here! Dhs360 per person (soft drinks). 6.30pm-11pm. Until December 30. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Tuesday 9 Buy Kocca threads The Italian womenswear brand has opened its first Dubai store with a collection that blends romantic femininity with strong shapes and edgy textures. Level 1, The Dubai Mall, next to Dubai Ice Rink and Galeries Lafayette (04 339 8645).
Tuesday 9 Happy dim sum-ing Check out Yuan’s dim sum happy hour and feast on tasty Chinese morsels for less. Dhs88 (for two). Dhs128 (for three), Dhs168 (for four). Dhs198 (for five). Daily 6pm-7pm and 10pm-11pm. Ongoing. Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).