Russian Christmas, carnival horse racing, 24-hour motor racing and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Wednesday 7 Sing along at Mamma Mia! The musical combines the magic of Abba’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of love, family and friendship on a Greek island. Dhs195-1,295. Times vary. Until January 10. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road www.yakevents.com (04 453 4445).
Wednesday 7 Have a Russian Christmas The festive season is not quite over, not for Orthodox observers who celebrate Christmas today. Chamas hosts a Russian Christmas party serving turkey with live Latin music, too. Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs415 (grape, hops and Brazilian mixed drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276 963).
Wednesday 7 Enjoy a night of ‘Ottoman opulence’ A new progressive dining deal at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray takes diners on a culinary tour of the resort. Dhs1,490 per a couple. Daily 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Wednesday 7 Watch Gone With the Wind at Vox Enjoy this classic film on the big screen every day at Vox Cinemas across Dubai. Dhs50 (standard), Dhs120 (Vox Gold). Mon, Wed, Fri 7.30pm-11.30pm with a ten-minute intermission. Until January 16. Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha; Mercato Mall, Jumeirah and Mirdif City Centre, www.voxcinemas.com (600 599 905).
Wednesday 7 Dance to hip-hop Head to an urban night with music by DJ Shero and Brooklyn. Free for ladies and couples, Dhs100 for gents. 9pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Wednesday 7 Have a mindful morning at LifeWorks Learn to live in the present and how to tune into what is happening in your mind. Call in advance to book your place. Dhs1,000 for a four-week course. Thu 9am-11am. Until January 29. LifeWorks Personal Development Training Centre, Umm Suqeim, www.counsellingdubai.com (04 394 2464).
Thursday 8 Check out 24-hour motor racing Motorsports fans can lap up a full 24 hours of endurance racing. The Hankook 24-hour Dubai event sees GT, touring and hot hatchback teams drive all day and put their skill and stamina to the test. Free for spectators, register online. Thu 11.30am-8pm practice and qualification. Race starts Fri 2pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Thursday 8 Don’t miss The Imitation Game Make a date to watch this hotly anticipated drama about mathematician Alan Turing who helps to crack the Enigma code during the Second World War. Out in cinemas from Thursday January 8.
Thursday 8 World Cup Carnival Races Watch the first in a series of nine events leading up to the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Free general admission. 6.45pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
Thursday 8 Get ready for Tiki-tastic Thursday Start the weekend on the dancefloor as DJ Adam plays all your favourite chart hits. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 380 7731).
Friday 9 Treat your skin at Softouch Spa This month, the spa is offering 20 percent off the Phyto Delight Golden Point of Beauty 75-minute facial, which promises to firm up and smoothen the skin with a combination of plant stem cells and valuable gold extracts. Dhs1,200. Until January 31. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 0000).
Friday 9 Taste a menu of Russian delights This week only, Cabana is serving a six-course tasting menu of Russian cooking with an emphasis on seafood. Dhs250 per person. Daily 9am-midnight. Until January 10. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Friday 9 Fit Republik opens its doors This new sports and fitness facility offers a range of classes and activities from CrossFit and Zumba to MMA and swimming. Open daily 6am-11pm. Fit Republik, Dubai Sports City, www.fitrepublik.com (052 742 4555).
Friday 9 Channel the ’80s DJ Gilbert spins the best music from top artists of the era. Revellers also get 50 percent off one selected drink. Free. 9pm-3am. Bapas Restaurant & Lounge, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 385 8881).
Saturday 10 The Great British roast End the week with an utterly English tradition of roast dinner at Wheeler’s of St. James’s, Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in DIFC. The offer is available at weekends. Dhs225 per person, Dhs375 per person (beverage pairing). Fri-Sat noon-midnight. DIFC (04 386 0899).
Saturday 10 Shop at the market at The Beach This new market at The Beach takes place weekly from today. The event has stalls offering handmade gifts, clothes and souvenirs, which you can browse while sipping fresh coconut juice straight from the shell. Free. Saturdays 10am-8pm. Until May 15. Next to Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Beach, JBR.
Saturday 10 Feast on dim sum Sizzling Wok launches its month-long dim sum festival this week. Diners can enjoy unlimited dumplings for just Dhs39 a head. Dhs39 per person. Sat-Wed 7pm-10pm. Until February 11. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street (050 100 7065).
Saturday 10 Party at People Catch DJ Bliss playing hip-hop and urban tracks tonight. The dancefloor gets pretty packed so make sure you get there early to find your spot. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Sunday 11 Try Chute Camp This new resistance fitness class gets you running with parachutes and pushing 4x4s for an intensive workout. Dhs60 per session, Dhs600 per month. Tue, Thu and Sun 6am. Ongoing. SkyDive Dubai, www.facebook.com/eliteaestheticsdubai (055 536 7718).
Sunday 11 Eat sea bream at Long Yin Try this month’s menu special prepared in a variety of styles at the Chinese restaurant. Dhs210 per kilo. Daily 12.30pm-5pm, 7pm-11pm. Until February 10. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Sunday 11 Head to a pub quiz Join Radio 1’s Nick Robinson and Radio 2’s Dave Cleary for a good old-fashioned quiz. Free. 8pm-10pm. The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).
Monday 12 Spend at DSF Stores and malls across the city are offering big discounts and deals until February 1 for the 20th anniversary of the event. Until February 1. Malls across Dubai, www.mydsf.ae.
Monday 12 Feast on truffles Andiamo launches a late deal for truffle season using white truffles from Alba in Italy. From Dhs160 (including 5g of white truffle shavings). Additional truffle from Dhs20 per gram. Sat-Wed 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Until January 31. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Monday 12 Head to house night Enjoy free drinks until 11pm with house music from Raxon. Dhs150. 8pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Dubai Knowledge Village (04 331 1111).
Tuesday 13 Get a luxury facial Try a cellulite-banishing body wrap with energising facial or a gold-enriched massage to release tension and get a gift hamper worth Dhs200. Dhs900. Until January 31. Ahasees Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2335).