From Harry Potter, to Elton John, to du’s Tough Mudder – there’s loads going on
It’s almost the weekend, so yay all round. And as the build-up to Christmas continues, we’ve got a bunch of festive specials to go alongside the usual amount of brilliant stuff to do in Dubai this weekend. From Elton John, to a Christmas market, to gruelling physical challenges, this weekend has got it all.
Swipe through the gallery above to find your plans, and have a good weekend.
Axe House It’s the long-awaiting arrival of a craft hops bar in JLT, and Axe House is due to officially open on Tuesday December 5.
Between 5pm and midnight on Tuesdays, ladies’ get four drinks for free, but everyone (gents included) get two for one on house drinks until midnight. Mixed groups will get a 50 percent discount on the entire menu. On Wednesday from 5pm until 10pm, you’ll get a complimentary bottle of grape with every sharing platter ordered, and the daily happy hour runs from noon until 8pm, with two-for-one on every drink at the bar.
For food you can expect menu items that reflect London’s diversity, like Notting Hill jerk chicken, Brick Lane tikka salmon, a “Day Trip to Brighton” seafood platter and the Portobello veggie burger.
For sports fans, there will be a 100-inch TV screen showing all the big sporting events, as well as a pool table, air hockey table and pong games.
This is one bar we can’t wait to check out, and will surely prove wildly popular with JLT residents alongside its neighbour, Nola. Open Daily from noon-2am. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 3999 577).
Brunswick’s Big Aussie Brunch It's nearly Christmas and Brunswick Sports Club is bringing a taste of Australia. Celebrate the holidays in true Aussie-style, so grab your mates, don your boardies and toss a few shrimps on the Barbie. Dishes include potato salad, grilled prawns, steak, roast leg of lamb, pavlova and a tonne more. Expect big beats and live acoustic music throughout. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (selected beverages). Fri Dec 8, 1pm-4.30pm. Brunswick Sports Club, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, email@example.com (050 404 0685).
“DIFFerent Reality” is coming back to town for the second year, with an eclectic mix of movies and unique experiences that, according to DIFF, “challenge the boundaries of traditional film and take willing audiences on a journey of 360-degree, 3D, audio-visual cinema”.
Taking place between Wednesday December 6 and Wednesday 13, DIFF will present ten fully immersive movies made for VR at the special du VR Cinema, located at Madinat Jumeirah’s events and conference centre.
Tickets are on sale now, setting you back Dhs35 per person, but look absolutely bargain value for what is promising to be a truly unique experience. The full list of movies can be found at here. Dhs35. Dec 6-13. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat, Umm Suqeim, www.dubaifilmfest.com.
du Tough Mudder 2017 There’s still time (just) to register for the event taking place on Friday December 8 and Saturday 9, with prices starting at Dhs420 for the obstacle course at Hamdan Sports Complex.
It’s an untimed and team-orientated challenge with immense obstacles that, according to the team behind it, are “designed around the values of courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun”.
The final straight of the course, and the last thing standing between you and the finishing line is just a short, muddy sprint. A short, muddy sprint with dangling exposed wires that threaten to deliver a 10,000 volt jolt. The course says it’s their way of saying congratulations.
This is one of the biggest challenges of the year, and it’s one we can’t wait for. Dhs420. Dec 8-9. Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road opposite Global Village, www.toughmudder.ae.
Dubai Winter Festival Dubai Winter Festival will return to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from Wednesday December 6 to Saturday December 9, bringing with it a whole host of festive fun and attractions.
In addition to the shopping opportunities and hosting a Santa’s Grotto, giant Christmas tree, gingerbread decorating, snow play zone and Christmas pantomime shows, this year’s event has a whole range of new attractions designed to get grown-ups as excited as kids. Wed Dec 6-Sat 9. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubaiwinterfestival.com.
Electric Swing Circus at Scarlet Cardinal Scarlet Cardinal (the new live music bar in JBR) is this weekend welcoming The Electric Swing Circus, a live six-piece fusion of swing and electro beats – very on trend. With a huge sound hailing beats of years gone by, ESC cover everything from rock to electronica, house and rock n roll, all with a classy hint of swing. The band has performed in some of the largest and most well-known music festivals including Glastonbury, so expect a bombastic performance. Doors open at 8.30pm, performance starts at 10pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (050 423 1823).
Elton John Due to a severe bout of gastric flu, Sir Elton John postponed his originally scheduled December 2016 show, and again in January this year. The show has now been set to take place on Friday December 8 – and the Rocket Man singer is “looking forward to seeing you all there and promises an amazing show”. Dhs295. Fri Dec 8. The Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai, www.800tickets.com.
Harry Potter live at Dubai Opera Following a successful run in Abu Dhabi in September, Dubai audiences will now also be able to experience the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing the music to the entire Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, live.
The musical extravaganza will take place at Dubai Opera from Thursday December 7 to Saturday 9.
If you were part of the original Potter pandemonium, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can relive all the original magic of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in high definition on a 40-foot screen, while the Czech National Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ breathtaking score, live. From Dhs175. Thu Dec 7, 8pm; Fri Dec 8, 3pm, 8pm; Sat Dec 9, 3pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com; www.platinumlist.ae.
Les Mills Live Fitness fans, put the date in your diary – Les Mills Live is coming to Dubai on December 9.
You can reserve up to six classes on booking, and the event will be hosted by Les Mills programme directors Rachel Newsham and Lisa Osborne, who will be visiting the Middle East.
And Dubai will be one of the first to experience the new work-out, Bodyattack 100.
The day starts at 8am and runs all the way through until 7pm, with classes including Bodypump104, Bodystep110, Les Mills Sprint 10, Bodycombat74 and Bodyattack100. Dhs299. Sat Dec 9. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road www.lesmills.live.
Mojo Gallery in Alserkal Avenue This Alserkal Avenue will be hosting a special pop-up event for a brilliant cause this weekend – Dubai-based social enterprise, Blessed. Head along for a fashion show that will funds to support cancer patients across the city. Created by cancer survivor, Lama Riachi, Blessed clothing line features cool and minimalistic pieces including t-shirts, dresses and tailored shirts. All proceeds of the sales go directly to cancer patients undergoing treatment in Dubai.
Head along and help a great cause this weekend. Dec 8-9, 11am-7pm. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Reform’s Winter Market It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Reform Social & Grill. Celebrate the season at the bar’s Family Winter Fair. Expect a bunch of brilliant festive grub, plus plenty of goings-on for the little ones, like Santa’s Grotto, a bouncy castle, some little Christmas presents and some mulled grape for the grown-ups. Free. Sat Dec 9, noon-7pm. The Lakes, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 454 2638).
Rooftop Sunset Yoga To help keep you relaxed and in prime condition before the ludicrously busy Christmas period, you can now head to a rooftop sunset yoga session on Saturday December 9 for a 90-minute session at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The one-off event is running as a primer to launch the brand-new yoga sessions on Saturday December 16 at the hotel’s Soul Wellness and Spa. Head to the roof deck for a serene, relaxing sessions with one of the most stunning views this city has to offer – sunset along the Dubai coastline. Free. Sat Dec 9 5.30-pm. Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 503 4100).
Time Out Dubai’s Christmas Jumper Party Taking place on Thursday December 7 at Lucky Voice, one of the city’s liveliest new nightspots, the Time Out Dubai Christmas Jumper Party is set to be bigger, woollier and more kitsch than ever.
Kicking off at 6pm, the huge festive party is open to all, with a free mulled grape or house beverage for everyone who turns up wearing a Christmas sweater. What’s more, there’ll be two-for-one deals on drinks, pizzas and karaoke through to 9pm.
It wouldn’t be Lucky Voice without some knock-out entertainment, and it wouldn’t be a Christmas party without the chance to look just a little bit daft. So grab your tackiest novelty turkey hat and get ready to dance to music from DJ Tim Cheddar, take part in a lip sync battle and belt out festive hits with Christmas crowd karaoke.
Seeing as it’s the season of giving, Time Out Dubai and Lucky Voice will be giving away a range of festive prizes on the night for those who make the effort with their attire, including a Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve brunch for four people at the Barsha Heights party spot, plus a karaoke pod for six people (including a round of drinks) to the winner of the night’s lip sync battle. Free entry. Thursday December 7, 6pm until late. Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights. RSVP now here.
XLine Bookings are now open for the long-awaited, and hugely anticipated, XLine Dubai Marina.
It’s the world’s longest urban zipwire, coming in at 1km, where thrill seekers from across the country will come and experience speeds of up to 80kmh, whooshing through the Marina at an incline of 16 degrees.
It’s now possible to book your place on the zipwire, with prices starting at Dhs650 per person, or Dhs1,200 per couple. Everyone who hits the zips will get a personalised video, thanks to aforementioned GoPro, plus a tonne of photos from your experience. We’ll see you there. From Dhs650. Sun-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Dubai Marina, www.xdubai.com/xline.
Zero Gravity Dubai’s Zero Gravity is launching its biggest-ever beach music festival, set to take place across Thursday December 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9.
The award-winning beach club’s three-day event will see the Ibiza House Orchestra make their Dubai debut. Assembled from some of the most talented musicians living on the White Isle, the Ibiza House Orchestra is claimed to be the biggest, freshest and most exciting live orchestra the Mediterranean island has ever seen.
US DJ and producer Throttle, known for smash hit Hit The Road Jack and his collaboration with Galantis on Tell Me That You Love Me, will also hit the stage over the weekend.
Alongside all the action on the main stage (located on the beach), there will be heaps of activities to keep festivalgoers entertained. Relax in the Chill Out Zone, or enjoy some acoustic in the Lie Artist Area. There’s also the chance to try stand-up paddleboarding, beach volleyball and racket ball games, plus an Arts & Crafts area with UV body marbling, tribal face painting and glitter. Thu Dec 7, Dhs100 (beach and pool access); Fri Dec 8, Dhs150 (beach and pool access), Dhs350 (brunch); Sat Dec 9, Dhs225 (girls), Dhs275 (guys); Weekend pass Dhs400 (regular entrance to all three days); table packages from Dhs3,000. Zero Gravity, near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.0-gravity.ae (04 399 0009).