15 of the best things to do in Dubai this weekend, including winter markets, deals at Dubai restaurants and bars and more
Time Out Dubai staff
It's almost time... But what are your plans for this weekend? Whether you’re after a party or something a bit more peaceful, we’ve got you covered.
THURSDAY 21 Bad Santa at Cirque Grumpy Santa and pesky elves are stars of the festive BAD SANTA nights at Cirque Le Soir this month. Expect live performances, pumping music and, of course, the unexpected at this famously quirky club in the Fairmont Dubai. Free. Daily 10.30pm-3am. Until Dec 26. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Christmas Comedy at Rove Trade Centre Kick-start the Christmas weekend with some festive fun at “This is Impro”, at Rove Trade Centre. Plus, while you enjoy the live comedy show, you can also dig into a special festive menu, with dishes including turkey and red cabbage tacos, braised beef brisket with mashed potatoes, and roast turkey. Free with registration. 8pm. Rove Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.courtyardplayhouse.com/events/impro-rove.
Go to Weslodge Saloon for “Festive Hour” Every day until Saturday December 30, the Canadian bar is offering guests free beverages for an hour. Take in the stunning views from the 68th floor of the world’s tallest hotel, free beverage in hand. Free. Daily 5.30pm-6.30pm. Until Sat Dec 30. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Hear some jazz in JBR #WOWJBR brings festive musical performances and installations to the area this weekend from Thursday December 21 to Saturday 23. Spinal Jazz, Yanna and Vitali and James and Hana will all be entertaining guests with their funky jazz tunes. Free. Thu Dec 21 to Sat Dec 23, from 8.30pm. Rimal Square, JBR (no number).
December discount La Perle is ringing in the festive season in style with up to 40 percent off tickets booked during December. What a top pressie. From Dhs200. Until Sun Dec 31. La Perle, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.laperle.com (04 437 0123).
Winter wonderland It’s nearly Christmas! Get in the festive mood with a visit to The St. Regis Dubai, where the gardens have been transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland with twinkling lights, festive décor and food stalls. Free. Santa’s visit: Sun-Thu 5pm-7pm; Fri-Sat 3pm-5pm; Winter Garden Market: Sun-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 3pm-11pm. Until Dec 26. Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
FRIDAY 22 Catch a Christmas panto Christmas means panto, and this year, a real family favourite will take to the stage in Dubai. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is coming to DUCTAC at Mall of the Emirates, so gather the family, don your best festive garb and head for a night out at the theatre. DUCTAC’s 11th pantomime production follows the success of Cinderella in 2015 and Peter Pan in 2016. It will see a blend of experienced professional actors and technical crew from the UK and UAE-based performers and youth chorus, so you’re guaranteed a top-class show. Dhs90-180. Dec 20-29, times vary. Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, email@example.com (04 341 4777).
Roger Sanchez in town Soho Garden, Dubai’s massive new entertainment hub, is set to open with a bang, with a set from superstar DJ Roger Sanchez tonight. The Grammy award-winning DJ will be taking to the decks at the Meydan Racecourse venue to launch the new hotspot. Free entry. Dec 22, 9pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (056 822 2559).
Gaming fans, become PlayStation’s next YouTube co-host Taking place as part of #WOWJBR, PlayStation will be in the area and on the hunt for a new co-host for its newly re-launched YouTube channel. If you fancy yourself the brand’s next presenter, get down to its booth in JBR to register online and answer a series of questions on camera. Free. Daily noon-9pm. Until Dec 30. Rimal Square, JBR (no number).
Peyote gets festive Head to the festive brunch taking place at Peyote in DIFC today, and you’ll get to try a whole range of Christmas dishes, all with a Mexican twist. From turkey tacos to Brussels sprout salsa, it’ll shake things up from the average roast dinner, and is sure to get you in a festive mood ahead of the big day. Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).
SATURDAY 23 Book in for sunset yoga on the beach Try out the new sunset yoga class at Dubai Festival City’s Marsa Plaza Beach. The class is open to yogis of all levels and costs from just Dhs50. Dhs50 (Al Areesh Club Members), Dhs60 (non-members). Sat from 4.30pm. Marsa Plaza Beach, Dubai Festival City (no number).
Pre-Christmas Brunching The main man in red will be making an appearance at the Christmas edition of beach club El Chiringuito’s brunch. Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs595 (premium beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly). Noon-4pm. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (054 449 6464).
Cookie fest Gather the kids for some Christmas cookie decoration. Cover the biccies with edible glitter and chocs. Yum. Dhs130 (per child, to include a festive latte for parents). 11am-11pm. Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
Saturday Roast Dig into a roast at Lock, Stock & Barrel. Don’t worry, there’s a turkey option, too… Dhs129. Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm. Ongoing. Barsha Heights (04 520 0049); Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 514 9195).
Take a festive cooking class at Table 9 The swanky restaurant at Hilton Dubai Creek is offering a Christmas cooking class on Saturday December 23. Learn how to make all your favourites and more, just in time for the big day. Dhs250 per person (including materials). Sat Dec 23. Hilton Dubai Creek (04 227 1111).