Thu 17 This unique, action-packed ‘try before you buy’ event showcases a diving demonstration pool, paintballing range and a whole lot more. Until December 19. Outdoor Adventure Dubai Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Backstreet Boys Backstreet frenzy hits the UAE, with the boys (or should that be men?) playing all the old hits. The Palladium, Dubai.
Al Hijra, Islamic New Year Jump Fest feat. Finley Quaye The reggae-meister slows it down. The Irish Village, Garhoud.
The Proclaimers In a joint headline slot at the IV, the Scottish brothers play singalong favourites ‘I’m Gonna be (500 Miles)’ and ‘Letter from America’, plus more classic tunes. The Irish Village, Garhoud.
Full Moon Desert Drumming Drum your way into January with this unique NYE shindig, including dinner, camel rides, belly dancers, and the like. Gulf Vultures Desert Camp, See www.timeouttickets.com.
Ministry of Sound The legendary UK dance club hits the UAE in time for the new year. Left Bank, The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Call 02 558 1680.
Jan 1 Glasshouse brunch Munch and indulge in a little hair of the dog with free-flowing house wine, bubbly and cocktails. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira.
Prego’s brunch A family-friendly brunch for Dhs450, including face painting and selected beverages. Media Rotana, Al Barsha.
Capitala World Tennis Championships Catch the final in the capital today. Are we in for yet another Nadal/Federer nail-biter? Abu Dhabi, Zayed Sports City, See www.capitalawtc.com.
Burj Dubai opens At last! The wait is over as the world’s tallest building officially throws open its doors. Grab the January 7 issue of Time Out Dubai for our super-duper cover story. Downtown Burj Dubai.
For the diary…
From Jan 25 Blood Brothers The long-running ‘nature vs. nurture’ musical kicks off a two-week run at the Madinat’s First Group Theatre. Pop along for a bit of a sing-song. See www.madinattheatre.com.
From Jan 28
The Signspotting Project A free exhibition of 100 of the world’s funniest signs arrives at Dubai Festival Centre, curated by world traveller Doug Lansky. See www.festivalcentre.com March 10-13.
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2010 Books are taking over the city again. Expect some straight talking as Martin Amis joins the fold of authors and poets. See www.eaifl.com.
Zee Dubai Mega Mela Join the biggest celebration of Indian culture ever to take place in Dubai. See www.dubaimegamela.com.