National day, Pulitzer play, Felini films and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Try a free fitness class: This new class-focused gym is offering unlimited free trial classes today as part of its launch week. And thanks to National Day, most of us will have the day off work, so why not make a day of it? Call for the schedule. Studio Fitness, JBR, Dubai Marina, all day. Call 04 439 0403 for more information.
Hear new indie sounds: British band The Heavy, a growing presence on the UK’s indie scene, bring their funky sound to one of the city’s favourite live music venues. Dhs95. The Music Room, 6pm. Call 04 501 2534 for more information.
Go to a screenplay workshop: Write a short 20-minute dialogue with different characters and read it aloud in front of an audience. Dubai Writers’ Group will give you tips on how to improve and get it ready for screen, plus you’ll have great fun in the process. Dhs15. Log onto www.meetup.com for more information.
Dance with a Plump DJ: Known for their pounding sets and quirky productions, the Plump DJs lend us Lee Rous for a set that will span everything from hip hop to techno. Dhs100, ladies free before 11pm. Chi, Oud Metha, doors open 9pm. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Celebrate National Day: Today commemorates the 39th anniversary of the UAE’s formation. Take a (careful) drive along Jumeirah Beach Road and you’ll see cars decked out with pictures of local heroes; visit Heritage Village for traditional dances or Festival Centre for fireworks. Locations across Dubai. Log onto www.timeoutdubai.com for more information.
See R&B star Akon: The Konvikted R&B artist, who made his name with smash-hit ‘Lonely’, returns to Dubai for another live performance. Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets from Virgin Megastore outlets.
Tackle a charity walkathon: Get your walking shoes on and join the 1km Walk for Bones to raise awareness of osteoporosis. There’ll be complimentary bone testing, Anlene milk samples and a warm-up session from Fitness First. Free. The Walk, JBR, 9.30am-1pm. Call 04 3344 550, or log onto www.anlene.aefor more information.
Join a Christmas singalong: From today until December 11, Centrepoint Theatre is hosting a singalong show featuring Laurence Olivier Award-nominated Alison Jiear. Tickets Dhs150 for non-Ductac members. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 7.30pm. Call 04 341 4777 for more information.
Giant advent calendar and high tea: Join the fun as the third door on the giant Raffles advent calendar is opened, followed by a posh afternoon tea. Dhs140 per couple. Raffles Salon Lobby Lounge, 4pm. Call 04 324 8888 for more information.
Work it at the Car Wash: No, not the one at the gas station in The Greens. Head over to Barasti for the bar’s Car Wash Disco Beach Party featuring a live performance by Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey, best known for the hit single ‘Car Wash’ Barasti Beach, from 5pm. Call 04 318 1313 for more information.
Bag a flea-market bargain: The monthly flea market is back, and this time it coincides with the Christmas shopping rush so is guaranteed to be busy. Get there early (8am on the dot) and get ready to use your elbows to ensure you find good buys. Safa Park, Gate 5, Al Wasl Road, 8am-3pm. Log onto www.dubai-fleamarket.com for more information.
Check out Dubai’s newest Irish pub: Giving the rest of the city’s Irish watering holes a run for their money, Dubai’s first Irish-owned and -run pub will be serving classic pub grub, international brews, plenty of sports and live music. McGettigans, The Bonnington, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, open noon-3am. Call 04 356 0600 for more information.
See a Pulitzer prize-winning play: Catch local theatre troupe Theatrics’ adaptation of the David Mamet-scribed play, Glengarry Glen Ross. We loved the movie version of this story, which featured Al Pacino, Ed Harris and Jack Lemmon. Call for ticket prices. The Shelter, Al Quoz, 7.30pm. Call 050 874 9752 for more information.
Catch the Fellini film night: See Amacord, the Italian maestro’s 1973 film, which focuses on a year in the life of a small Italian village. The screening costs Dhs10. Art Sawa Gallery, Al Quoz, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Call 04 340 8660 for more information.
Visit Bastakiya’s festive market: After you’ve recovered from Safa Park market, head to this more laid-back affair. Even if you don’t buy anything, a morning spent among the heritage buildings of Bastakiya is worth the trip. Outside Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya, 10am-4pm. Call 04 353 6233 for more information.
Donate your unwanted stuff: Give something to a good cause today. The store accepts toys, books, DVDs, videos, household goods. and more. Holy Trinity Church Compound, Oud Metha. Call 04 337 4947 for more information.
Watch Jennifer Aniston’s break up: Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn will have you laughing and crying (yes, in public) as they experiment with the boundaries of normal social conduct. Wafi Rooftop, 8.30pm. Call 04 324 4100 for more information.
Enjoy a white Christmas at Après: Throughout December, Après is offering all manner of festive set menus and packages starting at Dhs75. Get in the spirit! Mall of the Emirates, times vary. Call 04 341 2575 for more information.
Go desert camping in Hatta: Join Adventure Dubai for an overnight stay in the Hatta desert. Trip includes camping gear, individual sleeping bags and a light breakfast, and guests can try activities such as sandboarding, camel riding and quad biking. Dhs600 per person. Various camping sites, overnight. Log onto www.adventure-dubai.com or call 04 234 0812 for more information.
Get creative with a painting session: Unleash your inner artist and meet new mates at this community painting party at thejamjar. The venue will provide music supply you with a canvas, paint and coffee and help you to get creative. Dhs10 for coffee. Canvases start at Dhs195. thejamjar, Al Quoz, 10am-8pm. Call 04 341 7303 or log onto www.thejamjardubai.com for more information.
Go hot air ballooning: Go up, up and away today and drift at 4,000ft over the Al Ain desert. Trips include transfers from Dubai and start from Dhs950 per person. Maximum 24 people per balloon. Dubai Festival City, all day. Call 04 285 4949 or log onto www.ballooning.ae for more information.
Enjoy festive fun: Today is the first day of the Renaissance’s Christmas promotion, which features traditional goodies such as Christmas cakes, mince pies, gingerbread cookies and chocolate Santas. Renaissance Hotel, Deira, until December 31. Call 04 262 5555 for more information.
Listen to live jazz: This designer club’s live music night, ‘It’s Alive!’ returns, led by local jazz group the Afif Trio. Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Dubai, from 8pm. Call 04 332 9260 for more information.
Visit a camel market: Escape Dubai for the day – this free market is a fascinating chance to see how local camel herders practise their trade. Al Ain, near Al Bawadi Mall, Mezyad Road, from 1pm. Ask at the Hilton (03 768 6666) for directions.
Learn to drive off-road: Ever fancied yourself as a desert safari driver? Learn the technical skills required for this adrenaline-fuelled activity, then head off for an adventure. Dhs400 per person for the day. Al Futtaim Training Centre, Marrakech Street. Call 04 285 0455 for more information.
Tee with the ladies: See the world’s best female golfers play at the Dubai Ladies’ Masters. There’s also a chance to win a limo to and from the event, golf tips from the pros, a spa treatment, and lunch with the players. See www.timeoutdubai.com/competitions by December 6. Entry is free. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, 7am. Log onto www.dubaigolf.com for more information.
Hear Natalie Brogan’s tunes: Natalie will be sharing the stage with David Guetta at next week’s Creamfields in Abu Dhabi, so why not check out this rising star on home turf? Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, midnight
Jump aboard the Wonder Bus: This brightly coloured bus travels on both land and water and makes for a brilliant way to see the city sights from entirely different perspectives. Dhs140. Leaving from Bur Dubai, all day. Call 04 359 5656 or log onto www.wonderbustours.net for more information.
See Sheikha Lateefa Bint Maktoum’s art: The prominent Emirati artist’s stunning, otherworldly manipulated photographs are on show at this furniture showroom until tomorrow. Natuzzi Showroom, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 04 338 0777 for more information.
Try a spot of beach volleyball: It may be winter, but there’s nothing to stop you taking to the beach for a spot of volleyball. Barasti Beach, 7.30pm. Call 055 224 0187 or 050 404 8328 for more information.