The to-do list

Our picks of the month ahead

Rugby Sevens
Rugby Sevens
The Killers
The Killers
The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers
Al Murray
Al Murray
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Nova feat. Tom Novy
Nova feat. Tom Novy
This week

Thurs 3
The Haçienda feat. Graeme Park
The UK’s legendary club comes to Dubai for one night, courtesy of its former resident DJ.
Alpha, Garhoud.

Fri 4
Rugby Sevens
See (most) of the world converge on the city for a weekend of hard, fast seven-a-side rugby, a sport that Dubai has made its own.
The Sevens, Al Ain Road.

Sat 5

Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge
Athletes run, cycle, kayak and scramble through the desert in a demanding endurance race.
Abu Dhabi.

Sun 6
Oh Victory! You Forgot Your Underwear
Fresh from his show at Charles Saatchi’s London HQ, Rokni Haerizadeh gets a much-needed, much-anticipated solo show.
B21 Gallery, Al Quoz.

Mon 7
Dubai Ladies’ Masters
Defending champion Anja Monke takes on the world’s best female golfers in this vital competition.
Emirates Golf Club.

Tue 8
The Killers
Look to the Brightside with these chart-topping US indie rockers.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. For tickets, go to

Wed 9
Fifa Club World Cup
The best football squads from across six continents touch down in the capital. Highlights? Local team Al Ahli could face Barcelona if they make it to the semi-finals.
Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

Dubai international Film Festival
The sixth DIFF kicks off today, and is shaping up to be the best yet. Catch the hotly anticipated Avatar.
Various locations.


Thu 10
The Laughter Factory
‘Demonic’ Andrew Lawrence and furry Canadian Pete Johansson take on rib-tickling duties.
Player’s Lounge, The Country Club Dubai, Bur Dubai. For tickets, see

Fri 11
An all-star line-up featuring Calvin Harris, Erick Morillo, Sasha, the awesome Deadmau5 and, finally, Underworld as headliners. Get your glow sticks at the ready.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

Sat 12

Time Out Kids’ Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Time Out Kids is hosting its second picnic, guaranteed to be full of teddy bear fun.
Aviation Club, Garhoud, See

Sun 13
Dubai-based artist Paolomaria uses found objects and great hunks of concrete to reflect on the overwhelming tide of human loss.
Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba.

Mon 14
Norwegian Christmas Table
Guest chef Therese Lillevik flies in from Oslo to cook up some traditional Norwegian dishes. Expect plenty of herring.
Boulvar, Radisson Blu Hotel, Call 04 205 7033 to book.

Tue 15
Gavin & Stacey Christmas special
Prepare to feel festive with the Christmas edition of this classic Brit comedy show.

Wed 16
Dubai International Motor Show
Drool over hundreds of flash motors at the 10th Dubai motor show.
Dubai Exhibition Centre, Until December 20. See

Thu 17
Outdoor Adventure Dubai
A unique, action-packed ‘try before you buy’ event, showcasing a diving demonstration pool, paintballing range and much more.
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, until December 19, See

Thu 17
The Proclaimers
The Scottish brothers play ‘I’m Gonna be (500 Miles)’ and ‘Letter from America’ along with some of their other classic tunes.
The Irish Village, Garhoud.

Backstreet Boys
Backstreet’s back for the first time in the UAE, playing all the old hits.
The Palladium, Dubai, See

Fri 18
Al Hijra, Islamic New Year

Sat 19
Al Murray
‘The Pub Landlord’ appears at the new monthly Comedy Club. Don’t miss next week’s Time Out for our interview with the Landlord himself.
Madinat Jumeirah Arena, See

Sun 20
Gavin & Stacey season three
The new series of the popular Brit comedy hits UAE screens.

Mon 21
Walid El Masri
Syrian artist El Masri discovers Zen in Middle Eastern philosophy and expresses it… through chairs.
Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz.

Tue 22
Movies @ The Shelter
Chance to catch a screening of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, Call 04 434 5655 for info.

Wed 23
Sleeping Beauty pantomime
It’s panto season – get ready to boo and hiss along with the kids.
The First Group Theatre, See

Thu 24
Sherlock Holmes
The unlikely casting of Robert Downey Jr as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson has us intrigued about Guy Ritchie’s latest.
In cinemas.

Fri 25
Nova feat. Tom Novy
The progressive house DJ and creator of ‘Your Body’ plays the Atlantis club on Christmas Day. Expect plenty of festive surprises.
Sanctuary, Atlantis.

Tue 29
Movies @ The Shelter
Wes Anderson season ends with a screening of The Darjeeling Limited.
The Shelter, Al Quoz,Call 04 434 5655 for info.

Thu 31
We doubt she’ll need an umbrella in this country, but expect all the hits from the foxy US R&B star.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi ,See

iKandy feat. Valentin Huedo and Lisa Shaw
The Café del Mar DJ and singer bring in the New Year.
iKandy, Shangri-La.

Blackout feat. Armin van Buuren
Armin van Buuren is apparently the best trance DJ in the world. And who are we to argue?
World Trade Centre, Dubai. See

For the diary…

Jan 4
Burj Dubai opening: The world’s tallest building is set to open on January 4 to coincide with the four-year anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, becoming ruler of Dubai. We can’t wait! Watch out for Time Out’s upcoming cover story.

From Jan 25
Blood Brothers: The long-running ‘nature vs. nurture’ musical is at the First Group Theatre for two weeks.

March 10-13
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2010 Books are taking over the city again after this year’s inaugural success. Expect some straight talking as Martin Amis joins the fold of authors and poets.

The sleek new trains will be more spacious with a swankier design

Get out your lederhosen, it’s time to party in the city's biggest Oktoberfest festivals

Sponsored: Hendrick’s DXB Cucumber Day is fast approaching

This week’s episode of the Time Out Dubai podcast rolls up its sleeves

The al fresco theme park will be opening its gates with a new show

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January


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