Everything to do in Dubai this winter

Huge new openings, festivals, sport events and shows you absolutely cannot miss


RESTAURANTS, BARS AND CLUBS

SEPTEMBER


Axe House
This new craft hops bar will open in JLT. It comes from the people behind Lucky Voice, and if that venue is anything to go by, Axe House looks set to big.
Cluster P, JLT (04 395 8888).

Beefbar

This meat-focused restaurant is due to open in the space once occupied by Clé in DIFC. Chef Riccardo Giraudi won a Michelin star for the Hong Kong outpost, and we can’t wait to get our teeth into the carnivorous offering here.
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, dubai.beefbar.com.

Flamingo Room by tashas

This first licensed restaurant from Natasha Sideris promises stunning interiors inspired by the fauna and flora of Africa. It will also house a shop – Collective by Charles Greig.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.facebook.com/flamingoroombytashas.

Key West

The classy new spot at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai officially throws open its doors on Friday September 15, though it’s already open in soft launch. It serves a fusion of Floridian, Caribbean and Latin cuisine, and also opens for sundowners and aperitivo hour.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).

Lock, Stock & Barrel 2
We love the Barsha Heights venue so much we awarded it Bar of the Year at our Nightlife Awards and Best Bar Food at our Restaurant Awards this year. We’re promised a similar in style and the same kind of music at LSB 2.0, which has an opening date pencilled in for Thursday August 31 or Thursday September 7. But it will be two-and-a-half times bigger than the original.
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0000).

Toro & Ko
This new tapas bar is opening on Tuesday September 5 in The Square at City Walk. A Barcelona-inspired eatery from award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, there are outlets in Boston, New York and Bangkok.
The Square, City Walk (04 590 5433).

OCTOBER
BarBary Deli + Cocktail Club

It’s described as a vintage Parisian hidden gem celebrating 1920s style, with deep urban music and a New York deli-style menu. It’s opening at Tryp by Wyndham in October/November.
Tryp by Windham, Barsha Heights, www.tryphotels.com.

Bhar
Arabic for spice, Bhar will open at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai. It’s the brainchild of chef Mohanad Alshamali, former head chef at the now closed Qbara, and promises to take you on a culinary tour of the Middle East.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, Business Bay (056 545 2009).

Bleu Blanc by David Myers and BASTA! By David Myers
Myers is steadily growing his portfolio of restaurants, and these two will add to the four the chef already has in Japan and Hong Kong. Bleu Blanc will serve innovative French fare inspired by Provence, while BASTA will focus on “gourmet Neapolitan pizzas and handmade Roman pastas”.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, Business Bay (056 545 2009).

Gotha Club Dubai
The chic club is coming to Dubai from the French Riviera town of Cannes, hoping to also bring with it the prestige of its big sister. It promises be glamorous, exclusive and one for the upper echelons of Dubai society.
Bay Square, Business Bay, www.gothaclubdubai.com.

Le Specialità
The Milanese pizzeria will also be based in the space once occupied by Clé. The brand is dipping its toes into international waters for the first time, and like the original, this venue will serve pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven using only the highest quality ingredients.
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, www.ristorantelespecialita.it/en.

L!QD
Tryp by Wyndham’s new poolside bar, described as a mash-up of Ibiza and Coachella, will open in October/November. Tapas bites, mixed drinks and more will be available, plus early morning yoga classes, too.
Tryp by Windham, Barsha Heights, www.tryphotels.com.

McGettigan’s JBR

It’s been a long time coming – we first brought you this news back in March last year – but McGettigan’s JBR is finally due to open in Hilton Dubai Jumeirah in October. Sláinte.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2999).

Morimoto

Famous for his Japanese cuisine adapted for the American palate, celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his sophisticated signature dishes and original presentation to the UAE for the first time, right here in Dubai. Renaissance Downtown Hotel is due to open in October, though, we'll have to wait for this restaurant, which is scheduled to open a little later.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, Business Bay (056 545 2009).

Black Tap
Fans of the New York joint’s mammoth burgers and monstrous freakshakes will be pleased to know that a new outpost of Black Tap is coming soon to JBR. An exact month for opening has not yet been confirmed, but we reckon it closely follow Lock Stock & Barrel in September or October. Bring on the calories.
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0000).

Inner City Zoo

Also at Rixos Premium Dubai, Inner City Zoo, due to open in September/October, promises to deliver a “wild and sleek night out with a twist of the unexpected”. It sounds zany, but also like a refreshingly different addition to the nightclub scene in Dubai. Again, there are no exact dates, but we’re hedging our bets on October.
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0000).

PizzaExpress Live and Le Petit Belge
PizzaExpress Live and a second Le Petit Belge are set to open their doors at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay in October/November. We hope the classic PizzaExpress brunch and Le Petit Belge ladies’ night, will be coming with them, too.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay, Bay Square (04 551 1544).

STK
The US steakhouse is also opening at Rixos Premium Dubai. The first of two in the emirate – the other due to open at Address Downtown – expect cuts of quality meat, cooked to the brand’s signature style. We’re guessing October for this one, too.
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0000).

SPORTING EVENTS


OCTOBER

Oct 20 Desert Warrior Challenge
Push your limits, stretch your muscles and strain your cardio with this physical experience. Get stuck in the mud and be sure to bring a spare set of clothes.
From Dhs393. Behind Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.desertwarriorchallenge.com.

NOVEMBER
Nov 3-4 Fit Fest 2017

This healthy lifestyle event returns, to feature motivational speakers, a healthy cooking theatre, inflatable obstacle courses, celebrity athletes, competitions and more.
Prices and venue to be announced. www.fitfest.ae.

Nov 10 Spartan Race
Barbed wire, fire, swamps. It can only be the XDubai Spartan Race. The total prize pot is US$50,000 (Dhs183,650) and three are categories to enter: Spartan Sprint (5km, 20 obstacles), Spartan Super (13km, 25 obstacles) and Spartan Beast (20km, 35 obstacles).
From Dhs290 (Open Sprint). Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre, www.spartanarabia.com.

Nov 10 Tri Fest
Tri Fest will incorporate the fourth Dubai International Triathlon. It also includes Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint triathlon events and two races for kids, all taking place on closed roads.
Prices to be announced. 6.30am. Jebel Ali, www.premieronline.com.

Nov 11 The Color Run

Walk, jog or run your way through this “happiest 5K on the planet”, as coloured powder fills the air (and your clothes and your face).
From D50 (early-bird). Gates open 7am, race starts 8.30am. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, thecolorrun.ae/locations/dubai.

Nov 16-19 DP World Tour Championship
The end of the European World Tour, this event will see the world’s best golfers battle it out for a share of US$8,000,000 (Dhs29 million). Expect live music and free golf lessons, too.
Free. 7am-4pm. Jumeirah Golf Estates, www.dpwtc.europeantour.com.

Nov 16-17 Yoga Fest

Do free yoga classes at this outdoor fest. Take your own mat, or borrow one for Dhs35.
Free. Thu Nov 16, 7pm-9pm; Fri Nov 17, 10am-6pm; Sat Nov 18, 9am-5pm. Dubai Internet City, www.yogafest.me/about-yogafest.

Nov 17 Dubai Women’s Run

Ladies, win big at this 5km and 10km race. Expats will win Dhs5,000 for first place, Dhs4,000 for second, Dhs3,000 for third and Dhs2,000 for fourth. Plus, there’s a Dhs1,000 prize for each person finishing fifth to tenth.
Dhs150. 7am. Marasi Business Bay, www.dubaiwomensrun.com.

Nov 24 Emirates NBD Unity Run

Run and raise money for Senses Centre, Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Emirates Red Crescent at this fun event.
Dhs165 (adults), Dhs100 (ages seven to 17), free (disabled participants and kids aged six and under). 8am (3km walk), 8.30am (10km run). Dubai Silicon Oasis, www.unityrun.ae.

Nov 30-Dec 2 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s

Get ready for another round of the sporting extravaganza that sees international teams compete in the fast-paced game of rugby sevens. Expect music, competitions and giveaways and a whole host of fun for this popular three-day sporting event.
Free (Nov 30), from Dhs300 (Dec 1 and Dec 2, in advance). The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, dubairugby7s.com.

DECEMBER
Dec 6 Dubai Dash

Corporations are encouraged to enter teams of eight to ten for this relay race and each member will run 1.5km. It’s great as a team building events, and participant will get a medal at the end, with trophies and prizes given to the winning teams.
From Dhs4,495 per team of 10. 6.30pm. Venue to be announced, www.racethedash.com/dubai-dash.

Dec 6-9 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

Marking the end of the Ladies European Tour and the end of the season, catch the world’s greatest female golfers battle it out for a share of the grand prize – €500,000 (Dhs2 million).
Free. 6am-6pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living omegadubailadiesmasters.com.

du Tough Mudder

Take on “probabaly the toughest event on the planet”.
From Dhs295. Dec 8-9, 7am. Hamdan Sports Complex, www.toughmudder.ae.

Dec 15 Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge

Take part in the 53km or 92km races in the eighth annual Cycle Challenge. There are practise races on Friday September 8 at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City and on Friday September 29, October 20 and November 17 at the Al Qudra Cycle Path. Everyone who finishes gets a medal.
From Dhs300. 6am-10am. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, cyclechallenge.ae.

Dec 28-30 Mubadala World Tennis Championship

See Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal defend his crown and battle it out for the US$250,000 (Dhs918,000) prize.
From Dhs50. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, www.mubadalawtc.com.

Dec 28-30 World Future Sports Games
Get a glimpse into the future of sport at this first-ever World Future Sports Games. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the games will feature driverless car races, drone racing, robotic soccer, robotic table tennis, robotic swimming and much more.
Ticket prices to be announced. Various locations including Downtown Dubai.

JANUARY 2018
Jan Ironman 70.3 Dubai

The exact date of this ultimate endurance challenge is still to be announced, but what we know is that it will return in January 2018. It involves a 3.86km swim, 180.25km bike ride and 42.16km marathon run, back-to-back, without any breaks. And the marathon section will take participants out into the desert.
Free. From 7am. Various locations, www.facebook.com/im703dubai.

Jan 11 Dubai World Cup Carnival

The series starts on Thursday January 11. Jockeys go head-to-head for the chance to win a massive US$10 million (Dhs36 million) at the Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 31, 2018.
Ticket prices to be announced. 6.30pm. Maydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com.

Jan 12-13 Hankook 24H Dubai
Get ready for the return of the world-famous 24-hour endurance race. Professionals and amateurs are welcome to take part.
Free (register online). 3pm-3pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.24hseries.com.

Jan 13-17 Badminton Superseries Finals
The best players on the planet will be in Dubai to compete for their share of a US$1 million (Dhs3.6 million) prize fund. Can last year’s men’s singles winner Viktor Axelsen of Denmark hold onto the title for another year?
Ticket prices to be announced. Hamdan Sports Complex, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (04 306 2666).

Jan 26 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

You don’t have to run the full 42.2km with the Olympic and World Champions – though, the prize for the winner is US$200,000 (Dhs734,000) if you fancy your chances. There’s a 5km fun run and 10km distance if you’re serious but not pro. The top prize for the latter is Dhs4,000.
Dhs440 (42.2km Marathon). 6.30am; Dhs293 (10km Road Race). 9am; Dhs183 (4km Fun Run). 11am. Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Road, www.dubaimarathon.org.

FEBRUARY 2018
Feb 19-Mar 3 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Last year, Andy Murray became the first Brit to win the Dubai tournament. See if he can retain the title as the big-hitters return to the courts.
Ticket prices to be announced. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.
 

ARTS AND CULTURAL EVENTS

NOVEMBER
Nov 13-18 Dubai Design Week


This progressive and inspiring event will encompass Downtown Design and showcase the works of local and international designers. It will also give a platform to up-and-coming creatives through its grad shows.
Free. Various locations including d3, Ras Al Khor Road, www.dubaidesignweek.ae.

FEBRUARY 2018
Feb 9-16 Gulf Photo Plus Photo Week
The annual photography event returns to offer amateurs and budding pros an insight into the art of taking the perfect picture. Exhibitions, classes, talks and workshops are all organised to help you hone your skills.
Prices vary. Various locations including Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.gulfphotoplus.com/gpp2018.


SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES

SEPTEMBER


Sep 26-Oct 2 The Woman in Black

You’ve probably heard plenty about this chilling show. You may have even seen the Daniel Radcliffe film. But nothing compares to seeing it live on stage.
From Dhs180. Times vary. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.madinattheatre.com.

Sep 7 and 14 The Marriage of Figaro

This comic opera by Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte is a sequel to The Barber of Seville, which many will know through Rossini’s great opera. If you saw the latter show during Dubai Opera’s opening season, you might want to snap up your tickets now to catch this classic performance, too.
From Dhs350. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Sep 8 and 15 Così Fan Tutte
Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte’s final collaboration, Così Fan Tutte is a twisted, comedic love story that explore the notions of virtue and fidelity. It’s funny, heart-warming and full of tension.
From Dhs350. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Sep 9 and 16 Don Giovani
The third of Mozart and Da Ponte’s masterpieces on show at Dubai Opera in September, is this dark comedy. A dramatic show, it explores the arrogance of the titular character, who commits murder and is haunted by his victim.
From Dhs350. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Sep 28-29 L.A. Dance Project

The show will feature pieces from the likes of Justin Peck (the astounding resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet) and music by legendary composer Philip Glass.
From Dhs150. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

OCTOBER
Oct 5-7 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Junction’s hilarious mash-up of all of Shakespeare’s plays won’t give you a deep insight to The Bard’s works, but if you can keep up with the fast pace, you’ll pick up nuggets for a good overview.
Ticket prices to be announced. Al Quoz, www.thejunctiondubai.com.

Oct 11-14 Jersey Boys

The Tony Award-winning musical follows the rise of iconic ’60s rock ’n’ roll group Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. It’s an electrifying jukebox musical full of huge, nostalgic hits such as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Bye Bye Baby.
From Dhs250. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai www.dubaiopera.com.

Oct 19 Kevin Bridges
One of the biggest comedy stars to emerge over the past five years, Kevin Bridges has become a real force on the scene. This is one show not to be missed.
From Dhs295. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dxblaughs.ae.

NOVEMBER
Nov 2-3 Chamber Orchestra of Europe play Mozart and Beethoven
Watch one of the world’s finest orchestras perform Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Violin Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 40 on Thursday November 2, and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5 on Friday November 3.
From Dhs250. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Nov 9-11 Mandela Trilogy
Cape Town Opera’s Mandela Trilogy offers a tribute to the South African icon through choral Xhosa music, jazz and jive dancing from the music halls of ’50s townships, struggle songs of ’80s South Africa and the subsequent liberation music of the ’90s.
From Dhs250. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Nov 9 Russell Kane

The British comedy star is heading to Dubai as part of the DXBLaughs comedy series. The award-winning stand-up and star of BBC television show Stupid Man, Smart Phone, will perform at Madinat Theatre.
Dhs195. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.800tickets.com.

Nov 16-18 Ballet Russes

Les Saisons Russes XXI recreate some of the most famous pieces from Ballet Russes – widely considered to be one of the greatest classic ballet ensembles of all time.
From Dhs250. Nov 16-18. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

DECEMBER
Dec 3 Sir Bryn Terfel

This one-off show will see Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel perform at Dubai Opera. Terfel has a collection of awards under his belt including a Grammy. This is a rare opportunity to catch a world-renowned talent live in the emirate. A must.
From Dhs200. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Dec 11 Hugh Masekela

See the South African trumpeter and flugelhornist play Dubai Opera, in something of a rare treat for fans of jazz. Masekela trained with the genre’s greats, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, before developing his own style from African influences and the music coming from South Africa’s townships.
From Dhs195. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Dec 11 A Classical Winter Wonderland

The Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of festive favourites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Mozart’s A Little Night Music.
From Dhs75. 7pm. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, ductac.etixdubai.com.

Dec 14 John Bishop

Catch all the Liverpudlian comedian’s jokes at his one-night-only live show as part of his Winging It tour.
From Dhs250. 7pm-11pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dxblaughs.ae.

Dec 14-16 Jingle Bell Favourites
The London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices and West End soloists will be getting you into the festive spirit once again this year, with performances of classics including All I Want for Christmas, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and Silent Night.
From Dhs150. Times vary. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Dec 20-29 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
H2 Productions’ pantomime features professional actors from the UK as well as amateurs from here in Dubai. It’s a classic tale of good versus evil and true love. With a dose of comedy thrown in for good measure.
From Dhs85. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, ductac.etixdubai.com.

JANUARY 2018
Jan 22-Feb 3 Evita

Watch the story of Argentina’s famous first lady, Eva Peron, unfold on stage through the memorable lyrics of Tim Rice and the timeless music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, performed by a cast fresh from the London stage.
From Dhs250. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

FEBRUARY 2018
Feb 14-17 AÏDA

Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera is set in Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. It tells the moving and dramatic story of a captured and enslaved Nubian princess who falls in love an Egyptian warrior. It’s a gripping tale of forbidden love and loyalty.
From Dhs350. 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

FESTIVALS AND GIGS

SEPTEMBER


Sep 28-29 Casa Playa
Groove to acoustic live jams, international acts and a resident DJ, and take part in a raft-building competition to win access to the VIP area and free-flowing drinks.
Free. Thu Sep 28, 6pm-3am; Fri Sep 30, 1pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).

OCTOBER
Oct 5 Soul Jam

The jazz, soul and R&B festival will see soul legends Alexander O’Neal, Omar, Jackie Graham and Mica Paris take to the stage for an unforgettable night of old-school classics.
Dhs175. From 9pm. The Irish Village, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.800tickets.com.

Oct 6 Dream Theater
Catch the legendary prog rockers for the first time ever in Dubai as part of their epic 25th anniversary tour.
From Dhs295. The Dome, Dubai Sports City, www.bandsintown.com.

Oct 19 Toni Braxton
The iconic ’90s R&B and soul singer will perform a one-off live show at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The multi-award winning star is known for her incredible vocal range and biggest hit Un-Break My Heart.
From Dhs255. Doors open 7pm, show starts 10pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, dubai.platinumlist.net.

Oct 20 Scouting For Girls
The British pop-rock band will be playing a one-off show at Dubai Opera, which will see the opera house is arranged in a flat floor layout to host almost 3,000 revellers.
Dhs150. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Oct 27 Fiesta De Los Muertos
Gorillaz, Damon Albarn’s legends of truly alternative music, are headlining the Fiesta De Los Muertos Halloween festival at the Autism Rocks Arena. It’s going to be big.
Tickets from Dhs350. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.117live.com.

NOVEMBER
Nov 9 Ocean Colour Scene

Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene will be playing a gig at The Irish Village as part of their Moseley Shoals 20th Anniversary Tour. Get your tickets and get nostalgic.
Dhs165. 7pm-9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.800tickets.com.

Nov 10 Liam Gallagher
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is heading to the emirate to perform at the Party in the Park. Expect singalong classics from his Oasis days, plus new material from his debut solo album As You Were.
Dhs350. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

Nov 10 Sensation
The epic club night returns for an evening of dance music, international DJs, a spectacular light show and an all-white dress code.
From Dhs340. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, dubai.platinumlist.net.

Nov 17 Wasla 2.0

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Wasla, the team have announced its return. And if 2016’s line-up is anything to go by – Souad Massi, Mashrou’ Leila, Abri & The Funk Radius – we’ve got lots to look forward to.
From D195. 2pm-2am. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, waslafestival.com.

Nov 17 7 JLo

One of the absolute stalwarts of pop in the 21st Century, Jennifer Lopez, is coming to town. JLo is going to be rocking the Autism Rocks Arena on Friday November 17, bringing with her glamour, full-throttle dance performances and massive tunes.
From Dhs345. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.800tickets.com.

Nov 23 Ed Sheeran

Demand for tickets spread like wildfire, and – sadly – sold out long ago. But keep a close eye on official outlets for this one, you never know, more tickets might crop up ahead of the gig.
Sold out. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.117live.com.

Status Quo

The British rockers have extended their world tour in honour of late guitarist Rick Parfitt.
From Dhs195. Fri Oct 27. Dubai Opera, www.dubaiopera.com.

DECEMBER
Dec 6 Rufus Wainwright

One of the most decorated vocalists, composers and songwriters in the world today, Rufus Wainwright is coming to Dubai this year. The artist has been dubbed one of the greatest male vocalists of his generation, so you’ll want to be at this one.
Dhs295. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Dec 8 Sir Elton John

Due to a severe bout of gastric flu, Sir Elton John postponed his December 2016 show. He then also re-arranged his January 2017 date. The date is set for Friday December 8, and John “promises an amazing show”.
Dhs295. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.800tickets.com.

FEBRUARY 2018
Feb 21-23 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Acts have yet to be announced for the 16th Jazz Fest. Keep an eye on the website and www.timeoutdubai.com for further details.
Ticket prices to be announced. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Feb RedFestDXB

No amount of sandstorms can keep this festival from coming back. Acts have yet to be announced, but stay tuned, as Virgin Radio have said that the outdoor shindig will return in February 2018.
Ticket prices and location to be announced. www.redfestdxb.com.


AROUND TOWN

OCTOBER


Dubai Frame
It’s been four years in the making and from October, guests will be able to step into the Dubai Frame. The 150 metre-high, 193 metre-long viewing platform will offer incredible views over Old Dubai and take in the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, too. It is expected to attract some two million visitors a year.
Zabeel Park.

DECEMBER
Dec 6-13 Dubai International Film Festival

Get ready for the glitzy, glamorous DIFF. The event showcases the works of Arab filmmakers to a global audience and also highlights a variety of films from the rest of the world. Expect screenings of more than 120 local, international and independent movies at this year’s 14th edition of the prestigious event.
Prices times and locations vary. dubaifilmfest.com.

Dec 7-9 Sole DXB
The urban lifestyle, footwear and fashion festival returns to d3 at the end of the year. Details of this year’s theme are still to be announced, but expect talks hosted by designers, DJs and more, plus the ever-popular basketball tournament, Sole Ball Above All Classic. Last year’s line-up included massive grime acts and rappers Skepta, Stormzy, Little Simz, Dam Funk, so we can’t wait for announcements on this year’s live acts.
Free. d3, Ras Al Khor Road, www.soledxb.com.

Dec 26-Jan 28 DSF 2018
Everyone’s favourite sale will back for an entire month to see the end of the year and the beginning of a brand-new one off to a fantastic start. Snap up some whopping discounts at malls across the city. Percentages increase – meaning prices massively reduce – the further into month we get.
Various locations across the city.

Dubai Safari
Dubai will soon have its very own Safari Park. We’re not sure yet if it will rival the Maasai Mara or the Serengeti, but we do know that it will be home to lions, antelopes and elephants, as well as Arabian tahr, oryx and gazelles. No concrete opening date has been given for the opening yet. The end of the year has been reported, and with the birth of its new white lion cubs earlier this month, it looks like that date is getting ever closer.
Al Warqaa.

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