Live music, Christmas tree lightings, Rugby Sevens, Sole DXB and more
December 05, 2019 9:25 AM
This week has been a short one here in Dubai, which means it’s already time to start planning the weekend. If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai, look no further as we’ve rounded up 14 ways to spend your time off. Massive events this weekend include Sole DXB and the Rugby Sevens. Enjoy.
Thursday December 5 Get festive at Habtoor Palace Love a free mince pie? So do we. Head down to Habtoor Palace’s Festive Garden on the opening night (Thursday December 5) for a free mince pie or glass of mulled grape, a spectacular tree lighting, festive food stalls, a visit from Santa and heaps more. Merry Christmas. Free entry. Thu Dec 5-Tue Dec 24, daily 5pm-10pm. Versailles Gardens, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts (04 435 5577).
Watch a Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, at Dubai Opera A timeless piece, and one of the most popular Christmas ballets of all time brought to life by the St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre at Dubai Opera. Not feeling festive yet? You will be after this. From Dhs125. Wed Dec 4-Fri Dec 6. Downtown Dubai, dubaiopera.com.
Rugby Sevens are back Whether you love rugby or not, this is a must-do in Dubai. Dress up and have a laugh – and see Kylie Minogue if you’re there on Friday. Thu Dec 5: free, Fri Dec 6: Dhs500 (on the door), Sat Dec 7: Dhs400 (on the door). Season: Dhs600. The Sevens Stadium Dubai, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubairugby7s.com (04 321 0008).
Pizza party at Ella’s Eatery Pizza fans, this one is for you. Head to Ella’s Eatery on Palm Jumeirah every Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm until 11pm and you’ll get your hands on a pizza and a glass of grape – all for just Dhs70. Sit on the terrace and make a night of it with the views. Dhs70. Wed-Thu, 5pm-11pm. Ongoing. Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah (04 557 0984).
Kicks and music at Sole DXB Sole DXB, the local celebration of culture, design and lifestyle returns, with film screenings, performances and more from Thursday December 5 to Saturday 7. For all the top names performing, click here. From Dhs245. Dec 5-7. Dubai Design District, Ras Al Khor Road, soledxb.com.
Mega brunch at Atlantis The Palm This absolutely massive dine-around Christmasbrunch at Atlantis The Palm stars unlimited drinks, dishes from Nobu, Hakkasan, Bread Street Kitchen and more. From Dhs495. Thu Dec 5, 7pm-11pm (after-party 11pm-2.30am). Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, dubai.platinumlist.net.
Friday December 6 Get a deal at a vegan salon Just in time for Christmas, vegan salon Organic Glow Beauty Lounge is offering ten treatments for Dhs410, in honour of its tenth birthday. The ten-year anniversary package includes a toxic-free manicure, aromatherapy foot massage, organic sugaring for the underarms, organic sugaring for half leg, eyebrow threading, upper lip threading, an organic hair treatment, a shoulder massage, hair washing and a blow dry. Until Dec 31. Jumeirah Village Circle, www.organicglowuae.com.
Carol singing and more at Emirates Golf Club Emirates Golf Club is hosting a special Christmas tree lighting session on Tuesday December 5, held from 6pm until 8pm. There will be a live choir singing Christmas classics, plus mulled grape and Christmas treats. Plus there’s a festive roast at Spike bar for Dhs99 afterwards, upgrade to unlimited house beverages from 8pm-11pm for Dhs120. Are you ready for Christmas? We certainly are now. Thu Dec 5, 6pm-8pm. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9999).
Get involved at Dubai Active Show The massive health, fitness and wellness event kicks off on Thursday December 5 and is set to be huge – with loads of group workouts. And if you’re a fan of Kayla Itsines, you’re in luck as she’s doing a Q&A. From Dhs20. Dec 5-7. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaiactiveshow.com.
See Lil Pump American rapper and songwriter Lil Pump is coming to BASE Dubai this weekend, so if you’re looking for a big night out – you know where to go. The US artist, also known as Gazzy Garcia, will be playing at the d3 nightclub on Friday (December 6). And if you’re one of the first 100 ladies to arrive, you’ll get in free. After that it’s Dhs100 for women and Dhs300 for gents. Dhs100 (ladies), Dhs300 (gents). Fri Dec 7 BASE, d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
Dancy to Burna Boy Ready for some award-winning Afro-fusion beats this Friday in Dubai? Drai’s Dubai is bringing in a mega pop star to deliver just that. Nigerian singer Burna Boy is set to perform at Time Out Dubai’s Club of the Year 2019’s catwalk stage, with big tunes including Burn Notice, Burn Identity and On The Low. Taking to the stage this Friday (December 6) with doors opening from 10pm until 4am, he’s won the best pop award for his song Like to Party at the South-South Music Awards and the best new act of the year at the Nigerian Entertainment Award. As always, ladies can get free-flowing drinks until 1am along with free entry, while gents can get in on the action for Dhs200 which includes two drinks. Free (ladies), Dhs200 (gents). Fri Dec 6, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.virginmegastore.ae (052 388 8857).
Tree lighting at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Head to the Palm for the big Christmas lights switch-on at Peacock Alley. Enjoy festive canapés, desserts and festive beverages, while the kids can look forward to a visit from Santa and having a jolly good sing-a-long to some of the best-loved carols. So warm up those voices and get practising the lyrics in the car on the way to school. Free. Fri Dec 6, 4pm-6pm Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Saturday December 7 Try a Ladies’ pool day WET Deck, W Dubai – The Palm’s poolside spot, has teamed up with 411 Saturdays for Dazed – a ladies’ day packed full of laid-back vibes and the latest tunes. Free (ladies before 3pm), Dhs300 (gents). Sat noon-late. Ongoing. W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 245 5800).
Dig into a vegan roast brunch Just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a home-style roast. And this weekend there’s an extra special one to check out.
Dubai Vegan Days is hosting a one-off roast vegan brunch (vrunch) at Rove Healthcare City on Saturday December 7. The roast kicks off at 11.30am and runs until 3.30pm and costs Dhs99 for adults and Dhs49 for kids. Dhs99. Sat Dec 7, 11.30am-3.30pm. Rove Healthcare City (04 561 9200).