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This week

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.

Fri 18

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.

Sat 19

Al Murray
The Pub Landlord at the new monthly Comedy Club.
Madinat Jumeirah Arena.

Mon 21

The new series of the popular Brit comedy hits UAE screens.
Gavin & Stacey season three Showcomedy, 9pm.

Walid El Masri
Syrian artist El Masri expresses Zen philosophy… through chairs.
Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz.

Tue 22

Movies @ The Shelter
A chance to catch a screening of Wes Anderson’s offbeat comedy 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 combination of Robert Downey Jr as Holmes and Jude Law as his sidekick Watson has us intrigued about Guy Ritchie’s latest big-screen assignment.
In cinemas.


Fri 25
Audio Tonic feat. Peaches Geldof
The celebri-spawn debuts her festive DJ set in Dubai.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Nova feat. Tom Novy
The progressive house DJ and creator of mega-hit ‘Your Body’ plays the Atlantis superclub on Christmas Day. Expect plenty of festive fun.
Sanctuary, Atlantis.

Tue 29

Movies @ The Shelter
The Shelter’s 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.
See, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

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? Check him out at this NYE gig.
World Trade Centre, Dubai.

Dinner at Al Hadheerah
The Arabian Nights-style venue offers dinner with a spectacular fireworks display for a very Dubai-esque New Year’s Eve.
Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise
The perfect excuse to splash out on a six-course dinner cruise.
Al Seef Road, Bur Dubai.

White Desert Party
Start 2010 the way you mean to go on – with a party on the beach.
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi.

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

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.

Jan 2

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

Jan 4

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.

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 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.


Zee Dubai Mega Mela
Join the biggest celebration of Indian culture ever to take place in Dubai.

Dubai’s popular Italian joint is getting a “cheesy facelift”

Don't miss last remaining places in 5,000-strong ambassador team

Entering couldn’t be easier…

Sponsored: Tickets to the five-day festival of music and culture are now on sale

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai launches exclusive new club

A kid accidentally calls in the universe’s deadliest hunter, the world’s clumsiest spy is out to save the world again and Blake Lively has a ‘simple’ favour to ask


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