5 things to do today

Learn to cook Christmas dinner or get drinks for a dirham

Mon 19

Learn to cook Christmas dinner
Executive chef Christophe Prudhomme will share his culinary secrets and guide guests through the preparation of a three-course festive recipe – the perfect way to ensure your Christmas dinner goes off without a hitch.
Dhs199. 3.30pm-6pm. Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud (04 282 0000).

Drinks for a dirham
Selected beverages cost just Dhs1 on Mondays and Wednesdays when you order two courses at the classy Glasshouse Brasserie.
Prices vary. 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 227 1111).

Watch acrobatics at Mirdif City Centre
For some jaw-dropping entertainment while you shop, check out the sky-soaring acrobatics show taking place at the mall throughout December.
Free. Daily 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 9pm. Until December 27. Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).

Beginner Pilates at Club Stretch
Looking for a different kind of workout this week? Try your hand at Pilates with this inclusive beginner class with instructor Sandy. Also on Wednesday at 9.30am. Booking essential.
Dhs70 per class. 8pm. Club Stretch, behind the Capitol Hotel, Satwa (04 345 2131).

Father Christmas comes to Wafi
If you haven’t yet seen the festive displays at Wafi, make a date to do it today. This year’s theme is The Nutcracker, and it’s great value – for Dhs50 you get to see Santa, have a photo taken with him, the tots get a toy, and you’ll also get numerous vouchers for deals in the mall, plus entry into a Christmas draw to win a trip to Lapland.
Dhs50 per person. Daily 9am-9pm. Until December 25. Wafi, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com.

The break will last from Monday August 20 until Wednesday August 22

Eid is expected to fall on Tuesday August 21 and run until Friday August 24

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Public parking will be free across the city next week

Denzel Washington makes a comeback, a huge shark wreaks havoc and our favourite honey-loving bear is as adorable as ever

Meydan Racecourse will host the two-day electronic music festival


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