10 Things To Do in the UAE thisWeek
Five Fast Facts on Calvin Harris
1 He’s richer than Rihanna
Recent calculations have totted Calvin’s earnings up to an impressive £29 million (Dhs174m) making him the highest paid DJ in 2013.
2 He once stacked shelves
Calvin used to work at supermarket Marks & Spencer in the Scottish down of Dumfries. He claims he misses it!
3 He’s got a spot in Vegas, baby
Calvin’s due to take up a residency at Hakkasan club at the MGM Grand in April. Maybe he’ll get a transfer to the Dubai branch of the celeb-fave spot?
4 Calvin’s not his real name
He’s really called Adam Richard Wiles. Not so starry, hey?
5 He’s dating a pop queen
Calvin is going out with British star Rita Ora and recently flew 15,000 miles from LA to London to be there for her birthday. Sweet!
Club it at Creamfields
Fri 13 Dec
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris and British band The Prodigy headline the return of this epic event, which will have clubbers reaching for their glow sticks. The Prodigy started out as an underground rave band but went mainstream with their hit <Firestarter> in 1996. They’ll be joined at the nine-hour dance extravaganza by perhaps the hottest spinner in the world right now, Calvin Harris. Also on the bill are English trio Above and Beyond, and electronic duo Disclosure.
INFO: Dhs595 (VIP), Dhs295 (regular), 6pm, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Groove on the Grass
Fri 13 Dec
Serious clubbers will have a tough choice tonight, as this electronic music night is also hitting town as part of a night arranged by German record label Cocoon. On the decks will be the man often dubbed the greatest DJ of all time, Chile-born Ricardo Villalobos.
INFO: Dhs250 (door), Dhs200 (advance), 7pm-6am, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, www.platinumlist.ae
Shop at a Festive Market
Tue 17-Fri 27 Dec
We might not have the freezing weather to go with Europe’s famous festive markets, but there’ll be plenty of Christmas cheer at Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s seasonal shopping experience. For the first time, it’s setting up stalls alongside its stunning waterways to offer all the faves from mulled vino to roast chestnuts. It’ll also be a top place to do your Christmas shopping. Plus, there’ll be an ice rink where you can practise your Torville and Dean-style moves as well as a new twist on a bucking bronco… a reindeer rodeo! Just don’t injure yourself for Christmas, hey?
INFO: Free, 3pm-12midnight (weekdays), 1pm-12midnight (weekends), Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 8888, www.jumeirah.com
Cheer on the Color Run
Sat 14 Dec
If you’ve signed up for this epic event (entries are now closed) you’ll be looking forward to a 5km jog with a difference. The Color Run is dubbed the happiest race on the planet by organisers. It’s an untimed event and runners must wear white... because after every kilometre you’ll have coloured power flung at you! Definitely sounds like a fun reason to don your trainers.
INFO: 9am, The Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Motor City, www.thecolorrun.ae
If you’re taking part you’re in good company – so far this year The Color Run organisers have held 170 events in more than 30 countries!
Go Spanish on Saturday
New restaurant El Sur has launched a new brunch called Spanish Saturdays. It promises classic tapas with a modern twist as well as paella and other favourites.
INFO: Dhs425 (house drinks), Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs145 (children), 7pm-11.45pm, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai, www.westinminaseyahi.com, 04 399 7700
Dash and Dine
Daily Except Fridays
Short on time? Icho Japanese restaurant has launched a three-course set menu – and promises to serve them all in just 30 minutes. Speedy!
INFO: Dhs100, 12noon-4pm, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 308 0550, www.radissonblu.com
Have a Fish Supper
Ok, so they probably won’t be as good as back in the UK but London Fish and Chips has unveiled a new casual restaurant in TECOM. If you’re trying to cut the cals, opt for a jacket potato.
INFO: 10am-10pm, (weekdays), 10am-1am (weekends), Ground Floor, Two Tower Building, Al Khareef Street, TECOM, 04 421 5500, www.londonfish-chips.com
Wed 18 Dec
There’s a cool new ladies’ night in town. Pink Bubbles and Heels offers girls two free cocktails, plus live music.
INFO: 8pm-11pm, Chinwaggery Bar & Lounge, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR Dubai, 04 449 8888
Dine for Dhs70 at the Belgian Café
Try the taste of Belgium with a special deal for soup with a salad or sandwich.
INFO: Dhs70, 12pm-3pm, Sun-Thu, Crowne Plaza Festival City, Dubai, 04 701 1127, www.diningdfc.com
Get Fashionable at Donatello Lounge
Daily on Thursdays
A new night called fashionisa, aimed at the city's trendy crowd, has been launched at this hip restaurant and lounge.
INFO: Free, 8pm-2am, Dubai World Trade Centre, 0436 3577, www.donatello-group.com