The To-Do List

Ahlan!'s guide to good times over the next seven days
BySurena Chande
,Kimberly D'souza
Thursday , 08 December 2016
The To-Do List
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STAY TRUE WEEKENDER AT BARASTI BEACH

THU 8-SAT 10 DEC

Barasti, the Dubai institution, is hosting a free three-day event filled with music, sunshine and good vibes. The legendary Basement Jaxx are playing on Friday 9 December and Armand Van Helden is playing on the night. Oh, and the best bit? It’s completely free! So gather your mates and head down. INFO: 11am, Thu 8-Sat 10 Dec, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 04 511 7139, barastibeach.com

JESS GLYNNE AT DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT

THU 8-SAT 10 DEC

Grammy Award-winning singer Jess Glynne, who provided the vocals for Clean Bandit’s Rather Be, is coming to Dubai as part of Meet d3! The three-day event is free to attend and will feature art, music and more, with the UK star performing on Friday 9 December. INFO: 6pm-12midnight Thu 8 Dec, 2pm-12midnight Fri 9-Sat 10 Dec, Dubai Design District, 800 42633, meetd3.com

SAMUEL L JACKSON IN DUBAI

FRI 9 DEC

See Hollywood star Samuel L Jackson talk about his story and answer audience questions as part of Dubai International Film Festival’s ‘In Conversation’ event. Wow! INFO: From 4pm-5pm, Dhs35, Madinat Souk Theatre, tickets from diff.ae and VOX Cinemas Mall of the Emirates

DUKE DUMONT AT NASIMI BEACH

THU 8 DEC

Need U (100%) hitmaker Duke Dumont will be behind the decks performing his smash-hit singles. INFO: 7pm-3am, Dhs195, Atlantis Hotel, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 055 200 4321

DU TOUGH MUDDER IN DUBAI

FRI 9-SAT 10 DEC

The world-renowned obstacle course, Tough Mudder, makes its Middle East debut, giving you the chance to face the ultimate test of physical and mental strength. The gruelling event will include 8km and 16km courses featuring team-orientated challenges. Children from seven to 13 can get involved in the Du Mini Mudder, a 1.5km mud run with obstacles, too! We hope you’ve been training! INFO: Dhs450-Dhs325-Dhs525 for Tough Mudder Half single ticket, Dhs650 for Tough Mudder full course single ticket, Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road, Dubai, toughmudder.ae

ART OF SPICE AT PULLMAN DUBAI CREEK CITY CENTRE

EVERY FRI

If you’re looking for fine Indian cuisine, authentic entertainment and a great spot for a family meal, Medley’s new Art of Spice night is the place for you. Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre invited celebrity Chef Harjinder Singh, famously known as Chef Sweety Singh, to launch the night. He also taught the in-house chefs how to recreate his sumptuous signature creations inspired by North Indian dishes. INFO: 7.30pm-11pm, Dhs70 per child (under 12), Dhs120 per person with food, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, 04 291 1222, pullman-dubai-creekcitycentre.com

JINGLE BELL FAVOURITES AT DUBAI OPERA

TUE 13-WED 14 DEC

Not feeling festive yet? Head to Dubai Opera for the ultimate Christmas concert featuring seasonal classics and carols. Jingle Bell Favourites will be taking to the stage for two nights, conducted by Pete Harrison and performed by the London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices Choir and West End soloists Laura Tebbutt and Matt Little. With faves such as All I Want for Christmas, Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland and a sing-along carol section, this one looks like it’ll be fun for those aged two to 92! INFO: 8pm on Tue 13 Dec, 3pm & 8pm on Wed 14 Dec, Dhs150-Dhs3,600, The Opera District, Downtown Dubai, dubaiopera.com

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA AT RAFFLES DUBAI

DAILY THROUGHOUT DEC

There are no excuses needed for indulging in an afternoon tea, but if you’re looking for one then why not use Christmas as your justification. Raffles Dubai’s classic chic offerings have had a seasonal makeover. We tried it for ourselves and ate our way through the three-tiered rack, which featured Scottish smoked salmon potato blinis, poached turkey with cranberries, a roast winter pumpkin and tofu tartlet (they really have covered all the bases) and more savoury nibbles. The real treats come in the form of the sweets as you enjoy mince pies, cranberry flapjacks, scones with blackcurrant and cinnamon and other delights that have been given a festive touch. This makes for a magical afternoon, so glam up and take someone special. INFO: 2pm-7pm, Dhs249 for two, Dhs449 for two with a glass of bubbly each, Raffles Salon, Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi, 04 324 8888, dining.dubai@raffles.com

SPLASH ‘N’ PARTY CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL

THU 8-THU 15 DEC

Dubai’s popular aqua park Splash ‘n’ Party has some very merry Christmas events for you. Sit back and relax while your little ones enjoy an array of water activities at the Christmas carnival. Spend quality time with Santa Claus while chomping on holiday-themed treats, decorating gingerbread houses, watching live mermaid shows and more. INFO: 3.30pm-6.30pm Thu 8-Thu 15 Dec, Dhs140 per child, one adult free per child, Dhs50 per additional adult, Villa 1, Street 8A, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 388 3008, splashnparty.ae

NEW TV SHOW

MARIAH’S WORLD

FROM SUN 11 DEC

Mariah Carey’s highly anticipated TV show is finally here! We can’t wait to see what the pop diva will get up to on the show –especially given the breakdown of her marriage and the fact that she’s hit Europe with The Sweet Fantasy Tour. You’re likely to get hooked on this one. INFO: 10pm every Sun, E! exclusively on OSN

READ

SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY BY ANNA KENDRICK

The Academy Award-nominated actress has created a book of autobiographical essays that will no-doubt be peppered with the Twilight star’s trademark humour and wit. Inviting readers into the goings on of her brain, the book contains charmingly ordinary stories of her life. We can’t wait to give this one a read! INFO: Dhs59 on amazon.com

NEW IN CINEMAS

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

THU 8 DEC

Humanity’s been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease and the only hope is a small group of children who embark on a journey of survival. This movie featuring Gemma Arterton looks like it’ll be pretty gripping! INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

COMING SOON

JOHN CUSACK & JESSE METCALFE AT ABU DHABI FOOD FESTIVAL

MON 5-FRI 23 DEC

Prepare to be starstruck as Hollywood celebs Jesse Metcalfe and John Cusack will be making appearances at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival on Friday 9 December and Friday 16 December respectively. Metcalfe will be dining at Catch at the Nation Riviera Beach Club, while 12 lucky foodies will get to share a table with Cusack at Emirates Palace’s Presidential Suite. INFO: Mon 5-Fri 23 Dec, various locations, 800 555, abudhabievents.ae 

COLDPLAY IN DUBAI

SAT 31 DEC

Behemoth Brit band Coldplay returns to Abu Dhabi to ring in the New Year with their UAE fans. We can’t wait to see them! INFO: 8pm-2am, Sat 31 Dec, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, thinkflash.ae, tickets available on ticketmaster.ae and from Virgin Megastore outlets across the UAE

BALLET GRAND GALA 2017

THU 5-SAT 7 JAN 2017

The stages of Madinat Jumeirah Theatre and Emirates Palace Auditorium will be graced by the Opera de Paris dancers for the fourth year in Dubai and for the first time ever in Abu Dhabi as they daintily sway their way through the magical Ballet Grand Gala 2017. Ooh, la, la! INFO: 8pm Thu 5 Jan, Dhs300-Dhs800, Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi; 2pm & 8pm Fri 6 Jan, 6pm Sat 7 Jan, Dhs280-Dhs615, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, virginmegastore.ae