The To-Do List

Ahlan!'s guide to good times over the next seven days
ByKimberly D'souza
,Surena Chande
Thursday , 15 December 2016
The To-Do List
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FESTIVE MARKET AT MADINAT JUMEIRAH

SAT 17-TUE 27 DEC

It’s become a classic Christmas pastime in Dubai, so we’re chuffed that the Festive Market is back! It’s set to feature a shimmering Christmas tree surrounded by a host of market stalls, a North Pole train for little ones, along with slides and games, plus a two-lane bungee jump for teens and a snowball zone for children of all ages. Kids can also take abra tours with Santa and decorate a huge gingerbread house and cookie garden. Adults can tuck into roasted chestnuts, seasonal drinks and a variety of food stalls. INFO: 3pm-1am Sun-Wed, 12noon-1am Thu-Sat, Dubai, jumeirah.com

JESSE METCALFE  & JOHN CUSACK AT ABU DHABI FOOD FESTIVAL

UNTIL FRI 23 DEC

Prepare to be starstruck as Hollywood celebs Jesse Metcalfe and John Cusack make an appearance at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival along with a glut of celebrity chefs. The Desperate Housewives star is set to host an event at Catch, Nation Riviera Beach Club. As for Cusack, 12 lucky foodies will get to share a table with the 50-year-old star at Emirates Palace’s Presidential Suite. INFO: Mon 5-Fri 23 Dec, various locations, 800 555, abudhabievents.ae

HAVE A TURKISH WEEKEND AT RUYA

EVERY FRI & SAT

The indoor/outdoor setting makes Ruya the perfect weekend spot for the cooler days we’re having. Plus, the fact that Turkish food is trending right now, its ah-mazing two-cheese-and-egg pide is on the new brunch menu and the super-low starting price for this luxury venue makes it an all-round winner. Do it! INFO: Dhs225 with soft drinks, Dhs425/Dhs525/Dhs625 with drinks packages, 11am-4pm Fri and Sat, Grosvenor House Dubai, 04 399 9123, ruyadubai.co

RIDE THE WAVES TO WORK-UP AN APPETITE FOR LA CALA’S BRUNCH

EVERY FRI & SAT

Water babies rejoice – you can now have your cake and eat it (literally) thanks to Dubai’s newest beach bar, La Cala, a chilled-out venture from the lovely people behind The Scene by Simon Rimmer. Start your day with a wakeboard session with Xtreme Wake, before retiring to your table (or bean bag, should you so wish) to indulge in the delicious Balearic Brunch. Taking place on both Friday and Saturday, the three-hour feast comprises a mouth-watering selection of sharing starters (think burrata salad, juicy chicken wings and sashimi), plus a choice of one main each. The sirloin may be the star of the show, but there are rustic pizzas, seafood options and salads on offer too, and all washed down with a wide selection of refreshing grapes and hops. Can you think of a better Friday? INFO: 1pm-6pm every Fri & Sat, Dhs295 with three hours of house drinks, Dhs349 with three hours of sparkling, Al Jazira Resort, Ghantoot Marina, 050 151 8407

FESTIVE ROAST AT LOCK, STOCK & BARREL

EVERY SAT & SUN

For all the sports fans out there, you can now watch the game live while feasting on Lock, Stock & Barrel’s classic roast with a festive twist! Choose two meats from a selection of turkey, beef or lamb, which are teamed with roast potatoes, bread sauce and cranberry gravy, all in a giant Yorkshire pudding. Enjoy football matches on all 13 screens with the option to add a glass of mulled grape to your feast. INFO: 2pm-10pm, Dhs125, Grand Millennium Hotel, Tecom, Dubai, 04 514 9195, lsbdubai.com

EVENING BRUNCH AT TRIBECA

EVERY FRI

The uber-cool Tribeca Kitchen & Bar has just launched its new evening brunch boasting laidback vibes and unlimited food and drinks. Tuck into a variety of treats including burgers, nachos, pizza and organic hotdogs, all while swaying to classic old-school hip-hop and R’n’B from the Eighties, Nineties and Noughties. Wicked! INFO: 8pm-11pm every Fri, Dhs250 including unlimited food, grape and bubbles, JA Ocean View Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, 050 345 6067, tribeca.ae

ROYAL CHINA GARDEN DINNER

DAILY

Royal China’s one of our fave spots for an Oriental feast and now its beaut garden terrace has opened in time for the cooler months. With a menu filled with classic dishes of (dangerously moreish) spring rolls, satay chicken skewers, the fragrant braised bean curd with mushrooms (one for the veggies) and more, this makes for a great date-night venue. Plus, the eatery has launched a new seasonal menu with treats including sliced lamb with black pepper sauce, steamed crab dumplings with black truffle and stir-fried tiger prawn. Yum! INFO: 11.30am-11.30pm, Building 4, DIFC, Dubai, 04 354 5543, royalchinadubai.com

FESTIVE MARKET AT THE ST REGIS DUBAI

THROUGHOUT DEC

Celebrate Christmas with The St Regis Dubai as it hosts a Festive Market in its gorgeous grounds. Indulge in gourmet dishes including cranberry turkey sausages, maple-glazed chicken, hot chestnuts and waffle lollipops! Other attractions include market stalls, entertainment and plenty of fun activities for the kids. INFO: 5pm-9pm weekdays, 12noon-9pm weekends, free, The St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, 04 435 5555, stregisdubai.com

NEW IN CINEMAS

COLLATERAL BEAUTY

THU 15 DEC

Will Smith is back on our screens, and he’s joined by Keira Knightley, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren – wow! A New York advertising executive suffers a tragedy, prompting him to retreat from life. As he tries to heal from the experience, he writes notes to Love, Time and Death, seeking answers from the universe. Unexpected responses to his letters gradually show him that even though he has dealt with loss, there still can be joy and meaning to life. INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

NEW TV SHOW

QUEEN SUGAR

FROM TUE 20 DEC

This series tells the story of three estranged Louisiana siblings who consist of a journalist and activist, Nova, the wife and manager of an NBA player, Charley, and their brother, single father Ralph Angel, who is seeking redemption. The trio are forced to come together to help the family’s sugar-cane farm after tragedy strikes. INFO: 11pm every Tue, OSN First HD Home of HBA, also available on OSN Play and OSN On Demand

READ

TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN: FROM GILMORE GIRLS TO GILMORE GIRLS BY LAUREN GRAHAM

The hit show returned briefly, but this book will fill the Gilmore Girls-shaped hole in your life if you binge-watched the new season! Lauren Graham’s (lorelai gilmore) retrospective, filled with tales from her time on screen, is at the top of our Christmas wish-list. INFO: Dhs61 on amazon.com

COMING SOON

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP

FRI 23 DEC

Senara’s hosting a Gingerbread Workshop at its weekly harbourside barbecue with the addition of Christmas cocktails and mince pies. You can use The Entertainer vouchers here, plus pooches are welcome outdoors! INFO: 12noon-12midnight, Dhs99, Senara, West Palm Views, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 451 6460, senararestaurants.com

DAVID GUETTA LIVE

THU 29 DEC

The superstar DJ David Guetta is back in Dubai to entertain partygoers ahead of New Year’s Eve! INFO: Doors open at 7pm, Dhs295 for early bird, Dhs345 at the door, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, 04 426 1000, dubai.platinumlist.com

LAIDBACK LUKE AT BARASTI BEACH

SAT 31 DEC

Catch the renowned DJ Laidback Luke as he spins his well-known dance-floor anthems! INFO: 7pm-3am, Dhs200 for early bird, Dhs260 for advanced ticket, Dhs310 on the door, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, 04 318 1313, barastibeach.com

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