The To-Do List

Ahlan!'s guide to good times over the next seven days
BySurena ChandeThursday , 22 December 2016
The To-Do List

AXWELL & INGROSSO AT MEYDAN

SAT 31 DEC

The former Swedish House Mafia DJ duo Axwell and Ingrosso will play at Meydan Racecourse this NYE to the backdrop of Dubai’s skyline and fireworks. With ample parking, food stands and a night of dancing guaranteed, this is one for the party animals! INFO: 7pm-3am, Dhs499 per person for general admission with unlimited drinks, Dhs849 per person for deluxe tickets with unlimited food and drinks and an elevated view of the stage and fireworks, VIP table bookings available, Dubai, 04 314 8222, info@envie.ae, envie-events.com

CHASE & STATUS AT ZERO GRAVITY

SAT 31 DEC

Ring in 2017 with epic views and performances from UK group Chase & Status and 2ManyDJs at Zero Gravity. There’s also an all-inclusive VIP package from 8pm to midnight with unlimited food, house drinks and bubbly from the upper deck VIP lounge. Why not top up your tan, too, as the pool’s open from 1pm… then get ready to party! INFO: 1pm-3am, Dhs250 pool and beach access (must arrive before 4pm), Dhs275 regular advanced tickets, Dhs375 regular on the door, Dhs999 VIP all-inclusive, VIP table packages available, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 04 399 0009, dubai.platinumlist.com, 0-gravity.ae

DAVID GUETTA AT NASIMI BEACH

THU 29 DEC

If you can’t wait for New Year’s Eve to let your hair down, head to superstar DJ David Guetta’s gig at Nasimi Beach. Having sold over six million albums and 15 million singles during his career so far, the DJ is set to play his biggest hits for the crowd at his performance ahead of New Year’s Eve. Guetta has also collaborated with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Akon, Usher and will.i.am, and has headlined festivals all over the world. Grab your tickets now! INFO: Doors open at 7pm, Thu 29 Dec, Dhs295 for early bird, Dhs345 at the door, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 04 426 1000, dubai.platinumlist.com, atlantisthepalm.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT NINE7ONE

SAT 31 DEC

Enjoy a decadent buffet with oyster and lobster stations, Wagyu beef carvery, yakitori and more in Nine7One before the countdown, then head to the afterparty with DJ Sheen! INFO: 7pm-2.30am, Dhs725 per person with soft drinks, Dhs875 with house drinks, Dhs1,025 with bubbly and house drinks, The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay, 04 444 1444, restaurants.dubai@oberoihotels.com

WELCOME 2017 AT KEMPINSKI HOTEL AJMAN

SAT 31 DEC

If you fancy great music and entertainment, sumptuous food and welcoming the New Year on a private beach, then Kempinski Hotel Ajman could be your perfect host for the special night. Indulge in a culinary journey, with buffet dining and cooking stations. Bukhara offers Indian cuisine, Café Kranzler serves international dishes, or tuck into arabic delights at Café on First and watch belly dancer performances – plus there’s chinese (Hai Tao) and Italian (Sabella) feasting to be had. Enjoy complimentary access to the beach party with resident DJ Miss Odette, too. INFO: From 7pm, Dhs350 per child from six-12, Dhs950 including house drinks, 06 714 55 82, kempinski.com/ajman

ALL THE WAY UP AT WESLODGE

SAT 31 DEC

Say goodbye to 2016 at Weslodge’s All the Way Up party! Celebrate at the tallest hotel in the world with entertainment from Dj Keza, plus you’ll get food, drinks and a great view of the city. INFO: 6pm-3.30am, Dhs750 per person with unlimited house drinks from 10.30pm, a selection of bar snacks after midnight, a welcome glass of bubbly and a glass of bubbly at midnight, Dhs2,000 per person with NYE tasting menus, unlimited house drinks, glass of bubbly for midnight and a snack platter after midnight, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Dubai, 04 560 1700, reservations@weslodge.ae

COLDPLAY AT DU ARENA

SAT 31 DEC

Possibly the hottest New Year’s Eve ticket of them all is for Coldplay, who’ll be playing live in Abu Dhabi again. The band, fronted by singer Chris Martin, have played in the UAE twice before with memorable performances in 2009 and 2011, so we reckon their upcoming show will be well worth seeing. Get ready to wave your arms in the air along to hits including Paradise, Yellow and Fix You. INFO: 8pm-2am, Dhs316-Dhs1,495, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, thinkflash.ae, ticketmaster.ae

MISS CHIEF BRUNCH AT MUCHACHAS

EVERY FRI

We’re liking the look of Muchachas’ Miss Chief brunch, which serves up fresh contemporary Mexican food and house drinks including pitchers of classic Mexican cocktails, too. This vibrant fun spot is sure to make for a fun afternoon with your mates, so check it out! INFO: 12noon-4pm, Dhs185 per person with soft drinks and mocktails, Dhs275 per person with unlimited house drinks and cocktail pitchers, Holiday Inn, Safa Park, Dubai, 04 327 6878, hola@muchachasdubai.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT TRIBECA

SAT 31 DEC

If you fancy a more chilled out New Year’s Eve where you don’t have to don your glammest party dress or wear your highest heels, this one’s for you. Welcome 2017 at Tribeca where you can munch on a four-course set menu and dance the night away. INFO: 9pm-2am, Dhs299 with food and soft drinks, Dhs449 with food and house drinks, Dhs649 with food and unlimited drinks, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, Dubai, 04 814 5923, reservations@tribeca.ae

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT MARINA SOCIAL

SAT 31 DEC

Ring in the New Year at Marina Social and dine and dance until the early hours. Brought to Dubai by celebrity chef Jason Atherton, the chic venue will be serving up an à la carte brunch (following the Share & Social Brunch concept) featuring scrumptious British fare and a great atmosphere. INFO: 6pm-12.30am, Dhs515 including soft drinks, Dhs695 including house drinks, Dhs795 including bubbly, Dhs895 including premium bubbly and 50 per cent off for kids under 12, InterContinental Dubai Marina, 04 446 6664, icmarinadining.co

RING IN 2017 AT RANGE BAR & GRILL

SAT 31 DEC

Dine and dance the decades away at Range Bar & Grill, where you’ll be treated to a three-course set menu for dinner, free-flowing house drinks, a glass of bubbly upon arrival and complimentary transport for Dubai Marina residents all evening! Alternatively, you can hang out at the bar where you’ll get a selection of canapés to nibble on instead of the set menu. INFO: 7pm-3am, Dhs499 per person for bar option, Dhs599 per person with three-course set menu, Wyndham Dubai Marina, 04 407 8888, wyndhamdubaimarina.com

LAIDBACK LUKE AT BARASTI

SAT 31 DEC

Dutch DJ Laidback Luke is taking over the decks at Barasti for New Year’s Eve, where he’ll be playing a selection of his classic House and EDM hits. Having remixed tracks by Carl Cox, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj and more, and headlined festivals including Sensation, Ultra and Tomorrowland, you’re in safe hands! INFO: 7pm-3am, Dhs200 for early bird, Dhs260 for advanced tickets, Dhs310 on the door, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, 04 318 1313, barastibeach.com

NEW IN CINEMAS

PASSENGERS

THU 22 DEC

The long-awaited movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt is finally here! Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt) are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to live on a distant planet. Though they had been placed in hibernation pods for the long journey, something mysteriously wakes them up 90 years before they reach their destination. While searching for the truth behind their pods malfunctioning, they begin to fall for each other. We’re intrigued! INFO: Showing in cinemas across the UAE

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: THE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, BY

JK ROWLING

This hardback edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them makes for the perfect Christmas pressie for Harry Potter fans. When magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, his magical case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape, which spells trouble for everyone. If you haven’t seen the film, be sure to watch that, too! INFO: Dhs55 on amazon.com

NOW SHOWING

TRAVELERS (SEASON 1)

FROM FRI 23 DEC

Created and written by Brad Wright, co-creator of Stargate SG-1, Travelers is set hundreds of years from now, when the last surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back in time to people of the 21st century. They assume the lives of others in a bid to work on missions that will save humanity from an awful future. INFO: netflix.com

COMING SOON

BALLET GRAND GALA 2017

THU 5-SAT 7 JAN

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

ANDREA BOCELLI IS COMING TO DUBAI

SAT 7 JAN 2017

Andrea Bocelli, the Italian classical tenor and singer-songwriter, is set to perform in Dubai for one night only. Enjoy dinner to a 40-minute backdrop of classics including Time To Say Goodbye, Miserere and more by the star, who’ll also be playing the piano. INFO: 8pm-12midnight Sat 7 Jan 2017, packages Dhs5,000-Dhs8,000, Billionaire Mansion, Taj Hotel Dubai, 04 510 3100, billionairemansiondubai.com

ELTON JOHN IN DUBAI

FRI 20 JAN

After postponing his original December date, Elton John will finally be in Dubai with his Wonderful Crazy Night tour. We can’t wait to see the Rocket Man in the city! INFO: 5pm-12midnight, Dhs295-Dhs995 for tickets, Dhs995-Dhs50,000 for packages, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet City, dubai.platinumlist.com

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