Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week

From star-spotting at DIFF to chuckling at Punchline Comedy, as well as snowball fights at Dubai Christmas festival and brunch with a view
BySarah SwainThursday , 05 December 2013
Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week
Go Star-spotting at DIFF Fri 6-Sat 14 Dec Love schmoozing with celebs? Don’t miss Dubai International Film Festival. A-listers including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, Naomie Harris from Bond flick Skyfall and hunky Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo, plus Little Miss Sunshine herself, Abigail Breslin, will join Oscar winner Cate Blanchett at the event’s 10th edition. The place to be is Madinat Jumeirah Arena, which will host two red carpet events each day (you don’t have to be a celeb to get in). Also look out for Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen (the US President in The West Wing), who’ll receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. INFO: Dhs80 (gala events), Dhs30 (regular screenings). Packages start from Dhs75 for three films. Screenings are at Madinat Jumeirah, Vox in Mall of the Emirates and Downtown Dubai’s Burj Park. For the line-up visit


Chuckle at Punchline Comedy Club

Thu 5-Fri 6 Dec
It’ll be a laugh a minute at comedy club Punchline, which boasts three top comics on its latest billing. Dave Johns, a regular on British TV show Never Mind the Buzzcocks who’s acted alongside Christian Slater, will be joined by Aussies Wayne Deakin and Daniel Townes.

Have a Snowball Fight in the sun at Dubai Christmas Festival
Thu 5-Sat 7 Dec
We might live in the desert, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – in Dubai Media City at least! The amphitheatre will be transformed into a grotto to make Santa proud and there’s plenty to occupy you, including a festive market, but our fave thing has to be the fact that it’ll snow on the hour, every hour! It’s not real, of course, but we don’t care! There’ll also be mulled vino, plus you can skate on the ice rink. It’s plastic, but that won’t stop Team Ahlan! having a go!
INFO: Dhs50 (advance), Dhs60 (door), Dhs85 (Gold Ticket, advance including mince pie, two drinks and Santa hat), Dhs100 (Gold Ticket, door), Dhs25 (children, advance), Dhs30 (children, door), 4pm-10pm (Thu), 3pm-10pm (Fri-Sat), Dubai Media City Amphitheatre,

A Brunch with a View… and desserts too!
Fri 11 Dec
It’s not the newest brunch in town but Observatory’s Friday offering is one that’s worth revisiting! As well as the stunning marina views and heaving buffet, you can order a choice of three à la carte dishes, including lobster tail. But it’s the desserts Ahlan! was raving about on Facebook afterwards. With everything from crème brûlée to strawberry mousse (served in cute martini glasses) we reckon they’re some of the best brunch puddings in town (and, believe us, we’ve tried a lot!). Defo worth the extra calories.
INFO: Dhs450 (house drinks), Dhs350 (bubbly), Dhs300 (soft drinks), 12.30pm-4pm, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, 04 319 4795,

Party with Ahlan!
Wed 11 Dec
Christmas is coming, and how better to kick off your celebrations than with your fave magazine? We’re holding a bash at Bapas, at The H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. There’ll be a DJ, drinks, canapes and even presents! Bapas is a hip new bar which brings Belgian tapas to Dubai! Entry is by invite-only, but we have plenty of tickets to give away!
INFO: Win tickets at


Catch a Pair of Irish Funnymen
Thu 12 Dec

It’s all about the craic thisweek as Irish comedian PJ Gallagher comes to town. Best known for his stints on TV show Naked Camera, he’ll be joined on the line-up by fellow countryman Dave McSavage.
INFO: Dhs120, 7pm (doors open), 9pm (show starts), McGettigan’s, JLT, Dubai,

Go Vintage at Mo*Vida
Fri 6 Dec
Dubai club Mo*Vida has launched a new night where you can bop away to Seventies, Eighties and Nineties tunes. We can’t think of anything better!
INFO: Free, 11pm-3am Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road,

Say “Hola” to Tapas
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has unveiled Salero Tapas & Bodega. Bosses flew Spanish designers in to ensure an authentic look.
INFO: 12noon-1am (weekdays) and 12noon-3am (weekends), Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, 04 409 5999,

Supersize Brunch!
Fri 6 Dec
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara has expanded its brunch! You can now sit outside in scenic surroundings while dining on international cuisine including Thai.
INFO: Dhs425 (bubbly), Dhs280 (house drinks), Dhs225 (soft drinks), 02 656 1000,

A Night with the Girls
Tue 10 Dec
Rivi Bar at the Rivington Grill has launched a new ladies’ night. With women offered three free dessert-inspired cocktails – including chocolate and mince pie martinis – it’d be rude to resist.
INFO: 7pm-10pm, Madinat Jumeirah, 04 366 6464,

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