Top 10 Things to Do This Week
The Wizard of Oz at First Group Theatre
Thursday 20 to Monday 31 December
Click your heels and head over to the Madinat Jumeirah to see Dorothy, Toto and friends follow the Yellow Brick Road. Featuring all the songs, as well as fab costumes and sets, the professional production, direct from the UK is a perfect family night out. All together now, “There’s no place like home.”
INFO: Dhs165, First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat, 11am on December 22, 23, 24, 27 and 30, 3pm on December 20 to 24 and 26 to 31, 7pm on December 21, 26, 28 and 29, 04 366 6546, www.madinatheatre.com.
Friday 21 December
Bad boy Danny Dyer is returning to Dubai! The cockney geezer will be DJing at Rock Bottom Café in Bur Dubai. It’s Danny’s second UAE trip of the year – he played at Ahlan!’s LOUD party back in May. The 35-year-old actor is best known for his parts in films such as Human Traffic.
INFO: Free entry, 10pm, Rock Bottom Café, Bur Dubai, 055 200 9361 www.rameehotels.com.
Christmas at Fazaris
Tuesday 25 December
It’s Christmas! Which means you can eat as much as you want and not feel guilty! Well, something like that. If you have not sorted out your festive feast yet, Fazaris restaurant at glam hotel The Address Downtown has both a brunch and a lunch for the big day – yum!You can stuff yourself at the brunch on the terrace, or head to Zeta seafood bar and relax by the pool over Christmas lunch. We hear Santa’s going too!
INFO: Brunch, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs 595 (bubbles, vino, and grain), Dhs450 (soft drinks); lunch 12.30pm to 3pm, Dhs300, The Address Downtown, Dubai, 04 888 3444, www.theaddress.com.
Movie Night at McGettigan’s
Monday 24 December
The pub might not be the first place you’d think to go to enjoy a movie, but a fancy new night at McGettigan’s will change all that.
Their weekly event will see wireless headphones handed out so you don’t miss any of the action. Christmas weepie It’s a Wonderful Life will be screened at 8pm on Christmas Eve. We guarantee it’ll put you in the festive spirit. Sob!
INFO: Free, 8pm, McGettigan’s,The Bonnington Hotel, JLT, Dubai, 04 356 0506, www.mcgettigansdubai.com.
Abu Dhabi Stand-Up Comedy Festival
Thursday 20 December
If you fancy some belly laughs this Christmas, this second event of its kind features ‘King of Comedy’ Nemr Abu Nassar from Lebanon and Amr Katamesh from Egypt.
INFO: Dhs75 (silver) Dhs125 (gold) Dhs225 (VIP) Dhs375 VVIP, 8pm, National Theatre Abu Dhabi, 050 337 6 335, www.skyevent.ae.
Souk Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah
Wednesday 26 December
If you have visitors in town or want to get into the festive spirit, wander alongside the waterways of the Madinat with the exotic backdrop of the exquisite Mina A’ Salam and Burj Al Arab. Visit stalls, see Father Christmas and sample gingerbread and cookies. C’mon, ditch the diet!
INFO: Free, Madinat Jumeirah, weekdays 5pm to 10.30pm, weekends 4pm to 1am, 04 366 8888, www.jumeirah.com.
Marmoum Camel Racing
Sunday 23 to Thursday 27 December
Forget watching horses cross the finishing line – camel racing season is upon us! Watch the humped creatures lumber around the racetrack with their robot jockeys. A great way to sample a bit of Emirati culture.
INFO: Free, 7am and 2.30pm, Al Marmoum Camel racetrack, Al Ain Road, call in advance to confirm times, 055 676 0006.
Christmas Day at The Tavern
Tuesday 25 December
Turkey, tinsel and all the trimmings – if you’re a UK expat and missing home, head to British pub The Tavern for live entertainment and mulled vino.
INFO: Free entry 12pm to 1am, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, 02 677 3333.
Emirates Palace Christmas Tree
Until Monday 31 December
There are Christmas trees and then there is the Emirates Palace Christmas Tree. World-famous for its decadence, this year it’s decked with 131 gold, diamond and sapphire decorations and is valued at Dhs40million! Don’t miss a sneaky peek.
Saturday December 22
If you fancy an indulgent brunch but want to enjoy the perfect weather, you need to meet Luciano! Dubai’s Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa has launched an Italian Brunch at Luciano’s restaurant, which can be enjoyed in true European style outside on its poolside terrace every Saturday.
INFO: Dhs159 (soft drinks) and Dhs199 (house drinks), 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort, 04 408 4257, www.grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com.