Top 10 Things To Do in the UAE the Week
Wed 24-Fri 26 Dec
Go to Cirque’s Twisted 3-day Christmas Do!
Dive down the rabbit hole for Cirque le Soir’s Alice in Wonderland-themed party. Named Twisted Winter in Wonderland, it aims to evoke a fantastical landscape complete with pine trees, miniature elves and a sprinkling of fake snow.
Fri 19 Dec
Celebrate White Dubai’s First Birthday with Tinie
The English rapper is jetting back to Dubai after his stint at RedFestDXB back in February, so if you missed him that time, head on up to White Dubai to hear hits such as Pass Out, Frisky, Wonderman and Written in the Stars.
INFO: 9pm-3am, White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Al Meydan Rd, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 050 443 0933, www.whitedubai.com
Fri Dec 19-Tue Dec 30
Catch Alice in Wonderland at Souk Madinat Jumeirah!
A magical adventure awaits in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. Dive down the rabbit hole and join Alice’s madcap voyage as she chases the White Rabbit, gets tied up with Tweedledum and Tweedledee, sings with a bubble-blowing caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game.
Thu 18 Dec
Club Night of the Week
Dance to DJ Pippi at Pacha Ibiza Dubai!
One of Ibiza’s first resident DJs, Pippi’s long held a prominent spot on the global house scene, and clubbers can expect a storming set of signature Balearic beats when he takes to the decks at Pacha’s recently opened UAE outpost.
INFO: Dhs150, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Rd, 04 567 0000, www.pacha.ae
Fri 19 Dec
Watch Racers in We Run DXB!
It’s too late to register for Nike’s 10k race, but you can still catch all the trackside action! Up to 8,000 runners will take part in the event, which starts opposite Tche Tche restaurant on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard before heading towards DIFC and back again. Staff will be on hand to advise spectators on the best viewing spots.
INFO: 7.30am-9.30am, Downtown Dubai, www.nike.com
Ladies’ Night of the Week
Iris Yas Island
Gather the girls and head to this classy joint, which offers stunning views of the marina. You’ll each get four drinks on the house, and if you get peckish while you’re there, check out the venue’s new ‘light bites’ menu of low-calorie cuisine.
INFO: Starts 8pm, venue opens 6pm-3am, Building 1, Yas Marina, Yas Island,Abu Dhabi, 05516 05636, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 19 Dec
Brunch of the Week
Festive Family Brunch at Lounge Café Italiano
This Media City venue’s well worth a visit, and you can feast on a buffet of Italian classics at this seasonal introduction to its brand-new brunch
INFO: 12noon-4pm, Dhs130 with soft drinks, Dhs60 for kids aged six-12, children aged five and under dine free. Ground floor, Arenco Tower, opposite American University of Dubai, Dubai Media City, 04 453 3318, 05576 33952, email@example.com, www.loungecafeitaliano.com
Fri 19 Dec
Join a boat House Party!
You won’t hear cheesy tunes at Abu Dhabi’s new Pure Underground Boat Party, just the cream of progressive, deep and underground house, techno and trance.
INFO: 1pm, Dhs280 with drinks, Dhs500 per couple with drinks, Abu Dhabi, for exact location call 05283 07388, book at www.platinumlist.net
Wed 24 Dec
Get 'Reddy' for a Santa-coloured Shindig at Aloft!
Slip into your hottest red or white outfit, or wear a mixture of the two, for this glam pre-Christmas party. It’s time to dig out that Santa outfit!
INFO: 8pm-3am, free, rooftop, Aloft Abu Dhabi, ADNEC, Al Arabi St, 02 654 5138, relaxat12.com
Sat 20 Dec
Have a Picnic in the Park and Hear Movie Music!
Billed as “an evening of stunning musical diversity, sprinkled with laughter and magic”, Picnic on the Park pays tribute to the music of the movies as a host of artists perform memorable themes from Saturday Night Fever, Moulin Rouge, Mamma Mia!, Bond flicks and more! Take food and a blanket but no drinks, which must be bought at the venue.