Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
Fri 5 Dec
Catch Sports Show Nitro Circus Live!
This one-off stadium spectacular, based on the TV show, is the biggest event of its kind worldwide, attracting some 1.5 million spectators so far! In the UAE for the first time, Nitro Circus Live will feature spellbinding stunts using everything from BMX bikes and scooters to crazy contraptions such as a rocking horse, kids’ trikes, a bathtub and even a Barbie-themed car!
INFO: 8pm-10pm, Silver Dhs149, Dhs199; Gold Dhs249, Dhs299; fan pit Dhs499, Platinum Dhs599, Dhs699; Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, book at www.tixbox.com
Wed 10-Wed 17 Dec
Catch Top-Quality Flicks at DIFF!
Dubai International Film Festival has been scaled down somewhat this year, but you can still expect a first-rate line-up of world cinema. The red carpet will be rolled out at several glamorous gala screenings, with actress Emily Blunt among the famous faces who’ll be jetting into town. Head down to Madinat Jumeirah and you might find yourself mingling with the stars!
INFO: Times and venues vary, book at www.dubaifilmfest.com
Fri 5 Dec
Dance to DJ Steve Lawler
This British house music producer has held residencies at a number of big-name dance clubs including Space, The End and Twilo. There’ll also be German techno from DJ Nick Curly.
INFO: 11am-11pm, reservations 11am-9pm, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, 056 113 3400, email@example.com
Mon 8 Dec
Learn to Sing with a Top Voice Coach!
Singer Dileesa Hunter will help participants boost their stage presence, master breathing techniques and hit hard-to-reach high notes at this one-off workshop.
INFO: 7.30pm-9.30pm, Dhs200, RSVP on 02 666 9656 or to firstname.lastname@example.org, Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Space 22, The Collection, St Regis Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Make a Break for Escape Quest!
Escape games are booming in the Middle East, and hot on the heels of Jumeirah’s Challenge Chambers comes this activity centre in JLT. The premise is simple – up to five players are locked in a room and must get out in the shortest time possible, using as few clues as they can. Round up your cleverest chums now!
INFO: 10am-10pm, Dhs90-Dhs120 per person, 20th floor, HDC Business Centre, Cluster M, JLT, Dubai, 055 284 5382, www.escapequest.ae
Wed 10-Thu 11 Dec
See Comedienne Gina Yashere in Dubai!
A familiar face on British TV, Gina’s been on shows such as Live At The Apollo and Mock the Week and is also known in the US for her stints on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Joining her will be Kai Humphries and Phil Nichols.
INFO: 9pm, Dhs140; Wed 10 Dec, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina; Thu 11 Nov, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM, Dubai; 04 355 1862, book at www.timeouttickets.com
Club night of the Week: Purple Rain
DJ Gilbert spins Eighties tunes from some of the decade’s best-loved artists at this relaxed retro event. B52 shots are half-price, and if you’re feeling peckish you can order a cheese board and get a complimentary bottle of house vino!
Ladies’ night of the Week: Original Wings & Rings
Girls get three free drinks including house spirits, grape and bubbly – and there’s a band. Plus, tag your pics on Instagram and Facebook using #OWRGirls and if enough people ‘like’ them you could win shopping vouchers for The Dubai Mall!
INFO: Deal runs 8pm-12midnight; venue opens 12noon-2am daily, Liberty House, Floor C, DIFC, Dubai, 04 359 6900, www.buffalo-arabia.com
Fri 2-Sat 10 Jan
Don’t Miss Musical Mamma Mia!
Inspired by the music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! blends the band’s timeless songs with a touching story of families, friendship and love. Set on a Greek island paradise, the award-winning show was memorably brought to the big screen in 2008 and starred Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
INFO: 5pm-7pm and 9pm-11pm Fri 2, Thu 8 and Fri 9 Jan; 4pm-6pm and 8pm-10pm Sat 3 and Sat 10 Jan; 8pm-10pm, 4, 6 and 7 Jan; Silver Dhs195, Gold Dhs295, Dhs395; Platinum Dhs495, Diamond Dhs795, Royal Dhs1,295; book at www.platinumlist.net, Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.yakevents.com
Brunch of the Week: Posh Nosh at Geales
This new outpost of the London seafood restaurant serves up four courses of upscale British faves to share. Once you’ve ploughed oysters, salmon, Cumberland sausage and chicken-liver paté, you’ll be treated to desserts including sticky toffee pudding and strawberries and cream.
INFO: 1pm-4pm, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs500 with unlimited drinks including bubbly, kids aged six-12 dine for Dhs150, under-sixes dine free, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai Marina, 04 316 5550, resbook.