9 great things to do in the UAE this week
Sole DXB 2017
It’s become one of our favourite events of the year and one that speaks to several of our obsessions; sneakers, streetwear, art and music. SoleDXB returns to Dubai Design District with an even bigger lineup of acts, attractions, activations and, of course sneaker brands. One of the themes this year is Japanese contemporary design and how it has helped shape and influence contemporary streetwear, pop culture and comicbooks. For the first time there’s
a pop-up store in partnership with Virgin, called Early Retirement – chance would be a fine thing – to sell collaboration pieces, event merchandise and Tokyo-sourced goods from vending machines.
When: December 7-9
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: From AED125
The rescheduled concert from the ultimate showman finally arrives in Dubai. Sir Elton John, as he’s now known, has enjoyed a 50-year career as a songwriter and performer, during which he has amassed 50 top-40 singles in the UK alone.
When: December 8
Where: Autism Rocks Arena
Price: From AED295
The Canadian-American singer-songwriter has been one of the most important and influential talents of the last three decades, and his one-off show at Dubai Opera is
a chance to hear his repertoire.
When: December 6
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: From AED295
The Scottish soul-tinged rockers come to Dubai on the back of Jump On Board, their ninth studio album. From 1989’s debut “I Don’t Want a Lover” to 1997’s “Say What You Want” and 2003’s “Carnival Girl”, they have delivered hits whatever the musical currents.
When: December 7
Where: Dubai Tennis Stadium
Price: From AED195
The world-renowned obstacle course returns to the Hamdan Sports Complex with more mud-drenched obstacles designed around the values of courage, teamwork, personal accomplishment and fun. The toughest event on the planet? That’s what they claim. Signature obstacles include: The Block Ness Monster, Arctic Enema The Re-birth and Electroshock Therapy.
When: December 8-9
Where: Hamdan Sports Complex
Price: From AED490
The Laughter Factory: Laugh Your Baubles Off Xmas Tour
The best comedy lineup of the year comes to Dubai for the final Laughter Factory tour of 2017. The three acts are Canadian powerhouse Dana Alexander in her Dubai debut, Chris Kent and Geoff Norcott, who The Sunday Times called a “leading light that challenges every preconception”.
When: December 7
Where: Grand Millennium Dubai
Price: From AED140
Latin experience Ladies night
A new ladies night comes to the live music venue and bar in JBR. The formula is the now standard free beverages for ladies and 50 percent discount on food until midnight, but here there is also a six-piece Latin band with a troupe of performers to get you up on your feet. Oh, and there’s also a karaoke room for you all.
When: 8pm-12pm, Mondays
Where: Scarlet Cardinal, Sofitel, JBR
Contact: +971 56 222 9914, website
Less than two weeks after the grand finale of the F1 season heralded a music festival that included sets from Calvin Harris and Sven Vath, Abu Dhabi is once again the centre of the dance music world. Creamfields is back in the capital after a hiatus... and they’re back with a bang. Several bangs, in fact. The coolest DJ in the world, DeadMau5, headlines Thursday night while on Friday two of the biggest names on the house circuit, Axwell and Ingrosso, close things out. And they’re delighted to be here again.
When: From 7pm, December 7-8
Where: Du Arena, Yas Island
Price: From AED285
Nomad X Maceo Plex
El Chiringuito’s Nomad series continues this Friday with DJ and producer Maceo Plex dropping by for a set to move your feet. Dark and dirty house music will be the flavour of the headline act. And resident DJs Sam Farsio and Paul Josef will provide the tunes to get you through to the main event.
When: 6pm-12am, Friday, December 8
Where: El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm
Contact: +971 54 449 6464, website