10 great things to do in Dubai this week
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
There’s plenty of seasonal fun to be had in this pantomime-style production of the classic fairytale at DUCTAC – and they certainly have pedigree in putting them on. In 2015, it was Cinderella and in 2016 Peter Pan, and many in the cast and crew are from the UK, where the genre has a peculiar place in the seasonal calendar. Not that the story needs much in the way of introduction, but Snow White and her diminutive companions must defy the Wicked Queen and meet her handsome Prince Charming. It’s the usual blend of bag gags, over-the-top humour, music and dancing and audience interaction.
When: December 20-29
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Contact: +971 4 341 4777, website
The legendary Egyptian composer and pianist is accompanied on stage at Dubai Opera by a full orchestra for a second consecutive year. The 69-year-old has enjoyed a storied career with works that have successfully bridged the gap between eastern and western classic styles.
When: December 22
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +971 56 981 9474, website
Capping off Gulf Photo Plus’s special Street Week initiative, which is a group exhibition showcasing various street photography work from the region, is the screening of a photo documentary by Cheryl Dunn, which focuses on New York’s street photographers. Held in association with Cinema Akil, the screening is free and kicks off at 7pm.
When: December 19
Where: A4 Space, Al Quoz
Lazzez vs Van dijck
MMA might be one of the most popular sports in the region but there have been precious few high-profile bouts here in recent years. UK-based promoters Phoenix are putting this right with a card that sees Tunisian Mounir Lazzez (5-0) take on Belgian Christophe Van Dijck (8-3). Overall, the night contains 32 fighters with 10 world and regional champions.
When: December 22
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: +971 4 332 1000, website
Food Truck Jam
You should know the drill of these by now. Some of the best food trucks in the UAE, all under the #TruckersUAE banner, gather at Emirates Golf Club for an afternoon and evening of music, markets and general merriment – all with a selection of great food. There’ll be a live band and plenty to entertain the kids as well.
When: December 23
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Contact: +971 4 417 9999, website
This brand new restaurant and general terrace hangout at Jumeirah Emirates Towers takes its inspiration from pan-regional culture and cuisine – from North African to the Gulf. Designed to be a contemporary meeting point, it sits somewhere between a nomad’s tent and a caravenserail, with dishes including sautéed lamb marinated in spices and served in a casserole, chicken stuffed with saffron rice, raisins and pine nuts, and their version of an Iraqi tashreeb, which is braised lamb in breadcrumbs. Pull up a cushion.
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 326 6105, website
Desiigner at BASE
One of the freshest rappers out of the US will rock the crowds at BASE this weekend. Desiigner is only 20, but is already touted as one of the best in the business right now. You might not recognise the name, but you no doubt know his smash hit “Panda”. Expect an eclectic set of lyrical genius.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, December 22
Where: BASE, Dubai Design District
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Vibe Series presents Magda
The multi-talented Magda will craft a special house and techno night at Tamanya Terrace this Friday. As well as dabbling in tech, fashion, art and even beverages, Magda is one of the hottest bookings on the dance music scene right now. Tickets start at AED100 and include various exclusive beverage offers, too.
When: 8pm-2am, Friday, December 22
Where: Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu DMC
Contact: +971 4 366 9131, website
Cocoon at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
One of the world’s most celebrated parties unloads at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE with a lineup that’s not to be missed. House music virtuosos Einzelkind and Ilario Alicante are the headliners for the electro-dance event that always keeps the crowd on their feet. Support on the night will be provided by local resident DJs Frederick Stone, Jean B, Jixo & Danz and Aidin Karami.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, December 22
Where: Al Jazira Golden Tulip Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Out of Office at Axe House DXB
In a move that’s basically tempting people not to bother returning to work after lunch any day of the week as Axe House has introduced an epic happy hour (eight of them, to be exact) of 2-4-1 beverages. The promotion lasts until December 31 and we’ve picked Thursday because, well, you’ve technically got an extended weekend.
When: 12pm-8pm, Thursday, December 21
Where: Armada Blue Bay Hotel, JLT
Contact: +971 4 399 9577, website