10 things to do in Dubai this week

Our ShortList of things to do this week isn’t as short as usual. Christmas in Dubai equals too much to do. There are markets, special brunches on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, new movies to see, and plenty of eating to do. Try and pack this lot in, and enjoy the celebrations!

Christmas Eve Dinner at The Act
Start the festivities early with a special Christmas Dinner Show at The Act on Christmas Eve. Expect weird and wonderful performers as well as delicious food including dishes like salmon tiradito and foie gras. The dinner costs AED495 per person for a minim of two people.
When: December 24
Where: The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 4 355 1116

Fort Island’s Festive Market
Madinat Jumeirah doesn’t do mediocre, and their winter market certainly is as polished and as lavish as you would expect. Set over 1,750 square metres, and surrounded by the famous Arabesque architecture, the Fort Island will be converted into a playground of ice-rinks, slides, a North Pole Train and, of course, dozens of stalls for food and handcrafts. There’s also a prodigious tree.
When: December 17-27, 3pm-12am
Where: Madinat Jumeirah

Cabana comes alive on the 25th with interactive cooking stations – and chefs who’ll celebrate just as much as you – lavish food spreads in the Brazilian churrasco style, plus old school classics like eggnog and hot chocolate. It’s as close as a glamorous al fresco poolside restaurant will ever come to making you feel like you’re in a snowy log cabin, and the DJ only adds to the party atmosphere. AED295 (soft drinks), AED385 (house beverages), AED150 (children (6-11). Under 6s free.
Where: The Address Dubai Mall
Contact: +9714 888 3444

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Blue Marlin Christmas Day – Art Department
Forgo the usual festive feast that marks Christmas Day and grab your mates for a proper Christmas party. Blue marlin have special guests in the form of Art Department, Marc Romboy and Maher Daniel to play you through the day and into the night. Book a beach bed or lounger and relax with electronic beats and a Mediterranean menu.
When: December 25, 11am-9pm
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

The Eloquent Elephant at Taj Dubai
Visit the rustic ‘gastro grotto’ for a traditional British Christmas. The Christmas Day brunch has a choice of two sittings (wither 12.30pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8.30pm) full of all the classic festive eats and free-flowing drinks. From AED395 per person
Where: Taj Dubai
Contact: +971 4 4383131

Vida Downtown’s Urban Picnic
For Christmas lunch with a twist, grab a cabana and relax poolside. Vida Downtown’s Urban Picnic comes complete with a DJ spinning chill-out tracks, a beautiful terrace setting and plenty of great food. AED365 including bubbles.
When: December 25, 1pm-5pm
Where: Vida Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, ,

Dubai Ice Rink Christmas Market
It probably doesn’t get more wintry than a solid block of ice, does it? The Dubai Ice Rink at The Dubai Mall will at least be covered for the duration of this market, which will run from December 16 into the New Year. There will be more than 40 stalls selling gifts and goodies, as well as live music, food and beverage stalls and, of course, Santa’s Grotto.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Dates: December 16-January 5
Price: AED20

Book – Russell Peters Live
Technically, this isn’t something that you can do this week, but as tickets are almost sold out, we recommend you snap yours up quickly. Canadian comedian Russell Peters sells out arenas across the globe, and his bringing his latest world tour to Dubai on January 19 and 20. Tickets start at AED250 and are available from www.ticketmaster.ae.
When: January 19 and 20
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG)
The return of the franchise has garnered an extra level of regional excitement having been shot in-part in Abu Dhabi. As Disney’s first foray into the sci-fi behemoth, ex-Star Trek director JJ Abrams faces a daunting challenge to keep the legions of fanboys happy, but George Lucas himself seems to approve, branding The Force Awakens as “very much the kind of movie the fans have been looking for.” And then, of course, there’s the return of Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. We’re excited.
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Boxing Day Brunch at Saas Café
Traditionally, Boxing Day is all about relaxing with films and leftover food. Not in Dubai. Saas café is putting on a special Boxing Day brunch for those looking to make the most of the celebrations. From 1 to 4pm it’s all about deep house and food such as French toast and wagyu sliders.
When: December 26, 1pm-4pm
Where: Saas Café, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, +971 4 352 7722

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