Here are our top picks on how to spend this week in the UAE.
Kick off the festive season: Christmas tree lighting ceremonies
This year, more and more venues are celebrating the start to festive season with Christmas tree lighting ceremonies all over Dubai. They are free of cost, super fun and a great opportunity to enjoy mince pies, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and festive beverages.
Relax: Extend your long weekend
Sundays are for the Ladies at Nasimi Beach! If you’ve decided to take the day off and spend some time relaxing in the city, check out the ultimate Ladies Day Package every Sunday from 12pm-4pm. For Dh99 ladies can enjoy unlimited house beverages, choice of a dish from the Ladies Day menu and beach access with use of sun loungers and sofas. Resident DJ’s Chris Wright and Drew Moorland will be playing back to back all day with beats including everything from classic R&B to deep, funky house music. Gents, can join the party for Dh150 entry, which is redeemable on food and beverages on the day.
Location Nasimi Beach, Atlantis Cost Dh99 for ladies and Dh150 for men Timings Sunday from 12pm to 4pm Contact 050 8829092
Brush up on your VAT knowledge
Moustasharoun Bureau is organizing free VAT workshops for entrepreneurs in the UAE. This will allow them to understand VAT within the perspective of investors and traders and not from the technical side. Seats are limited to 8 per session. Make sure you call to register
Location Bay Square Cost Free Timings Saturday December 9 from 11am to 1pm Contact 04 272 7201
Health: Run like a kitty
Head down to Zabeel Park, where more than 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the non-competitive 5km Hello Kitty run to promote an active lifestyle, health, wellbeing and harmony among communities for adults and children of all ages from 3 years and above. Register today to claim your exclusive Hello Kitty race pack composing of race t-shirt, string bag and medal.
Location Zabeel Park Cost Dh125 per adult and Dh110 per child Timings Friday, December 8 at 9am
Salon of the week: Studio 91
A fresh new hair studio has opened in DIFC and promises to become the go-to for discerning fashionistas in search of creative international hair colouring, treatments and styling. Studio 91 provides a full spectrum of hair colouring techniques enhanced by leading edge hair care technology in one cool, contemporary space. We went down ourselves to try out the new hair treatments and opted for a blow dry to get the long weekend started on a fashionable and fabulous note.
Location DIFC, near Zuma Cost various Contact 04 3437100
Scarlet Cardinal launches The Latin Experience ladies' night
Every Monday, he live music venue and bar in JBR is hosting a unique and fun ladies' night, where Ladies can indulge in unlimited house beverages from 8pm to 3am and enjoy 50 per cent off their food bill until midnight. Unleash your best moves on the dancefloor as a six-piece Latin band takes care of the music. If you're not much of a dancer, watch your jaw drop as a flamboyant troop of performers gets their groove on. They’ve also got a decked out karaoke room. Hiring the karaoke room is complimentary for groups of ten or more with advance booking.
Location Scarlet Cardinal, Level P2, Sofitel Hotel, JBR Offer Unlimited house beverages and 50 per cent off food until midnight Timings Every Monday from 8pm to 3am Contact 056 2229914
Relax: Jebel Ali Recreation Club
One of Dubai’s oldest and most popular leisure venues by Nakheel, is hosting a month-long line-up of entertainment to celebrate its grand re-opening since being transformed into a new recreational, dining and entertainment destination in Jebel Ali Village. The events kicked off on November 28 with show-stopping entertainment by a Latin American dance group. The celebrations will continue with a troupe of 17 performers entertaining guests from 7pm to 9:30pm every Friday from 8 to 22 December.
Visitors will also get discounts across all five restaurants at the complex during this time. The Club offers a number of unique dining experiences including C House Milano, Ship’s Wheels, Andalucia Tapas, Seafood Kitchen and The Club House, in addition to world class recreational facilities like tennis, squash and a swimming pool.
Location Jebel Ali Recreational Village Cost Free Entry
Better Watch Out
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Releasing on November 30
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Daddy's Home 2
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