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Things to Do in Dubai | December 2016

14 Ways to Let Dubai Entertain You This December


See 2016 out with your best month yet! Hit Dubai's hottest events and ensure it was a year to remember.

Celebrate UAE National Day

BurJuman (and many other places in the country) will be holding special festivities for the occasion. There's a Super Sale, henna body decoration and free Arabic coffee to look forward to, as well as the UAE flag providing plenty of picture opportunities.

December 1-3, BurJuman

Catch a storming DJ set

Tiesto is performing at the Sheikh Rashid Hall at 9.30pm, with Hollaphonic and Stephen Grandi opening for him. Buy tickets from Platinum List.

December 2, Dubai World Trade Center

Enjoy a Lebanese brunch

Al Falamanki kicks off their traditional Arabic food brunch in the garden which is perfect for the whether in Dubai right now. Go down 11am-2pm.

Ongoing Saturdays, Opposite Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah 2

Attend a third birthday party

No toys and tears here… this nightlife and beach venue is celebrating three years in the Emirate.
Italian techno/house DJ and producer Pirupa will play a headline afternoon set for their free-to-enter SuperNatural Third Birthday bash.

December 3, Zero Gravity

Channel your inner stage star

Lucky Voice launches in Dubai after going down a storm in the UK. Wannabe Beyonce's can belt out tracks in private pods, and order food and drinks at the press of a button.

December 5, Grand Millenium Hotel

Feel the winter vibes

Santa's Grotto, shopping at the Winter Market, A Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and special concerts…it must be winter in Dubai. With a pantomime, cookie decorating a West End musical favorites thrown into the mix, Dubai Winter Festival is worth the ticket price (from AED40).

December 8-10, Media City Amphitheatre

Dubai International Film Festival

The likes of Andie MacDowell, Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Hemsworth will be in the Emirate for this star-studded annual affair of screenings and parties called DIFF.

December 7-14, Madinat Jumeirah

Catch a 90s boyband

Three members of British group 5ive (Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson) will be performing at nightclub, Societe Dubai, a venue which entertains guests night after night with classic 90s and 00s tunes.

December 8, Societe Dubai

Discover Dubai's most stylish neighborhood

Meet D3 returns for a second year, showcasing the Dubai Design District's artistic and fashionable offerings. Singers including Jess Glynne ("Rather Be") and Miriam Fares will perform.

December 8-10, Dubai Design District

Hear those bells ring


Conducted by Pete Harrison and performed by the London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Jingle Bell Favourites' two-day gig will feature faces including All I Want For Christmas, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, Baby it's Cold Outside and Silent Night.

December 13-14, Dubai Opera

Say Bon Voyage!

Zheng He's Voyage brunch will be serving up carved duck and dim sum to diners at the waterside Chinese restaurant. Are you ready to explore?

Ongoing Fridays, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam

Show your Sassy side

Sass Cafe's new ladies night serves up complimentary drinks from 8pm-11pm then tables are cleared away and guests are free to party until 3am. The restaurant provides 30 percent off food in a setting of 1940s glamour to the sounds of New York DJ Mel Debarge.

Ongoing Wednesdays, Al Futtan Currency House, DIFC

Have a stress-free Christmas

If cooking (and cleaning up after everyone) on Christmas Day sounds like a hassle to you, fear not, because Yalumba at Le Meridien al Garhoud is throwing a festive-themed buffet and festive brunch with free-flowing house beverages from 1pm to 4pm. For AED599 guests can enjoy champagne, fine wines, beers and house spirits then there's a happy hour from 4pm to 9pm with 20% off on all beverages. Children below 12 years are welcome to join the Kids' Club located at Jules Bar free of charge.

Be part of the brunch bunch

From 2pm-5pm Bazxar's Roaring Prohibition Brunch serves up delights including crispy mac and cheese and soy gazed chicken to old school R'n'B. Not one to follow the crowd, Bazxar puts an up-tempo twist on Dubai's favorite Friday pastime, dialing up the volume and encouraging the young and young at heart to shake it off. Dress up Great Gatsby-style and get ready to have a good time.

Ongoing Fridays, Gate 4, DIFC

See the year out with a bang

Swedish House Mafia's Axwell and Ingrosso will play a New Year's Eve bash to remember, supports by Mambo Brothers, Salvatore Ganacci and Shapov. Buy tickets from Envie Events.

December 31, Meydan Racecourse

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