End the year on a high note by taking advantage of all the wonderful happening in Dubai. From how to celebrate to festive season all month long to seeing in 2018, here's what's going on in the city.
Check out this celebrity-favorite restaurant
London, Vegas, Ibiza… STK is loved the world over for its incredible steak and celebrity clientele (including Adam Sandler, Hailey Baldwin and Courteney Cox). Pop in to see what it's all about as it finally opens in Dubai.
Rixos Premium JBR, December 1
Celebrate UAE National Day
From Dubai to Abu Dhabi and beyond, the United Arab Emirates will be holding many celebrations for its 46th birthday. Special events and offers will be taken advantage of up and down the country and individuals and businesses with proudly display the flag's colors, so head out and soak up the good vibes.
Various locations, December 2
Bump into a star at DIFF
Dubai International Film Festival always attracts plenty of stars and this year the likes of Cate Blanchett, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sir Patrick Stewart and Vanessa Willams. It's also an opportunity to see a number of films premiering including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Supersize Me 2: Holy Chicken! and Downsizing.
Madinat Jumeirah, December 6-13
Return to Sole DXB
Sole DXB, the sneakers-meets-streetwear-and-music festivities include the Letters to Andy Warhol exhibition in collaboration with Cadillac (December 8 and 9), the launch of Les Benjamins' DXB Meets LAX unisex capsule in collar with Bloomingdale's and music performances from the likes of Kano and Pusha T.
Dubai Design District, December 7-9
Witness the Dubai Muscle Show
The Middle East's most successful bodybuilder, Big Ramy, will be joined by Stranger Things star Kai Greene and fitness influencers Simeon Panda and Paige Hathaway at the Dubai Muscle Show. The latter, who has approximately 9.7 million social media followers, will appear on both days for Q&As at the Wolf Squat stand.
Dubai World Trade Centre, December 8-9
See a music legend in concert
He was supposed to perform in Dubai last year but was forced to reschedule under doctors' orders, now Elton John finally makes it to the UAE. Prepare for an amazing show from117 Live the "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind" singer.
Autism Rocks Arena, December 8
Have a chat with Joan Collins
An Evening with Dame Joan Collins gives fans the chance to ask the Dynasty star everything you've ever wanted to know. From her life in Hollywood, winning awards and never-before-seen footage, tickets cost AED295.
Dubai Opera, December 12
Take on a bicycle challenge
Could you cycle 92km? Local supermarket, Spinneys is hosting a morning for friends and family to physically and mentally challenge themselves through sport. Sign up for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge on the website.
Al Qudra Cycling Track, December 15
Try Indian sushi
This Indian restaurant's new menu has fused Japanese dishes with Indian flavors so you can experience the likes of Butter Chicken, Aloo Chaat, Chili Paneer and various other interesting sushi and dim sum dishes.
Spice & Ice, Cluster A, JLT, Ongoing
To celebrate the festive season, this beauty salon has a range of packages to make spoiling yourself more affordable this month. Pop in Sundays to Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and you can avail the likes of a cut and blow dry for AED170, a mani + pedi and 1-hour massage for AED250, eyelash extensions and 1-hour massage for AED450 and more.
We Nails, Skyview Tower, Dubai Marina, Ongoing
See a festive movie with a twist
In Better Watch Out babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.
Various locations, Ongoing
Try a new brunch
No need to get on a flight, the London Social brunch will make you feel like you've been transported to the UK capital. With London Underground signs directing you to your favorite food (eg, Indian dishes on Brick Lane or Caribbean delights in Brixton), you'll be spoiled for choice as you kick back and enjoy the live music on the terrace of the Caravan restaurant.
Ritz Carlton JBR, Ongoing
See out the year with a bang
There are so many celebrations going on for New Year's Eve but our pick is seeing 2018 in at Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan's favorite Dubai beach club. DJ Jax Jones (behind Duke Dumont's "I Got You") and Drum 'n' Bass hitmakers Sigma, headline the event. Tickets cost AED295 or AED395 on the door. Alternatively buy an all-inclusive package for AED999.
Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, December 31