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1. Grab big discounts at the world’s biggest mall
Bargain hunters alert. The Dubai Mall Mega Sale, in collaboration with DSF, is taking place this week. Save the date for a full day of super deals and unbelievable discounts of up to 90% across your favourite stores at The Dubai Mall on Saturday 15 January. The mall will be operating for extended hours on sale day. Find more details on thedubaimall.com. Ready, steady, go.15 January. 10am to midnight. The Dubai Mall.
2. Catch discounts up to 90% with DSF Daily Surprises
Love surprises? Well, DSF has plenty. Watch out for exclusive super discounts and deals at one brand at a single location every day until 27 January. The deals will only be revealed 24 hours beforehand, make sure you keep an eye on mydsf.ae and DSF social handles @styledbydubai and @celebratedubai.27 December – 27 January. 10am until stocks last. Across Dubai malls.
3. Become a DSF SHARE Millionaire weekly
Dreaming of millions? Spend as little at Dhs300 at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, or City Centre Deira for your chance to win 1 million SHARE points in a single or cumulative spree. 15 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. Mall opening hours. Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira.
4. Become a DSF Skywards Millionaire
Fasten your seatbelt and fly off to your dream destination. Five lucky winners have a chance to win 1,000,000 Skywards Miles. Spend as little as Dhs100 at Emirates Everyday partners or double your chances of winning by spending with Skywards Everyday partners at The Dubai Mall.15 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. Mall opening hours. The Dubai Mall and Skywards Everyday Partner outlets.
5. Join the gold rush taking over the city
It’s a glittering chance to win an equal slice of 1kg in gold every other day. Just spend Dhs500 on gold, diamonds, pearls or watches at participating Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group outlets, such as Jawhara Jewellery, Mohammed Al Ansari Jewellery, Al Kanz, Fella Gold & Diamonds and Gold House Jewellery, to receive two raffle tickets. 15 December 2021 to 29 January 2022. Mall opening hours. Participating malls and outlets.
6. Who wants to be a millionaire?
Try your luck to win a whopping million dirhams at DSMG malls. Shop for either Dhs100, Dhs250 or Dhs350 at select Dubai Shopping Malls Group’s (DSMG) community malls, for automatic entry into weekly draws with big wins.17 December – 30 January 2022. Participating community malls, including at Bay Avenue, Remraam, Reef Mall and Al Bustan Centre.
7. Win a new set of Nissan wheels
The prizes just keep getting bigger and faster at DSF. Enter the DSF Nissan Grand Raffle for a chance to drive off in one of the five brand new models. Shop for AED25, 50, or 75 at any ENOC petrol station, or ZOOM and AUTOPRO, to receive a raffle coupon.4 November 2021 to 29 January 2022.
8. Drive off with a brand-new INFINITI
Enter the super DSF raffle to win a luxurious, brand new INFINITI QX80. Collect your raffle tickets at ENOC and EPCO petrol stations, Zoom outlets, Metro stations all over Dubai, Gold Souk, Global Village, selected shopping malls and main streets.1 November 2021 to 29 January 2022.
9. Shop till you drop at DSF sales
Plenty of entertainment, surprises, and massive discounts from 25% to 75% across your favourite brands, that’s what DSF is all about. Keep your wish list ready and look out for amazing offers as you roam around the malls, who knows when you might catch a flash sale coming round the corner.26 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. Across Dubai.
10. Win big at Dubai Duty Free
Yet another good reason to travel. Win a return flight, hotel accommodation or up to Dhs50,000 in cash and vouchers, when you make purchases of Dhs500 or more at Dubai Duty Free at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) and register via WhatsApp to earn one entry into the DSF Dubai Duty Free Raffle. 22 December 2021 to 28 January 2022. Dubai Duty Free at the Dubai International Airport (DXB).
11. Get behind the wheel of a Lexus
Two lucky winners will drive away in a Lexus IS 2022 300 Premier car. Simply enter the draw when you spend Dhs300 or more at any of Dubai Festival City Mall’s retailers, or pop-up market Ripe by The Bay. Double entries for those who shop between Sunday and Wednesday. 5 December 2021 – 30 January 2022.
12. Upgrade your phone and more for less
Up to 50% discounts on a wide range of devices, exclusively for Dubai Shopping Festival, plus the opportunity to upgrade your smartphone, mobile accessories and electronics at Etisalat, get connected with some of the best devices for less. 15 December 2021 – 29 January 2022. Etisalat stores citywide or online.
13. Enjoy cashbacks with RAKBANK Credit and Debit Card
Claim a 10% cashback on using RAKBANK Mastercard Credit and Debit Card until January 30, when you make 50 digital wallet transactions of any value. Opt-in by messaging ‘DSF’ to 7010 from a registered mobile number. Offer is exclusive to domestic retail spends.15 December 2021 – 30 January 2022. Citywide.
14. Dazzle in gold
It’s a goldstorm at Jumbo stores in Dubai and online. 47 lucky winners will take home 10g of pure gold each, and one mega winner will walk away with a top prize of 1kg gold. And there’s more! Claim free access to The Entertainer, or score Dhs200 off flight or hotel booking on MakeMyTrip, Dhs120 off home services from JustLife, or get an amazing 15% off gold making charges at Joyalukkas Jewellery stores.15 December 2021 – 30 January 2022. Citywide.
15. Delight your senses with scrumptious vegan food
Nature, sustainability and veganism combine in harmony at Just Vegan Jumeirah. Discover the true potential of vegan food with signature dishes, including Thai yellow curry pizza, plant-based bunless burger and truffle mac and cheese stacks. All the food is prepared in-house by expert chefs to ensure every dish is 100% vegan.Just Vegan Jumeirah, Shop No.2, Next to Dubai Islamic Bank – Jumeirah St – Dubai – UAE.
16. Shop and win at Mercato Mall and Town Centre Jumeirah Town Centre Jumeirah.
Head down to the Venetian marketplace-styled Mercato Mall or Town Centre Jumeirah this DSF to take a shot at winning Dhs15,000 in cash every week. Spend as little as Dhs200 to enter the lucky draw. Visitors to Mercato Mall are in for an additional treat with a street festival takeover featuring comedy acts, dance groups, acrobats and more. 26 December 2021 – 30 January 2022. Mall timings. Mercato Mall and Town Centre Jumeirah Town Centre Jumeirah.
1. Explore the city in a new light
See the light. Be amazed as the city lights up to celebrate DSF, with six interactive light installations by international artists at DIFC, La Mer, The Pointe and Last Exit, Al Khawaneej. You can enjoy a night at the beach in La Mer and race away on Lightbattle X, where the fastest cyclist will be rewarded with a flood of light colour, so let the battle begin!15 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. After dark. DIFC, La Mer, The Pointe and Last Exit, Al Khawaneej.
2. Walk along a dazzling series of light installations
Create a beautiful photo dump amid buzzing bulbs, capturing the aesthetic essence of the local culture of the Al Hai lighting district, part of the Al Seef Market. 16 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. After dark. Al Seef Market.
3. Discover the wonders of Paraguay
Ready to discover South America’s best-kept secret? Explore a new holiday destination at the Terra Auditorium, where Paraguay’s National Secretariat of Tourism will share their international promotional campaign featuring the country’s picturesque landscapes and experiences. 13 January 2022. 5pm. Terra Auditorium, Expo 2020 Dubai.
4. Learn to Tango
It takes two to tango, so grab your partner and learn to dance the authentic Argentine Tango in perfect harmony this week at the Argentine Tango lessons on the Earth Stage. 11 and 14 January 2022. 4pm (11 Jan), 8.30pm (14 Jan). Earth Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
5. Young artistic talent on display
The KHDA Art Competition based on the theme ‘I can change the world through sustainability’ is now over. The 30 talented finalists now have their work showcased at Al Seef Market, and you’re most welcome to visit the exhibited works to appreciate them fully11 to 30 January, 2022. Al Seef Market.
6. Admire a unique art exhibition
It’s sustainable art. Artist Ran Hwang’s solo show shows how she’s used everyday materials, such as paper buttons, to create complex yet beautiful representations of natural beauty. Until 13 January 2022. 10am – 7pm. Leila Heller Gallery, Alserkal Avenue.
7. Discover symmetry in new perspectives
Discover a new side to intelligent art at the Perspectives of Symmetry by Anton Bakker exhibition. In his thought-provoking displays, the New York-based Dutch artist has created unique sculptures to inspire multiplicity in the way that people approach their daily lives. The sculptures seem to transform as you move through the space, how cool is that?Until 13 January 2022. 10am – 7pm. Leila Heller Gallery, Alserkal Avenue.
8. Discover rare art at The Mana Jalalian Collection
It’s a rare art lover’s dream. Explore this collection of rare Iranian modern art, featuring inimitable sculptures, paintings, figurines and more. Until 13 January 2022. 10am – 7pm. Leila Heller Gallery, Alserkal Avenue.
9. Learn to dance at the Merengue & Bachata Dance Class
Can’t dance to save your life? Now’s your chance to learn a few Caribbean style moves at this beginner’s dance class full of colourful bursts of passion and zest. 14 January 2022. 5pm. Sea Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
10. Learn a new recipe in a musical style
A unique event, where you can combine the pleasure of cooking up a new dish whilst enjoying a musical performance, only at the Morocco Pavilion. Bon appetit!14 January 2022. 7pm. Morocco Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.
11. Run for a greener tomorrow
Lace up your running shoes for the Green Run at Dubai Investments Park this week. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome and can choose their distance, 3km or 5km, while walking, jogging, running or in a wheelchair. 15 January 2022. 7pm. Dubai Investment Park.
12. Run at the third Skechers Performance Run
It’s another exciting edition of the Skechers Performance Run. Go solo or with friends, with a choice of 10km, 5km or 2.5km tracks around Ripe Market at Dubai Police Academy. Don’t forget to collect your free T-shirt and shiny medal to show for your efforts. 14 January 2022. 7pm. Ripe Market, Dubai Police Academy.
13. Be thrilled at the Hankook Dubai 24H
Racers from all over the world are being tested to their limits on the second largest 24 hour race grid in the world. A highlight on the international motorsport calendar, the Hankook 24H Dubai endurance race is not to be missed.13 to 15 January 2022. 2pm. Dubai Autodrome.
14. Witness little tennis stars smash it at Dubai Bowl
A big tournament for little tennis stars, Dubai Bowl is the first ever Junior Tennis World Tour Series held in the Middle East. Witness the best of local and international talents coming face to face in smashing matches. Set point!17 to 23 January 2022. 2pm. 8am. Rackets Academy.
15. Catch the stars of Nickelodeon in action
Nickelodeon’s star-studded cast is coming to Dubai. Take your little ones on this super fun musical adventure, where they can sing and dance along with Dora and her pal Boots, discover who lives in a pineapple under the sea, and roll with the puppies of Paw Patrol.6 to 25 January 2022. 10am-11pm (Sun – Wed), 10am-12pm (Thurs-Sat). Dubai Festival City Mall.
16. Enjoy special DSF decorations across the city
There’s never been a better time to roam the city – take in the festive air of DSF and enjoy the stunning beauty of Dubai decked out with dazzling lights and spectacular decorations. And don’t forget to check out the giant DSF bag when visiting the Gold Souk this week.16 December, 2021 to 30 January, 2022. Citywide.
17. Learn a new knitting technique at Hammour house
There’s no need for knitting needles. Visit the Hammour House drop-in knitting workshop and discover the finger-knitting technique from community knitting artists to create beautiful underwater animals.1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022. 10am. Hammour House Expo 2020.
18. Get set goal at FC Barcelona Exhibition
Kick into the excitement at the Barcelona Exhibition. Feel the electric atmosphere of match day at Camp Nou, with an interactive experience set inside a 360 degrees space. Learn about the club’s history and take sneak peeks into the future of next generation superstars. Browse through trophies, the Ballon d’Or and other memorabilia, explore nine different rooms as part of an immersive tour, then unleash your sporting skills in games to win amazing prizes.1 December 2021 to 2 February 2022. Mall timings. Dubai Festival City Mall.
19. Get behind the scenes at The Lost Chambers and more fun at Atlantis, the Palm
Stay at the magnificent Atlantis, The Palm for an exclusive experience. Discover the mysteries of the underwater world at The Lost Chambers and meet the sea lions, release the kids at the kid’s club with arcade credit vouchers, or enjoy sporting activities for all the family. Couples can enjoy romantic room décor, complimentary in-room breakfast, plus spa treatments. Until 30 April 2022. Atlantis, The Palm.
20. Avail an Expo 2020 special hotel stay package
Millennium Place Marina is offering an exclusive stay package for Expo 2020 starting from Dhs7,500 per month. Explore the wonders of Expo 2020 Dubai without worrying about hotel expenses. Offer is valid until March 2022.}Until 31 March 2022. Millennium Place Marina.
21. Unwind at Mercure hotel apartments
The ultimate staycation. Book a cosy stay at Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights with free services including weekly housekeeping services, free local landline calls, free stay for kids under 12 and amazing discounts on dining, spa, and laundry services. Prepare your own coffee and meals, unwind in front of a flat screen TV. A genuine home from home. Room rates start at Dhs7,000 per month, utilities included.Until 1 September 2022. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights.
22. Enrol at the first Night School at Jameel Arts Centre
Attend this exclusive seminar hosted by architect and writer Todd Reisz and hear from the people who turned design into reality by transforming Dubai into a city of architectural marvels. Professionals, students, and anyone interested is welcome to register for free. 9 to 26 January, 2022. 7pm every Sunday and Wednesday. Jameel Arts Centre.
23. Enjoy DSF festivities at The Pointe
Unique artists from around the world have transformed The Pointe with artistic and interactive installations for DSF. Marvel at Absorb by Light – where three figures sit next to each other on a bench, displaying the typical characteristics of smartphone users – their heads bent, fingers typing and swiping, and their faces lit up by their phone screens, but while their bodies are physically present, their minds are elsewhere. Mind-boggling.Until 30 January, 2022. After dark. The Pointe.
24. Film DSF exclusive shots to win up to Dhs100,000
Become an internet sensation. Film DSF celebrations around the theme of ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ for Instagram or TikTok, then upload with the hashtag #DSFWonders for a chance to win a total of Dhs200,000. Instagram winners will win Dhs150,000 in cash, while two TikTok winners can waltz away with Dhs25,000 each. For entry criteria and terms and conditions see www.mydsf.com.4 to 25 January, 2022.
25. Enter the world of Virtual Reality at The Dubai Mall
Is it real? Choose from more than 30 exhilarating experiences at the Middle East’s first and the world’s largest indoor virtual reality park, where you can escape from the real world to embark on thrilling virtual adventures. VR Park is one of the coolest family entertainment venues in town, you have to try it. Every day. 10am – 10pm. Dubai Mall.
1. Watch the breathtaking DSF Drone Show and Fireworks
Head over to The Beach opposite JBR and Bluewaters where twinkling drones are taking over the skies to put up a spectacular show followed by bursts of dazzling fireworks lighting up the skies. Come out with the family on DSF nights to add a bit of excitement and colour to the day’s end.Until 23 January. 7pm, 9.30pm. Bluewaters and The Beach opposite JBR.
2. Explore new cultures and hop on thrilling rides at the Global Village
Travel the world and the seven seas at Dubai’s favourite theme park where an irresistible combination of shopping, dining and fun-filled adventures await the entire family.Until April 2022. 4pm to midnight. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road – Exit 37 – E311 – Dubai.
3. Enjoy a night stroll through Al Rigga Market
A Dubai winter demands some outdoors fun. Plenty of steal deals and bargains can be found at the Al Rigga outdoors market. Browse through endless stalls of clothes, shoes and homeware and snap up some awesome bargains.Until April 2022. Al Rigga Street.
4. Experience the Harry Potter magic
The very first Harry Potter experience in the region. Hop onto your broomstick and swing by the Mall of the Emirates this DSF to enjoy all the magical vibes of Hogwarts. Witness some of the most iconic architecture from the books and films, with Harry Potter-themed entertainment and fun activities for all the Potterheads. Spend just Dhs300 across Mall of the Emirates to enter.10 January – 10 February 2022. Mall of the Emirates – West end. Next to Kempinski and Ski Dubai.
5. Stick together to enjoy the Family Show
Check out this family friendly, fun show all the way from Saudi Arabia. Loads of laughter, interaction, music, puppets, and excitement are a part of this hugely entertaining show.14 January 2022. 4pm, 5pm, 6.30pm. Earth Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
6. Spend a day enjoying winter festivities at IMG World of Adventures.
An action-packed, family fun-day awaits you at the IMG World of Adventures, Dubai’s largest indoor theme park. Enter the Winterfest to see if Santa stayed behind, meet the snowman and the nutcrackers, or watch the PowerPuff Girls battle the bad guys. Until 15 January 2022. 12pm to 10pm. IMG World of Adventures.
7. Stroll through DSF festivities at the Al Seef Market
Located alongside the timeless serenity of Dubai Creek, Al Seef is a beautiful shop and dine destination designed with old-world architecture in mind – a walkable outdoor playhouse and museum with educational interactive art installations. Coffee aficionados are in for a special treat with Coffee Week, and can savour the best of coffee culture, from authentic Arabic gahwa to Italian cappuccino, with barista experiences, tastings and workshops. It’s also Date Week, when the neighbourhood transforms and visitors can delight themselves with date-inspired food, drinks, desserts and more.16 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. Sun – Wed: 6pm-10pm, Thurs – Sat: 4pm-11pm. Al Seef.
8. Catch entertaining performances
Enjoy a host of mind-blowing talent across the city this DSF, as Dubai’s malls and outdoors entertainment destinations transform into hubs of performing arts and family entertainment. This week’s highlights include comedian Arzoo and Slam Poetry at Al Seef, Kenichi at CCMi, Eklips and Akira Back at The Pointe, Water Dance Show at Bluewaters, Flute Loops at Khawaneej The Walk, Water Bowl at La Mer, Monochrome Madness at Ibn Battuta, and beatboxing musician Medhat Mamdouh at City Walk.16 December 2021 to 30 January 2022. Citywide.
9. Get tangoed at Expo 2020
Do you want to get Tangoed? Catch the daily Tango flashmobs, with ten minutes of the finest Tango dancers starting a flashmob sensation not once, but twice a day.Ongoing. 11.10am, 4.10pm. Expo 2020 Dubai.
10. Discover homegrown brands at Ripe by the Bay Market
Enjoy cool winter nights and great bargains at the night edition of Ripe by the Bay Market. Wander through the market to find fresh organic produce, handicrafts by local artisans and a warm community spirit. Until May 2022. 4pm-10pm. Dubai Festival City Mall.
11. Be amazed at the budding wonders inside the Miracle Garden
A floral sensation, Dubai’s Miracle Garden has bloomed again for its tenth season. Explore the magical garden and marvel at the hundreds of blooms creating beautiful floral installations and dreamlike multi-sensory experiences. It’s unmissable. Until May 2022. 9am-9pm (weekdays), 9am-11pm (weekends). Miracle Garden.
12. Build a Hammour House of your own
Experience the wonders of Hammour House, an experiential art installation and community project that raises awareness about endangered coral ecosystems by creating a “reef” using recycled and sustainable materials. Become part of three different artworks, and discover how you can contribute towards saving the marine ecosystem. Learn how you can build your own community art project by downloading the guide at www.thejamjardubai.com/howtobuildyourownhammourhouseUntil 31 March 2022. Opportunity District, Expo 2020 Dubai.
13. Get your pulse racing at the world’s largest waterpark
Make a big splash at Aquaventure at Dubai’s iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Experience 105 record-breaking slides including the Raging Rapid, or take a leap of faith at the nine-story high slide. With four different ticket options, you can enjoy a day pass, a super pass with access to the aquarium, a season pass valid for 90 days for UAE residents, or an awesome 365 days of unlimited access with the annual pass. Throughout the year. 9.45am-5.30pm. Aquaventure, Atlantis, The Palm.
1. Listen to Arab music sensations Kadim Al Sahir & Najwa Karam Live in Concert
Two of the Arab world’s biggest superstars will be setting the stage alight this week at the Coca-Cola Arena. Don’t miss a spectacular music show as Lebanese diva, Najwa Karam, envelopes you in her astounding vocals, and the ‘Caesar of Arabic Songs’, Kadim Al Sahir takes the audience by storm with hits like Ana Wa Laila, Ha Habibi and many more. Tickets from Dhs290 are available at Platinumlist.com. 14 January. Show starts at 8.30pm. Coca-Cola Arena. Tickets available on Platinum List.
2. Let out big laughs at the Laughter Factory
Hold your sides and prepare for an evening of laughter, as three of Edinburgh’s funniest comedians take the stage at the Laughter Factory this week. Comedy giant Larry Dean will go first, followed by top multicultural comic, Omid Singh. Finally, Irish funnyman Eleanor Tiernan will take his turn to crack up the audience. Tickets Dhs160. Friday 14th & Saturday 15th January – Movenpick JBR Dubai. Wednesday 19th January – Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens Dubai. Thursday 20th January – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai. Friday 21st January – Dukes The Palm, A Royal Hide Away Hotel, Dubai. Tickets available on www.thelaughterfactory.com
3. Listen to the melodies of Chopin
Listen to the magical works of Frédéric Chopin, the globally-renowned Polish composer, best-known for his solo recital works from the romantic period; his melodious compositions are sure to soothe your soul. Until 31 March. 4pm, 6.30pm, 9pm. Poland Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.
4. Get an authentic taste of Malaysia
Experience Malaysia’s enthralling culture, with a feast of performances showcasing its diverse richness and heritage. Enjoy spectacular shows, enchanting music, and mouthwatering cuisine from this exotic destination. Until March 2022. 7.30pm. Earth Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
5. Don’t miss the Amr Diab White Party
Music icon and the Arab world’s undisputed King of Pop, Amr Diab is ready to take Dubai by storm at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Expo 2020 Dubai. Soak up Diab’s contagious energy as you sing and dance to the pop sensation’s biggest hits, including Amarain, Wayah and Habibi Ya Nour El Ein.15 January, 2022. Doors open 7.30pm, Show starts 10.30pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Expo 2020 Dubai. Buy tickets at 800tickets.com
6. Chill out at the Ahlan Rooftop
Gaze up at the stars and chill to Portuguese music – acoustic, jazz & blues Portuguese style, at the Ahlan Rooftop, inspired by the Portuguese Pavilion’s theme statement, ‘Portugal – A World in One Country.12 January, 2022. 9.30pm. Portugal Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.
7. Sway to Khaleeji jam sessions
Experience a sumptuous blend of traditional Arabic music that touches the heart and soul; 25 local musicians join hands with special guest artists from other cultures to produce the wonderfully melodious Jalsat Nights.12 January 2022. 8.30pm. Jubilee Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
8. Watch the Ballet Folklórico Nacional
Guarani legends and mythology from Paraguay perform a traditional and cultural folklore dance passed down through hundreds of years. A truly enchanting performance that will stay in your memory for years to come. 12-16 January, 2022. Various timings. Sea Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
9. Listen to the blues by Peter Lehel Quartet
If classical jazz floats your boat, you’re in for a treat. Immerse yourself in the compositions of this experimental quartet, featuring compositions for the saxophone, piano, drums and electric guitars in a fresh and improvised style of jazz.13 – 16 January 2022. 4pm, 6pm, 8pm. Baden-Wurttemberg Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.
10. Show off your Milonga moves
Join the weekly Milonga event with Argentina’s live National Tango Orchestra; brush up your high energy dancing skills with a night of music, fun and plenty of fast Milonga. 14 January, 2022. 9.30pm. Sun Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
11. Witness a multicultural dance performance
The Antonina Canal Prem Shakti Company is dancing its way to Expo 2020, Dubai’s Jubilee Stage this weekend with a colourful performance packed with multicultural expressions of magic, power, joy, colour, energy and the good vibrations of the art of dance.13 January (6pm), 16 January (2pm). Jubilee Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
12. Listen to the tales of musicians of the Piazza Vittorio Orchestra
All roads lead to Rome. That’s why music-passionate souls are headed to the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, featuring musicians from across the globe performing a musical rale of their journey from their native countries to Rome.14 to 15 January, 2022. 7pm. Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, Expo 2020 Dubai.
13. Experience world music on the Sea Stage Cimbaliband
Don’t miss this dynamic performance from lively multicultural seven-piece music band, Cimbaliband; they’re ready to rock with virtuoso solo performances and a sprinkling of historical Balkans music thrown into the mix. 15 to 16 January, 2022. 2.30pm (15 Jan), 7pm (16 Jan). Sea Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.
14. Watch the classic Chicago at Dubai Opera
Hands up! The Academy Award-winning Chicago is coming to stage in Dubai; a gripping tale of murder, treachery, greed, and corruption, Chicago is America’s longest-running musical in the history of Broadway. Don’t miss this iconic performance. 5 – 15 January, 2022. 8pm (weekdays) 2pm, 8pm (weekends). Tickets from Dubai Opera.
15. Be part of an exciting film festival
Lights, camera, action. Calling all film lovers to this exclusive film festival curated by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart. Featuring short films, documentaries, and children’s movies.17 January, 2022. 4pm. Baden-Wurttemberg Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.
16. Swing by and see the latest Spider-Man movie
Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the new blockbuster movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home. With his identity now revealed, our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger is unmasked and unable to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even higher, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.Ongoing. Cinemas across Dubai.
17. Enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views of the city from Ain Dubai
Dubai ahoy! Climb aboard the world’s largest observation wheel for stunning views of Dubai’s skyline from an observation cabin. Have your own mini party inside the wheel’s social cabin or celebrate a special occasion in a private cabin. You can also book a 6.45pm or 9.15pm slot to catch the spectacular DSF Drones and Fireworks Show from an amazing angle. Book on aindubai.comAll days. Choice of booking slots available. Ain Dubai.
18. Settle a century old homicide at Murder at the Speakeasy: The Musical!
Take a bite out of the Big Apple. Travel back in time to 1920’s Spanish Harlem, New York City, as you strive to unmask the murderer of Broadway Producer Clarence Wolfshime, the father of bootleggers, and crime boss Ernest Wolfshime. Enjoy a fun-filled night of music, drama, crime-solving and delicious bites with your detective friends. Until 19 January, 2022. Doors open 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Flashback Speakeasy Bar & Lounge.
1. Sample your favourite food bites at the HUB Food Festival
Don’t miss this popup outdoor food fest at Majlis Al Khawaneej, with stalls serving up everything from succulent fried chicken to irresistible pastries, alongside chilled-out entertainment, games, DJs and live music. Perfect for all the family.4pm-11pm (Mon-Fri) 4pm-midnight (Sat-Sun). January 6-23. Majlis Al Khawaneej, near Quranic Park.
2. Embark on a new Frying Pan Adventure
Journey through the atmospheric neighbourhoods of Bur Dubai and Deira when you sign up to Frying Pan Adventure’s latest tour, the Old Dubai Food Scavenger Hunt. Unearth clues and solve puzzles with delicious culinary rewards along the way. Journey from one eatery to the next during the evening, unravelling brain teasers en route, while savouring two appetisers, a sit-down meal featuring a signature dish, plus two desserts. An experienced guide is with you every step of the way, serving up insights about the city’s history and its culinary heritage.
3. Indulge in the caviar craze at Caviar Kaspia or 12 Chairs Caviar Bar
Parisian Caviar Kaspia – a favourite of celebrities like Rihanna and the Hadid sisters – has landed in DIFC. Eat your fill of the black culinary gold that Dubai foodies can’t seem to get enough of, with SLS Dubai’s 12 Chairs Caviar Bar another option with a dedicated nine-course tasting menu for 12 diners at a time. It’s sheer decadence.
4. Count the calories Soul Sante
Counting the calories after a gluttonous Christmas and New Year? Then look no further than Soul Sante, a fully plant-based eatery with a focus on healthy food that satisfies every craving. Food and fitness enthusiasts alike can eat their fill and stay on track with their diet. Fancy some jackfruit tacos? Or maybe you want to try the cauliflower biryani. Whatever you want, it’s all good for the calorie counter.Dubai Marina.
5. Restaurant, co-working space and concept store all rolled into one
What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually, when you visit Dubai Design District’s The Name restaurant. Explore Mediterranean and Levantine dishes, from flatbreads with spicy beef to smoked pastrami and cheese sandwiches. And it gets even better, this unique space offers diners a perfect co-working space, so you don’t have to rush back to the office when the meal is over. Dubai Design District.
6. Go big at Burak Özdemir’s CZNBurak Burger
You’ve all heard of the Insta-famous chef Burak Özdemir. If you missed the burgers at MOTB, now try out his wonderfully meaty creations at The Dubai Mall. CZNBurak Burger is much more laid back than the popular namesake restaurant on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, just another great excuse to visit The Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall.
7. Homegrown gem Cassette seasonal showcase menus are a must
This Al Quoz eatery is a must-try for any foodie. Cassette’s tasty menu uses local suppliers such as New Leaf Herbs, Harvest Fresh Produce and Urban Fresh Local Produce farms, with curated special menus every week using seasonal ingredients. Make sure to call ahead and book, especially on weekends, it’s very popular.The Courtyard, Al Quoz.
8. Rooftop barbeque for the whole family
With Dubai’s mild winter weather, there’s nothing better than an outdoor BBQ, and the newly-opened Farm House by Hattem Mattar at Madinat Jumeirah certainly fits the bill. The menu offers plenty of no-nonsense food, featuring BBQ dishes made using the best-quality ingredients sizzled to perfection on the live fire.Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
9. Epic eats under one roof
With the daily DSF Drone Light Show at Bluewaters and Ain Dubai, there’s every chance you’ll be at this picture-perfect island this DSF. Savour any number of dining experiences, but for a really tree-mendous time, look no further than Tr88house, with its multiple dining destinations under one roof, plus family-orientated activities. The Hive food hall offers up endless dining options, including 8taly, Asianica, Burger8, Little Beirut, Greenlett and Coffeelicious.Bluewaters.
10. Newest burger joint opens in Business Bay
The newly-opened Hudson Tavern is where rustic meets modern. The New York-style retro restaurant’s menu serves up classic American burgers, such as the legendary Hudson – a juicy beef patty paired with scamorza cheese. A must-try is the wagyu burger that dreams are made of, bursting with exotic flavours from manchego cheese to lashings of garlic aioli. Heaven on a plate.Hyde Hotel Dubai, Business Bay.
11. Dine with a view at ZETA Seventy Seven
Located a dizzying 310m above sea level, the Address Beach Resort rooftop offers incredible views of the city skyline whilst you feast on the finest contemporary Asian dishes. Two seafood-inspired menus await foodies this DSF – one for light snacks poolside with poke bowls and sandwiches, while the à la carte menu has signature flavours such as miso lobster, iced oysters and crispy prawns. It doesn’t get better.Address Beach Resort, JBR.
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