BE A SPORT
Witness horse racing action at the Meydan Grandstand & Racecourse. Gates open at 5pm on December 29, tickets start at Dh25 for children and Dh50 for adults available on dubai.platinumlist.net
Adrenaline rush on a budget? Oh yes please! Go karting at the Al-Ain Raceway this festive season at a 25 per cent discount on Arrive & Drive sessions from December 19-24. Sessions start with a safety briefing, and include the race gear and 15 minutes on the track. Opening hours are 2pm-10pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturdays. For more information and booking, log on to alainraceway.com or call 03 768 6662.
The past three days of 2016 will have the current tennis World No 1, Andy Murray and the 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal, return to Abu Dhabi for a six-player Tennis Tournament at the International Tennis Centre in Abu Dhabi. The Mubadala World Tennis Championship takes place between December 29-31 with a winner-takes-all prize of USD250,000 (Dh918,225). Tickets available at ticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores.
A nine-day festival kicks off in Abu Dhabi’s Moreeb Dune, Liwa from December 29 to January 6, 2017, which includes challenges like drag racing, bike racing, camel racing and horse racing. To take it up a notch, participants race to the top of one of the world’s highest sand hills – the Moreeb Dune, meaning the ‘Terrifying Mountain’. Call 02 884 0400 or log on to www.agsc.ae for more details.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
We know you’ve got it marked on your calendars but just a reminder – Dubai Shopping Festival 2017 begins on December 26, which means it’s time to shop your heart out as stores offer up to 90 per cent discounts. The 34-day festival also offers chances to win Dh600,000 worth of prizes, cars, gold and lots more. Go to visitdubai.com for details.
This one isfor the ladies – head to the City Centre Mirdiff for special deals on beauty, fashion, lifestyle and electronics every Monday until December 31 as part of its new ‘Monday Sobhiya’.
BIG SCREEN MAGIC
One for the records, again! Dubai Festival City launches the world’s largest permanent projection surface – five times the size of the world’s largest IMAX screens – on December 26 at a free public event in the outdoor area, Festival Bay. The official name would be revealed at this event and will be followed by a fireworks display. Visitors will receive an interactive LED wristband upon entry, which will be synchronised with the music and lights from the show. The light, fire and water will make its first appearance in Dubai among other attractions like LED drummers, dancers, street-style performers and competitions to win shopping vouchers.
BRING THE BRANIACS
Think you’re a know-it-all? Time to test those grey cells at a Brain Drain quiz night that happens every Monday from 8.30pm at Ten Street – the Canadian-inspired restaurant at JA Oasis Beach Tower. Hosted by DJ A2, the smartest team of them all can enjoy a host of prizes, like a brunch for four, and second and third prize winners get vouchers. A team can include a maximum of five people. For details call 04 399 8993.
CULTURE AND CUISINE
The culture and heritage festival runs until January 7 at the Awafi area of Ras Al Khaimah and will include a Heritage Village that’ll ‘stage’ a traditional Emirati wedding, an entertainment stage for activities and contests, a kids’ play zone and a traditional bazaar for the bargain hunters. Running daily from 4pm-11pm, the festival is free to enter and is expected to be visited by a few Emirati actors and social media influencers.
Enjoy the seasons’ festivities with food trucks, live music and a mini-market by local artisans with TruckersDXB at the Emirates Golf Club. Running from December 23 to 25, 12pm-12am, the event has an entry fee of Dh50 and can be booked at 800tickets.com.
Enjoy classic street food along with South American and African cuisine at the Street Feast during the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. With more than 150 options, it will be the biggest food truck festival in UAE. Satisfy your cravings, soak in the atmosphere with live music and outdoor cinema, and keep the little ones entertained at the entertainment area until December 26 at the Winter Wonderland, Al Maryah Island.
LUCKY KARAOKE LAUNCHES
Test your vocal skills and challenge your friends over karaoke at Lucky Voice, in the Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai. Originally a British concept, Lucky Voice Dubai will add to the dining and nightlife scenes here, offering different promotions throughout the week. For details call 04 447 8010 or email reservations@LuckyVoice.ae.