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What to do this weekend: Friday’s don’t-miss-it guide

The best events places and experiences to check out around the country

Shreeja Ravindranathan
1 Dec 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Beach Screenings at JBR


Dubai International Film Festival

Diff’s 13th edition starts on December 7 with a gala screening of Miss Sloane at Madinat Jumeirah, which, along with Vox Mall of the Emirates, is the place to see the festival’s films. With the crème de la crème of cinema attending, workshops hosted by thespians like Samuel L Jackson and screenings of over 156 feature films, cinephiles are in for a treat until December 14. But it’s the free Beach Screenings that’s putting stars in our eyes, because what’s better than great cinema in the great outdoors for free? Bring your tub of popcorn and grab a beanbag at The Beach on the following days and times to watch cult classics and new masterpieces. (Get there early to see a short film on children who are affected by the Syrian crisis by Unicef, marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.)


December 7, 8pm Burn Your Maps, an American comedy about an 8-year-old (played by Room’s Jacob Tremblay) who believes he’s a Mongolian goatherd.

December 8, 7.30pm Red Turtle, a French-Belgian-Japanese production, this silent animation film is about a man’s attempts to escape a deserted island.

December 9, 7.30pm Mali Blues, a German documentary about music’s healing power.

December 10, 7.30pm A Fistful of Dollars, the Wild West comes alive with this 1964 Western starring Clint Eastwood.

December 11, 7.30pm Jeanne D’Arc Masriya (Egyptian Jeanne D’Arc); this creative documentary inspired by 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc explores lives of women in post-revolution Egypt.


December 12, 7.30pm The Eagle Huntress, an acclaimed documentary about a Kazakh Mongolian girl’s fight against tradition to become an eagle trainer.

December 13, 7.30pm Batman: The Movie, the quirky 1966 version of the superhero franchise, starring the TV show’s Adam West.

December 14, 7.30pm The Space Between Us, is a drama about the first human born on Mars.

Go to for details on all films at the festival, which ends December 14.
If that has whet your appetite for more al-fresco cinema then check out the Urban Outdoor Cinema Series at Habtoor Grand Resort. Watch The Goonies on December 3, Avatar on December 4 and Casablanca on December 5. Tickets, Dh75, at

Live in the capital? Head to Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi’s rooftop pool bar Dusit Breeze where films are screened open-air every Monday at 8pm. Dh50 per person, including welcome beverage. Call 056 410 2847.

Market day


Choose from pre-loved objects at the Zabeel Park Flea Market tomorrow, December 3, 8am to 3pm, entry Dh5. The Market at the Beach, JBR, is back until April 2017. The outdoor retail space on the beach is divided into two sections: Eat Later - featuring food stalls, and Bits and Pieces, with jewellery, crafts and fashion. Daily, 10am to midnight.

At the Dubai Ladies Club’s front yard, the Designers Pop Up Market, 9am-4pm, features fashion, beauty, home decor and jewellery brands. There’s free entry and valet parking.

Sounds good


DJ Tiesto performs at Dubai World Trade Centre on December 2. The Dutch DJ famous for hits such as Red Lights will be backed by Dubai-based electronic music duo Hollaphonic, and Stephen Grandi. Tickets from Dh275 at

Think you’re the next Eminem or Nicki Minaj? Hip Hop Karaoke launches in Dubai on December 5. Test your beatboxing and rapping skills at the Story Rooftop Lounge in Holiday Inn Express, Internet City. The karaoke night with a twist will see budding rappers and MCs on stage rapping as a DJ spins your chosen track.

A run for your money


The Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens is on today and tomorrow at the Sevens Stadium. Watch some of the top international teams, including title holders Fiji, battle it out. Tickets from Dh300 at Sports enthusiasts should swing by the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, until December 10 at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai. Top female golfers such as Cheyenne Woods (Tiger Woods’ niece), Page Spiranac and defending champion Shanshan Feng will be playing. It’s free to enter with food trucks and a playground with climbing wall and trampolines for kids. Tough Mudder is at the Hamdan Sports Complex on December 9 and 10. Buy tickets now to participate in the 8km and 16km mud and obstacle course. You’ll have to run through sand dunes, water and special obstacles such as the Block Ness Monster. Tickets from Dh335 include headband, t-shirt and refreshments, at

Dubai Winter Festival


On December 8, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre transforms into a winter wonderland for the Dubai Winter Festival’s fifth edition. There’ll be a Santa’s Grotto, winter market, Christmas tree lighting ceremony and shows such as The Rat Pack, who perform on the opening night, and the pantomime Aladdin & Princess Jasmine’s Adventure. Kids can keep busy with cookie and gingerbread house decorating, arts and crafts and workshops. 4-10pm on Thursday, and 3-10pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets from Dh40 at

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan