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Matters of the art


D3, the design hub of Dubai, is the place to go this weekend if you want to invest in some affordable art. The inaugural event’s line-up features 30 stalls by artists from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan, among others. Showing a diverse range of creative flair, the curated selection includes paintings, 3D-printed objects, art prints, vintage posters, handcrafted stationery, photography prints, design objects, as well as customised art pieces. What’s more, the works on display are priced under Dh1,500. And if art is not what your heart desires, then enjoy the cool vibe of the place with free holiday movie screenings by Cinema Akil and music performances by local, independent music collectives Freshly Ground Sounds and The Sound Gaarden. For more details, visit dubaidesigndistrict.com/events/

DJ Hardwell is in the house


Here’s how you close 2017 with a bang. Hardwell, considered to be the world’s number one electronic DJ, will make his debut appearance at Nasimi Beach on December 28 to headline the Live@Atlantis concert series. Pumping out hits from his stellar catalogue – Off the Hook with Armin Van Buuren, Thinking About You with Jay Sean, Zero 76 with Tiësto and Spaceman, the Dutch dynamo will touch down in Dubai as part of his global tour. 7pm to 3am, women free before 9pm; Dh250 at platinumlist.net.

Month of merry


The 23rd edition of Dubai Shopping Festival starts in four days! Apart from fantastic shopping deals for those in need of some pre-VAT retail therapy, the event is packed with entertainment shows and performances as well. Kick-starting the calendar is Amr Diab of Tamally Ma’ak fame. The superstar of Arabic music, who has become a global phenomenon, will be performing on December 29 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets from Dh195. Kids below 5 enter free.Tickets available on platinumlist.ae and virginmegastore.ae.

Family festival


In the mood for some fun time with family? Head to Zayed Sports City for the inaugural Family Festival. From street performances and stage shows to food trucks and activity zones featuring Mansour, the ever-so popular cartoon character, and Lego, the three-day calendar is packed with fun activities and memorable experiences. From 3-10pm between December 24 and 27. Free entry. To register in advance and for more details, visit zscfamilyfest.ae.

Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Tennis star and world number one Rafael Nadal and a host of other tennis bigwigs such as 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka and world number five Dominic Thiem will be at the same venue for the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship from December 28-30. Apart from exchanging lobs on court and competing for the grand prize of US $250,000, the stars will get up, close and personal with their fans as they take part in practice sessions, tennis clinics and sign autographs for fans. Tickets to the Championship are on sale atticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores across the UAE. For details, visit mubadalawtc.com.

By the river of...


You don’t have to fetch your passport for a magical winter wonderland experience. Just drive to Riverland Dubai to be a part of Festive on the River event, complete with a dusting of snow, twinkling lights and a special visit from Santa Claus and his elves. Along with a snow play area, the retail, dining and entertainment destination located at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts will get you and your family into the festive spirit. The fun continues with a pop-up ice-rink, an outdoor cinema screening the season’s favourite movies and a traditional, European-style festive market. On until January 6, the event has festive street entertainment and musical performances along with special holiday themed food and beverages. And for a brush with fame, take part in filling up the world’s largest festive colouring book, which is hoping to set a new Guinness World Record. Free entry, parking Dh20 (free after 6.30pm).

Wet, wet, wet


End 2017 with a splash – quite literally – at Yas Waterworld’s Jump, Bounce and Splash. Starting today, the event offers water games and activities to enjoy as a family. The highlight is the two trampolines that make perfect launchpads into the water. The event will also feature unique ‘Splash Mob’ shows and a ‘Splash Squad’. The event ends on January 6. The games and activities are included in the price of the admission ticket. For details, call 02 496 8008 or visit yaswaterworld.com.

Tune in


Hit a high note at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, where Parisian band Swing Deluxe will be entertaining guests with French and American jazz classics while they indulge in festive dining experiences at the hotel’s restaurants. The band will be performing from December 24 until the New Year.

Dubai Shopping Festival celebrations at The Beach


It’s that time of the year again when Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) returns to the city. The annual shopping extravaganza, which is in its 23rd edition, not only boasts of sales and prizes but also offers cultural and entertainment programmes at various locations such as Al Seef Street, Jumeirah Beach Residences, City Walk and Global Village.

At The Beach, there will be shopping deals at many different stores including GapFit, L’Occitane En Provence, Glassing, and Muji. You can also expect rewards and offers from different restaurants. 

Plus, visitors will be treated to firework displays and entertainment in the form of street performers such as plater spinners, LED butterflies, African drummers, carnival stilt walkers and ball bouncers. 

Firework displays will take place every Thursday and Friday. Roaming entertainment from 4pm to 10.30pm, every Thursday and Friday. From December 26 to January 27. 

DSF kicks off on December 26 until January 27, 2018.