Watch movies in the snow
The region’s first cinema in the snow and the world’s only movie theatre in an indoor ski resort, Snow Cinema by VOX Cinemas, allows guests to experience the magic of movies on the snow-laden slopes of Ski Dubai. Surrounded by snow-covered scenery in an enchanting Winter Wonderland, guests can snuggle up and relax on lounge-style seating while watching family-friendly movies and festive favourites such as The Grinch, Frozen 2 and Daddy’s Home 2. There will also be a nightly screening of popular recent releases, including The Witches, Knives Out and The Call of the Wild, with upcoming blockbusters being scheduled as soon as they release.
Adding to the experience, moviegoers will have cinema snacks delivered directly to their seat. Guests can also order a la carte savoury options, including roasted baby potatoes with Raclette, hotdogs and burgers; as well as decadent desserts such as festive mince pies and gingerbread Dutch pancakes. Prices start at Dh100 per person and include a cinema ticket and F&B package consisting of a signature hot chocolate, popcorn and bottle of water. All guests will receive rental clothing (jacket and pants), fleece gloves, socks, boots, beanie hat, blanket, wireless headphones and a dedicated locker. Book at skidxb.com or voxcinemas.com.
Fashions of the past at Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn is launching Fashion Through the Years, a new exhibition following the evolution of fashion trends in Abu Dhabi from the 1940s-1980s. Organised in line with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) commitment to celebrating and preserving the cultural heritage of the UAE, the exhibition will run from December 16 to February 16.
Fashion Through the Years explores the emirate’s social history and the stories of its people through the clothes they wore and the accessories that adorned them. It demonstrates how trends were shaped by globalisation, as trade routes opened up in the region.
Displayed over three sections within the outer palace of Qasr Al Hosn, Fashion Through the Years will showcase over 30 artefacts and garments of cultural importance. Qasr Al Hosn is a national heritage landmark that includes artefacts and archival materials dating back to 6,000 BC, tracing Abu Dhabi’s development from an 18th-century fishing and pearl trade settlement to today’s modern global metropolis.
For more information visit, Qasralhosn.ae.
Fun and adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure, the largest indoor theme park in Dubai, celebrates this festive season of Christmas with much more fun. Activities include special festive themed treats, live entertainment, character meet and greet and more. UAE residents get a special ticket price of Dh195 till January 10. Guests can avail a 10 per cent discount on online booking at www.IMGworlds.com.
The entertainment list includes dance shows, meet and greet with Santa Claus, Santa Bear, along with the Winter Festive Ice King & Queen. To spread more bliss and happiness, there will be roving entertainment throughout the park.
There’s Magic at Winter Wonderland
With something for everyone, get into the festive spirit with a visit to Winter Wonderland at JBR, featuring an all-new digital pavilion, several street performances, a glice-skating rink, a visit from Santa, as well as all the traditional favourites.
Magic Phil presents an interactive comedy magic show on December 18 and 26 and January 1. The high-energy performance creates a fun and enjoyable show that children and the young at heart can enjoy.
The festive village will be open until January 7, from noon to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends.
Festive favourites will be on offer at the food kiosks along the walkway.
Tickets must be purchased online in advance as only a limited number of entries will be provided for each designated time slot throughout the village to keep to a strict capacity.
For more information and bookings, visit ae.bookmyshow.com.
Anne-Marie to rock Dubai
International singing sensation Anne-Marie, pop band Clean Bandit DJ Set and vocalist Yasmin Green will thrill music fans with an evening of global hits on the second day of the Dubai Shopping Festival’s opening celebration weekend at Etisalat Market OTB at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai today (December 18). The concert, which starts at 5.30pm, will be the highlight of the second day of DSF’s opening weekend festivities. Etisalat Market OTB will open at 12pm and will feature a host of great F&B vendors, unique retail concepts and activities for the whole family. Tickets start from Dh50, and can be purchased on DubaiCalendar.com, Platinumlist.net or on the Dubai Calendar app.
Life and health coach Nipa Asharam is offering a free workshop, Unleash Your Inner Power, on December 19 from 11.30am-12.30pm at Retreat Hotel at Palm Jumeirah. Nipa, who has spoken on TedX, will be covering four areas during this workshop: hormone balance and weight loss; natural glow; tools on stress management and mindset; and guidedmMeditation. For more details, call 052 8757582.