Travel through Space and Time


Manarat Al Saadiyat has launched a virtual reality (VR) exhibition, Celestial: A Journey Through Space and Time, which runs through December 30 and features stunning photography from UAE-based astrophotographer Samy Olabi. The exhibition focuses on Olabi’s creative process, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the depths of the desert and enabling them to explore the night sky through the eyes of the artist.

Olabi is a multi-award-winning photographer whose body of work is regarded as one of the best in the region, featuring on CNN, National Geographic, Microsoft, Apple billboards and more. The astrophotographer is one of the many artists that Manarat Al Saadiyat and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi have partnered with to provide a platform for audiences and creatives to share, consider and create all forms of artistic expression. The exhibition is in collaboration with Nikon Middle East.

COVID Conversations

Over 40 UAE-based artists and designers have been selected to participate in Tashkeel’s ‘COVID Conversations’, a group exhibition that will be held from December 8 until January 4 at the gallery space at Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba 1, Dubai. The exhibition, which received a total of 162 entries from UAE-based creative practitioners from various disciplines, will be held alongside talks, tours and workshops – delivered both online and live, that aim to explore creativity borne out of the pandemic and the challenges of limitation, isolation, and change.

Mental health, mortality, loss, faith, isolation, family, and personal identity will be among the several issues that the exhibition will reflect on in an attempt to examine the gamut of emotions that the artists have been experiencing since March, whether positive or negative. With artworks representing the multicultural environment of the country, the 40 selected artists originate from different countries, including the UAE, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, US, Canada, South Korea and South Africa. Many artworks presented will be available for sale at prices ranging from Dh145 to Dh30,000 in this free-admission showcase, which will be open from 10am to 8pm every day except Fridays and public holidays.

Booking in advance is essential via email or call 04 336 3313. Guided tours are available upon request.

For details, visit

Jingle Bell Rock is Coming to Town!


The ultimate festive, feel-good family Christmas concert, Jingle Bell Rock, is coming to deck out Sheikh Saeed Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre on December 18 with two performances at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets are available to purchase from Platinumlist and Ticketmaster at a special early bird price December 5. Tickets start from Dh175.

Promising fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals and stacks of charm, London’s West End sensation The Barricade Boys are some of the finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables. They will be taking to the stage along with the leading lady of musicals, Kerry Ellis.

Performing everyone’s favourite festive hits such as All I Want for Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas and of course Jingle Bell Rock, they will be joined on stage by the Jingle Bell Christmas Orchestra made up of the best local and international musicians, as well as Dubai Performing Arts Academy’s talented children’s choir.

Getting there is half the run


Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) is organising a series of community races in collaboration with Al Qudra Sports Management.

Open for both professionals and amateurs, men and women, the Ajman Time Trial Challenge (10km) will take place at Al Zorah today (December 4). The second edition of Amina Hospitals Half Marathon-Ajman (21.1km) will be held on December 25 at Al Zorah.

All community races are being hosted with precautionary and safety measures in place, including temperature checks for all participants, wearing of mask and gloves during the race, limiting the number of participants and ensuring social distancing.

For more information, visit Ajman Time Trial Challenge (

Ho Ho Ho and Away We Go


Hundreds of Santas running along Dubai Festival City’s Marsa Creek is definitely something worth being part of, as online registration for this year’s Dubai Festival City Santa Run is officially open. Those wishing to register can do so at and online registration is open until December 9 midnight. Hosted by Dubai Festival City, and organised by Race ME in association with the Dubai Sports Council, the third edition of the fun run will take place on December 11, while adhering to hygiene and safety measures. Open for all ages and abilities and covering two distances (2.5km and 5km), the event will open its doors at 6.30am and run will start at 8am, and will cover the Promenade and Marsa Plaza.

While participants will receive a free Santa t-shirt, hat and beard, they are also welcome to be creative with their own Santa outfits to compete for attractive best dressed Santa prizes. For more details:

You’ll be guilty of mans-laughter

Dubai Opera announces the highly anticipated Dubai debut of "The World’s Funniest Man", John Cleese. John will bring his legendary wit and unmatched charm to captivate audiences at Dubai Opera with two performances of his show titled "Monty Pyton’s John Cleese - Alive! (Just)" on December 15 and 16. John is a legendary comedic actor best known for his incredible wok in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda. With ticket prices starting at Dh195 with a house beverage, the show will feature John Cleese in two acts – firstly, fans can look forward to a hilarious stand-up act with video clips and images, which will then be followed by a Q&A session where guests will have a chance to submit their questions.

Visit to book your tickets.

Abu Dhabi Shopping Season


Retail Abu Dhabi, the retail platform of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has revealed plans for Abu Dhabi Shopping Season – a new, destination-wide winter retail campaign. Abu Dhabi Shopping Season will run from December 10 to February 14 and encompass winter festive sales and rewarding promotions across thousands of stores, new collection launches, only in Abu Dhabi shopping experiences across fashion, beauty, lifestyle categories, and exclusive discounts in malls across the UAE capital, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. Comprehensive health and safety measures include regular Covid-19 testing for the emirate’s retail sector staff, thermal scanning at entry points for shoppers, social distancing regulations throughout malls, stores, cafes and restaurants and regular cleaning and disinfection of all participating outlets.

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