Sporty Spice and everything musically nice
Spice Girls fans, Zero Gravity is the only place you ‘wannabe’ at today as Mel C, aka Sporty Spice, takes to the turntables at the Dubai Beach Club. The girl band member has diversified her musical career by becoming a DJ, most recently playing at the Brit Awards 2019 After Party. You’ll be dancing the night away to her selection of nineties club classics and Spice Girls hits. Entry starts at 5pm, party starts at 6pm; free entry for ladies and Dh100 for men. Only 21 years plus. Call 055 500 9111 for reservations or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legendary American RnB group Boyz II Men is performing at the Coca Cola Arena on December 19. It’s the first time that the UAE will get to witness the best-selling RnB group of all time. Their debut UAE gig will see the Grammy-winning musicians perform iconic ballads like End of The Road and One Sweet Day. Tickets from Dh199 at coca-cola-arena.com.
East will meet West in a soulful blend of sounds on December 20 at Anoushka Shankar’s Dubai Opera gig. The sitar player and composer who’s a reigning figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scene is returning to city and the Dubai Opera after her 2016 performance at the venue. Known for her crossover brand of instrumental music that blends Hindustani classical tunes with Western instruments such as the sax and cello, Anoushka’s the first Indian artist to have performed at the Grammy’s, and the youngest recipient of a British House of Commons Shield. Tickets from Dh200 at dubaiopera.com; show starts at 8pm.
Souk, line and sinker
Madinat Jumeirah is marrying its Arabian Nights vibes to some frosty Winter Wonderland cheer today with the launch of the Souk Festive Market. Until December 28, you can enjoy snowball fights, Santa will ditch the reindeers touring instead on the Abra and a live band will keep the spirit of the season with festive songs as well the ornamented 36ft Christmas tree. There’ll be an array of food stalls teeming with festive delicacies to work your way through as well as stalls offering Xmas shopping opportunities. Entry is free.
At Sustainable City, Dubai families can build recyclable gingerbread houses everyday starting tomorrow. The festivities continue with an array of activities such as Christmas tree ornament making, meet Santa, a train ride around, and magic show.
American-Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani is bringing his The Peaceful Warrior Tour to DIFC’s Gate today. Known for his quick wit and funny take on how Middle Easterners are perceived in the West, the comic has also appeared in movies such as The Interpreter and sitcoms such as Better Off Ted and Superior Donuts. Shows starts at 7pm; tickets from Dh195 at ticketmasteruae.ae.
Christmas eve feasts
Raffles Dubai: Enjoy a three-course Christmas Eve dinner at Solo Restaurant & Bar. The menu will include Italian festive recipes such as lobster ravioli, traditional slow cooked turkey served with chestnut stuffing and seasonal vegetables and a Veronese Christmas Pandoro. Dh225 per person from 7pm to 11.30pm. Call 04 324 8888 or email email@example.com.
Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah Beach: SUQ is hosting a Festive BBQ on the Beach for Christmas Eve. Sat by a bonfire, you can dine barefoot on the shore while live music sets the mood. Dh320 per person, from 7pm-11pm. Call 04 270 7803 for bookings.
Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: Giornette Restaurant is serving a sumptuous Xmas-eve meal with festive hits such as duck confit, Christmas eclairs, mince pies and more. From Dh235 per person, 7pm-11pm.
W Abu Dhabi: The Garage is serving a sharing-style Christmas Eve Brunch replete with live entertainment from 6pm-10pm. From Dh395 per person. Call 02 656 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bungalow: The Jumeirah beach bar's Bad Santa Holiday Party will feature a three-course set menu featuring Prawn Cocktail, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, and Christmas Date Pudding. Vegetarian and vegan options available on request. From 5pm, each package is valid for 4 hours and begins as soon as you arrive. From Dh180 per person. Call 054 994 7971, or email email@example.com.