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Looking to get someone a last-minute gift? We suggest a ticket to one of the incredible concerts that have recently been announced. Global superstar Mariah Carey performs in Dubai on February 23, 2017 at the Emirates Airlines Jazz Festival; tickets from Dh395 at French DJ David Guetta is back at Atlantis, The Palm, performing on December 29. Tickets can be purchased from or the hotel’s website from Dh295, on the door cost Dh345. And if there are any Beliebers in the household, listen up: Justin Bieber is headed to Dubai on May 6, 2017, for a one-night-only show as part of his Purpose World Tour. Pre-sale registration is on at

Motiongate Dubai launches on December 16

The Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park opens today. Part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, this collaboration of three Hollywood film studios – DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate – has rides and attractions inspired by hits such as Smurfs, The Hunger Games, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Multi-park tickets starting at Dh430 are available on

Vroom-vroom time at Yas

Tomorrow, the Gulf 12 Hour Endurance Race at the Yas Marina Circuit will see 25 cars from 18 motorsport teams compete with three-time MotoGP World Champion Loris Capirossi returning for a second season in international endurance motorsport, racing a Ferrari 458 GT3. The race is split in two parts, each being six hours long. Gates are open from 9am to midnight and general admission is Dh25. Food and beverages are available at an extra charge; go to

Registration is also now open for the TriYAS 2017 triathlon with early bird discounts and offers for bookings done before December 31. The seventh edition of the triathlon will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit on February 17, 2017 and will offer the choice of two categories for adults, one for children and one for women only.

Let’s pretend

Reel life gets real at the Assassin’s Creed cosplay event at Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates, from midnight tomorrow (December 17), celebrating the release of the Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender. Based on the eponymous fantasy video game, the event in partnership with trampoline centre Flip Out Dubai will see the store transform into the film’s medieval setting featuring the Spanish Inquisition and Knights Templar. There will be parkour re-enactions of stunts from the video games and missions for participants, who will have to overcome obstacle courses. Go dressed to suit the theme; entry is free.

Think you’ve got the video gaming skills to walk away with Dh10,000 this weekend? We’ve got the event for you. Gamers of all ages can test their skills at the Asus Gamesfest being held at Hub Zero at City Walk in Dubai today from 4-10 pm. The free-to-attend event will see six Overwatch 3v3 players compete for cash prizes of up to Dh10,000 on Control Maps. The top scorer in the VR competition, playing Space Pirates Trainer, stands a chance to walk away with a Dh1,000 voucher.

Cosplayers go double duty with a dress-up contest on at the fest. Three winners will leave with vouchers up to Dh3,000.