What’s On has a list of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including brunch, drinks deals, festive events, live entertainment and new openings.

You know that moment on a Thursday afternoon when your work buddy asks what you’re doing this weekend and your mind goes blank? Well worry no more, friends, because What’s On has the perfect solution, whatever mood you are in.


Souk Festive Market
The annual Souk Festive Market is back, boasting a winning combination of gifts and delicious food. Get your mits on handmade festive treats and gingerbread creations, in addition to a variety of family friendly activities including a traditional North Pole train, a unique ice rink, Santa’s Grotto, bouncy castle and a Reindeer Rodeo. Adults can take part in cooking classes with Lindt Master Chocolatier Matthew Muller and award-wining Madinat Jumeirah Pastry Chef Paul Hayward.

Until December 27
Souk Madinat, Dubai, Sun to Thur 3pm to midnight, Fri and Sat 1pm to midnight, free. Tel: (04) 3666730. Taxi: Souk Madinat. jumeirah.com

Madinat Festive Market

David Guetta live
Hit-making French DJ David Guetta will roll back into the region for the first time since May 2013, taking to the stage at Atlantis. After more than a decade on the club scene, namely with his ‘**** Me I’m Famous’ sessions, the 46-year-old achieved his mainstream breakthrough in 2009 with the album ‘One Love’. Hit singles ‘When Love Takes Over’‘Getting Over You’ and the Akon smash all reached No 1 in the UK charts, and with the follow up in 2011, ‘Nothing But The Beat’, enjoying similar success, Guetta has sold over six million albums, and 15 million singles worldwide.

Tickets are still available for the show at AtlantisThePalm.com, Virgin Megastore, and Platinumlist.net priced from Dhs275.

David Guetta to play in Dubai, December 2014

Lobster sliders
Who said lobster has to be expensive? Get your paws on a mini lobster burger at Silvena Rowe’s (above) new place in Jumeirah. Omnia Blue is next to Silvena’s What’s On award-winner Omnia Gourmet.

Jumeirah Fishing Village off Jumeirah Beach Road, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3437181. Taxi: Al Urouba Street, off Jumeirah Road.

Detox at Talise spa
One of Dubai’s first juicing companies, Detox Delight, has teamed up with Talise Spa to create a detox package. The best part? It only takes a day. You get treatments including a massage and exfoliation, teamed with a one-day juice detox. Sounds like the perfect post-party recovery to us.

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs1,385. Tel: (04) 3666818. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com/mjtalise

Racing at Meydan
The fourth stage of the qualification process for next year’s Dubai World Cup pits the best of the regions racers against one another. Doors open at 6.30pm.

Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai; free. Tel: (04) 381 3405.

Dubai World Cup 2014, Meydan Racecourse



Alice In Wonderland
Dive into the surreal world of Mad Hatters, rabbits, and cats with big grins in Lewis Carroll’s story. The cast is made up of professional international actors and children living in Dubai. Read all about our trip behind the scenes of Alice In Wonderland in Dubai.

Until December 31
Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat, Dubai, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3666546. Taxi: Souk Madinat. madinattheatre.com

Alice In Wonderland - Madinat Theatre December 2014

Willy Wonka
We wish we could include a golden ticket in every copy of What’s On that would give you access to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. But, sadly, the closest you’ll get to the chocolate paradise created by author Roald Dahl in his famous book is seeing the stage musical Willy Wonka in Dubai.

Until December 27
Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates: willywonkadubai.com

Willy Wonka at DUCTAC

Disco Sushi at Okku
Award-winning Japanese food, ’80s and ’90s music, and a Miami Vice dress code isn’t a combination you come across every day. Nonetheless we love the sound of it. The new party brunch at Okku will take place once a month, kicking off with a cocktail reception before diners sit down to a 12-course feast of signature dishes like wasabi rock shrimp and yuzu-saikyo miso black cod, plus bubbles, spirits, and premium French grape.

The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 12.30pm to 5pm, Dhs399 with soft drinks, Dhs599 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 5018777. Metro: World Trade Centre. okku.com

Okku H Hotel Dubai

Tinie Tempah at White Dubai
Tinie Tempah is the headline act for WHITE Dubai’s first anniversary celebrations. The British rapper will take to the mic at Meydan’s popular grandstand rooftop club, his first show in the region since RedFest DXB back in February. Fans can expect to hear the Londoner reel off big hit such as ‘Pass Out’, ‘Written In The Stars’, ‘Tsunami’ and ‘Children of the Sun’, as he follows the likes of Jason Derulo, Mr. Probz, Thomas Gold and Cody Wise in performing at the venue.

Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Dubai. Tel: (050) 4430933. Taxi: Meydan Racecourse. whitedubai.com

Tinie Tempah to perform at WHITE Dubai

Support the Nike 10k
The popular We Run Dubai 10K is back, this time kicking off in Downtown Dubai on at 7.30am. Full route can be found here >> facebook.com/NikeRunningMiddleEast

Farmer’s Market
Stop by the market on the terrace at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Friday mornings to get your veg for the week. Try a bit of free pilates, yoga or tai-chi while you’re there.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, Fri 9am to 1pm. Metro: Emirates Towers. facebook.com/thefarmersmarketontheterrace

Farmer's Market - Etihad Towers

One of Nepal’s biggest rock acts performs.

The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, 8pm, Dhs70. Tel: (04) 3598888. Taxi: Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai. themusicroom-dubai.com

Latin Xperience
James & Alex Dance Studios presents ‘Mambo Fever’. Dance to the very best Mambo tracks on a huge 400 square metre dance floor.

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, Fri 8pm, Dhs95. Tel: (04) 4470773. Taxi: Meydan. facebook.com/jamesandalex

New city market
We love a pop-up concept, and Town Centre in Jumeirah is the latest spot to be be treated to a pop-up market. Marketeerzz is focused on mixing with the region’s 200 nationalities and trading with purpose. The stalls are teeming with handmade goodies and workshops, and talks are scheduled to take place. Bookworms can also get their hands on some cheap reads, with the proceeds going towards The Animal Project.

Town Centre, Jumeirah, Dubai, Thur to Sat noon to 10pm. Taxi: Town Centre. marketeerzz.com

Pop-up market at Town Centre in Jumeirah


The Beach market
JBR’s The Beach now has another attraction with its collection of market stalls on the sand. We spotted candles, soaps, truffles and vegetables under cute canopies.

The Beach, JBR, Dubai, Sat 10am to 8pm, free. Tel: (04) 4310190. Taxi: The Beach, JBR. thebeach.ae

The Beach Market, JBR

Dubai Mall Christmas Market
Walking in a winter wonderland can be more than just a tune you hum if you visit the Christmas market in Galeries Lafayette. Its chalets are packed with gift ideas such as fragrances, candles, and hampers. There are live cooking stations, visits from Santa, and carols. Oh, and they have a 16-metre Christmas tree covered in 10,000 Swarovski crystals too.

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Sun to Thur 10am to midnight, Fri and Sat 10am to 1am. Tel: (04) 3399933. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. galerieslafayette-dubai.com

Galeries Lafayette Christmas Market

Winter Camps
Bright stars can shine on stage at Theatre Works’ festive camp.

Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, 9am, Dhs950. Tel: (050) 158653. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. kidstheatreworks.com

Omar Khairat live
Renowned Egyptian composer will entertain the crowd at World Trade Centre with his jazz and blues melodies.

Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (052) 990 0112. Dhs250.