8 things to do in Dubai this week
As 2017 turns to 2018, here’s how to see in the New Year in style…
It’s New Year’s Eve, and as we’re reflecting on another amazing year in Dubai, we’re looking forward to plenty of new things, too. From one final fiesta, to seeing in 2018 in style, we’ve rounded up the best of the week’s offerings to start the year with a bang.
Wishing you a Happy New Year from all at What’s On.
Here are eight things to do in Dubai this week…
Sunday December 31
1. Say farewell to 2017 with one final fiesta
The pretty-as-a-picture Jean-Georges in Four Seasons Jumeirah will be hosting a retro party for diners this New Year’s Eve. It’s Dhs250 for a four-hour beverage package including wine, bubbles and whisky, plus an a la carte food offering, with hits from the 60s through to the 80s. For 41 more ideas, head to our New Year’s Eve guide
Jean Georges, Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah, 8pm to 12am beverage package, Dhs250, event on until late. Tel: (04) 343 6118. More info on website
Monday January 1
2. Head to a recovery brunch
Whether you want to keep the party going or recover from the night before, Nikki Beach is throwing a recovery-style party brunch from 2pm to 5pm on New Year’s Day. There’s a soft and alcohol package, alongside globally-inspired bites from the signature menu. Plus, you’ll find our guide to New Year’s Day in Dubai right here.
Nikki Beach Club, Pearl Jumeira, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs460 house. Tel: (04) 376 6162. More info on website
3. Visit Dubai Frame
After a build-up which has lasted more than two years, Dubai Frame will open to the public on January 1. The new attraction consists of two transparent 150-metre-high towers that are connected by a 93-metre bridge at the top. An elevator will take visitors up to the bridge, where they can admire the panoramic views over old and new Dubai. Visitors will also journey through the city’s history and evolution which will be told through museums and 3D presentations.
Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park, 10am to 7pm, daily from January 1, Dhs50 adults, Dhs30 children. More info on website
Tuesday January 2
4. Enjoy free drinks at a new ladies’ night
The ever popular Wanderlust brunch is launching its ladies’ night on Tuesday 2nd January at Bridgewater. Ladies receive three complimentary beverages between 5pm and 1am at the Marriott Marquis spot, plus there’s live entertainment by Australia’s X Factor finalist Jaymie Deville & Wanderlust’s resident DJ Adam J playing all the dance-along hits.
Bridgewater, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 5pm to 1am, Tuesdays. Tel: (04) 414 3000. More info on website
5. Get your final festive fill at Riverland
Riverland is wrapping up its second season of Festive on the River this week. The free-to-enter destination within Dubai Parks and Resorts will be transforming into a winter wonderland until January 6, complete with Dubai’s first pop-up ice-rink, an outdoor cinema screening the season’s favourite movies, and a traditional, European-style festive market.
Riverland, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Rod, daily 4pm to 10pm until January 6 2018, free entry. More info on website
Wednesday January 3
6. Find your zen with a Qigong class
For those wishing to kick start a more healthy lifestyle in 2018, there’s a weekly Qigong class at Just Be Holistic Centre in Jumeirah. The purpose of the Level 1 of Zhong Yuan Qigong is to activate the basic energy and improve its quality, which is what you’ll master in this beginners Qigong class. It’s hosted by Ania Shnyukova, a certified Qigong instructor for more than a decade.
Just Be Holistic Centre, Um Suqeim 1 6.30pm to 8pm, Dhs80. Tel: 056 690 4222. More info on Facebook.
7. See a hip hop star at Cavalli Club
Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer Kid Ink will be doing a live performance at glitzy Sheikh Zayed Road club Cavalli on Wednesday January 3. The rapper is no stranger to the UAE, having performed here several times in 2017.
Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8:30pm to 3am, door policy applies. Tel: (04) 332 9260. More info on website
8. Enjoy half price shakes with a milkshake happy hour
For those who are doing dry January, there’s a new happy hour at Clinton St Baking company you’ll want to know about. The all-American diner has launched a “Milkshake Happy Hour” every day from 4pm to 7pm, offering buy-one-get-one-free on a selection of eight milkshakes. They’re priced at Dhs35 for two during the happy hour at both the City Walk and Burj View branch.
Clinton St. Baking Company, Burj Views (Downtown) and City Walk, daily 8am to 12am. Tel: (04) 344 0704. More info on website