From festive beauty packages perfect for a pre-Christmas pampering to a Celine Dion tribute and the return of the Madinat festive market…

Another week starts again in Dubai (don’t worry, it’s nearly Christmas now) and there’s lots of things to do in the city. Whether you feel like getting all festive or going to an ultra-cool party, here’s 8 fun things to do in Dubai this week. 

Sunday December 8

1. Treat yourself to a Christmas care package

Christmas is nearly upon us so what better time to treat yourself to a beauty and spa package to get you primped and preened for the big day? Funky new salon Pretty WOW have three special packages lined up for you. Try the Jingle Belle option which includes a gel manicure and pedicure, spray tan and a bouncy blow dry for Dhs520.

Pretty WOW, RO-2, Gold Crest Views, Cluster V in JLT, 9am to 9pm Sun to Thurs, 7am to 4pm Fri, 9am to 6pm Sat. Tel: (04) 572 6437.

2. Indulge in all-you-can-eat pizza

It’s pretty cloudy outside and whilst it might not be that cold, it still makes us want some belly-warming comfort food. What better then, than unlimited pizza for just Dhs89, with one drink included? Or you could add unlimited wine for two hours and it’s Dhs189. Bellissimo.

Certo, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Sundays, 6pm to 11pm, unlimited pizza Dhs89, unlimited wine and pizza, Dhs189. Tel: (04) 366 9187.

Monday December 9

3. Throw it back with Lethal Bizzle

Calling all Lethal Bizzle fans, you’ll get to throw it back with the British MC rapper as he’s putting on a massive performance at Dubai party favourite, Toy Room on Monday December 9. Don’t forget, there’s free drinks for ladies until 1am.

Toy Room, Al Meydan Road, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, Monday December 9, 11am to 4am, free entry for ladies. Tel: (052) 463 3338.

4. Tuck into a festive menu at this Instagrammable spot

If you haven’t yet checked out ultra-Instagrammable new spot Brunch & Cake, you really need to. The cafe was made popular in Barcelona and even the Dubai version often has queues out of the door (it’s well worth the wait though). Try out their festive menu with everything from a cinnamon cappuccino to a cinnamon pecan and date pie or a delicious roast chicken for one with cranberry infused stuffing and all the trimmings.

Brunch & Cake, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, 8am to 12am daily, festive menu available throughout December. Tel: (800) 472 6362.

Tuesday December 10

5. Sing along at a Celine Dion tribute night

If your heart still goes on for Celine Dion, there’s only one place you need to be on Tuesday night. Upmarket French restaurant Bagatelle will be paying tribute to the legendary singer at their Le Mardi C’est Permis – Spéciale event. They’re flying in a singer especially from Paris who is known for her stunning interpretations of Celine Dion’s best hits. 

Bagatelle, 1st floor of The Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Center Area, Tuesday December 10, 8pm onwards. Tel: (04) 354 5035.

6. Round up the girls for a new ladies’ night

Speak-easy inspired bar Americano recently opened in Souk Madinat, and now they’ve launched a weekly ladies’ night. Every Tuesday, girls can enjoy three complimentary drinks between 9pm and 3am. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Consoul Trainin and one-man band Adam Baluch.

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Americano, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Tuesdays, 9pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 584 6475.

Wednesday December 11

7. Feel all festive with this Christmas tree light switch on

If there’s nothing that makes you feel more warm and fuzzy than a big Christmas tree light switch on then get yourself to Madinat Jumeirah on Wednesday, December 11. They’ll be lighting up their huge tree with an exciting elf show and a Christmas choir to get you into the fully-fledged Christmas mood.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Wednesday December 11, from 6pm, free entry. Tel: (04) 366 8888.

8. Party at a luxe Dubai restaurant

Swanky restaurant COYA Dubai are celebrating five years of business in the city with a cool themed party that you’ll want to be seen at this Wednesday. You’re invited to don your berets and best Guerill army gear at the ‘Revolutionary’ themed event. There’ll be a DJ, live music from a band and loads of entertainment as you join them for drinks at the bar or dinner in the restaurant.

COYA Dubai, Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, Wednesday December 11, from 8pm. Tel: (04) 316 9600.