8 wonderful things to do in Dubai this week: Dec 11 to 14

Have a great week…

Looking for some things to do in Dubai this week? There’s plenty from watching a movie under the stars to a ladies’ night, a family-friendly show and more…

Here are 8 wonderful things to do in Dubai this week: 

Monday, December 11

Watch a movie under the stars with loved ones


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Heading to the cinema to watch the latest flicks? Consider something different and head to the rooftop of the Galleria Mall and catch a movie under the stars. It’s possibly the best time of the year to do it thanks to the cool weather. The cinema has had a glow-up and offers different seating options including private cabanas, comfortable loungers and bean bags. You can book your spots here.

VOX Moonlight, Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, Tel: (600) 599 905, @voxcinemas 

Tuck into a business lunch at Sfumato

Take a mental break and pop into Sfumato for an afternoon break with a business lunch. Curated by Chef Alena Solodovichenko, you can refuel with dishes such as tuna tartar, beef carpaccio, wild mushroom risotto, pan seared salmon and more. Want a sweet treat to end your break? There’s cherry galette with labneh ice cream or a selection of ice cream and sorbet. The business lunch is available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm.

Sfumato, The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay, avail 12pm to 3pm Mon to Fri, Dhs115 for two courses and Dhs135 for three courses, Tel: (0)58 101 5649, sfumatodxb.com

Tuesday, December 12

Visit the Emerald City and make a wish to the Wizard of Oz at TODA

Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road, and journey with Dorothy, Toto and the whole crew to make your way to the wizard at the Theatre of Digital Art. The heartwarming and timeless tale of the fantastic adventures in Oz come to life like never before and it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Book your tickets here

The Wizard of Oz, Theatre of Digital Art, Souk Madinat, until Dec 21, shows run throughout the day, Tel: (0)4 277 4044, toda.ae

Take a midweek break and behave like a kid at Triple7

triple 7 arcade dubai

Hit the pause button on being an ‘adult’, and round up the friends and head to Triple7. Located at the Radisson Blu Canal View in Business Bay Dubai, Triple7 is a new arcade for grownups to kick back and have fun. The new nightlife venue will combine the nostalgia of a vintage arcade with trendy bar vibes to create an ambience that is the right amount of retro and the perfect kind of contemporary.

Triple 7, Radisson Blu Canal View, Business Bay, strictly 21+, Mon to Fri 4pm to 2am, Sat and Sun 12pm to 2am, Tel: (0)56 630 0777, @triple7dubai

Wednesday, December 13

Book your seats to see Handel’s Messiah at Dubai Opera

Dubai opera

On December 13, Dubai Opera will echo with the tunes of Messiah, the crowning achievement of the renowned composer George Frideric Handel. It was written and composed all the way back in 1741 but its popularity only grew stronger as time passed. The tune is typically not a Christmas one, as it was written for Easter but as the 19th century rolled on, it became extremely popular during the festive season. On December 13, it will be performed by Astana Opera Orchestra and The Festival Chorus, and conducted by Abzal Mukhitdin. Get your tickets here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 8pm on Dec 13, ticket prices start from Dhs225. Tel: (0)4 440 8888, dubaiopera.com

Catch a laser show at Riverland Dubai

Riverland laser show

Let your festive season come to light with an all-new dazzling colourful light show at Riverland Dubai. The rays of laser show have been choreographed to festive themed music which will put you in a jolly good mood. The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday with three shows at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm. You can also visit Santa’s Grotto and meet the man in red himself at Viva Ristorante Restaurant. While you’re there, at 9pm there’s a festive parade the whole family will love.

Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm Wed to Sun, Tel: (800) 262 9464. @riverlanddubai 

Thursday, December 14

Grab a gal pal and indulge in a ladies’ night at Citronelle Club

the citronelle club

Every Thursday, Citronelle Club hosts a ladies’ night – Nǚshì Soiree, which includes a dim sum basket, and three tea-infused cocktails curated from renowned Asian Jing Tea selection. It’s priced at Dhs120. Make your bookings on 050 421 0753.

The Citronelle Club, SO/ Uptown Dubai, Uptown Tower, JLT, Tel: (0)50 421 0753. @thecitronelleclub

Get into the festive mood at the winter market at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

M2L Festive Market

Curated by the M2L team, the space at Jumeirah Emirates Towers will look like a winter wonderland complete with a Christmas tree and more festive touches. We can expect a number of fun activities both the little ones and adults can enjoy from a carousel to a snow play area, a ball pit and more. Children will even be able to meet Santa. If the hunger pangs kick in, you will be able to tuck into a meal at one of the many food trucks. And of course, you’ll have views of the Museum of the Future that is sure to have you whipping out your phone for a snap.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, behind Museum of the Future, until Jan 5 2025, 2pm to 2am, Tel:(0)50 971 6258. @winter.district

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