Whether it’s under the tallest building in the world, or on some of the most lounges on the roof, or in the middle of the desert, there are many ways to watch the midnight strike in Dubai. December is almost here … Dubai has a lot in store for its residents and visitors during the last month of the year.
You can choose from the best parties in the city, where you can head to Atlantis, the Palm for a sparkling concert or go to one of the city’s most recent sites, such as Burj Khalifa or La Mer, to watch the stunning fireworks like never seen before.
It’s really the best time of the year for outdoor in Dubai, and traditionally a month for a great range of exciting new openings. What prevents you? Check out the list of the 11 things to do in Dubai in Dec and be inspired to make the most of it.
1. The UAE’s biggest cycling challenge is back – Dec 15
#SpinneysDubai92 Cycle Challenge
2. Festive celebrations at Fort Island – Dec 15 to 27
The city of Jumeirah will welcome its annual celebration market from December 15 to 27. The 1,750 square meter winter wonderland will feature a German-style ceremonial market, horseback riding on a passing boat with Santa, dozens of slides, games, the North Pole train, and the giant snowball area. The new this year will be the twinkling interactive LED Christmas tree and the daily appearances of Santa himself… from 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
Place: Madinat Jumeirah, Dec 15th to 27th, Sun to Wed, 3p.m to 1a.m, Thur to Sat 12p.m to 1a.m entry is free. Contact: (04) 366 8888. More info available here: www.jumeirah.com
3. Family Fun Day – Dec 15
For some free family fun, we won’t look at this year’s annual event – rather we will have a great family fun day at Zabeel Park on Dec 15th. This day is exciting and is being held to raise awareness and help integrate children with special care & needs here in the U.A.E. In the event, there will be bouncy castle, cinema, photography corner, there will also be activities for a few of them and adults alike, including face painting, yoga, football, arts and crafts.
Free entry. 15th Dec, noon – 6 p.m. Location: Gate 1 at Zabeel Park Tel: (050 883 6187).
4. Dec date TBC: Flying through the Marina
The people who brought you this Zeppelin epic on the Dubai fountain, they come back with the brand new feat “for all the adrenaline tricks in Dubai to try The line is described as the world’s longest line, the line height is 170 meters in the launch platform, and runs directly across the marina, ending at the address Next to the Marina Mall. It starts at the top of the tower at Promenade Marina, so you’ll basically launch off of a skyscraper.
Xline at Dubai Marina, times and dates yet to be confirmed, AED 650 single, AED 1,200 for two. More info available on its official website
5. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs in Ductac – Dec 14-23
The timeless classic is brought into life in Ductac this Dec. Which will be performed by a team of professional actors, an artistic crew from the United Kingdom and a young chorus group, this short fairy tales production will be appreciated by your little ones as well as the young children. There will be Expect of a mix music and dance as we see Snow White will be looking for her charming prince.
Ticket price: From AED 85. Date: Dec 20th – 29th. Location: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, more info: www.ductac.org Tel: (04 341 4777).
6. Music in the Marina – Dec 14-23
This year the theme of the Dubai Marina Music Festival (DMMF) gonna be “The Art of Sound”. It will transform Dubai Marina Park into a series of revitalizations and facilities that explore all senses as well as host artists, musicians, food stalls and a pop-up market.
Place: Dubai Marina Mall Promenade, Dubai Marina, Timing: 6p.m to 10p.m, Dec 14 to 23, free entry. More info available on its official facebook page
7. Dubai Shopping Festival – Dec 26 to Jan 27
Deal hunters, get ready. The Dubai Shopping Festival, known as DSF, is the sale you were waiting for. From 26 December to 27 January 2018, shopping centers, markets, retail outlets and shopping centers began to promote, with prices falling by up to 90%. From great discounts to amazing offers, contests and prizes, residents and visitors alike have multiple opportunities to get their hands on styles and fashions, electronics, toys, furniture, vehicles, jewelry and even food offerings. Plus a host of dazzling concerts, fireworks and pop-up events make this big event a festive month for everyone.
8. La Perle Aqua acrobatics
The world’s most mesmerizing performance
Conceived by legendary Franco Dragon, La Perle is not normal production. The visual masterpiece is a group of 65 talented artists who are doing exciting work and stunning aerobics while diving in a specially designed “water stage” filled with more than 2 million liters of water. Inspired by the vitality of this city, everything is shown – cascading waterfalls, fast paced acrobatics, high 25m diving and fictional characters, making it a must see for the season.
Location: La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City
Tel: +971 4 437 0123
Timing: Daily, 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m
Price: AED 400 (Bronze), AED 600 (Silver), AED 800 (Gold), AED 1,600 (VIP)
9. Enjoy a festive feast – Dec 25
It’s the most excited and wonderful time of the year (as the Christmas song goes) and as Dec 25th laps around again, there are piles of ways to celebrate it. Whether you stay in, go out, drowse in Turkey with all the trimmings or enjoy an alternative feast, every moment counts.
Different locations in the UAE.
10. Now time to Say good-bye to 2017 – Dec 31
As another year draws to a close, it is time to say good-bye to the year 2017 in Dubai. From stunning and record-breaking firework displays to special dinner parties that cost more than AED 100,000, to more modest celebrations, Dubai brunches, parties and dinner, we hope you last the last day of 2017 in a very memorable way.
11. World Future Sports Games – Dec 28-30
Get a glimpse of the future of sport in this world’s first five ever sports game. The launch of these games, by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, includes driverless car races, drones, robotic football, robotic table tennis, robotic swimming and much more.
Ticket prices to be announced soon. Location: Various locations including Downtown Dubai.