Savoir Flair’s Dubai Calendar: Everything You Can’t Miss in December

Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from concerts and musicals to fitness events and fashion pop-ups.

Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from concerts and musicals to fitness events and fashion pop-ups.

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UAE Flag National Day Mirdif City Center
Photo: Courtesy of Mirdif City Center

December 1 to 3: Celebrate National Day
Head to The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk, The Beach, or Midrif City Center from 8 p.m. onwards to enjoy free concerts featuring Emirati artists singing traditional ballads.

December 2: Watch DJ Tiesto Perform or Enjoy a Firework Show
The Dutch DJ and record producer will perform at Dubai World Trade Center. Click here for tickets. If it’s fireworks you’re after, JBR will host an elaborate display at 8:30 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy of Les Ballets de France

December 3: Attend ‘Les Ballets de France’
Mark your calendars for a performance by France’s first private ballet company at the DUCTAC. The show will feature 15 soloists performing scenes from legendary ballets such as Coppélia and Le Corsaire.

December 3 to 5: Visit the Aubade x Maria Tash Pop-Up
In anticipation of Kuwait-based jewelry boutique Aubade’s upcoming Dubai store, a pop-up will be held at Be Bar from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. in collaboration with Maria Tash, one of the world’s most coveted piercing experts. Click here to book your appointment.

Nutcracker on Ice Dubai Opera
Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Opera

December 5: Watch ‘The Nutcracker on Ice’
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this breathtaking show at Dubai Opera, which will include world-class ice skating and Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score. To book your tickets, click here.

Vanina Jewelry lookbook
Photo: Courtesy of Vanina

December 6: Visit the Vanina Pop-Up
Ethically produced lifestyle label Vanina will be holding an exclusive pop-up at Galeries Lafayette for the launch of its Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Timings are yet to be announced, so be sure to follow the brand on Instagram for further details.

Photo: Courtesy of Dubai International Jewellery Week

December 7 to 10: Stop by Dubai International Jewellery Week
Looking to add a little sparkle to 2017? With 10,000 jewelry designs from over 25 countries, this is the event for you. Apart from the shopping opportunities, masterclasses with jewelry experts will be available to help you understand more about various gem stones, from their significance to how to style them. Discover more, here.

DIFF Burj al Arab Dubai International Film Festival
Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

December 7 to 14: Catch a Film at Dubai International Film Festival
The 13th edition of the film festival will see some of the best international films screened across eight days at several venues, including Madinat Arena, Mall of the Emirates, and more. This year’s highlights include the honoring of actor Samuel L. Jackson with a lifetime achievement award, the screening of Tom Ford’s new film, and a new Virtual Reality lineup entitled “DIFFerent REALITY”. To purchase tickets, click here.

James Bond Daniel Craig
Photo: Courtesy of IMDB

December 8: Immerse Yourself in 50 Years of James Bond
Start the weekend with everyone’s favorite Secret Service agent by visiting the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition. Running throughout December at Burj Khalifa ANNEX, it celebrates the design and style of James Bond as well as the craft behind the sets, music, gadgets, vehicles, technology, and fashion of the films over the course of the past five decades.


D3 Mushrooms installation
Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Design District

December 8 to 10: Head to ‘Meet d3’
This three-day music, food, and lifestyle festival at Dubai Design District is free to attend and open for all. Headlining this year’s edition is Lebanese singer and entertainer Myriam Fares. Click here for more details on the dynamic lineup.

December 8 to 10: Get in the Holiday Spirit at Dubai Winter Festival
Head to the Dubai Winter Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheater to enjoy all things merry and bright, from building snowmen to singing Christmas carols and making gingerbread houses.

Photo: Courtesy of Four Points by Sheraton

December 10: Practice Yoga on a Roof
Enjoy a unique yoga session on the rooftop of Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road to help raise money for charity. All proceeds will go to Road to Awareness, an annual fundraising campaign between UNICEF and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Click here to sign up.

Photo: Courtesy of @EltonOfficial

December 15: See Elton John in Concert
For the first time ever in Dubai, Sir Elton John will perform as part of his ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ world tour. Click here to purchase tickets.


Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Desert Road Run

December 17: Join the Dubai Desert Road Run
Participants of the race can opt to run either 3km or 10km from “the village” in The Sevens stadium, which is located roughly 40km off the coastline of Dubai. To sign up, click here.

Cactus at la Gomera island with Christmas-tree decorations.
Photo: Courtesy of INKED

December 18 to 22: Deck the Halls with INKED
Conceptual dining space INKED is inviting guests to celebrate the holiday season with its latest pop-up concept, ‘The Nights Before’. Guests of the dinner series, which is taking place each night from December 18th to 22nd, can expect everything from the space – the warehouse will turn into a winter wonderland – to the menu to honor all things festive.

Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Shopping Festival

December 26 to January 28: Shop Your Heart Out at the Dubai Shopping Festival
Reward yourself for a productive year with a little retail therapy during the Dubai Shopping Festival, which offers incredible discounts and raffle opportunities across the city. Stay tuned for Savoir Flair’s guide to what to buy during the festival.

Photo: Courtesy of @Coldplay

December 31: Ring in the New Year with Coldplay in Abu Dhabi
After making your way through a packed social calendar in Dubai, venture south to see British band Coldplay in concert, who will perform at du Arena, Yas Island on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased here.

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