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All hail the woman of substance. She lives with purpose, isn’t afraid of failure, stands by her values, and prefers experiences over things – and she’s celebrated every day on Savoir Flair. Admittedly, buying her a Christmas gift isn’t the easiest endeavor, but luckily for you, we have plenty of experience and put together our top ten picks to get you started. Bonus: Shipping delays and unexpected duty charges not included.

1

Annual Membership to the NT Live Program at Courtyard Playhouse

If she has an affinity for hidden gems.

It’s basically impossible to find a better gift for a theater buff in Dubai. National Theatre Live is an initiative by National Theatre to broadcast the best of British theater live from the London stage to cinemas around the world. And with Courtyard Playhouse in Al Quoz acting as a partner venue, annual membership will give your friend access to all NT Live screenings – a guaranteed minimum of ten per year – alongside other perks such as discounts on Courtyard Playhouse workshops and paraphernalia. Past screenings have included the likes of Follies, Hamlet, and Hedda Gabler.

To buy an annual membership, click here.

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2

A Gift Voucher to Dubai Opera

If she has highbrow taste in culture.

In no time, Dubai Opera has established itself as the city’s leading – and most architecturally impressive – cultural institution, so a gift voucher is sure to trigger a squeal of utter delight. In denominations ranging from AED 250 to 5,000, the gift voucher will be valid for 12 months, making it the gift that will keep on giving well into the new year. Dubai Opera has already announced that it will host OthelloThe Phantom of the OperaSleeping Beauty, and Thriller Live in 2019, so there’s plenty to choose from.

To buy a gift voucher, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of Werner Sobek
3

A Gift Card from Gulf Photo Plus

If she prefers to be behind the lens.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone perpetually on a culture quest in Dubai who doesn’t rave about the exhibitions and artist talks at photography hub Gulf Photo Plus in Alserkal Avenue. This Christmas, give a friend a boost to her photography skills by treating her to one of its brilliant workshops through a gift card. Incidentally, it can also be redeemed against GPP products such as photo books and services like printing.

To buy a gift card, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of @GulfPhotoPlus
4

A Gift Voucher to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

If authors are her rock stars.

After ten editions and countless awards, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is still one of the city’s favorite events amongst anyone who takes even a remote interest in reading and writing. Next year’s installment – taking place from March 1st to 9th – will feature Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame, award-winning slam poet Afra Atiq, master of crime fiction Ian Rankin, and plenty more.

A gift voucher to the festival for a bibliophile is therefore a total no-brainer. Denominations range from AED 100 to 1,000, and can be redeemed against the Foundation Friends membership and/or tickets to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature events.

To buy a gift voucher, click here.

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5

Membership to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club

If she's willing to drive an hour for art.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean NouvelLouvre Abu Dhabi boasts 55 buildings that house gallery rooms, a café, a children’s museum, an auditorium, and more. The museum’s permanent collection includes 620 works, including a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh. However, many of Dubai’s residents still haven’t gotten around to visiting this gem of an institute due to its location on Saadiyat Island.

If your culture-loving friend is one such resident, gift her an annual membership to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club. It will give her unlimited yearly access, priority bookings for events, discounts on workshops, and even free entry to partner museums in France.

To buy an annual membership, click here.

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6

A Gift Voucher to Frying Pan Adventures

If she loves the crossroads of food and culture.

There’s something about Frying Pan Adventures that appeals equally to food fanatics, culture vultures, and urban explorers – and it’s walking feasts through the city’s oldest neighborhoods never cease to amaze participants. If you have a friend who has yet to discover Old Dubai, lives for hole-in-the-wall eateries, or loves trying cuisines from far-flung locales, this is it. You can gift her a voucher for any amount of your choice, and she can use it against any experience over the following 12 months.

To buy a gift voucher, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of @UnseenTrails
7

Membership to NYUAD The Arts Center

If she's always eager to support the arts.

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is known to host some of the most interesting cultural events and initiatives in the capital – music, dance, theater, film, and poetry included – with previous productions including an eight-hour take on The Great Gatsby.

Members of this innovative complex of theaters and performance venues reap a host of benefits and, after previewing the 2019 schedule, we think this is the gift she never knew she needed. On the roster? Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi 2019, Imagine Science Film Festival, Manifold – A Festival of Musical Diversity, and a performance by Grammy-award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by pianist-composer Arturo O’Farrill.

To buy a membership, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of @NYUADArtsCenter
8

A Gift Voucher to La Perle

If she's new to Dubai or simply a Cirque du Soleil fan.

The region’s first permanent show was created by Franco Dragone of Cirque du Soleil fame and takes place at Al Habtoor City on a daily basis – and attendance is practically a rite of passage for Dubai residents. If you have a friend who’ll appreciate a truly spectacular collision of mesmerizing aquatics with 2.7 million liters of water, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, and 65+ performers inspired by Dubai’s culture, we recommend a gift voucher to La Perle. She can then choose from four ticket tiers and attend at her convenience.

To buy a gift voucher, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of La Perle
9

A Gift Card from TheJamJar

If she thinks art is therapeutic.

It’s no secret that art is easily one of the best ways to express oneself – or just a great way to while away the hours during a quiet weekend. Enter: thejamjar, a community arts space that works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene through its extensive arts program, educational initiatives, and community projects. Located in Alserkal Avenue, the studio hosts everything from guided DIY sessions to classes that cover drawing techniques and even workshops on connecting with your deeper self through art, so – armed with a gift card – your artistically inclined friend will have plenty of options to choose from. Denominations range from AED 100 to 500.

To buy a gift card, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of thejamjar
10

A Gift Card from Top Chef Cooking Studio

If she considers cooking a form of art.

Sometimes, even a woman of substance needs a little help in the culinary department, and we think Top Chef Cooking Studio is the perfect place to get it. You can choose to buy a gift card for a range of classes such as ‘Chef to Be’, ‘Culinary Art’, ‘Grill On’, or ‘Cooking for Two’. State-of-the-art kitchen aside, the venue comes complete with vintage Berber rugs, industrial-style furniture, and wallpaper featuring Piero Fornasetti’s iconic interpretations of Italian soprano Lina Cavalieri, so she’s bound to love it. You can buy an e-card or collect the gift card from the studio.

To buy a gift card, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of @TopChefCookingStudio
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