Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: See a dance performance by Shobana in Dubai, get a slice of stollen at Mall of the Emirates to support a great cause, catch the MASmash event at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Get tickets to attend a performance by award-winning South Indian actor and dancer Shobana, who brings her The Spirit of the Dance showcase of choreographies in diverse styles ranging from pure classical dance to Indian folk and fusion, interwoven with live music of eclectic sounds and rhythms.
Saturday, 7.30pm, from Dh75, Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Oud Metha, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Visit Street Fest in Al Ain as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Discover some of the best local and international street food vendors with more than 40 trucks, trailers, carts and pop-ups, featuring cuisine prepared by renowned international chefs. Plus, enjoy an urban market, hear live musical performances, see Bboy hip-hop dance battles and street artists from around the world who will present graffiti artworks.
Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 8pm, Dh40 entry includes entry to the zoo, Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain, www.facebook.com/streetfestuae
Yas Marina gets into the holiday spirit beginning this weekend with daily tree-lighting ceremonies today and tomorrow as part of its annual Let It Snow programme of events. Children can take part in reindeer games, festive craft-making, wish-list writing and carol-singing. Santa will arrive at 4pm daily to spread festive cheer and take pictures under the tree. Just before the sun sets, Santa will gather the children for a story then light the festive tree.
Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 6pm, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarina.ae
Visit Just Play at English College Dubai for a family fun day with rugby, football and gymnastics sessions as well as inflatable play areas, music, games, food, competitions, prizes and more. Plus, meet Welsh Rugby Union player Mike Phillips, who will be on hand to train little rugby stars as well as launch his rugby academy. There will be a wide range of food options for parents and children to enjoy.
Saturday, 9am to 3pm, free, Just Play, English College Dubai, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, www.justplay.ae
See a performance of Santa’s Invitation, and learn what happens when Alice gets a letter from Santa asking her to come to the North Pole and help the elves prepare for Christmas. Frosty the Snowman, Rudi the Reindeer and Jack Frost will be there to guide visitors who are recommended to come dressed as elves,as Santa Claus always needs more of those around.
Saturday, 2pm and 4.30pm, from Dh130, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Get a slice of stollen at Mall of the Emirates as part of the 12th annual stollen charity cake sale, which raises funds for Emirates Red Crescent as part of the UAE’s Year of Giving. A team of 30 chefs are baking around the clock to prepare with the goal of selling a record amount of the popular sweet German fruitcake.
Friday, from 10am, 60cm loaves for Dh100; slices for Dh5, Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.malloftheemirates.com
Attend Creamfields Abu Dhabi, the electronic dance music festival featuring headliners Canadian DJ deadmau5 (Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff) with techno and old-school influences, Swedish DJ duo Axwell & Ingrosso (More Than You Know) with their high-energy set and English house band Above & Beyond (Sun & Moon). Emerging and established local and regional artists will also be featured as part of the show.
Friday, from 7pm, from Dh250, 18+, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Scottish rock band Texas return to the UAE to play their classic hits and tracks from their new album Jump On Board. Hits include Say What You Want, Inner Smile and Let’s Work It Out.
Friday, doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 9pm, from Dh195, The Irish Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Visit Manarat Al Saadiyat on Friday for the MASmash event, which features a variety of performances from artists including Kuwaiti hip-hop musicians Sons of Yusuf, dance training in various styles with Sima Performing Arts, Turkish graffiti artist Doseart, hula-hooping classes with Flowground, comedian Ali Al Sayed, experimental artist Jumairy and much more.
Friday, 5pm to 10.30pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae
Cinema Space presents two film screenings Saturday. Get into the holiday spirit with White Christmas, the 1954 Michael Curtiz film featuring classic Irving Berlin songs and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as performers who travel to Vermont for a show, where they find that they can make a difference to an old friend. House Without Roof is a 2016 German-Iraqi film by Soleen Yusef about three siblings born in Iraq and raised in Germany. They must return to their ancestral village to bury their mother and along the way are confronted by their family, but also their emotions about each other and their identity.
Saturday, 4pm for White Christmas; 7pm for House Without Roof, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com