Things To Do In Dubai This Week (Dec 9 – Dec 15)

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It’s the festive season. It means the air is a little crisper and there’s a certain fun vibe that lights up Dubai. Well, our city never disappoints – ever! And whether you’re single, have a date, have kids, want to hang out with your friends or just enjoy some quiet time – there’s a whole bunch of things to do in Dubai this week. From music festivals, to uncontrollable shopping – here’s all the deals you can enjoy in Dubai this week!

Also read: Things To Do In Dubai In December 2022; Concerts, Shopping, Food & Free Activities

  1. Christmas Celebrations At Expo City Dubai – Winter City

Beginning Friday, 9 December a whole range of Christmas celebrations will be underway. Winter City is absolutely free to visit, which means that everyone is welcome to the Christmas delight. Please note that a few activities & workshops are chargeable.

Here’s what you can look forward to from December 9th:

  • A jaw-dropping 52-foot Christmas tree that will be lit up at Al Wasl Dome, celebrating the theme of ‘White Christmas’
  • The second edition of Expo 2020’s popular Mrs Claus Christmas Show from December 20-29 which will include live entertainment, and something you should definitely not miss out on!
  • Daily nightly projection shows
  • Gingerbread, wreath and ornament-making workshops
  • A Santa’s Grotto
  • A dedicated place for kids to post their letters to Santa
  • Jumping, sliding, climbing and zip-lining activities
  • Carols by Candlelight show from December 20-25
  • Traditional fairground games
  • A chalet-style Christmas market
  • A 2 week winter camp for kids aged 6-12 years, from December 12-23 at Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion and week 2 from Alif – The Mobility Pavilion

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2. Dubai Super Cup 2022

Dates: 8 December 2022 to 16 December 2022

Another one to add to your list of things to do in Dubai this week. Dubai is all set to host the inaugural edition of the ‘Dubai Super Cup 2022’ from December 8-16 2022 at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Al-Nasr Club. English football clubs Liverpool and Arsenal; Italian football club AC Milan, and French football club Olympique Lyonnais will be participating in the event.

Arsenal set for Dubai Super Cup during World Cup | News |

Match Fixtures:

December 11: Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais
December 13: Arsenal and AC Milan
December 16: Liverpool and AC Milan

Among the football stars participating are Egyptian football star and Liverpool player Mohamed Salah; Arsenal footballer Mohamed Elneny; Brazilian star Roberto Firmino, who plays with Liverpool; Arsenal’s defender Gabriel Magalhães; captain of the Norway national team and Arsenal team Martin Ødegaard; Algerian star and AC Milan player Ismail bin Nasser; and Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.

Book tickets here

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3. Sole DXB Music Event 

Location: Dubai Design District
Dates: Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11

The festival will feature designers, athletes, speakers and creatives from the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and beyond.

There will be DJ sets, live performances, workshops, talks, film screenings and sports events. You can expect a competitive streetball tournament, a fun Sneaker swap activation event and a curated assortment of the world’s prestigious fashion labels. The event will also feature installations from The Giving Movement, Puma and New Balance.

The high-profile extravaganza will feature events in partnership with popular brands like Philips, Cashew, Launch Metrics and Bureau Béatrice to create customised experiences inspired by street culture.

 Check the full lineup here

4. Tomorrowland’s Terra Solis 

From December 2022 to June 2023, Tomorrowland is planning to give us a once in a lifetime experience as they open a unique retreat in the Dubai desert called Terra Solis! This will be an absolutely incredible experience with luxe glamping, the best live musicians and DJs, rustic dining and an incredible pool designed for epic day-to-night parties.
Catch Paul Kalkbrenner Live At Terra Solis on December 9

For the launch on Friday, December 9th, German DJ and Tomorrowland regular Paul Kalkbrenner is set to headline the opening! Additional DJs including Matt Jones, Aaryon, Masha Vincente, and Capoon will also be playing. Tickets start from AED 300 and are now available at Platinumlist. Doors open from 6 pm, with guests able to experience world-class music until 1 am.

December 9 Line Up At Terra Solis

6 pm – 7 pm : Matt Jones
7 pm – 8 pm : Aaryon
8 pm – 9 pm: Masha Vincente
9 pm – 10 pm : Capoon
11 pm – 1 am : Paul Kalkbrenner

Buy your tickets here

Doors open : 5 pm till 1 am
Tables and Boxes: +971 50 937 2344

5. Nancy Ajram Live At Global Village

Dates: December 12

Following the start of the highly anticipated Season 27 concerts, Global Village announced that Arab superstar Nancy Ajram will be performing live on Monday, December 12 starting 9pm, at the Global Village Main Stage. Chosen by the UNICEF as the first female regional ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa in 2009, Ajram is an influential contributor in the Arab music industry and has previously been named one of the top female Arab artists by Forbes, and the world’s bestselling Middle Eastern artist at the World Music Awards. The perfect addition to to your list of things to do in Dubai this week.

Tickets for December 12 can be purchased through the Global Village official website.

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6. Dubai Shopping Festival

Starts: December 15th

DSF is the ultimate shoppers paradise as festivities, shopping, glamour, entertainment, culture & food come together to create an experience like no other. Perfect for kids & adults alike, DSF takes place across several malls all over Dubai. The whole Emirate is lit up with offers, discounts & deals – a massive Dubai bonanza almost!

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF)

Get all the details here

7. Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market

Location: Madinat Jumeirah resort
Dates: December 15 until December 30

The Madinat Festive Market is probably among Dubai’s best Christmas markets to look forward to in 2022. Located on Fort Island, the market will take place between Thursday December 15 until Friday December 30. So that’s 15 days of fun, festivities, great food & lots of activities. And the best part? FREE ENTRY of course!

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Get all the details here: Christmas Markets In Dubai: Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market Dates Announced

8. Winter Garden At Habtoor Palace

Location: Habtoor Palace
Dates: All of December

If anyone knows how to celebrate Christmas, it has to be the Winter Garden, and that’s why although it’s happening all month we decided to add it to to your list of things to do in Dubai this week. Coinciding perfectly with the National Holiday weekend, you can head to the Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection for the grand reveal of the Christmas Tree. There will be the customary Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, where the grand reveal of its festive illumination and décor will happen.

Timings: Daily | 4 pm to 12 am

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9. Sundowner Deal at High Note Pool & Sky Lounge

Head to High Note Pool & Sky Lounge Aloft Mina between 4-7pm and enjoy their irresistible sundowner deals. Get Shisha at just AED 49, a hops and a Burger for AED 69 and select beverages for AED 25.

Sundowner Deal at High Note Pool & Sky LoungeGrab a light bite to eat with High Note’s Starters Menu for AED 25 each, which includes dishes such as cocktail Samosa, Hara Bhara Kabab, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Seekh Kabab, Fish Tikka, Crispy Calamari Rings , Wraps & Rolls and more.

With its beautiful rooftop view overlooking the beautiful skyline of the city’s capital, High Note is ideal to enjoy a sundowner either alone or with a group of friends.


Price: Shisha @ AED 49
Hops + Burger @ AED 69
Select Beverages & starters @ AED 25
Address: Rooftop Level, Aloft Al Mina Hotel – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

10. Football Fun At Dubai Hills Mall & Dubai Marina Mall

Dates: 8 Dec – 18 Dec

Join the football fun at Dubai Hills Mall and Dubai Marina Mall every Thursday to Sunday, throughout the World Cup season starting 8 December.  Dubai Hills Mall and Dubai Marina Mall invites the whole family to be enraptured by exciting entertainment, including thrilling roaming and stationary acts, musicians, and even a soccer parade.

Feel the football spirit and revel in the party-like atmosphere as shoppers witness ball-balancing acrobats show-off their skills on giant footballs and football freestylers perform their awesome tricks to the crowds.

Visitors from across the world can spot their home nation’s flag flying in the flag parade, a fantastic display of unity, colour, and fun, with a stilt walker adorning all the flags and energetic dancers embracing the global football season. Football mascots will be roaming around, with a hard-to-miss mirror footballer presenting an excellent photo opportunity.

Hear the beating drum from the Soccer Parade, a band aptly dressed in football attire – including football hats and glittery drums, lifting spirits, and getting everyone ready for the next match.

If that’s not enough, listen to the amazing music performed by Ethnotronika, a multi-ethnic instrumentalist specialised in Didgeridoo, Handpan, Jawharp, Percussions, Berimbau, Mouthbow, and electronic music production. Finally, a caricaturist will capture the likeness of shoppers, drawing portraits for anyone who wishes. It is set to be a celebration like no other across both malls!

To top it all off, don’t miss out on Emaar Mall’s other incredible offers, including its Spend and Win campaign in partnership with Emirates NBD and Visa. Running until 18 December, visitors across all Emaar Malls stand a chance to win Emaar Gift Cards worth AED 5,000 daily*. Spend AED 500 and above using Emirates NBD Visa cards and stand a chance to win. Shoppers can enter this draw using their receipts from any dining, retail, or entertainment outlets across the participating malls.