Things To Do In Dubai In December 2022 – Concerts, Shopping, Food & Free Activities

Credits: Global Village Facebook
Credits: Global Village Facebook

It’s my favourite month of the year. Winter is well and fully settled in, festivities are its peak, twinkling lights are for some reason ‘twinklier’, and Dubai comes alive like never before. Why am I telling you all this? Well, because that means that I’m going to give you the choicest, fun-est things to do in December 2022 in Dubai! Psst, it’s a long list, so I’m going to make sub-lists for you to click on if you are interested! Party on because here comes a fabulous things to do in December 2022 in Dubai list.

1. 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. 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.

Click here for more details on the grand Christmas dinner & New Year’s eve & New Year plans

3. Eat All You Can Sushi & Dimsum For AED 51 

Date: December 1 to December 3

Golden Dragon, Dubai’s first Chinese restaurant has a historical legacy of more than 4 decades in the Emirate. A home to Sushi & Dimsum fanatics serving a variety Asian specialties from all over Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, has now expanded the flavours to delight the customers. They have launched an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi & Dimsum offer for all the patrons at only AED 51 just in time for the UAE National Day Celebrations. 

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A smorgasbord of flavorful variants of Sushi & dimsum options like the Prawn Tempura Roll to Veg California Roll to Dragon Roll to Salmon California Roll to Salmon Roll to choose from. Not finished yet, go another round with dim sums with melt-in-your-mouth fillings like the Philadelphia Cheese or Edamame or the Homemade Prawn Dumplings

Details:

Deal is available all day from 28th December-  3rd December
Reservations: 04 357 7022
Address: Building – Shop No. 3 – 4, 13th St – off Umm Hurair Road – Oud Metha – Dubai

4. 51st UAE National Day Celebrations At Global Village

Location: Global Village
Dates:
December 1 to December 4
Global Village, is gearing up for the 51st UAE National Day with guests able to enjoy spectacular musical performances, along with themed activities and entertainment, starting from December 1 to December 4. Global Village guests will be able to enjoy a special orchestra made up of 33 talented musicians who will be performing a selection of traditional songs on the main stage, including the national anthem Ishy Bilady. A violinist and harpist will also be performing a selection of popular Emirati songs to commemorate the UAE National Day celebrations.
National Day Global Village gulf buzzGet the full details and line-up here

On December 17th, Indie Pop & Bollywood will be taking over. Starting with the ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’ singer Kanika Kapoor. With beauty just as mesmerising as her voice, you are in for a delectable treat for your ears.
Get all the details here

6. World’s Oldest Vintage Car Rally – Mille Miglia

Location: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Dates: Official race begins on December 5th, all the super cars are open to fans to see on December 4th at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. It will continue till December 8th

After being delayed due to the pandemic, the UAE finally gets a 1600-mile classic car race called the 1000 Miglia Experience or the ‘Mille Miglia’. Over AED 551 million worth of vintage cars, some dating back to 1927, will travel across all seven emirates from December 4-8.

The race will start from Dubai Creek Golf Club on December 5th, and finish off at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi on December 8th. There will be 100 teams competing and vintage cars are being flown into the UAE from across the world including the UK, the US, Germany, Italy, India, Switzerland and Lebanon. The inaugural UAE edition is an invitation-only event for 100 drivers of “landmark automobiles, from legendary classics to iconic supercars of the modern era, sourced from all over the world”. 60 of these drivers will be from the Arabian Peninsula and 40 from other countries.

How To Witness The Vintage Car Rally In Dubai?

While the official race begins on December 5th, all the super cars are open to fans to see on December 4th at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

Get more details here
Contact: +971 2 628 0568
Dates: December 4 – December 8

The racecourse will traverse iconic locations including Jebel Jais, Downtown Dubai and Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi.

Read more details here.

7. Dubai Super Cup 2022

Dates: 8 December 2022 to 16 December 2022

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 | Arsenal.com

Match Fixtures:

December 8: Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais
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

8. 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
9. 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.

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.

Tickets start from AED 300 and are available on PlatinumList.net.
Doors open: 5 PM till 1 AM
Table bookings: +971509372344
Address: Terra Solis Dubai – Jebel Ali – Lehbab Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Get all the details of the launch show & stay options here

10. 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.

Nancy Ajram is the second artist to be announced for the Season 27 concert line-up after
Myriam Fares, the Arab ‘Queen of the Stage’, enthralled Global Village crowds with her
performance earlier in November. Concerts at the Global Village Main Stage are open to all, with designated areas for families and ladies so that everyone can enjoy Season 27’s line-up.

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

11. Dubai Shopping Festival & Drone Show

Dates: 15 December 2022 to 29 January 2023

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

12. 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

13. Meet Santa & His Elves At The Beach, JBR

Santa and his elves are making a pit stop every weekend at The Beach opposite JBR from 9th December until 24th December. Gather your kids (and the kid in you) and embark on a journey of fun and frolic with holiday decor and exciting activities at The Beach. Head over to find Santa and his elves touring the place on their customised bikes, handing out delicious candies to all good boys and girls, and making merry!
The Beach - Urban Shopping & Dining Destination | Dubai, UAE.Snap a selfie at Santa’s Grotto or get an instant picture clicked with Santa and his elves while you ask them questions about the North Pole!
Santa’s itinerary:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 9th, 10th & 11th December 2022
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 16th, 17th & 18th December 2022
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 23rd, 24th & 25th December 2022

Timings:

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m

14. Entertainment Destination ‘SayF’

Location: Dubai Festival City
Dates: Venue opens on Tuesday, December 20

Sayf literally translates to ‘summer’ in Arabic & it definitely promises to bring the heat. While we aren’t sure what brands will be available so far, here’s what we do know about the massive new venue:

Sayf Dubai Festival City

  • An electric menu of international cuisine
  • Delicious cocktails
  • Neon interiors & Instagram worthy photo ops at every turn
  • Plenty of playful installations
  • Live entertainment, including dancers, singers and circus acts
  • The venue will officially open its doors on Tuesday December 20

Read more here

15. Neha Kakkar Live

Date: 21st December
Location: Global Village

Best known for hits like Mile Ho Tum & Dilbar & Simmba, Neha rose to prominence with the release of the dance track Second Hand Jawaani, which was followed by several popular
party songs, including Sunny Sunny from Yaariyan and London Thumakda from the 2014 soundtrack album, Queen.

Currently serving as a judge on reality TV show Indian Idol, where she was originally a
contestant in 2005, Neha has built a huge social media following, ranking as the most watched female artists in 2019 on YouTube with more than 4 billion views and now over 72 million Instagram followers. She received a YouTube Diamond Award in 2021, making history as the first Indian artist to reach this achievement and has also been featured in Forbes’ India Celebrity 100 and Asia 100 Digital Stars lists.

Tickets for Global Village can be purchased through the Global Village official website, or award winning mobile app.

Link to purchase ticket

16. Martin Garrix Live

Date: 30th December
Location: Coca Cola Arena

The stage is set for one of the world’s biggest dance music sensations as he returns to the city for a spectacular showcase with an expected audience of over 10,000 fans. Head to the Coca-Cola Arena to watch Dutch DJ Martin Garrix live on 30 December.

Bronze: AED175
Silver: AED230
Gold: AED275
Regular Standing: AED275
Golden Circle: AED375

Book your tickets here

17. National Day Fireworks 

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19. December At Dubai Parks & Resorts

Advent season has begun and Dubai Parks™ and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park in the Middle East, has planned a fabulous December. It has turned into the ultimate magical destination this season with fireworks, festive workshops, enchanting live shows and parades, adding to the park’s thrilling rides and rollercoasters. Get all the details by clicking on the link below:

Dubai Parks And Resorts Has An Incredible December Lineup For Kids & Adults