Say hello to winter and goodbye to 2018! We can’t believe it’s December already. But Bayut has rounded up the best events in Dubai in December to help you finish off the year in style! From the hottest concerts to amazing festivals happening across the city, December is chockfull with things to do in Dubai this month. Read on to discover best places to be at, and events in Dubai you just can’t miss!
11 EXCITING EVENTS IN DUBAI IN DECEMBER 2018
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD AT SOLE DXB
Get ready, because the region’s largest footwear, fashion and lifestyle festival is returning to Dubai, bigger and better! One of the hottest events in Dubai in December 2018, Sole DXB is a celebration of street culture – fashion, music, sport, you name it. This year highlights the next generation of South African artists and designers but welcomes talent from around the world. Headlining this years’ highly anticipated event is hip-hop sensation Nas, who has multi-platinum hit under his belt. Expect other rising stars from across the globe and local talent performing at Sole DXB this year! You’ll find brands like Adidas, Puma, Dior and Farfetch exhibiting at the event, along with up and coming talent from different countries.
- Location: Dubai Design District, Ras Al Khor Road
- Dates: 6 – 8 December
- Timings: 6 December: 6pm onwards; 7 – 8 December: 12pm – 10pm
- Price: Thursday: Free Entry; Friday: AED 195; Saturday: AED 195; Weekend Pass: AED 295
- Contact: 04 433 3000
CHALLENGE YOURSELF AT DU TOUGH MUDDER
Speaking of upcoming activities in Dubai, du Tough Mudder is returning, and it’s so much bigger and better! This December, take part in this exhilarating 10 km mud-and-obstacle course at Hamdan Sports Complex. Open to kids and adults, the non-timed course is all about teamwork as well as physical strength. Challenge yourself to complete obstacles like Everest 2.0, Electroshock Therapy and Mud Mile 2.0. Meanwhile, the kids can learn teamwork and have fun in the 1.5 km du Mini Mudder course. Grab friends and family and head to one of the coolest events happening in Dubai in December.
- Location: Hamdan Sports Complex
- Dates: 7 – 8 December
- Timings: 7am – 5pm
- Price: du Tough Mudder: AED 495 per person; du Tough Mudder Special Ops: AED 605 per person; du Mini Mudder (7 -13 years): AED 53
- Contact: 800DWTC (3982)
ENTER A WINTER WONDERLAND WITH HABTOOR PALACE’S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Looking for things to do in Dubai in December? Check out the city’s winter markets, such as the one happening in Habtoor Palace! The gorgeous Versailles Garden will be transformed into a magical winter market this month. Bring the whole family to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, a tree lighting ceremony and the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. Discover all the winter markets in the city – and more – in Bayut’s guide to Christmas events in Dubai!
- Location: Habtoor Palace, Habtoor City
- Dates: 4 – 21 December
- Timings: 3pm – 12am
- Tickets: Free Entry
- Contact: 04 435 5555
CATCH THE LEGENDARY RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN LIVE IN CONCERT
Qawali fans, you’re in for a treat. In one of the most anticipated events in Dubai in December 2018, the celebrated singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is coming to Dubai. One of South Asia’s most renowned artists, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a master of the Qawali style (a form of Sufi devotional music) and a playback singer for Bollywood and Pakistani films. He’ll be performing at the ARENA at Dubai World Trade Centre for the final stop of his world tour, Just Qawali! Don’t miss the chance to catch the legend in action this December.
- Location: Dubai World Trade Centre ARENA
- Date: 7 December
- Timings: 7.30pm – 12am
- Price: AED 150 – AED 2,000
- Contact: 052 564 7220
JOIN IN ON THE DUBAI POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATION CELEBRATIONS
To mark the cadets passing the academy, Dubai Police will be hosting an array of family-friendly events in Dubai in December 2018! The celebrations will be happening in various hotspots around the city including JBR, City Walk and La Mer. Grab the family and head to out to catch police horse ride shows, police luxury car show, an entertaining police musical band and so much more. It’s also the perfect opportunity to explore some of Dubai’s most popular lifestyle destinations in good weather.
- Location: The Boulevard, Global Village, La Mer, JBR, City Walk, Hatta
- Dates: 15 – 22 December (events will take place at the locations on different days)
- Timings: 6pm – 7pm
- Price: Free Entry
RACE IN THE POPULAR SPINNEYS DUBAI 92 CHALLENGE
Cycling enthusiasts, this is the ultimate challenge you’ve been waiting for! The ever-popular Spinneys Dubai 92 Challenge is one of the top annual events happening in Dubai in December! Cyclists have the choice of two distances – 53km and 92km. The spectacular event happens with the full support of the Dubai Police – you’ll even find some major roads closed off! Soak in the magnificent views of the city as you complete the course that starts and ends at the Dubai Autodrome. Keep in mind, you must be able to maintain an average speed of 26km per hour to qualify!
- Location: Dubai Autodrome
- Date: 14 December
- Timings: 6am – 11am
- Price: AED 325 per person
- Contact: 04 367 8700
HAVE A MAGICAL TIME AT CIRQUE DE CUISINE AT ATLANTIS
Eat your way through the best of Atlantis The Palm’s dining scene! Dubai’s most exciting brunch will bring together the best signature creations from Atlantis’ restaurants like Nobu, Ossiano and Ronda Locatelli. Indulge in traditional Christmas dishes, while the mood is set with a magical Christmas-themed circus environment! Expect street performers, entertainers along with a special appearance by Santa Claus and his elves. And if you’ve still got the room for more, head to The Lost Chamber for desserts and Bread Street Kitchen for the after-party.
- Location: Atlantis The Palm
- Dates: 6 December
- Timings: Evening Brunch: 7pm – 11pm; After-party: 11pm – 3am
- Price: AED 535 per person (adult); AED 335 per person (teen)
- Contact: 04 426 2626
GET READY FOR DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL (DSF)
Dubai’s famous shopping festival is returning this month, and bringing some amazing experiences for UAE residents with it! Whether it’s mega sales, unique pop up markets, family-friendly entertainment or the chance to win big, DSF has it all! One of the top events in Dubai in December, it’s a month of city-wide celebrations with the best of food, entertainment and shopping. Keep an eye out for the spectacular firework shows and live entertainment happening across the city!
- Location: Various locations
- Dates: 26 December – 26 January 2019
CATCH JASON DERULO LIVE AT GLOBAL VILLAGE
How does the chance to catch Jason Derulo live sound – and only for AED 15? The R&B sensation is coming to Global Village for one night only this month – and fans are thrilled. Don’t miss the chance to see Jason Derulo take the stage and belt out chart-topping numbers like Don’t Want to Go Home and Goodbye! Aside from being one of the must-attend concerts in Dubai in December 2018, it’s also the perfect chance to explore Global Village. The amazing festival park features on Bayut’s list of places reopening for winter in Dubai.
- Location: Global Village
- Date: 14 December
- Timings: 9pm onwards
- Tickets: AED 15
- Contact: 04 362 4114
GEAR UP FOR THE EDM FESTIVAL GROOVE ON THE GRASS
Dance the night away at the region’s largest electronic music and art festival! Groove on the Grass is returning for the seventh time, with an electric line-up this year. One of the hottest Dubai events in December 2018, Groove on the Grass has seen international and local DJs perform here. This year’s performers include the likes of David August, Redshape and Gigi Masin, who promise to rock the stage. And when you’re not dancing to their awesome beats, you can enjoy art installations, food vendors and fashion activations happening around.
- Location: Emirates Golf Club
- Dates: 7 December
- Timing: 5pm – 3am
- Tickets: AED 240 onwards
- Contact: 04 380 1234
RING IN THE NEW YEAR ON THE MAGICAL QE2
Rounding up the top events in Dubai this month are the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the famous cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2. The New Year’s Brunch at Lido is a treat for families, while the Queen’s Grill Gala Dinner promises elegance and fine dining. Meanwhile, head to the Yacht Club where DJs will keep you on the dance floor with songs from the 80s and 90s. Finally, the QE2 Royal Variety Show will keep you entertained with magicians, dance shows and comedy acts. And when midnight strikes, you’ll have a prime view of the stunning Downtown Dubai fireworks. Stay tuned to catch Bayut’s guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai soon.
- Location: Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid
- Dates: 31 December
- Timings: 8pm onwards (timings vary per event)
- Price: AED 450 – AED 1500 (prices vary per event)
- Contact: 04 526 8888
OTHER EVENTS IN THE UAE IN DECEMBER
BEACH POLO CUP DUBAI
- Location: SkyDive Dubai
- Date: 13 – 14 December
- Timings: Thursday: 7.30 pm onwards; Friday: 4.30 pm onwards
- Tickets: General admission: Free; Majlis & Shams Zone: AED 625
- Contact: 04 340 85 89
ABU DHABI FOOD FESTIVAL
- Location: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Yas Links, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi National Exhbition Centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat
- Date: 6 – 22 December
- Timings: Timings vary per event
- Tickets: Free entry
- Contact: 02 444 0444
REFLECTION EXHIBTION AT AL QASBA, SHARJAH
- Location: Al Qasba
- Date: 20 – 31 December
- Timings: 5pm – 10pm
- Tickets: Free Entry
- Contact: 06 525 2444
And that brings an end to the Bayut’s guide to the best events in Dubai in December 2018 to watch out for! Tell us, which event will be you be at this month? Also, take a look at the amazing UAE National Day events happening in Dubai, to celebrate in style this weekend. And stay tuned to MyBayut to get the inside scoop on the best events in the city!