Dubai Shopping Festival gets off to a sensational start

This week, there are plenty of opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and family fun


Balqees Fathi and Mohamed Hamki are on hand to fill you with joy

DSF opens with Mohamed Hamaki and Balqees Fathi, two of the most cherished names in Arabic music. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see the star duo performing at Burj Park with the impressive Burj Khalifa as your backdrop. The site DubaiCalendar.com offers tickets for AED75, and PlatinumList.net provides tickets for AED70. The Dubai Calendar app, available for iOS and Android, offers tickets for AED79. In the absence of being able to attend, you are still able to watch the live broadcast on MBC 4 and Wanasah, hosted by Saudi Arabian journalist Lojain Omran.

Time and Place: December 15, 2021. Downtown Dubai, Burj Park.

The Barcelona Exhibition is kicking off the excitement

Everything is about to get started! Football fans will be treated to a special experience at The Barcelona Exhibition, where they can enjoy an interactive experience in a 360-degree space, capturing the atmosphere at Camp Nou on match days. Discover the next generation of superstars of Barca by taking a trip to the past or a glimpse into the future. You will have the opportunity to see trophies, memorabilia, the Ballon d’Or and unlock your sporting skills in order to win amazing prizes, and you will have the chance to explore nine different rooms. 

It will be held between 15 December 2021 and 2 February 2022. Each day starts at 10am. Dubai Festival City Mall.

It’s going to be an exciting chess tournament

See how two of the world’s best chess players come face to face over the chessboard at Expo 2020 as Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi battle for supremacy. On your calendar is undoubtedly a confrontation. 

Time and Place:  December 15th and 16th, 2021. Exposition 2020 Dubai at 3:00pm.

Poetic verses will make you happy

The next generation of emerging Arab talents will mix it up on stage with world-renowned poets to give you an eclectic mix of poetry. The KSA House band will be providing music to accompany the best in slam poetry for two hours. Rockin’.

Time and Place: This is the 17th of December 2021. 8pm to 10pm. Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Be awestruck by the classical Aulos Quintet

This recital will be performed by five members of the Spanish National Orchestra, who will showcase their unique skills and demonstrate how Arab culture has influenced Spanish culture and arts.

Time and Place: There is the 17th of December  in 2021. The time is 7pm-7:30pm in Dubai. The Expo 2020 Dubai Earth Stage is where the event takes place.

The Folklórico Nacional Ballet brings traditions and cultures to life

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Paraguayan and Guarani legends and myths through music and dance. Your next TikTok dance will have the ultimate soundtrack and backdrop with this perfect combination of culture and entertainment.

Time and Place: The 15th of December 2021. 4.30pm and 8.30pm. At the Expo 2020 Sea Stage.

Get down to Malian beats that are Grammy-worthy

Having an evening with Grammy award-winning artists from Mali is the perfect way to spend the evening. During this show, no fewer than eight performers – including Oumou Sangaré – take to the stage. In addition to the Melbourne Opera House, WOMAD, Roskilde Festival, and Oslo World Music Festival, they have performed almost everywhere else in the world since 1990. We recommend seeing them here in Dubai.

Time and Place: December 17, 2021. 7pm-9:30pm. Jubilee Stage, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Get to know Chopin’s melodies

Enjoy a romantic recital of Chopin’s solo pieces, piano concertos, and other works as part of this year’s DSF festivities.

Time and Place: 15, 20 December 2021. 4pm, 6.30pm, 9pm. Poland Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Find out what is behind the House of Gucci

Patrizia Reggiani, a member of the Gucci dynasty, is the subject of this gripping biopic based on her life. Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci stars Lady Gaga, along with Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, Adam Driver and Salma Hayek, and boasts an Oscar-winning cast. Tickets are available now for the big screen performance of these renowned artists. Don’t forget the popcorn.

Time and Place: 16 and 18 December 2021. 9.15pm. Cinema Akil.

The Laughter Factory cracks it up

Laughing is good for you, don’t you think?  Hold on tight for a hilarious night packed full of jokes and non-stop banter with funnyman Brad Upton. 

Time and Place: A 16 December 2021 date has been set. 8.30pm. Grand Millennium Barsha Heights.

Dancing to the beats of Martin Garrix

Dress for the dance floor. We catch Martin Garrix live at the Coca-Cola Arena, where he has a No. 1 ranking. 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for the past three years. One of his smash hits, Pressure, has been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify since 2021, and now Garrix is performing this special show in Dubai for his fans. The songs that the artist is known for are Animals, In The Name Of Love, Wizard, and Scared To Be Lonely. Taking part in the shopping festival 2021 is one of the most attractive forms of entertainment.

Time and Place: 16 December 2021. Doors open 7.30pm. Coca-Cola Arena.

A world-class holiday celebration from The Laughter Factory

Enjoy the UAE’s longest-running comedy show’s latest tour, Best Christmas Party in the World, Ever, to end your Friday on a rib-tickling note! Comedy legend Jimmy McGhie will entertain you with nonstop jokes and witty quips.

Time and Place: 17 December 2021. 8.30pm. Studio One Hotel.

Consider Joseph Tawadros’ music

On the stage of Dubai Opera’s Music in the Studio, oud player Joseph Tawadros will perform. His compositions have won him four ARIA awards, and now he is playing them in Dubai for his fans. The Egyptian-born multi-instrumentalist has played the Sydney Opera House. Besides collaborating with many talented artists including Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain, and Bela Fleck, Tawadros has also headlined all over Europe, the United States, and Asia, so don’t miss your chance to see this international sensation in person.

Time and Place: The 18th of December 2021. Show starts at 8pm. Dubai Opera.

Explore the world of music at Al Wasl

As Al Wasl Opera offers a musical extravaganza at Dubai Opera, you can expect over 100 talented musicians and 70 professional production crew members. Expo 2020 Dubai’s logo was inspired by the treasured Saruq Al Hadid gold ring from the Iron Age on display at this mega exhibition. During this masterpiece composed by Mohammed Fairouz, co-authored and written by Maha Gargash, you can experience and appreciate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the UAE.

Time and Place: December 16 – 19, 2021. The show begins at 8 pm. Dubai Opera.

You’re going to love the Christmas Songbook

Come to the Theatre by QE2 this holiday season to catch The Christmas Songbook, the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit early. Lisa Goldin and Emily Peacock from the band About Last are singing classics like Silent Night, White Christmas, and Jingle Bell Rock. Sean Lipsey and John Marques will be joining them on stage. With tickets starting at just Dhs80, join us aboard the QE2 for a musical celebration unmatched by any other.

Don Moen will bring you back to faith

As American gospel singer Don Moen returns to Dubai, you can expect a night filled with catchy tunes and a message of hope. In addition to songs from his best-selling albums including I Believe There Is More, Rivers of Joy, and Hiding Place, this widely-traveled musician promises to take us on a journey through his career. The biggest indoor entertainment venue in Dubai offers easy-listening events. Book your tickets now.


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