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The DSCVR Culture Calendar for December

Our picks of Dubai’s best cultural offerings this month.


3 December: Rediscover Dubai

Explore a side of the city that you may not know with the UAE National Day Food & Chai Tour. Guided by three homegrown brands that are passionate about exploring the city and showcasing street flavours – Frying Pan Adventures, Project Chaiwala, and Rove Hotels – you’ll head to one of Dubai’s most historic neighbourhoods for three hours of traditional snacks and local titbits. Learn more here.


4 December: Understand Scent

You know the region’s love of perfume – now roll up your sleeves and actually make one yourself at the Arabic Perfume Making Workshop led by social enterprise alBeqsha. Conducted in English, the hour-long session will be held at art and events space The Workshop in Jumeirah. Learn more here.


9 December: Think Urban

December brings with it not only the return of Sole DXB, but also its ten-year anniversary, translating to big-name acts and Moroccan visual artist Hassan Hajjaj serving as festival host. The region’s favourite youth and contemporary culture festival is set to take place at d3 from 9 to 11 December and host a mix of global and regional talent from hip-hop, soul, R&B, and dance music. Learn more here.


10 December: Watch This Space

Movie screenings continue (almost) daily at Cinema Akil throughout the month of December, with the independent cinema platform in Alserkal Avenue hosting a flawlessly curated selection of movies. Also on the roster? Making Waves, the globe-trotting film programme celebrating Hong Kong cinematic arts by showcasing an eight-film programme from 9 to 14 December. Learn more here.


15 December: Take a Walk

Explore a side of Dubai you may not have seen and hone your street photography skills with the Creekside: Street Photography photo walk hosted by Gulf Photo Plus. Not only will this three-hour trek teach you techniques to overcome unfavourable lighting conditions – regardless of the camera or cell phone in use – and tips on how to compose an image, but it will also take you on a route through Dubai Creek that is laced with culture and history. Learn more here.


16 December: Catch a Classic

The festive season brings with it a Christmas favourite as The Nutcracker arrives from Russia to Dubai Opera. A treat for the whole family, Moscow Ballet “La Classique” pairs its artistic ballet mastery with lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets to take you on a journey back in time to the beautifully nostalgic world of Clara and her beloved nutcracker doll. Learn more here.


18 December: Solve a Mystery

Head to Al Seef Heritage Hotel to take part in an immersive theatre investigation at Murder Mystery: The Emerald House, a unique international experience in town for the first time. You’ll take on the role of a detective, gathering clues and interrogating suspects until you find the murderer. Learn more here.


20 December: Feel Festive

For a festive twist on a quintessentially English tradition, book your spot at Christmas Afternoon Tea hosted by Anything To Eclair on BreakBread. Expect to dine on Sausage Rolls, Cranberry and Kumquat Scones, and Black Forest Yule Log alongside a selection of teas and mulled wine. Learn more here.


30 December: Start Early

Why wait until New Year’s Eve to party when you can catch DJ and music producer Martin Garrix live at Coca-Cola Arena on 30 December? The talent behind hits like “Scared to Båe Lonely” and “Summer Days”, he is bringing a whole lot of lights, sounds, energy and music to kickstart the year-end celebrations. Learn more here.


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