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31 fun and fantastic things to do in Dubai this January

Here’s how to make the most of the month ahead.

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s time to fill up your cultural calendar. From new dining destinations to concerts and sporting events – we have something exciting for you every day this month.

Monday 1 January

Spend New Year’s Day in the sky

If you’re not quite ready to wrap up the festive season, AURA Skypool & Louge will serve New Year’s Day Brunch high above Palm Jumeirah. Immerse yourself in sophistication at AURA’s indoor lounge while savouring a three-hour free-flow beverage package for a delightful continuation of the New Year’s celebrations. Monday 1 January, from 1pm to 4 pm. AED 550 per person (house beverages) and AED 750 per person (Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne).

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New Year's Day in Dubai

Tuesday 2 January

Visit the new Ninive at Bab Al Shams

Much like its FACT Award-winning Jumeirah Emirates Tower outpost, Ninive at Bab Al Shams, A Rare Finds Desert Resort draws inspiration from the region’s rich heritage, offering a memorable dining experience. The carefully curated a la carte menu lets guests handpick their preferred dishes, beverages, and shisha from various corners of the Middle East and North Africa, with influences ranging from Iranian and Iraqi to Turkish and Moroccan.

GO: Visit for more information.

things to do in January

Wednesday 3 January

Gather the girls

Ladies, make your way to OKKU for a new ladies’ night. This exciting soiree offers two hours of free-flowing beverages featuring cocktails, fine wines, and spirits and a menu showcasing OKKU signature dishes. Indulge in favourites like Crispy Duck Salad and Spicy Salmon on Crispy Rice against OKKU’s stunning interiors. Wednesdays from 6pm. AED 250 per person. 

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

things to do in January

Thursday 4 January

Discover a secret speakeasy

The secret is out – there’s a new speakeasy spot in Dubai. Located in DIFC, Moonshine is hidden behind a fridge door in Wise Guys sandwich shop. The shop has a slogan on the counter window, which gives the game away and states: “Not just a sandwich shop”. Moonshine in Dubai’s menu includes a curated cocktail list and bites. The drinks menu combines the disco era with a modern touch, and Chef Riad has created the food menu.

GO: Follow @moonshinedubai for more information. 

Moonshine in Dubai

Friday 5 January

Swim in the sky at Cloud 22

Once exclusively accessible for the lucky guests of Atlantis The Royal, Cloud 22 is now welcoming external guests to discover everything that makes it so decadent. Winner in the Best Swimming Pool category at the FACT Spa & Wellness Awards UAE 2023, this stylish sky pool is famed for its sweeping views over Palm Jumeirah, the city skyline, and the Arabian Gulf. It soars 96 metres in the air, after all. Sun loungers and floating beds are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with prices starting at AED 450 per person on weekdays.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

Atlantis Hotels 

Saturday 6 January

Sing along with Mariah Carey at Saadiyat Nights

Abu Dhabi is hitting the high notes. Saadiyat Nights has announced that the singing sensation Mariah Carey will be heading to Abu Dhabi. The concert takes place on 6 January 2024, and tickets are available now. Mariah hails from New York, United States. She has a rags-to-riches success story and shot to fame after handing a demo tape to Columbia Records’ music executive, Tommy Mottola. He listened to the tape on his ride home and immediately turned back around to meet the singer. In 1990, she released her first album Mariah Carey, which went to number one in the US album charts. Over Mariah’s career, she has sold more than 220 million records. She has an endless list of hit singles, which include Always Be My Baby, Emotions, Fantasy and Hero.

GO: Visit for more information.

Mariah Carey

Sunday 7 January

Laugh out loud with Omid Djalili

Get ready to laugh out loud. British comedian Omid Djalili has announced that he is coming to Dubai. His show Namaste takes place on 7 January, and it will be held at the World Trade Center. It looks set to be a fun-filled night. Omid is of Iranian descent, and was born in Chelsea, London. Despite failing his exams at school, he managed to secure a place at university to study theatre. In 1995, he started his comedy career at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His early shows include Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son, and The Arab and The Jew. He is famous for his self-deprecating humour, which covers identity politics and observational jokes.  

GO: Visit for tickets and more information. 

Omid Djalili

Monday 8 January

Indulge in sweet treats at Cipriani Dolci

Dubai’s culinary scene has received a dash of dolce vita with the arrival of Cipriani Dolci on Jumeirah’s Al Wasl Road. Drawing inspiration from the interiors of a luxury yacht, the decor mirrors the chic ambience of the original Harry’s Bar in Venice. And let’s not forget the dolci – the desserts that have garnered a cult following. From the decadent Torta Di Cioccolato to the Vanilla Meringue Cake, each bite is a sweet treat. 

GO: Visit for more information.

Cipriani Doha

Tuesday 9 January

Dine at the new Amaseena

Immerse yourself in a captivating tale of Arabian mystique and culinary artistry at Amaseena, the latest gem in The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai’s culinary collection. Drawing inspiration from Amaseena, a timeless female traveller known for her insatiable curiosity, the restaurant epitomises the essence of Arabian allure and storytelling with a colour palette echoing tales of the desert. A Middle Eastern feast is displayed buffet-style and features aromatic kebabs, hearty stews, fragrant rice, and vibrant salads that showcase the rich flavours and spices of the region. As day turns to night, expect Arabic music, belly dancing and enthralling entertainment.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

things to do in January

Wednesday 10 January

Let Limoz Logli work his magic

Limoz has worked as a hairdresser for over 23 years, cutting and styling hair in many of London’s top salons before opening a business with his wife, Philippa. Over the years, Limoz has developed Signature Colour, a colouring service that is a subtle, lasting way of lightening the hair. Experience it for yourself at Burj Al Arab this month, from 8 to 14 January.

GO: Follow @limozlogli on Instagram for more information.

things to do in January

Thursday 11 January

Spend the day at BLU Oasis

BLU Dubai is famous for its celebrity shows. Now, it has expanded from clubs to hotels with the opening of BLU Oasis in the heart of Dubai’s desert. Taking over the space that was once occupied by Qasr Al Sultan, BLU Oasis includes a large outdoor club, a range of restaurants and a swimming pool overlooking the desert. Visitors can choose from beds in and by the pool or cabanas with plunge pools.

GO: Visit for more information. 

things to do in January

Friday 12 January

Experience Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells

A tribute concert will be held at Dubai Opera to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic masterpiece, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. This concert will feature a full band, conducting and arrangements by Oldfield’s long-term collaborator, Robin Smith. This work gained worldwide acclaim when the opening theme was used in the soundtrack of the horror film The Exorcist and went on to become the highest-selling instrumental album of all time.

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.

Dubai Opera’s autumn season

Saturday 13 January

See Michael McIntyre live in Dubai

We’ve got some news that will put a smile on your face. The British comedian Michael McIntyre has announced that he is coming to the UAE with his Macnificent World Tour. Michael hails from London, England and is best known for his British wit, conservative style and floppy hair. In 2009, he performed for approximately 500,000 people in a record-breaking six nights at Wembley Arena and four at The O2 Arena in London, UK. In 2012, he became one of the world’s biggest-selling comedians. The Macnificent tour is visiting countries around the world and includes dates in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore. Judging by clips from the tour, it includes jokes on everything from Brexit to the cost-of-living crisis.

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.

things to do in January

Sunday 14 January

Experience a KPOP OVERDOSE

The K-Pop stars ChanyeolChen and Xiumin will headlinKPOP OVERDOSE at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena. ChanyeolChen and Xiumin are part of the South Korean boyband EXO. The members will put on a spectacular show, which includes singing and dancing. In 2012, the group launched with twelve members, and over the years, the line-up has changed. KPOP OVERDOSE’s opening acts include DJ Bliss and DJ Raiden. DJ Bliss has also been the host of Dubai One’s That’s Entertainment, and appeared on the Netflix reality TV show, Dubai Bling. 

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.


Monday 15 January

Grab a slice

After its success at Sole DXB 2023, Za Za Slice Bar has now become a standalone spot in Jumeirah Garden City. The creative geniuses behind Rascals Deli are the masterminds behind this new venue that is elevating the typical Dubai pizza joint. What makes this hip spot stand out is its New York-style artisanal pizza served by the slice. The menu is a tantalising journey, featuring Tricolore, House Margherita, The Pepp, and Trafuto.

GO: Follow @zazaslice on Instagram for more information.

Za Za Slice Bar

Tuesday 16 January

Dine at Dani Garcia’s Leña 

Things are heating up in Dubai’s dining scene. Spanish chef Dani Garcia has opened the acclaimed concept Leña at St. Regis Gardens. Leña means wood in Spanish and is a fitting name for the restaurant which serves robataka yaki, jewels from the sea, fire-grilled steaks, premium steaks, sharing dishes and sides. Don’t miss The Foi That Wanted To Be An Apple, Kiwami Beef Tenderloin or Picana Steak. It looks set to be a hot dinner.

GO: Visit for more information. 

Leña Dubai

Wednesday 17 January

Grab tickets to see Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Witness Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, in action at Etihad Arena. Created by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton took the world by storm in 2015 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The show tells the story of Alexander’s life with an unprecedented blend of traditional costumes and a hip-hop-inspired soundtrack. Featuring a diverse cast of actors who break traditional casting conventions, Hamilton sends a powerful pro-immigration message that will move you to your core. The show runs from 17 January to 4 February 2024 

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.

Hamilton Abu Dhabi

Thursday 18 January

Experience the magic of Cirque du Liban’s Pluma

Roll up, roll up. The circus is coming to town. Cirque du Liban’s Pluma is heading to Dubai. Pluma unfolds an enchanting narrative of self-discovery and empowerment, introducing audiences to the captivating journey of Pluma, a young girl fueled by dreams of flight. Guests will witness the spectacle of acrobats gracefully defying gravity, soaring through the air with unparalleled precision. Prepare for laughter as Pluma’s clowns will bring humour to the grand circus tent while daredevils perform death-defying stunts. Cirque du Liban’s Pluma will perform from 17 to 28 January 2024. Tickets are priced from AED 295.

GO: Visit for more information. 

things to do in January

Friday 19 January

See Ed Sheeran at the Sevens Stadium

Ed Sheeran is all set to bring his Mathematics Tour to the Middle East. For fans in Dubai, this announcement brings back fond memories of Ed Sheeran’s last performance in the city in 2017. It’s been too long since he graced Dubai with his presence, and now, he’s all set to make a triumphant return with his Mathematics World Tour. Expect to hear the hit singles Eyes Closed, Shape Of You and Thinking Out Loud.

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Ed Sheeran Dubai

Saturday 20 January

Book a desert escape

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The hotel offers secluded tranquillity and vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif. Take an unforgettable camel trek, practice the distinguished arts of archery and falconry or join a desert safari. This five-star tented hotel boasts private swimming pools with majestic dune and mountain views and 42 suites that combine discreet refinement with authentic regional antiques, local artefacts and thoughtful nuances.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

private pools

Sunday 21 January

Try the Netsu brunch

Unleash the drama at Netsu’s Saturday Brunch and discover a vibrant dining experience with lively tunes and irresistible Japanese flavours. Taste your way through an extensive menu of Netsu’s most beloved dishes, including Korean Fried Chicken, Salmon Tacos, Warayaki Tuna Tataki and succulent Australian Wagyu Ribeye. To satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in an expertly curated dessert platter and enjoy free-flowing drinks while the DJ brings an upbeat vibe to your brunch experience. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. AED 450 per person (including a selection of soft and house beverages).

GO: Email or call 04 777 2232 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best indoor brunches

Monday 22 January

Visit the Salt Camp pop-up at Museum of The Future 

Salt Camp has combined culture and cuisine at its latest pop-up. Located in Museum of the Future, the Dubai-born brand has created a concept that is inspired by Japan. During the summer of 2023, Salt Camp travelled to Japan and met with Chef Named Shima. The new pop-up is a tribute to him and the Japanese landscape. The entrance includes a door with the sign “welcome”, which leads to a lime tunnel with flags in English and Japanese. The space includes bonsai trees, outdoor tables with chairs, and walls decorated with Japanese calligraphy. Salt Camp is famous for its signature burgers, shakes and desserts, and the latest offering includes Japanese-inspired dishes and entertainment.

GO: Follow @findsaltcamp on Instagram for more information.

Salt Camp

Tuesday 23 January

Catch a flick at the new Cinema Akil 

The region’s only independent arthouse cinema has launched a seasonal outpost at 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central. Spanning 1,867 square feet, Cinema Akil in 25hours is divided into three distinct sections: the box office, the open cinema theatre, and a multipurpose retail and pop-up space. Beyond screening films, the new venue promises an electric array of entertainment options, including music events, talks and pop-up experiences. The cinema is currently hosting screenings four times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays), with films typically commencing between 7:30pm and 8pm.

GO: Visit for more information.

Cinema Akil in 25hours

Wednesday 24 January

Visit The Besties Cafe

Just in case you haven’t binged on the latest season of Dubai Bling, we’ve got news for you. Ebraheem Al Samadi and Danya Mohammed from the show are making waves with the grand opening of The Besties Cafe. Located at Al Seef, The Besties Cafe offers cosy vibes, including rattan chairs, marble tabletops, and brown hues. The cafe encourages you to bring your besties along for the ride. The drinks are served in cups featuring one half of a heart, completed only when paired with the heart on your best friend’s cup. The Besties Cafe in Dubai is open from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm and Friday to Sunday from 10am to midnight.

GO: Visit @findbesties for more information.

The Besties Cafe in Dubai

Thursday 25 January

Party with OneRepublic at Bla Bla Dubai

Are you a fan of the songs ApologiseCounting Stars and Love Runs Out? Well, you’re in luck as the American rock band behind the hits, OneRepublic, are coming to Dubai. The concert takes place on Thursday, 25 January, at Bla Bla Dubai. Plus, rising Saudi Arabian star Mishaal Tamer will be the support act. After forming in 2002, OneRepublic became famous for their alternative rock meets pop music sound. Over their career, they have sold more than 16 million records worldwide. The songs include Rescue Me, Stop and Stare and Wanted. Lead singer Ryan is a successful songwriter, as he has penned lyrics for musical greats, including Adele, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.


Friday 26 January

Be enchanted by Le Petit Prince

Celebrate the festive season with Dubai Opera’s enchanting production of Le Petit Prince, a captivating dance adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless classic. The show takes the audience on a transformative experience, where the Little Prince explores celestial realms, delving into profound themes of love, friendship, and the essence of the human experience. Available from 25 to 28 January. Ticket prices start at AED 250 per person.

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.

Le Petit Prince

Saturday 27 January

Listen to the world’s most beloved Tenor

On Saturday, 27 January, Andrea Bocelli will take to the stage at Saadiyat Nights on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The record-breaking artist has performed at countless openings, including the Olympic Games and the European Football Championships, throughout his three-decade-spanning musical career. The Abu Dhabi show will be an unmissable experience for music fans and January’s show will mark Bocelli’s sixth appearance in the UAE capital, with his last visit occurring in 2022. He has sold over 75 million records worldwide and collaborated with famous faces including Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Ed Sheeran. We’re hoping he performs some of his biggest hits including Because We BelieveCanto Della Terra and Time to Say Goodbye

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Andrea Bocelli in AlUla

Sunday 28 January

Visit Quoz Arts Fest

Quoz Arts Fest at Alserkal Avenue has become a staple in the region’s cultural calendar. The musical lineup includes the Dubai-based hip-hop maestro, Big Hass, and the Sudanese fusion duo, MarSimba. Adding a unique flavour to the mix, UAE-based Stick No Bills will showcase South Asian culture through their captivating live music performances and DJ sets. Elsewhere, Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki takes over Concrete, Alserkal Avenue’s multidisciplinary space, with his participatory interactive sound environment titled Echoes of Nature. A weekend access pass can be secured for AED 63 via Platinumlist, proceeds from which will contribute to the Quoz Arts Fest program, supporting local and regional talent.

GO: Visit for more information.

Quoz Arts Fest

Monday 29 January

Check out the Sheikh Mohammed-approved Caia Bamboo

Dining in a culinary oasis amidst the expanse of the desert just got a whole lot more exciting with the emergence of the Caia Bamboo pop-up located in the serene enclave of Al-Marmoum Conservation Reserve. And here’s the cherry on top – it’s His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum-approved. At Caia Bamboo, the menu mirrors the offerings of the original location on Al Wasl Road. It’s a haven for those who appreciate modern French desserts, scrumptious breakfast options, and signature coffee complemented by refreshing drinks.

GO: Follow on Instagram for more information.

Caia Bamboo Dubai

Tuesday 30 January

Have breakfast at Tiffany’s

Live out your Audrey Hepburn fantasy at Blue Box Cafe in Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue. With a stunning interior of signature Tiffany turquoise, the cafe promises a stylish and sophisticated experience. Indulge in a breakfast fit for a queen — or king — including croissants, danishes, and decadent dishes like Caviar Benedict.

GO: Visit for more information.

Tiffany Blue Box Dubai

Wednesday 31 January

Visit trendy bar Stëlla 

Concealed within Address Fountain Views is a new nightlife venue that serves as an exclusive sanctuary where night owls can immerse themselves in the magic of music and mixology. A discreet entrance, designed as an optical illusion, welcomes guests into an interior space that offers a visual spectacle. Energy flows through Stëlla, as do expertly crafted cocktails, elevating the guest’s experience with every sip, whether they choose classic beverages or one of its signature creations.

GO: Call 054 505 0107 for reservations and more information.


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