The List- December 17

Back from 2 weeks off and starting to feel festive as the rain came and scrubbed Dubai clean, and brought great films to DIFF and generous gifts from Abu Dhabi - aptly named Sukukmas by our brilliant friend @TomGara. 2009 is quickly coming to a close and if you’re like me you are probably ready to say goodbye to this year and get on with 2010 already. But we have a few weeks left and plenty of time to assess where we are in our lives and where we’d like to be next year. Otherwise for the non-reflective fatalists out there, there is lots of goings on in Dubai to keep you busy until 2010. Here are a few ideas on what to, where to, and how to:

In Dubai…

Where to eat – Souk al Bahar: BICE Mare is now open. Practically every table in the place has a view of the Dubai Fountain and the food is excellent. Great date spot (hint hint… ya, you know who you are) Reservations: 04 318 2520

What to mall- Ibn Battuta Mall:
As much as I like sing the praises of Dubai Mall, it is worth the drive out to Jebel Ali for a visit to Ibn Battuta for several reasons, here are just a few: ِ
A. the cinema at Ibn Battuta is cleaner and has more movies to choose from than MOE, and they serve crêpes at the snack bar
B. the Forever 21 has the best selection in Dubai
C. Don’t miss the Napoli Gelato stand outside said Forever 21- amazing
D. You can get 2 for 1 tickets at the aforementioned cinema on Tuesdays
E. free parking

Who to follow on Twitter: @DubaiMallNews because they’re supercool and will tweet to you when you’re in the mall, you’ll feel special

What to weekend: It’s time to go out to the desert. The best desert escorts are the locals of course so start making friends with some of the awesome Emiratis who live here and get yourself invited to the desert. If that doesn’t happen, don’t miss the amazing weather and gorgeous scenery, grab a copy of Explorer’s UAE Off-Road book.

Who to follow on Twitter: @emiratweet is a virtual majlis for Emiratis, you could make some nice friends there who may invite you to the desert if you’re lucky

What to do after the weekend: Go see Avatar because it’s a dry night tonight so the cinemas will be crowded. It's playing on the iMax at Ibn Battuta

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Cambodia?”: “Baat (if you’re a dude)/Jaa (if you’re a chick) please bring me some spices like lemon grass or cinnamon.” Thank you @omaralfi :)

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: @chucknorrisftw Just because tweets like “Chuck Norris uses Tabasco Sauce for eye drops” are fun to read (thanks @Alexi13 for spotting it)

WTF?: Tiger Woods- seriously dude,you are disgusting.

Take a laughternoon break: One of the best marketing campaigns ever, hilarious URL. Take time to read the copy.

What to read: While all the TV shows are on holiday hiatus, it’s time to curl up with a good book. I recommend Little Bee a compelling novel about globalization played out through the intersection of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple.

What to podcast: The Moth is a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. Each week there is a new podcast featuring someone telling true, engaging, funny, touching and eye-opening stories from their life.


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