5 things to do today: Reserve a table for Christmas Eve

Also see the exhibition Approaching Entropy; sign up for The Kick Starter programme; order takeout turkey; or attend a charity art sale to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Bring in Christmas at Boccaccio at the InterContinental Hotel. Lauren Lancaster / The National
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BOOK your place now to enjoy Christmas Eve dinner at the restaurants of InterContinental Abu Dhabi, including Belgian Cafe, with a special set menu from Dh259; Boccaccio, featuring a four-course set menu from Dh215; Chamas, offering a churrascaria buffet from Dh299; an international dinner buffet at Selections from Dh160, and Taste of the Orient Night at The Yacht Club. Bainuna Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 666 6888, www.intercontinental.com/abudhabi

SEE the exhibition Approaching Entropy, in which the artist Hassan Sharif presents works that consider how two seemingly opposed trajectories can exist in a single philosophical approach to art. from 10am-7pm, Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 5052, www.ivde.net

REACH your fitness goals for 2014 with The Kick Starter programme from Ignite Wellness. Sign up now for the 21 day plan, which includes a juice cleanse, massage, personal training, body assessments, a nutritional plan and professional photoshoot. Dh2,500, 04 456 2482, www.ignite-wellness.com

BOOK your takeout turkey from Dubai Marina Yacht Club now and enjoy everything you need for a truly celebratory experience, including a six-kilogram roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetables, cranberry sauce and traditional Christmas pudding and vanilla sauce. 04 362 7900, www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com

ATTEND a charity art evening in aid of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The art sale and silent auction includes the opportunity to meet international artists. All profits from the sales of the tickets will be donated to the Philippines. from 7pm, Dh100, Heritage Showroom, Street 4, Al Quoz, behind Dubai Garden Centre, Dubai, D Gallery, contact 050 215 9535 for tickets.