Things To Do In Dubai This Month

Good weather is back and so are many of the much awaited outdoor events. Gear up to add a dose of ultimate entertainment to your life from this month onwards with the return of many fun events such as Global Village, Dubai Fitness Challenge, Yas Movies, Dandiya nights, marathon runs and much more. There is just no excuse to stay at home. Take a look at this month’s must attend events. 

When: 4 October
Bao Fest 2019

Inspired by China’s legendary explorer Zheng He, the hit electronic dance music festival, Bao, returns at Meydan Grandstand with one of the world’s highest-grossing dance artists, Steve Aoki headlining the concert along with an impressive line-up of EDM stars. Entry starts from Dhs 230.

When: 10-11 October
Dandiya Masti With Falguni Pathak

This Diwali and Navratri season, the Garbha queen Falguni Pathak is back in Dubai for two days at Zabeel Park Amphitheatre with her string of popular songs from those early Indian pop music days. Dress up and get ready to spin on the tune of her famous classics such as ‘Maine Payal Hai Chhankhai’. Tickets start from Dhs 89.

When: 10-11 October, and 16-18 October
The Laughter Factory

The Laughter Factory returns to give its audience a much needed strong dose of laughter with a fresh new line-up of comedians all the way from the UK. Laugh with celebrated comedians Eleanor Tiernan. Emmanuel Sonubi and Mike Capozzola as they host five shows in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi spread across different venues. Entry starts from Dhs 160.

When: 12-14 October
Urban Outdoor Cinema

The Urban Outdoor Cinema at Habtoor Grand in Dubai Marina offers movie fans a real treat when it returns in October. The season starts on 12 October with Bohemian Rhapsody, followed by Avengers: Endgame on 13 October and The Greatest Showman on 14 October. Tickets are priced at Dhs 75.

When: 13-18 October
Sharjah International Film Festival

Sharjah International Film Festival for Children And Youth was established by Sharjah Government and dedicated to enhance the media literacy and creativity of children and youth. The festival brings international films and new media content for children and youth in the region to expose them to a world of cultures.

When: 16 October-6 November
The Phantom Of The Opera

The world's most famous stage performance arrives in Dubai. The musical explores the fierce emotions of jealousy, passion and madness of a music genius who falls in love with a beautiful soprano. It was first played at London’s West End in October 1986 and has been going strong since then. Tickets start from Dhs 350.

When: 17 October
Aegis And Tekla Live

Filipino comedy superstar Tekla and the iconic 90's band Aegis are coming to Dubai World Trade Centre for a one off performance this month to entertain their Filipno fans based in the city. Catch them for an entertaining evening with funny comedy sets along with a dynamic music performance. Tickets start at Dhs 125. Call 055-9723311.

When: 17-19 October
Yas Movies In The Park

The free to attend cinema experience is back for its fifth edition at the du Arena, Yas Island. An exciting movie line-up includes The Greatest Showman, the 2019 Aladdin remake and a blockbuster line-up for a fun-filled weekend with film-themed activities. Entry is free with VIP tickets starting at Dhs 65.

When: 18 October-16 November
Dubai Fitness Challenge

The third edition of the fitness festival will return in October this year. The brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, it encourages residents to do 30-minutes of exercise for 30 days. Different fitness zones are set up across the city. The 2018 edition witnessed participation from nearly 1 million.

When: 18 October
Indian Comedian Kenny Sebastian Live

Catch Indian comedian Kenny Sebastian performing live at Emirates International School in October as part of the latest edition of the Funny Side-Up event. Kerala-born Sebastian rose to fame with his stand-up show clips posted on his personal YouTube channel, which has now near to two million subscribers. Entry starts from Dhs 79.

When: 24 October
Brand New Heavies At The Irish Village

The band behind popular hits like 'Dream On Dreamer' and "Midnight At The Oasis', The Brand New Heavies, are performing for one night only at The Irish Village this October. Get ready for a nostalgic trip back to the 90's and party the night away to some cool funk and acid jazz classics.

When: 25 October
World's Ultimate Strongman

Taking place at the iconic Meydan Grandstand, the event will see world-famous athletes battle it out to be named World’s Ultimate Strongman in a day filled with events, activations and jaw-dropping surprises. The event is family-friendly, with kids under 12 entering for free. Tickets start from Dhs 195.

When: 25 October
Arrested Development

Get ready as Atlanta-based alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development play live at The Irish Village this October. Formed in 1988, the band, which still feautures original member Speech, are behind chart topping hits 'People Everyday' and 'Mr Wendall'. Entry starts at Dhs 175.

When: 25 October
City Half Marathon

A part of the bigger event, Dubai Fitness Challenge, this year Dubai will see the city's first half marathon of 5, 10 and 21km distance options taking place at Dubai International Financial Centre offering runners the scenic views of the Burj Khalifa, Emirates Towers and the Museum of the Future. Ticket prices start from Dhs 130.

When: 29 October-4 April
Global Village

Dubai's most sought after cultural theme park and market, Global Village, returns to Dubai on 29 October. Designed to let visitors experience the globe, more than 25 pavilions are erected in the image of different countries of the world giving you the chance to see Big Ben, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Taj Mahal all together in one place.

When: 31 October-2 November
Yas Mega Mela

Be a part of the biggest celebration of Indian culture, lifestyle and Bollywood music at Yas Mega Mela. Expect the best of Indian food, shopping and music as two Bollywood singing sensations, Kanika Kapoor and Ankit Tiwari perform live. Further, an extravagant firework show is set to light up the Abu Dhabi skyline. Entry starts from Dhs 20.



The year is heading toward a close but not without offering you a host of fun activities including food shows, musical concerts, and fitness events. The event diary in the cooler months just keeps getting more exciting. 

When: 7-9 November
Taste Of Abu Dhabi

Taste of Abu Dhabi returns for its sixth edition at the du Arena, Yas Island and this year, it comes back bigger and better. Besides some delicious food, and celebrity chefs live demonstrations, for the first time ever, it will feature two international bands. UB40 and Boyzlife. Entry starts from Dhs 60.

When: 8-9 November
UK Boarding School Exhibition

Looking for a boarding school abroad? Meet heads and representatives of 30 UK boarding schools and talk to specialist education consultants at the UK Boarding School Exhibition to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Entry is free.

When: 15 November
Rock The World- Save The Planet

Four popular Filipino brands are coming to Dubai as part of a campaign to raise awareness on environmental impact, carbon footprint and environmentalism. Join Cueshe, Razorback, Urbandub and Sandstorm at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium to enjoy back to back thrilling performances. Entry tickets start at Dhs 125.

When: 15 November
AR Rahman Live

India’s renowned music producer AR Rahman returns to Dubai for yet another legendary performance at Dubai's multi-purpose indoor entertainment destination, Coca-Cola Arena. Expect him to play and sing his award-winning soundtracks and songs from Slumdog Millionaire, Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar and more. Entry starts from Dhs 150.

When: 15 November
One Africa Music Fest

Take a glimpse inside the buzzing African Music scene as One Africa Music Fest returns at Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City with a brand new line-up of famous artists from far and wide. See award-winning singer-songwriter Wizkid, Afro-fusion artist Burna Boy, Ethiopia's Betty G and 14 more artists in action. Ticket prices start from Dhs 200.

When: 15 November
Wadi Bih Run - Hatta Edition

This winter head to JA Hatta Fort Hotel to participate in the gruelling race on a challenging course following a route to the high point in the Hatta Mountains. Choose from 70, 35 or 20km distances and a 2.5km run for children. All participants get refreshments, a certificate, t-shirt and lunch at the hotel. Ticket prices start from Dhs 315.

When: 20 November
Passenger At Dubai Opera

The English artist behind the popular song 'Let Her Go', a song with over two billion views on YouTube, is coming to Dubai to perform live at Dubai Opera. Better known as Passenger, award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg's career started on the corners of streets. Now he has ten hit albums to his credit.

When: 21 November
The Bootleg Beatles

The world’s finest Beatles tribute band, The Bootleg Beatles will create the magic of the orginial band during their one-off performance at Dubai Opera. From sound, to music and looks, the band is popular for recreating the legacy in a way that it stuns the audience. Entry starts at Dhs 95.

When: 21-23 November

This free to attend yoga and wellness event returns to Dubai in November at Dubai Internet City. This weekend long event will host a ton of yoga classes and wellness activities in six tents at no cost. All you need to do is bring a yoga mat or if you don't have one, borrow it on the spot for Dhs 25.

When: 29 November
Junoon Live

Pakistan's most iconic rock trio-band, Junoon, known for their popular sufi tracks 'Sayonee', 'Saeein,' and 'Jazba-e-Junoon' is returning to Dubai for a second time this year to perform live at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The band formed in the 1990s continues to be a leading name among South Asian rock bands. Tickets start at Dhs 157.50.

When: 4-7 December
The Nutcracker Ballet At Dubai Opera

The Saint-Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet show, The Nutcracker, is coming to Dubai. A live orchestra brings to life the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and voyage through the Land of Sweets accompanied by a beautiful score, costumes and sprawling sets. Tickets start from Dhs 125.

When: 10 December
Daman Dubai Dash

A fun corporate 15km relay race lets private and government companies participate in teams of 10. Each team member runs 1.5km to complete the race. Prizes are for the top three fastest teams, fastest individual runners as well as the teams with improved timings from last year.


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