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Things to Do in Dubai in October 2016

21 Ways to Have An Incredible October in Dubai


There's a whole lot of fashion, music and food to end in Dubai throughout the month of October, not forgetting Halloween arriving October 31. Here's what's going on in the Emirate for you to enjoy.

1. Go shopping

WAFI Bazaar is back for its third year andy will run every Saturday on the first floor near Marks & Spencer from 10am-8pm. Vendors showcase items that are carefully selected. The unique merchandise includes fashion, art, accessories, handicrafts, children's fashion, and more.

WAFI Mall, October 1 and ongoing

2. Celebrate Oktoberfest

Enjoy a special food and drink menu, including Lowenbrau draught beer and Franziskaner draught beer for just AED35, and dishes such as Apple Strudel, Beef Bouillon, and Chicken Weiner Schnitzel from AED25.

The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill, Citymax Al Barsha, October 1-31

3. Mix it up with Mexican

Soulful Mexican-come-Latin American eatery, cocktail bar and lounge opened last month with Chef Jimmy Rojas Lopez serving up a menu made for fiesta-style sharing. Think tacos and guacamoles plus signature family recipes from the streets of Mexico. Late goers can mingle until 2am in the bar and lounge.

ZOCO, Al Habtoor City, Ongoing

4. Meet a music star

Maher Zain will be holding a meet and greet at Virgin Megastore to promote his new album, One. The Swedish singer-songwriter and music producer of Lebanese origin, is one of the biggest names in the Islamic Music genre. He has released a total of three albums featuring tracks in both English and Arabic. With more that 26 million fans, Maher is the biggest Arab Muslim artist on Facebook.

Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates on October 5 at 7.30pm

5. Go back to Klass

Duo K-Klass will be spinning some of their classic old school tunes including "Let Me Show You" and "Rhythm is a Mystery." They've had five UK top 40 h its and a Grammy Nomination too. Combined with a remix list featuring the likes of Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lisa Stansfield, New Order, Bobby Brown and Rihanna, it's sure to be a fun night out.

Tribeca Kitchen +Bar, 9.30pm
October 5

6. Bag a cheap vacation with the family

For AED1,004 the brand new Westin Hotel in Al Habtoor City is offering weekend accommodation for two nights and three days for up to two adults and two children. Included are activities for little ones, fitness classes and meals.

The Westin, Al Habtoor City, October 6-8

7. Enjoy a night at the Opera

Brit award-winning artist, James Morrison, will be taking to the stage with hits from his latest album Higher Than Here. The singer has worked with the likes of Nelly Furtado and Jason Mraz in the past 10 years and fans will be able to relive the memories when comes to Dubai's venue of the moment.

Dubai Opera, October 7

8. Listen to a megastar DJ

Legendary German DJ and producer Paul Van Dyk returns to Zero Gravity. With more than 20 years in the music industry under his belt the Grammy-nominated musician's One Big Friday appearance will include supporting sets from Dutch brothers DubVision (who recently remixed 'The Girl Is Mine' – a mash-up of Destiny's Child's "Girl" and "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica) and 99 Souls.

Zero Gravity, October 7

9. Whip up a storm in the kitchen

This is the second in our four-part master class series with Chef Alessandro Salvatico. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has coastal influences defining its unique cuisine. Don an apron for four hours where you'll cook a three-course menu featuring a traditional artichoke salad, fregola matecata with truffle and shrimp, and roasted seabass served with olives and marjoram, for lunch. AED 600 per person or AED 1,000 per couple; advance payment required.

Armani Ristorante, October 8, 11am - 3pm

10. Meet Kim's glam squad

Makeup by Mario aka Kim Kardashian's makeup artist will be in the Emirate with the star during her birthday month. The pair will be showing an audience exactly how to create some of her best looks. Make sure you buy a ticket!

Music Hall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, October 14

11. Purchase some posh art

Christie's 'Modern and Contemporary Art' sale marks Christie's 250th anniversary and 10th in Dubai. One hundred and thirteen works from Los Angeles to Amman will be up for grabs.

Christie's, October 18

12. Cool off with Coolio

"Gangsta's Paradise" hitmaker Coolio will appear at Barasti's 21st birthday party. The famous Dubai beach bar will be serving at drinks at AED21 until 9pm and there will be major prizes to win throughout the month to celebrate.

Barasti Beach Bar, October 18

13. Snap some street style

Fashion Forward Season 8 will feature some the best upcoming talent from the region, special talks (including one from Vogue Arabia) and masterclasses. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.

Fashion Forward Dubai, October 20-22

14. Unleash you inner warrior

Dubai's Desert Warrior Challenge returns and this time they're back with an extreme 20km course. Are you tough enough to compete?

Desert Warrior Challenge, October 21

15. See the twinkling night skyline

Yellow Boats Night Tours will run from Marina Walk in Dubai at 6pm for a 90-minute trip around the Palm Jumeirah. Check out sites including the iconic Burj Al Arab while interactive commentary is provided. Of course there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures.

The Yellow Boats, October 24-31

16. Listen to The Voice

Filipino music star Bamboo will be performing to promote his second album, "Bless the Mess". The musician is a coach and mentor on The Voice and The Voice Kids in his home country. At 38 years old he has been a music icon in the Philippines for more than 20 years.
Tickets for the Dubai show are priced at AED125 for general admission and AED175 for grandstand seating. Platinumlist Dubai outlets and online.

Dubai World Trade Centre, October 27

17. Get your Cosplay on

PopCon is coming to Dubai for the first time and is expected to be the largest pop-culture festival of its kind globally. The convention will take place inside comes from 117 Live, the same people who are bringing Zayn Malik, Selena Gomez and Elton John to the UAE later this year.

Dubai Outlet Mall, October 27-29

18. Hit the beach

Will Smith former Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star Jazzy Jeff plays a gig at Barasti Beach Bar. Make sure to don your costume to the casual outdoor venue and prepare to dance on the sand.

Barasti Beach Bar, October 28

19. Dance for Day of the Dead

Joe Jonas and his band DNCE, as well as the likes of All Saints and Major Lazer will perform as part of Fiesta De Los Muertos at Dubai Outlet Mall. If you're not into ghouls, it's a great way to enjoy your Halloween weekend.

Autism Rocks Arena, October 28

20. Visit the world's biggest theme park

Dubai Parks and Resorts

finally opens its doors with Legoland and Legoland Waterpark, Bollywood Parks, motiongate, Lapita Hotel and Riverland open to guests for the first time in one location.

Dubai Parks and Resorts, October 31

21. Hang out with ghosts

Dubai's IMG World's of Adventure has a Haunted Hotel that opened in August but Halloween is the perfect day to feel the fear. By contrast to Dubai's usually glamorous accommodations, you won't even be able to get a fresh towel. Gross.

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Ongoing

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