October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as some big events on a regional and global scale. Read on for where to celebrate Oktoberfest, fright night, a weekend of fashion and plenty more.
Celebrate National Coffee day
McDonald's is giving away free cups of Joe (made with 100 percent Arabica beans) all week throughout the UAE. Take advantage of McCafé's beverage offer between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Various locations, Until October 6
Take a wine journey through Europe
Hakkasan isn't just a great place to enjoy excellent food, although their menu of Cantonese classics and 'Only At' dishes exclusive to Dubai are a must-try, it's perfect for grape connoisseurs too. For a limited time, guests at can chose from a Spanish Vine Flight including three 100ml glasses of Spanish grape (AED130) or Corvin Vine Flight including three 75ml glasses of Italian grape (AED275) or three 125ml glasses of Italian grape (AED399).
Hakkasan Dubai, October 1-7
Do yoga on the roof
Urban Yoga & Talise Fitness are hosting yoga under the stars at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Offices. The 90-minute session with a backdrop of Dubai's beautiful skyline is perfect now that the weather is cooler and best of all, classes are mixed-level. Just bring a yoga mat and water. For members/package holders of Urban Yoga it costs AED50 (pre-paid & pre-booked) or AED70 (pay-on-the-day but pre-booked).
For non-members or package holders it's AED85 (pre-paid & pre-booked or AED99 (pay-on-the-day walk-ins). Book online or through the Mindbody App.
Mezzanine-level terrace in Emirates Towers office tower, October 2
Get involved in Oktoberfest
For the 11th year running, Grand Hyatt Dubai is throwing events for the German beer festival so expected lots of oompah, Lederhosen and pretzels. A "Die Kirchdorfer" band is flown in all the way from Munich to entertain while people chow down on Kalbsbratwurst, Spargel, Erdbeerschnitte or Veal Schnitzel. Entry is free to the air-conditioned tent, simply book a table and order from the à la carte menu or enjoy the buffet on opening night (AED195) or every Saturday 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (AED295) at brunch. The tent is open 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is closed Sundays and Mondays.
October 11-28, Grand Hyatt Dubai
Help fight breast cancer
In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, The Nail Spa has teamed up with Pink Caravan to help raise money to fight the disease. Head down to a salon and get one of their pink nail art designs (prices start at AED15). All proceeds are donated to the Pink Caravan charity.
The Nail Spa, Throughout October
Make the most of the cool weather
360 has launched a new cocktail menu and bar bites from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day as part of their Seek the Sunset program. It's the perfect way to unwind after a hard day at work as you watch the sun go down.
360, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, October 5
See an art exhibition
Made up of a carefully curated selection of works from over 25 internationally renowned artists, GOLD, exposes viewers to the unparalleled precious metal in different forms and artist interpretations. Artists involved include Roy Nachum, the man behind Rihanna's album cover, Robert Indiana and Manolo Valdez.
Opera Gallery, October 5-19
Dine around the city for less
As part of Jumeirah Restaurant Week there will be eight days of feasting from signature menus across 40 of Jumeirah's best-loved outlets. There's something for everyone no matter your budget with price categories including AED95, AED150, AED200 and AED350 menus.
Various locations, October 5-13
Test your heart health
All month, select malls in the UAE are spreading cardiovascular disease awareness to help prevent and detect early. In partnership with Dubai Health Authority, Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation and City Centre Clinic will be giving free heart health tests to women as part of their Feel the beat campaign.
My City Centre Al Barsha, October 8-10
Get your kids trained by a professional soccer star
Send the kids down to an exclusive summer Football Academy with former England, West Ham and Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand, plus a former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. Each morning (9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m) and evening (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) 5 to 15-year-olds can take part for AED3,000 per child, per week, and receive a complete kit from Football Escapes, including a shirt, shorts, socks, medal and a signed certificate.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai, October 16-20 and 23-27
Celebrate the festival of lights
Bombay Bungalow is offering a great deal with a selection of tasty Indian fusion dishes for Diwali. For only AED145 per person you can enjoy the likes of Harissa Chicken, Buratta Butter Chicken, Mutton Rogan Josh, Chocolate Gulab Jamun cheese cake Shikanji ; and Indian inspired beverages.
Bombay Bungalow, October 19
Party with a rapper
Fat Joe is coming to Dubai and where better to see him in action than Base – the new nightclub in Dubai Design District designed by some of the industry's leading creative masterminds. It has a state-of-the-art sound system and one of the most advanced immersive lighting systems in the world. Check out the calligraphy on the walls by Pokras Lampas.
Base, October 20
Experience a 90s throwback
"Mysterious Girl" hitmaker, Peter Andre, hosts the Wow! That's What I Call Brunch and there's no doubt he'll sing hos 1996 tune in The Great Ballroom. The all-inclusive brunch package with house beverages and sparkling costs AED350, while the house beverages and bubbly package costs AED450. Catch the brunch 1.30p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Call 04 702 2455 or visit platinumlist.ae/800tickets.com to book.
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, October 27
Hang with the fash pack
Get ready to see more standout runway shows and presentations from seasoned designers as Fashion Forward Dubai returns for its 10th season. There will also be speakers sharing opinions and inside knowledge, social events and after-parties dotted around d3's lounges.
Dubai Design District, October 26-28
Get spooked for Halloween
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse hosts a special Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner for AED450 per person, taking guests back in time to 1965, in old New Orleans. While you figure out who did it, a four-course meal is served alongside a selection of premium beverages.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Dubai, October 31