Season preview: Autumn/Winter 2015 events

With Dubai’s residents rolling back into town, we take a look at the biggest concerts, happenings and new openings over the next few months


Swan Lake Acrobatic Ballet
Combining the traditional art and skills of Chinese acrobatics with opera and ballet dancing, the Great Chinese Circus brings the story of Swan Lake to the stage.
Dhs195-2,500. Thu September 3 to Sat 5. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 338 3911).

Dubai International Dance Festival
Now in its eighth year, the dance festival will host more than 40 workshops from world-class instructors teaching everything from salsa, kizomba and capoeira to Bollywood dancing and percussion, plus live performances and parties. This year’s theme is a tribute to the UAE dance community.
Dhs85-699. Mon September 14 to Mon 21. JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali, (050 277 7475).

The Croft opening
Former table 9 chef Darren Velvick’s The Croft will open on Tuesday September 15 at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. Inspired by his upbringing in the rural English country village of Hampstead Norreys, the menu will include traditional British food in a casual, modern dining environment.
Open daily 6pm-11pm (restaurant), 5pm-1am (bar). Tue September 15. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, (04 319 4000).

Spandau Ballet Live in concert

Iconic British band Spandau Ballet will bring their ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ tour to Dubai World Trade Centre. The band, known for their hit songs ‘Gold’ and ‘True’ have sold more than 25 million records, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe.
Dhs350-650. Thu September 17. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 439 0900).

Dubai Music Week

This four-day music programme includes concerts from chart toppers Ellie Goulding and 30 Seconds to Mars, with more artists yet to be announced under four genres – Arabic, pop, rock and urban. The event will include celebrity guest speakers, masterclasses and an interactive entertainment village.
Dhs295-550. Wed September 23 to Sat 26. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (no number).


Bon Jovi Live

International chart toppers Bon Jovi will bring their huge arsenal of worldwide hits, including ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘Have A Nice Day’, the Grammy winning ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ and many more to Abu Dhabi’s Du Arena. Led by iconic charismatic frontman Jon Bon Jovi, the band’s legendary 25-year career has seen them produce 12 studio albums with more than 130 million records sold worldwide.
From Dhs395 (general admission) to Dhs30,000 (suite for 15 people). Thu October 1. Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, (02 509 8000).

Al Murray – One Man, One Guvnor Live in Dubai
Multi-award-winning UK comedian Al Murray will be returning to these shores with his brand-new live stand-up show ‘One Man, One Guvnor’. The funnyman is known for his alter ego – The Pub Landlord.
Dhs300 (regular), Dhs500 (premium). Fri October 2. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 439 0900).

SA Braai Day
South Africans unite for their national Braai Day. Bring meat to barbecue and enjoy a day out with the family while listening to Dubai Drums and South African band Die Heuwels Fantasties. Dino Moran, who played at Nelson Mandela’s birthday party in 2003, will play at an after-party at The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel.
Dhs100 (adults), free for kids under six. Fri October 16, 2pm-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 380 1234).


Sample traditional Bavarian food created by chefs Engelbert Gamsriegler and Stephan Kuhlwetter, while live band Henndorfer Musikanten entertains the crowd at this annual outdoor festival.
Dhs195 per person. Sun-Thu 7pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-midnight. Wed October 21 to Sat 31. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 399 5533).

Fashion Forward Season Six
Dubai’s fashionistas come out in force to view the latest collections from both local and international designers. The event includes catwalk shows and presentations covering couture, ready-to-wear and accessories designers in the Middle East. The event also hosts fashion talks by industry experts and features a range of quirky, pop-up stores where shoppers can get their hands on exclusive items.
Register online. October 22-25. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (no number).

Mark Ronson and Labrinth at Green Grooves

Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Mark Ronson and chart-topping artist Timothy McKenzie, better known by his stage name Labrinth, will headline the first Green Grooves concert at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. No doubt Ronson will play his hit single ‘Uptown Funk’, which features lyrics from Bruno Mars.
Dhs200-480. October 22. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi (02 558 8990).

Asia Asia First Birthday Bash
To celebrate its first anniversary, the Pier 7 restaurant will host a live performance from the Gipsy Kings, who are known for hits including ‘Bamboleo’ and ‘Djobi, Djoba’.
Free. 10pm-3am. October 29. Asia Asia, 6th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).

Sensation Dubai

For the second year, Dubai will host globally recognised outdoor dance event Sensation. Last year’s extravaganza saw DJs Martin Garrix and Roger Sanchez take to the stage, with more than 15,000 people in attendance. The 2015 line-up has yet to be announced. With a strictly white dress code, this year’s theme is ‘The Ocean of White’.
Dhs425. Fri October 30. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, (no number).

Take That
Hot off the back of a sell-out European tour, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald are set to bring their live show to Dubai for the first time. The British boy band will no doubt delight fans with hit songs ‘Rule the World’ and ‘Greatest Day’. The band’s previous tours have included aerialists, circus performers, a wall of water, holograms, a giant elephant and a 60 ft walking robot.
Ticket sale date to be announced. Fri October 30. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City. Pre-register online at (04 439 0900).


Electric Run Dubai
Not your average 5K, the Electric Run is held at night and will see participants dressed in neon fancy dress running through a themed course, which includes an electro rainforest, a rainbow road, candy lane and under-the-sea area. The run is un-timed, making it a fun one for all ages and abilities.
Dhs165 (team of four when registered before September 6), Dhs185 (individuals before September 6). Fri November 6. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, (no number).

Dubai Spartan Race Sprint & Super
With more than three levels of challenges, runners can choose to participate in the ‘Sprint’ – a 5km run with more than 15 obstacles to overcome – or the ‘Super’ – a testing 13km race with 20 obstacles. There will also be a junior race of 800 metres to 1.6km for kids aged four to 15. Register online.
Fri November 6, 8am-3pm. Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, (no number).

Mötley Crüe live

The iconic rock band will perform in Abu Dhabi as part of their ‘Final Tour’ at the Du Arena in Abu Dhabi. Going strong since bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee sparked the band in 1981, the group’s whiplash hard rock songs such as ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and ‘Primal Scream’, and melodic power ballads including ‘Home Sweet Home’, have gained them decades of celebrated platinum-level stardom.
From Dhs295 (general admission) to Dhs15,000 (suite for 15 people). Fri November 20. Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
(02 509 8000).

DP World Tour Championship
The final golfing tournament of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai – a season-long competition spanning 48 tournaments in 26 destinations across five continents – will see the top 60 golfers play at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Free. Thu November 19 to Sun 22. Jumeirah Golf Estates, (04 818 2000).

Redbull Flugtag
Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 30 ft-high flight deck. Contestants can register to build their own contraptions and attempt to fly them, or plunge into the water below. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls and winnebagos with wings at past events.
Fri November 20. Dubai Creek Park, Dubai Creek, (no number).

Dubai Bake Festival
This is the first of its kind in Dubai, aimed at those who enjoy baking. The two-day event will bring together bakers, retailers and members of the public, and will include a shopping area to buy goods as well as a play area for kids and a space for live demonstrations.
Free. Fri November 20 to Sat 21, 9am-10pm. Dubai Investments Park (04 427 8687).

The Color Run
Less about your ten-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a 5km, un-timed fun run in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different coloured powders at each kilometre. At the finish line, participants can enjoy live music in a day-party disco while continuing to throw powder. Fancy dress is optional. Sign up before Sunday October 18 to get early-bird discounts.
Dhs140 (early-bird tickets). Sat November 21. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, (no number).


Animate Dubai
This is the GCC’s first animation festival. It will offer a weekend packed with animated films, themed talks, workshops, fun activities for all ages, and a chance to meet animation pioneers from around the world.
Thu December 3 to Sat 5. Dubai Design District, Ras Al Khor Road, (no number).

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
From family fun to fancy dress, if you want to let your hair down, then this is the place to be. Watch rugby teams from all over the world play across several pitches and then party until late in the evening. The Rugby Village hosts live entertainment and music throughout the day.
Free on Thursday, Dhs400 day pass Friday or Saturday, Dhs600 weekend pass. Thu December 3 to Sat 5. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, (no number).

Dubai International Film Festival
Heading into its 12th year, Dubai International Film Festival will host free screenings, movie premieres and workshops for both the film industry and the public. Showing more than 118 films, the 2014 edition included 55 world and international premieres from 48 countries. This year’s event will see Hollywood, Bollywood and Arab film stars grace the red carpet over the programme of events.
Register online. Wed December 9 to Wed 16. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (no number).

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