Things to do in Dubai: October 2019

From world-famous musicals, to gigs, live comedy and more, here’s what to do this month

Things to do in Dubai: October 2019

If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai in October, look no further. We’ve rounded up the very best things to do in the city this month – whether you’re after live music, world-famous theatre shows or club openings. We also bring you fitness activities and new brunches.

If you’re looking for more things to do in Dubai, check out our dedicated page here, as well as all the best happy hours, ladies’ nights and brunches.

Of course, the Rugby World Cup is also in full swing, so for all the best places to watch the match, click here.

And now, it’s time to plan your month.

Tuesday October 1
International Coffee Day

Looking for things to do in Dubai today? You’re in luck International Coffee Day 2019 in Dubai is kicking off on Tuesday October 1, and there are a few top venues dotted around the city celebrating all things coffee. If you’re after a free cuppa, click here to find all the venues.

Wednesday October 2
Join Time Out’s Curry Night

Love a proper British curry? It’s time to book your table for Time Out Dubai’s one-off Great British Curry Night on Wednesday October 2. And it’s not just any curry night – it’s eight courses for Dhs129. Which is an absolute bargain whichever way you look at it. The special dinner is taking place at Gifto's of London in Dubai Marina, and there are two seatings – at 7pm and 9pm, but get in quick as seating is limited.
Dhs129. Wed Oct 2, 7pm & 9pm. Dubai Marina (04 557 5622).

PBA Back in Dubai
The Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) returns to Dubai for two days of competitive games, pre-show shootarounds and a carnival-like atmosphere, as Filipino ballers take over the city’s Coca-Cola Arena. The first match takes place on October 4, with San Miguel Beermen and NLEX Road Warriors going head-to-head.
Dhs100. October 4-5. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk,

Friday October 4
See Desiigner at Base

On Friday October 4, BASE Dubai will host the Billboard number one hit singer of Panda for a one-night gig. Taking place from 11pm until 4am, the night is priced at Dhs200 for gents, and ladies will get free entry and drinks all night long.
Dhs200 (gents), free (ladies). Fri Oct 4, 11pm-4am. BASE Dubai, Dubai Design District, (055 313 4999).

Groove on the Grass
One of the city’s funkiest al fresco parties in town, Groove on the Grass is making a grand return for its eigth season, and it’s revealed its big opening line-up of top artists. Kicking off on Friday October 4 from 5pm until 3am, fans of electronic dance music can expect pumping tunes, artistic activations, range of activities and pop up marketplace. For the full line-up click here.
From Dhs200. Fri Oct 4, 5pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills,

Braii at Emirates
Calling all rugby fans – Saffer ones in particular. On Friday October 4, South Africa will be taking on Italy in their third match of the Rugby World Cup group stages and in celebration (and anticipation of a big win) Emirates Golf Club is laying on a day of rugby, braai and brews. The game kicks off at 1.45pm (UAE time) but the fun doesn’t end after the game. South African singer and songwriter Byron Minnie will take to the stage as well as Ivan Roux who was a runner-up on Die Kontrak (which translates to The Contract) – a popular South African reality TV singing competition. For more rugby deals, click here.
Dhs55. Fri Oct 4 12.30pm. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 417 1843).

Get active with IGNITE’s Pink is Punk
Dubai’s annual campaign is back to support breast cancer awareness month, this year with three cracking events including its original run and swim event, a ‘Pink Paddle’ along The Palm Jumeirah and a new pink moonlight yoga The non-profit campaign supports charity organisations Al Jalila Foundation and Brest Friends – all to raise awareness and donations for breast cancer treatment and research.
From Dhs73.50 (swim and run), Dhs105 (yoga), from Dhs63 (paddle). Times and dates vary. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort (swim and run, yoga), RIVA Beach (paddle), Palm Jumeirah,

Saturday October 5
Watch Skyfall at Dubai Opera
To celebrate James Bond Day on Saturday (October 5), fans of the world’s classiest secret agent can watch a special screening of Skyfall to celebrate 50 years of James Bond. Kicking off at 8pm, Dubai Opera wants filmgoers to dress to impress, with a night filled with tuxedos, gowns and even 007’s favourite drink. Tickets are priced from Dhs60, while those looking for popcorn and a house beverage can get just that for Dhs95. There’s also an unlimited beverage package for Dhs120.
Dhs60 (single ticket), Dhs95 (house beverages and popcorn), Dhs120 (unlimited house beverages). Sat Oct 5, 8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,

Wednesday October 9
Sky2.0 launches for the new season

Swanky super-club SKY2.0 isreopening for its second season on Wednesday October 9 with a three-day opening party weekend that’s set to wow the city. Hailing from Beirut, the party spot is already well-known for its trademark entertainment, top-notch service and interactive modern technologies and since opening its doors in Dubai earlier this year it’s already made its mark on the party scene with its themed nights and cracking evening-that-turn-into-morning parties. We can’t wait to see what this season’s theme nights and huge events have in store.

Thursday October 10
See Rita Ora at Wake Up Call

A huge festival is making its way to one of Dubai’s trendiest hotels in October. W Dubai – The Palm will be hosting the Wake Up Call Festival, and is going to be bringing in some top-quality acts including Rita Ora and Disclosure. For the full line-up, click here.
Prices vary. Oct 10-12. W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah,

Have a giggle at the Laughter Factory
A barrel of laughs is coming to the UAE this October, as The Laughter Factory has revealed another trio of top comedic acts for nights filled with plenty of banter and giggles.  Kicking off on Thursday October 10, the ‘Social Faux Pas’ tour sees stand-up legend Stewart Lee’s favourite woman in comedy, Eleanor Tiernan as the headline act, along with Men In Black International star Mike Capozzola and London-based comedian Emmanuel Sonubi.
Dhs140 (early bird), Dhs160 (regular tickets). Times and locations vary,

Step back the roaring 20s with Gatsby on the QE2
Theatre by QE2 is setting up ‘Gatsby: The Dinner Experience’ this October, and it’s looking to be just as sophisticated and fantastical like in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modern-American classic. Guests of Gatsby can expect a three-course set menu to tuck into, along with unlimited house beverages and soft drinks. This isn’t just your regular dining experience, as performers, kitted out in 1920s-themed fancy dress, will interact with and involve the audience, not just on stage, but all around, too.
Dhs395 (silver), Dhs495 (gold), Dhs595 (platinum). Thu Oct 10-Sat Oct 12, 8.30pm onwards. Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Tickets available on

Friday October 11
Dig into a vegan brunch at Ultra Brasserie

Vegans in Dubai, listen up. Dubai Vegan Days is hosting a special Asian-inspired brunch and it sounds like you’ll want to check it out. The plant-based group has teamed up with Ultra Brasserie in Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai for the special brunch on Friday October 11. For more vegan news click here.
Dhs99. Fri Oct 11, 11.30am. Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai (04 420 4572).

See Carl Cox DJ at Soho Beach

Soho Beach is returning, and it’s opening up with a performance from legendary UK DJ Carl Cox. The house and techno DJ is going to be hitting the decks at the Meydan pool club for a one-off gig that’s bound to get the place in full flow.
Fri Oct 11, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, (052 388 8849).

Wednesday October 16
See Phantom of the Opera

World-famous Andrew Lloyd-Webber show Phantom of the Opera is arriving in Dubai this week, so don’t miss your chance to see it. For an interview with the star of the show, click here.
From Dhs250. Wed Oct 16-Wed Oct 30, 8pm, 2pmon Fridays and Saturdays. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,

Thursday October 17
Join the Cucumber Carnival

DXB Cucumber Carnival off on Thursday October 17 for two days at Soho Garden at Meydan.We’re being promised an “action-packed, festival-style weekend” with performances, tastings, workshops and shows all taking place. On Thursday October 17 acts such as The Electric Swing Circus will be coming to the venue with various interactive shows, comedy and more. There will also be hobby horse polo, cucumber croquet, tug of war, rose and spoon race, a three-legged race and the Cucumber Cup Horse Race. Meanwhile that evening from 7.30pm until 9.30pm you can dig into a banquet-style dinner for Dhs250 a person, with juniper-inspired dishes such as juniper-cured salmon, grilled lamb chops, pan roasted chicken with truffle mash and more. All washed down with free-flowing juniper drinks. High tea more your style? On Friday October 18 there’s a special juniper-themed afternoon tea from 3pm until 5pm, again costing Dhs250 a person.
Prices vary. Thu Oct 17-Fri Oct18. Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, (052 388 8849).

Check out the Gymkhana pop-up
For two days only, London-based Gymkhana restaurant will bring its Michelin-starred cuisine to Indian restaurant Armani/Amal at the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. The Armani Hotel Dubai will host the return of executive chef of the famed venue Jitin Joshi. His change of menu saw Armani/Amal bag Best Indian Restaurant at the Time Out Restaurant Awards in 2012, so we’re in for a treat. Using ‘time-honoured’ cooking methods along with special spices for each dish, foodies can expect set menus with a contemporary Indian twist. Taking place from Thursday October 17 until Friday October 18 from 6.30pm until 11.30pm, Chef Joshi will take over Amal's kitchen, with a modern Indian menu that brings together tradition and innovation.
Dhs595. Thu Oct 17-Fri Oct 18, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Armani/Amal, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, (04 888 3666).

Go gaming at Insomnia

Already looking forward to Dubai’s ultimate gaming festival this October? Well now there’s even more reason to get excited, as Insomnia Dubai has just revealed some big names coming to town. YouTube superstars The Sidemen have been revealed as the mystery celebrities coming to the Insomnia Gaming Festival, along with world-famous Minecraft player Seapeekaywho. Better yet, there’s even a chance to play games.
From Dhs131.25 (day ticket), from Dhs1,000 (Warrior VVIP and Beast VIP), from Dhs750 (party with The Sidemen). Thu Oct 17- Sat Oct 19. Meydan Grandstand, Al Meydan Road,

Friday October 18
Get active with the Dubai Fitness Challenge
Fancy getting fit this year? The Dubai Fitness Challenge aims to encourage Dubai residents and citizens to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, for 30 days. It all kicks off on October 18, and runs through under November 2, and Tough Mudder.

Thursday October 24
See The Blow Monkeys and The Brand New Heavies
An action-packed calendar of entertainment kicks off at The Irish Village on Thursday October 24 with a double-whammy featuring ’80s new wave pop group The Blow Monkeys and Ealing-born funk act The Brand New Heavies.
Thu Oct 24. The Irish Village, Garhoud, (04 239 5000).

Friday October 25
Get a Vietnamese feast for Dhs99
Get ready to be taken on an authentic culinary experience across Vietnam with this cool budget spot Vietnamese Foodies (our Best Budget Restaurant 2019). Dishes here are true to the nature of eating in the Southeast Asian nation, with a huge focus on fresh, vibrant ingredients, light and healthy cooking techniques.  The all-you-can-eat spread will be taking place at both the JLT and Downtown Dubai branches every Friday and Saturday from Friday October 25 until Saturday November 16 with three sittings available – 1pm, 7pm and 9pm. And Time Out Dubai is hosting a special event at 7pm at the Downtown branch, where there’s the chance to win Dhs100 in food vouchers. Book now.
Dhs99. Fri-Sat 1pm, 7pm, 9pm. From Oct 25-Nov 16. Cluster D, JLT (04 565 6088) and Burj Vista, Downtown Dubai (04 554 2090).

Tackle a half marathon
The City Half Marathon, which will be held in October, is a brand-new addition to Dubai’s ever-growing roster of activities, as the Dubai Fitness Challenge helps make the city’s the world’s most active, and to increase exercise participation across every age group and demographic. The new half-marathon will take place in DIFC on Friday October 25 with a brand-new route showing off one of the world’s most important and most photographed financial districts. It will start in front of the Gate Building, and take runners and spectators through the district’s landmarks, with cracking views of the Dubai skyline throughout. But, if you thought this was an event for the fitness enthusiasts then fear not, because 5km and 10km options will give casual runners across six different age groups the opportunity to get involved. Participation starts from Dhs125 for the 5km run, Dhs175 for the 10km run and Dhs275 for the full 21km run.
From Dhs125. Fri Oct 25. DIFC,

Swim a mile
It’s not every day we get the chance to be appointed the king and queen of, well, anything, but if you swim as quick as a fish in water, you may just gain the title. The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah is holding a one-off multi-distance swimming event next month, and the winners of its mile-long race will be crowned the ‘King and Queen’ of The Pointe. Kicking off at the crack of dawn at 6.30am on Friday October 25, there will be different distance races open for men and women, including a 200m swim for ages eight to 11, a quarter-mile (0.4km) distance for all ages and half a mile (0.8) distance for ages 12 years and older. As for those taking on the mile swimming race (1.4km) for ages 15 and above, they’ll be competing for the desirable titles.
From Dhs47.62. Fri Oct 25, 6.30am onwards. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, (04 457 8620).

Tuesday October 29
Visit Global Village

Dubai’s Global Village is set to reopen on Tuesday October 29 for its 24th season, following a record-breaking seven million visitors for its last edition. In fact, more than 150,000 people wanted Dubai’s iconic theme park to stay open for longer last season. Clearly, Global Village is a trending spot. The international-themed entertainment destination hosts more than 25 pavilions representing 75 countries across the world, and you’ll be able to indulge in everything from Canadian poutine to Swiss raclette and Dutch mini pancakes. There’s also a funfair where you can enjoy 28 rides and more than 100 arcade games.
Dhs15. Tue Oct 29-Sat Apr 4, 2020. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road,

Thursday October 31
Have a spooktacular Halloween

Dubai goes Halloween mad every year, and there are loads of things to check out. From a terrifying dining in the dark experience, to spooky staycations, check out all the things to do in Dubai this Halloween here.

Time Out Dubai’s Big Halloween Quiz is back
As usual we have heaps of brilliant prizes to give away – including a whopping Dhs3,000 in cash, so it’s time to start swotting up. There will also be spot prizes throughout the night.

Starting at 8pm sharp, head down to The Irish Village Studio City for an eight-round quiz tackling subjects ranging from music to sport, with a few surprises thrown in. There will also be deals on drinks throughout the evening.

The quiz entirely free to enter, but be warned – previous editions of Time Out’s pub quiz have been fully booked days in advance, so be sure to call up and reserve your table in plenty of time.
Free to enter. Wednesday October 30, doors open 6pm, quiz starts 8pm sharp. The Irish Village, Dubai Studio City. For table bookings, call (04 282 4750).

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