Things to do in Dubai

Everything you need to keep you entertained in Dubai this October

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Congratulations! You have made it through this week and now it’s time to have some fun. And what better way to have some fun than to check out a new restaurant, catch a new movie, or simply visit the spa?

To make your job easier, we have come up with a list of the best things to do in Dubai this October. Choose from flea markets, fests, pubs, and more. It’s time to have some fun!

October Picks

Gadget geeks, GITEX is here.

UAE’s much-awaited technology exhibition is back once again - after an extremely successful run last year. In 2022, we got to witness innovative solutions across the Metaverse, AI, Web3, cybersecurity, fintech and more, with over 5,000 exhibitors, 800 start-ups and over 100,000 attendees. If that’s anything to go by, we are in for a treat!

Date: 16 to 20 October, 2023
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

Ripe Market Calling!

The flagship Ripe Market is finally making a comeback! Yes, you heard that right. Put on your walking shoes and get ready to wander through the endless stalls filled with farm fresh produce, organic products, and delightful souvenirs. With this much-loved night market reopening, you might just want to make shop-till-you-drop your new mantra!

Date: 14th October 2023 - May 2024
Time: Every Saturday - 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Every Sunday - 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Venue: Academy Park, Dubai Police Academy Park

Ripe Market

KISS: End of the Road World Tour

America's iconic rock band KISS is coming to Dubai, for their one last performance. If you're in Dubai, be sure to attend the concert and be a part of a their trademark larger-than-life production and listen to their greatest hits including I Was Made For Lovin' You and Black Diamond.

Date: 13th October, 2023
Venue: Coca-Cola Arena

Say hello to your idols at Madame Tussauds

In the mood to meet someone famous? Wait no more! Dubai’s very own Madame Tussauds is finally opening this week. Whether you are a sports fanatic or a movie buff, you will find all your favorite stars here. Wondering where to find tickets? Click here.

Date: Sun to Sat
Time: 10 AM to 8 PM
Venue:Bluewaters Dubai

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Delicious German fare at The Scene

In the mood for for some grilled beef bratwurs? Or perhaps you wish to try out a traditional schnitzel? The Scene, located at the Dubai Marina has all of this and more. The perfect place to try out some German classics, you will keep returning for more.

Date: Until Oct 15
Venue:The Scene, Dubai Marina
Make a reservation here

VR Park

Infinite Nights: Kadim Al Sahir - Invite Only

The crowd-puller 'Infinite Nights' opens with Arab maestro Kadim Al Sahir through a livestreamed show that promises unbelievable music and fun.

Date: 15 Oct

VR Park

Star gazing nights

Calling out to all the astronomy buffs out there, Star gazing nights invites you for a breathtaking journey through what lies beyond the earth's atmosphere. Witness the wonders of the galaxy through Unistellar’s ground-breaking telescope.

Date: 20 Oct

Halloween Special - Paint and Grape Event

Channel the inner artist in you and look on as a masterpiece unfolds right before your eyes. This event allows you to recreate masterpieces of some of your favorite artists from all around the world and is an absolute must-visit for all art lovers.

Date: 27 Oct
Venue: The Pangolin Restaurant and Lounge
Buy your tickets here.

Happy, Scary Halloween Brunch

In order to ruely get into the spirit of Halloween, Hotel Cartagena is organizing a Halloween brunch where you stan da chance to win a prize voucher of brunch for 4 persons! All you have to do is dress up and enjoy!

Date: Oct 29
Venue: Hotel Cartagena Restaurant
Make your reservation here.

New Eats in Town

VR Park

BB Social Dining

Looking for something exciting and new to eat? Head over to BB Social Dining without thinking twice! You will be delighted with the delicious fare they have to offer that includes barbecue plates, bao, edamame hummus, and soft shell crabs.

Address: Gate Village DIFC
Make your reservation here.

Shanghai Me

A cozy restaurant that instantly takes you back to the ‘20s, Shanghai Me should be your go-to joint for anything Asian. Be it their freshly steamed dim sums or the spicy stir fries, you will definitely come back for more!

Address: Gate Village 11, DIFC
Make your reservation here.

Long Teng

If you are a fan of sea food and are looking for some imaginative food, head over to Long Leng. This eatery specializes in authentic flavours and ingredients, so get ready to try dishes you might not have before!

Address: U-bora Towers, Business Bay
Make your reservation here.

Dance the Night Away

Shows & Gigs

Travel back in time with Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Travel back in time and discover the best of British history with this award-winning show. You can watch this play at the Theatre by QE2 in Dubai. Get ready to learn all about Henry VIII’s wives, the famous Celtic warrior queen Boudicca and more!

Venue: Theatre by QE2
Make your reservation here.

VR Park

Groove to the music of Gavin James

Ireland’s very own home-grown musician, Gavin James is coming to Dubai! Keep an ear out for favorites like All for You, and City of Stars. But that’s not the best part. Since this concert celebrates ten years of music at McGettigan’s, you get a free drink with every ticket you purchase!

Date: Oct 21, 22
Venue:The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT
Make your reservation here.

Have a laugh at Dubai Opera with Rob Beckett

Catch Rob Beckett, the funniest of them all, at the Dubai Opera on October 25th. A former regular on Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats, you can enjoy a barrel of laughs from just Dhs195.

Date: Oct 25
Venue: Dubai Opera
Make your reservation here.

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