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What’s on in the UAE in October 2014

From new movies to breast cancer walkathons, concerts to flea markets, it’s all here

  • Ben Affleck, left, and Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl." The film, based on the best-selling novel, will release oImage Credit: AP
  • British singe-songwriter Gary Barlow performs in Dubai on October 17.Image Credit:
  • Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway musical, is at du Forum, Abu Dhabi, from October 30-November 8.Image Credit:


See Ralph Lauren’s giant Soft Ricky bag, which ends its global tour at The Dubai Mall. The 1.8m high and 1.5m wide bag is an oversized version of the US brand’s popular tote. It’s at the mall for a week.


Eid fireworks, until October 11, every night at 9pm at Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim 1.

Swiss watchmaker Hublot displays luxury timepieces at the Grand Atrium in The Dubai Mall until the 14th. There’s also a Ferrari racing simulator.

Bloomie’s Kitchen presents chef George Calombaris cooking demo at 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. Free, reservations required on 04-3662116.

At the movies: Haider, Bang Bang!, Dolphin Tale 2


Are you a Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop Or Veruca Salt? Head to Ductac at Mall of the Emirates to audition for children’s roles in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Christmas show, 10am.

Big Boys Toys, until the 5th at SKYDive Dubai, 3-10pm (1-10pm on 4th and 5th), Dh100 per day.


Last chance to see Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at Madinat Jumeirah Theatre. Tickets Dh249. Weekdays: 11am and 6pm; weekends 10am, 2pm and 6pm.

Symphony of Light and Fire at The Beach JBR until October 7, 6pm-2am. Fireworks at 9pm on the first day of Eid.

Poetry of Light: poetry, buskers, flames and visual effects, until October 7, 6pm-1am, at Citywalk, Jumeirah.

Kids’ workshop at Sharjah Mega Mall on both days of Eid.


Aladdin An Arabian Adventure is at DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of the Emirates, October 4-6, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, aimed at children 4-11 years old. Tickets Dh75 per person.

Rabeh Sager and Shamma Hamdan Eid Al Adha concert, 11pm at Hall 7, Dubai World Trade Centre; tickets Dh300-2,500. Mohammed Abdo and Arwa on October 6.

Melhem Barakat, Ayman Zbib and Oumnia Mohammad Layali Al Eid concert at Conrad Hotel Dubai; tickets Dh900, Dh1,200 and Dh1,500. Saeeda Sharaf and Najat Aatabou on October 6.


Ladies-only nights start at Bounce (every Monday 7-10pm) with an all-female crew. Minimum age is 8, no photography. Dh80 per hour, bookings on 04-3211400. Open 12pm-12am.

Creative Writing Dubai four-week course, Dh700, taught by novelist Hayley Doyle every Monday at Pascal Tepper French Bakery, Media City. Includes private consultation and analysis of your finished work. Call 04-


Pink in The City ladies night, beachside at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dh50 for free flowing bubbles from 7.30-10.30pm (entry for men after 9.30pm). Eat at Latest Recipe and the Dh50 is waived; call 04-3181313.

Eid Fun District at Kite Beach, Jumeirah, with stage shows, games and rides, water activities and live music. Daily, October 5-11.

Wonho Chung stand-up show at Ductac, Dh150-250. In Arabic, 8pm.

Pink Ladies at Mahiki, free beverages 7pm-3am for ladies who arrive before 11pm; Lush goodie bags for the first 30 ladies in the door; prize for best dressed. Call 04-3807731.


Dress The Mannequin, a silent auction of 40 miniature mannequin artworks at Wafi Mall at 7pm, all proceeds towards supporting Palestinians in Gaza.

Searching for Sugar Man, screening at Scene Club, Knowledge Village. RSVP on


Nigerian band P-Square perform at DanceAfrique, Meydan, Dh100-250.

American-Iraninan stand-up comedian Max Amini, at 7 and 10pm, at DUCTAC. Tickets Dh250 and Dh400.

Cielo Sky Lounge opening night party with international DJ Robin Schulz. Call 04-

At the movies: Dracula Untold; Hawaizaada, The Guest


Sandance with Rudimental and Clean Bandit, at Atlantis The Palm. Tickets, Dh295-500.

Kabuli POP!, a night of art and food with UAE-based artist Maria Iqbal, at Quantum Pool Lounge, The H Dubai. 8pm, email for tickets.

Flea market, Uptown Mirdiff, near Spinneys, 2-7pm.

ADCB Zayed Sports City 5k and 10k run, for all ages and abilities, raising funds for Al Jalila Foundation; donations from every entrance fee support breast cancer research through the charity.

Ignite Pink is Punk Swim:Run, all proceeds to Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme, at Anantara The Palm Resort and Spa. Races start at 7.15am. Dh150 for adults, register at

Wedding exhibition at BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai, free entry and parking. Call 050-8054216.

The Socceroos, Australia’s national football team, take on the UAE in an international friendly at Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium.


Ismat Apa Ke Naam, three one-act Urdu plays by Indian writer Ismat Khanum Chughtai, directed by Naseeruddin Shah. Actors include Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa and Loveleen Misra. Also October 10, at DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of the Emirates at 6.30pm on both days. Tickets Dh100-500.

Last day of Rhythm of Arts festival at Zabeel Park, nightly 5-9pm.

See Dubai In A Different Light, a photography exhibition running October 2-11 at Dubai Airport Terminal 3. The photos are by visitors, residents and international photographers.

Flea market, Zabeel Park gate 1, 2 and 3, 8am-3pm. Entry Dh5.


Diwali exhibition at The Designers, JLT. Call 04-4213418.

Transformations, an exhibition by Omar Zeidan at Salwa Zeidan Gallery, on until November 5, at St. Regis, Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi.


Pink is Punk moonlight yoga, at Anantara Beach, 7.30pm. Entry fee of Dh100 goes to the Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme.

Exhibition by Chinese fashion artist Kim Xu at Harvey Nichols, with works valued from Dh20,000-110,000. On display until October 31.


Pinktober @ High Societe: The club will donate the proceeds of drinks bought by Pinktober participants towards the cause. Three free mixers for ladies 10pm-midnight; ladies tables Dh495 with a bottle of house bubbles. Call 04-


World of Fashion at Mall of the Emirates until October 31, with fashion shows and make-up demonstrations daily.

Armani/Ristorante launches its Italian truffle menus; seven courses of truffle magic from Dh900 net per person.

Jazz at St. Regi Abu Dhabi, until October 18. Family Jazz Day October 16 with Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation demystifing jazz for children; Journeys with Jazz Gala on October 17, 7pm, Dh500 per person.


Love, Loss and What I Wore, a play by Nora and Delia Ephron at Madinat Theatre, by a Dubai-based cast of actresses. October 16 and 17 at 8pm, October 18 at 7pm. Tickets Dh150-175.

World of Nobu Food Festival opening night at Atlantis, The Palm (Dh450).

Abu Dhabi Rally at North Handling Track at Yas Marina Circuit.

At the movies: Gone Girl; The Judge

Cyrano De Bergerac by Raw Theatre Productions at DUCTAC.


Gary Barlow performs at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, tickets from Dh350, at

Pink book sale raising funds for breast cancer awareness, books from Dh5, at BurJuman, 10am-10pm.

World of Nobu, a six-course gala dinner with chef Nobu Matsuhisa, at Atlantis, Dh995.

Dubai Rugby Sevens launch party at Meydan Beach, JBR, with music and entertainment by the Aggreko cheerleaders. Free entry, fancy dress encouraged; ticket for the Sevens will be on sale, free drink with ticket purchases.

Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Rahul Sharma at DUCTAC, Dh150-300.


Bisaat-e-Raqs, an evening with Pakistani classical dancer Sheema Kermani and poetry readings by Adeel Hashmi, accompanied by Asad Anees on piano, at DUCTAC, 7.30pm.

The Irish Village turns 18, celebrating with music from DJ Marky Mark and the MapleJacks, selected house beverages for Dh18 all day. Guitars signed by Texas, The Wonderstuff, Bob Geldof, UB40, Boyzone and The Human League are up for grabs.


Diwali at Armani/Amal, until October 25, 7-11pm, Dh325 for a set menu. Call 04-


Sunset at BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace, beverage tasting with canapes overlooking the beach; book a seat in the F&F gazebo, where the upcoming Fast and Furious 7 was filmed. Dh250++, 5.30-7pm daily. Call 02-6907999.


Shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood unveils the Arcs of Orbit pop-up installation at Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall.


Najwa Karam meets her fans at Mall of the Emirates’ World of Fashion.

A Les Paul Custom signed by legendary musician Lenny Kravitz will be auctioned, 4-7pm at the Hard Rock Cafe, with proceeds going to the Peace One Day Foundation and a local charity.


Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off at Emirates Palace with the screening of Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa’s From A To B. A festival pass is Dh400 gives entry to up to five regular screening per day; single screenings Dh30. Visit

Sensation Tribute, 8.30-late, at Pure ,35th floor Hilton Dubai The Walk, with guest DJ Admin and MC Farid; call 04-3747888.

At the movies: Happy New Year; The Boxtrolls; Fury


See artist Jim Wheat’s exhibition at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, on until October 31.

Visit the Pink Lounge at BurJuman, where you can buy a pink ribbon and leave a personalized message on the pledge tree, 10am-10pm.


Take the kids to The Stick Man Musical, at Madinat Theatre.

Brunch at The Bench, a farm-to-table concert every Saturday at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Dh99 per person, 10.30am-2.30pm; call 04-4477025.


Sunsets at Iris Yas Island with 50 per cent off selected beverages, Saturday-Wednesday, 6-8pm.

A View On Another Level, an exhibition of artworks by Meena Kamal at the Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton Shaikh Zayed Road, on until December 31.


Lorna Jane Running Club at Dubai Ladies Club, 6.30pm every Monday; free entry.

Hip Hop Chic with DJ Masterstepz and Joe Maglia at Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai.


Billy Ocean performs at MusicHall, Dubai, Dh225, Dh395 and Dh495.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Health & Fitness Weekend in support of diabetes awareness until October 31, in Abu Dhabi.

Downtown Design fair, The Venue, near Burj Khalifa. Free admission for pre-registered visitors, Dh50 on the door;


Getting Things Done, a day-long seminar with management consultant David Allen, 9am-5pm, Dh2,500.


The Big Weekend family fun festival at Zayed Sports City until November 1, entry Dh50.

Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway musical, at du Forum, Abu Dhabi, until November 8, tickets Dh150-750.

Vogue Dubai Fashion Experience, a day-long fashion event at The Dubai Mall. Eight new international designers take part in at a fashion show at the Fashion Catwalk.

Monster Halloween Party with DJ Tim Cheddar at Zero Gravity; call 04-3990009.

Gulf Bike Week, until November 1, with 15 bands, bike parade, custom bike competition and stunt shows, at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Dh90 on the door.

At the movies: Reaper; Horns; Camp X-Ray.


Roger Sanchez and Martin Garrix at Sensation Dubai, Meydan. Tickets from Dh395, at

Voice of the Philippines coach Bamboo will wraps up his world tour at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Dh95 for standing and Dh145 for grandstand seating at

Paul McKenna’s Change Your Life In 2 Days at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dh3,900.

BurJuman Pink Walkathon, with music before and after the 2km walk. Starts at 8am from Zabeel Park Area A, Gate 1; registrations from 7am at the venue. Pre-registration (Dh50 for adults, Dh30 for children 8-12; Dh10 extra on the door on the day) opens on October 1 on the BurJuman Safe & Sound website; participants who pre-register are entered into a prize draw.

It’s Halloween! Check soon for a freakishly huge list of events taking place.