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Events calendar: October 2012

Welcome to Tabloid's guide to the best things to do in the UAE this October. Below you’ll find this month’s movies, art and culture, sport, fashion, films, food, festivals and so much more.

  • Compiled by Natalie Long, tabloid! Editor
  • Published: 00:00 October 1, 2012
  • MON, 01
    MON, 01

    Muse releases their 6th album, “The 2nd Law”. Art for All, a long-term community art programme starts with the Emerging Artists touring exhibition with works by five Emirati artists under the theme of “Between Public and Private”, at Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Bawadi Mall and Al Gharbiyah Mall until November 2. More shows start on Oct 8, 14 and 17.
    Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, with simultaneous translation of all the participating Arabic plays into English, at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, until Oct 7. Free. Call 04-8004003.

  • TUE, 02
    TUE, 02

    FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, until Oct 3, at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex (on Dubai Bypass Road, E611); tickets on the door. MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show at Expo Centre Sharjah until Oct 6. Ladies-only on Oct 3 and 6, 11am-4pm.
    Laughter Factory Ian Coppinger, Jack Dathel And Carey Marx, at Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi (also: Oct 3 at Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai; Oct 4 at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach; Oct 5 at Almas Tower, JLT; Oct 10 at Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai; Oct 11 at Grand Millennium TECOM). Dh140 from 9pm. Call 04-3551862.
    Mofunk ladies night at Blends, Address Marina, with classic funk and disco from DJ Schooly, 6pm – 2am; entry free. Call 056-7341961.

  • WED, 03
    WED, 03

    Kalubela, a two-hour 50s-inspired show until Oct 6 at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, with six “Dubai Divas” and a 9-piece jazz band from The Fridge.
    Reiss’s The Art of Fashion exclusive exhibition celebrating the launch of the new AW12 collection, at ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall.
    Book a date with Indian numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani, who is in Dubai until Oct 10. Call 050-8465959.
    Zee Aflam’s Amitabh Bachchan birthday celebrations, airing Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay, and Coolie(October 18) at 11.30pm.

  • THU, 04
    THU, 04

    H&M’s colourful collaboration with Anna Dello Russo hits stores in the UAE. Chinese state Circus performs its Yin Yang show at Adnec, Abu Dhabi, until Oct 6. Tickets from Dh130; 50 per cent off for under 16s.
    Make Business Hub Thursday Night Film is Food, Inc. at 7.30pm, entry is free. Also El Bulli on Oct 11, Dirt: The Movie on Oct 18.
    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Ductac until Oct 6, a two-hour tour of all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays including a 43-second version of Hamlet, staged by the Dubai Drama Group. Five performances; tickets Dh80.
    Nandos celebrates a decade in the UAE with a two-day carnival at Al Qasba, Sharjah.
    At the movies: Liam Neeson is on the rampage again in Taken 2; Tim Burton gets spooky with Frankenweenie; Sridevi returns in English Vinglish.

  • FRI, 05
    FRI, 05

    Il Divo, the pop-opera quartet, performs at Dubai World Trade Centre, 9pm. Tickets Dh550 and Dh770; silver tickets sold out. Call 050-7686418.
    Afrojack, Kaskade, Far East Movement, Dev and others play dXb Music Festival at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City. Tickets from Dh350. Call 050-4584863 for table bookings.
    ONDA!, a new monthly Latin American night at Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel Al Barsha, playing Brazilian funk, Colombian cumbias, Panamenian reggaes, Puerto Rican mambos, Argentinean electro-tangos, Uruguayan candombes, Bolivian new beats, afro cuban grooves or Venezuelan minimal house. Free entry.
    Lost Chambers Aquarium Treasure Hunt, 11am-8pm at Atlantis, The Palm.
    Free heart health testing at Ajman City Centre, Mirdif City Centre and Sharjah City Centre, 10am-1pm and 3-6pm.
    DJ Cruz plays at Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai.

  • SAT, 06
    SAT, 06

    Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival until Oct 6, at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri. Entertainment includes a DJ, massage kiosk, volleyball and kayaking.
    Dubai Flea Market at Safa Park Gate 5, 8am-3pm, entry Dh3.

  • SUN, 07
    SUN, 07

    Last day to check out the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi’s Thai festival, with Thai culture, cuisine, massage and performances.

  • MON, 08
    MON, 08

    The Schubert Ensemble performs works by Martin Butler, Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert at Ductac, 8pm; invitations on a first-come, first serve basis; visit:
    Monday Night Funnies Improv Revolution! with Omar Ismail, Ellen Gayle-Harewood, Jamal Iqbal, Alex Liccione, Pawan Manghnani, Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione, at Blends, Address Dubai Marina, 8pm; Dh75.

  • TUE, 09
    TUE, 09

    Symphony boutique celebrates its second anniversary with an in-store exhibition of red carpet gowns worn by Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and other celebrities at events such as the MET Gala and the Golden Globes, until Oct 15.

  • WED, 10
    WED, 10

    Shock The World Dubai, a G-Shock-inspired event with local musicians and artists including Sain, beatboxer Hirabeat and B Boys Hamza and Sam, at Desert Fish, Al Serkal Avenue, 8pm.
    High Performance Mindset, a personal success workshop by Brian Tracy, at H Hotel Dubai, 9am-5pm. Entry is Dh2,500; call 04-3527803.
    Oktoberfest starts at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, with an air-conditioned festival tent, German food and drinks, Munich band Die Kirchdorfer and a display of dirndls (traditional German dresses) made by UAE-based designer Anina Wertemberger. Call 04-3172222.

  • THU, 11
    THU, 11

    Abu Dhabi Film Festival starts with Richard Gere and Mammootty on the red carpet for the screening of Arbitrage. The festival runs at Emirates Palace until Oct 20. Screening tickets at the venue and
    Harley-Davidson open day for all Harley and non-Harley bikers, until Oct 14, raising funds for the United Nations World Food Programme. “True Love”, a Korean musical in English, staged at Asiana Hotel, Dubai, at 5pm. Tickets Dh30 at the venue. Call 04-2387777.
    360 reopens at Jumeriah Beach Hotel with a set by Hernan Cattaneo.
    At the movies: Richard Gere is a troubled hedge fund manager in Arbitrage; October 11: Maharashtrian Rani Mukherjee falls in love with a South Indian Prithviraj in Aiyyaa. Indrajit, Jayasurya and Asif Ali are Husbands in Goa.

  • FRI, 12
    FRI, 12

    Sandance music festival, with Matt Kearney, The Fray, Example and Frankie Knuckles, at Atlantis, The Palm. Dh275 (Dh300 on the door).
    Dubai Flea Market at Uptown Mirdiff, 3-8pm, free entry.

  • SAT, 13
    SAT, 13

    Head to the Kempinski on the Palm Jumeirah for its Argentinean Beach BBQ, from 7-pm-midnight, with seafood, lamb on a spit, BBQ ribs, steaks, corn on the cob and giant kebabs. Dh185 per person for unlimited BBQ food only; Dh275 with house beverages. Call 04-4442501

  • SUN, 14
    SUN, 14

    Pinocchio, at National Theatre Abu Dhabi, until Oct 19. Tickets from Dh95.

  • MON, 15
    MON, 15

    October 15th- “GO SKETCH YOURSELF!” – Ensemble Sketch Comedy Show 8:00pm – AED 75
    Join for an evening of hilarious, original and relevant sketches to land of Dubai! From X Factor mayhem to board meetings gone wrong to toll gate dilemmas to men with ‘mood swings’ and everything in between! Dubai’s own Saturday night Live!
    Starring: Omar Ismail, Ellen Gayle-Harewood, Jamal Iqbal, Alex Liccione, Omar Shams, Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione

  • TUE, 16
    TUE, 16

    Calle 8 night at The Gramercy, DIFC: Eddie Duarte and his band play latino rhythms from 8-11pm.

  • WED, 17
    WED, 17

    ‘Rest Upon The Wind’, a play inspired by the life and times of poet Khalil Gibran and his book The Prophet, runs nightly at 8pm until Oct 20 at The First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, with the original actors and production team from its London run.
    Dubai International Dance Festival, a 4-day festival, with workshops and shows in salsa, zumba, Latin, contemporary, Bollywood, hip-hop, freestyle, funk and more, at Ductac. Dancers from 40 countries will share knowledge with attendees -- open to all ages and abilities. For tickets, email
    Long’s Bar celebrates its 12th anniversary at Towers Rotana with Eddie Misk and the King’s Boys performing, prizes and offers. Long’s also has a Halloween party on Oct 31.

  • THU, 18
    THU, 18

    It’s the first day of Eid Al Adha. 50 Cent launches his SMS Audio headphones at Virgin Megastore, Mall of Emirates, from 6-8pm.
    Megadeth performs at Gulf Bike Week at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City; Daughtry and Razorlight perform on Oct 19. Tickets from Dh295.
    Avicii performs at Atlantis Beach, Dubai, tickets Dh175, call 055 2004321.
    Last chance to see A House For A Home, an exhibition by Aya Atoui and Manal Elias, at The Third Line gallery.
    At the movies: Joseph Gordon-Levitt tries to kill his time-travelling future self (Bruce Willis) in Looper; Jake Gyellenhaal is a cop in the acclaimed End Of Watch. Director Karan Johar is back to what he does best, launching four new faces in Student Of The Year.

  • FRI, 19
    FRI, 19

    50 Cent, Nelly, Ciara, Duffy, Craig David, Eva Simons, Skyblu and DJ Antoine perform at the Atelier/Festival at Meydan. Open to all ages from 2pm-3am, tickets Dh350-1,250.
    Numaish, a two-day fashion exhibition, at Address Dubai Mall, with new collections from Masaba Gupta, Studio Petticoat, Priyadarshini Rao and more.
    Björn Again perform at Adnec. Tickets from Dh80.

  • SAT, 20
    SAT, 20

    Indian dance students performance, open to all at Emirates International School from 6pm. Call 055-06078100.
    It’s World Osteoporosis Day. Nancy Ajram will be in Dubai to start work as Anlene Ambassador for the Middle East, encouraging women to think about their bone health.
    DIVAlicious, a two-day fashion exhibition at the Ritz Carlton, Dubai, with over 80 exhibitors, free portraits and express massages for guests. Brands include Spyra Jewelry, Wired Up, Soul Sister, The Art of Soap and Chewingum. Entry is free; visit

  • SUN, 21
    SUN, 21

    Global Village opens its gates, with pavilions from around the world until March 30.

  • MON, 22
    MON, 22

    Desi comedy night at Blends, Address Dubai Marina, from 9pm; Dh75.

  • TUE, 23
    TUE, 23

    Few As Much night at Jambase: Shero and Ziryab perform nightly from Tuesday to Saturday, 9-1.30am Free entry; call 04-3666730.
    Last day of Art for All Community Week at Khalifa Park (starts Oct 17) with workshops and activities with local and international artists and a gallery of the public’s artwork on display for the public to vote on.

  • WED, 24
    WED, 24

    Visit Eco Future, a year-long exhibition and programme of workshops for all ages such as a paddle through nearby mangroves, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, from 10am-8pm daily. Visit

  • THU, 25
    THU, 25

    Harlem Globetrotters perform at a five-game run at Dubai Tennis Stadium (Oct 25-26) and Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi (Oct 27). Tickets from Dh75 (Dubai) and Dh125 (Abu Dhabi).
    Barney performs at Adnec until Oct 27, tickets Dh99.
    At the movies: Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are Pitch Perfect; Jennifer Lawrence is scared of The House At The End Of The Street; Adam Sandler is a hotel-running Dracula in Hotel Transylvania.

  • FRI, 26
    FRI, 26

    James Bond returns for the 23rd time in Skyfall, releasing on its global release date. Spanish hearthtrob Enrique Iglesias performs at Dubai World Trade Centre, tickets from Dh295.
    Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal in concert at Madinat Jumeirah Arena, tickets from Dh150-2,000.
    Irish singer Mundy performs at McGettigan’s, JLT, 9pm. Entry Dh100; call 04-3560560.

  • SAT, 27
    SAT, 27

    Ripe farmers market, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai, 9am-1pm. Call 04-3700441.

  • SUN, 28
    SUN, 28

    Try Magnolia’s cake of the month, White-Out, a new concoction with layers of chocolate cake and meringue icing and coated with chocolate cake crumbs. Dh120 for a 16cm cake.

  • MON, 29
    MON, 29

    Manic Monday at Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, with resident DJ Greg Stainer and DJ Andy Swift playing old and new school classics; happy hour 10pm–12am.

  • TUE, 30
    TUE, 30

    International Fine Food Festival at Meydan until November 2, highlighting foods and beverages, encouraging nose-to-tail eating, and putting consumers in touch with farmers and growers.

  • WED, 31
    WED, 31

    It’s Halloween! Celebrate at Irish Village with best costume contest, seasonal games and music with DJ Marky Mark, free entry. Call 04-2824750. In the capital, head to Zenith at Sheraton Abu Dhabi with DJ CK, free Halloween cocktails for ladies and a costume competition. Entry free. Call 02-6773333. Cavalli Club holds its Angels & Demons party. Fun City venues celebrate Spookfest from 3pm with Halloween games, pumpkin carving, a treasure hunt and a fancy dress competition; registration Dh60, includes kids meal. Pick up a kids costume at Mamas and Papas.