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Tuesday, 01

Global Village opens its 21st season. Entry is Dh15 and the park is open 4pm-midnight (Saturday to Wednesday) and 4pm-1am (Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays). Mondays are family days.

SciFest Dubai, until November 7 at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Healthcare City and Children’s City in Dubai Creek Park, The theme is Moonshot Thinking. Events free with registration on Facebook.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers celebrates its fifth anniversary all month with a five-course set menu (Dh225) at five different restaurants.

Wednesday, 02

Fashion swap night market at Reform Social & Grill in Dubai, 6-10pm. Take clothes and accessories (in new or good condition) you want to swap and trade them for something else. Free entry.

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club — see the world’s best female golfers and visit the Tournament Village with activations, F&B, hospitality, competitions and clinics teaching golf and other sports. Until November 5.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, tickets Dh100, until November 5. Shows daily at 7.30pm.

Al Ain Traditional Handicraft Festival, at Souk Al Qattara with competitions, falconry displays, presentations by local craftspeople, traditional markets and workshops. Until November 12.

Sharjah International Book Fair opens at Sharjah Expo Centre, until November 12, open 9am-10pm.

Notes Of A Native Song, a performance by Stew & Heidi Rodewald at Black Box, The Arts Center at NYUAD at 8pm (also November 3). Free entry.

Thursday, 03


  • In Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch stuns as the latest Marvel superhero to take the screen; in American Pastoral, Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut with a Philip Roth adaptation; in Trolls, Justin Timberlake voices this animated version of the loveable ’90s toys; Puli Murugan is a drama set in the forest, with Mohan Lal playing a man in search of a tiger. 

It’s UAE Flag Day! Celebrate the 12th Accession Day of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Beach Boy Brian Wilson plays the Pet Sounds album at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Tickets Dh225 and Dh250.

Leningrad, a Russian rock band, perform at Meydan Hotel.

It’s horseracing season! Races start again at Meydan’s Racing Carnival from 6pm other Thursday (and Saturdays from January).

Marina Mall fashion shows, daily until November 4, from 6.30pm.

South African comedian Darren Whackhead Simpson performs at Ductac, 8.30pm.

Filipino R&B singers the Soul Brothers perform at Abu Dhabi National Theatre at 7pm. Tickets from Dh160.

Daily fashion shows at City Centre Mirdif until November 5. Blogger The Real Fouz hosts the opening runway show at 4.30pm.

Korea Festival takes place at Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Dubai Pre-owned Boat Show at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, until November 5.

Italian Roberto Amade blends music and painting in a free show at Sharjah’s Flag Island at 8pm.

Friday, 04

The Collective, a new space for food, design and creativity, at The Courtyard, Al Quoz, launches with a pop-up event, 9am-5pm.

On yer bike! The Mubadala Community Cycle is at Yas Island, 7am.

ElectricRun Recharged is at Zabeel Park. Registration from Dh185.

Ski Dubai’s 7th Annual Ice Warrior Challenge takes place at Mall of the Emirates.

Paresh Rawal’s Hindi play Krishan vs Kanhaiya is at Ductac at 8pm. Also November 5. Tickets from Dh200.

New Zealander Dave Dobbyn live at The Baggot in McGettigan’s JLT in Dubai, Dh100, show at 9pm.

Enrico Macias performs at the Festival Arena by InterContinental. Tickets are Dh250.

Boney M perform at Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai.  Tickets Dh195.

One Big Friday with Erick Morillo, Mambo Brothers and Krafty Kuts & A.Skillz at Zero Gravity, Dubai, 3pm-3am. Free before 6pm, Dh150 thereafter. 21+ only. 04-3990009 and 055-5009111.

SSS Fitness Fest, two days of fitness events, workshops, food, Dh40 in advance (Dh50 on site at the Palm drop zone, Skydive Dubai). Includes inflatable obstacle course, basketball hoops, belly dancing classes, wall climbing, cricket, football and running.

Saturday, 05

The Sportsman’s Arms Jazz Fest with American food, live performances by two bands through the day and a pop-up market managed by The Corner Shop. At Zayed Sports City.

Pianist Dmitry Masleev performs musical pieces by Scarlatti, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Liszt at the One and Only Royal Mirage at 8pm, a World Classical Music Series concert.

Get Driver Fit free workout session at Yas Mall, 10am.

Sunday, 06

It’s International Day of the Nacho! McGettigan’s DWTC and Madinat Jumeirah are serving buy-one, get-one-free Wagyu beef nachos from 6-10pm.

Mark Zitti and The Coltelli Brothers perform their swing show at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Address Marina, 8pm. Reservations recommended.

Monday, 07

Love watches? Visit Salon des Grandes Complications at DIFC until November 10.

An Evening with Mega Star Mammootty, at Sharjah Book Fair. On November 10, Mammootty: Cinema and Life, will be held at the book fair’s Literature Forum from 6pm.

Chef Nathan Outlaw is back at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, until November 12.  Set menus are Dh450 (lunch) and Dh650 (dinner). 

Tuesday, 08

Sharjah Stamp Exhibition takes place at Mega Mall.

Nautique But Nice ladies night, see the Hydro Water Sports team perform on a jet board. Watch from the Aquara terrace from 9pm.  Packages from Dh150 for drinks and canapes.

Session guitarist Guy Pratt’s stand-up show The Sideman, Warehouse Four, Al Quoz, 8.30pm. Dh120 (Dh250 with dinner before the show by Dish).

La Petite Maison Dubai celebrates its sixth anniversary with performances by The Gypsy Queens until November 9.

Wednesday, 09

Talk: Make it Pop, The Influence of Visual & Popular Culture in Graphic Design, with four speakers. At Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, from 6.30pm.

One Woman Show at Alliance Française Dubai by Morgane Gauvin. Every Wednesday, Dh80 (no show November 16).

Thursday, 10


  • Naomi Watts is an isolated child psychologist in Shut In; in South Korean film Operation Chromite, Liam Neeson is American General Douglas MacArthur ahead of the Incheon Landing Operation. Rock band Magic are back with new members in Rock On 2. In Thoppil Joppan, Mammootty plays a Kottayam achayan (a term used to describe elderly men in Syrian Christian homes).

Taste of Abu Dhabi at Yas Island, until November 12 with chefs, restaurants, a new kids zone and an opening night performance by Bjorn Again. 4-11pm on Thursday, noon-1pm on Friday and noon-10pm on Saturday. Tickets from Dh120 in advance.

The Mother, Child and Baby show and Outdoor UAE at Dubai International Marine Club (next to Mina Seyahi).

Les Miserables at Dubai Opera, until December 2. Tickets from Dh275.

NT Live Encore Screening: Frankenstein at the Courtyard Playhouse, Dubai, on November 10, 11, 17 and 19 at 8pm, with  Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as The Creature. Free, seating is on a first come, first served basis with priority to the guest list.

Diner etoile, a five-course set menu by Chef Eric Briffard of Le Cordon Bleu Paris at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. Dh600 per person; call 04-3358712.

Abu Dhabi Art, until November 19, with events across the UAE capital.

Italian Opera Gala, arias and duets performed by Italian soprano Monica De Rosa McKay and tenor Gian Luca Pasolini. At Ductac.

Friday, 11

FIGHT NIGHT showdown at Emirates Golf Club, Dh250.

Walk 2016 celebrates its 10th anniversary at Yas Marina Circuit, entry Dh10. Walking starts at 5pm, DJ, sports activities, food & beverage from 2pm.

Sensation Dubai, with Afrojack at Bab Al Shams, all-white dress code. From Dh399; call 04-3148222.

Party in the Park with Kaiser Chiefs, Travis and The Charlatans at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, entry from Dh350.

Sufusion, an Emirates NBD Classics V concert with Bikram Ghosh at Ductac.

Saturday, 12

Mr. Stink, a children’s play by David Walliams, at Abu Dhabi Theatre (at Madinat Theatre November 16-18).

The Color Run, at Autodrome, Dh160.

Barasti Beach’s Wet & Wild!, a free-entry all-day party, noon-late with DJ Chuckie & Hollaphonic.

Sunday, 13

Smile of a Woman Around The World, an exhibition by Isabelle Noor, until November 17 at The Cartoon Art Gallery.

Monday, 14

License to exhibit: See Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, at Burj Khalifa’s The Annex. Entry from Dh145, book online.

Tuesday, 15

Bollywood Parks opens with rides and attractions themed around stars of the screen. Tickets from Dh245 a day.

Dubai Watch Week takes place at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and The Dubai Mall, until November 19.

Wednesday, 16

From Film to Paper: The Poster Design Experiment, a workshop with Hadeyeh Badri and Riem Hassan, designers from Mobius Design Studio, UAE. At NYUAD.

Celtic-Pop by Dream Catcher at The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Dh50 per person with a drink.

Country Music Festival with performances by Jim Everett Band, plus a mechanical bull and Harley Davidson activities.  7pm-midnight on November 16-18 and 23-25. Dh180 redeemable on food and drinks. At Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Dubai.

Alex Broun Play Festival at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, until November 19, a showcase of 40 plays. Dh80 per session; four-day festival pass is Dh250.

Thursday, 17


  • The wizarding world returns in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Eddie Redmayne’s wizard heading to America. Miles Teller goes from a bleeding jazz drummer to a bleeding boxer in true-life drama Bleed for This; John Abraham is back to fight more terrorists in action thriller sequel Force 2.

Muscle Beach, part of Yasalam’s Get Driver Fit, until November 27.

Magic Phil and The Gigantic Beanstalk, a show at Ductac.

Golf: The DP World Tour Championship takes place at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.  Free entry.

Friday, 18

Ductac’s 10th two-day anniversary fair, noon-6pm with stage performances, open sessions, art, snacks and stalls.

The Quintessentially Wedding Atelier show at the St Regis Hotel Dubai, 6-9pm (2-9pm on November 19). Register free at quintessentiallyatelier.com

Yogafest Middle East with 100 classes in seven tents from 8am-7pm at Dubai Internet City Amphitheater. Register in person on the day.

Spartan Race at Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project. Spectators are welcome at the Festival Area with music, hands-on obstacle challenges, food and giveaways. Dh20, children under 12 enter free.

Sonu Nigam performs at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Tickets from Dh175.

Sole Dxb until November 19 at d3 with musical performances and a showcase of sneaker culture. Entry free.

Beat Diabetes Walk at Zabeel Park (register until November 12).

Red Bull Music Academytakes over Groove on the Grass with Mano Le Tough and Agoria, at Emirates Golf Club from 5pm. Tickets from Dh180.

Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) speaks at The National Achievers Congress at Festival Arena, Al Badia. Entry from Dh2,000.

DXBeach with Nicky Romero, Felix Jaehn, Claptone, Kungs, Lovely Laura/Ben Santiago and Afishal at Zero Gravity from noon, Dh275.

Saturday, 19

Unfaithfully Yours, a play with Mona Singh & Rohit Roy, at Ductac.

Old School Bangers, an old school R&B/hip hop/rap/soul night every Saturday at Treehouse, Taj Dubai. Dh250 for an all-inclusive beverage package between 9pm-12am.

Holoscenes, 4-9pm, final day of the water-themed performance installation (from November 16) at the Welcome Center at NYUAD.

Sunday, 20

Girls Education Network workshops— a programme working to help young girls in Abu Dhabi to engage with the world around them. At 7.30pm at NYUAD Saadiyat Campus, Conference Center.

Sharjah Art Museum’s prestigious Lasting Impression series. The exhibition is open until December 17. The seventh year of the exhibition features the work of the late Abdul Karim Al Sayed, a Palestinian who spent much of his life in Sharjah.

Monday, 21

Koji Yoshioka and the Japanese Animation Cels (November 3-24, opening night has Japanese cuisine and cosplayers). During the exhibition, there are screenings of Japanese films include Water Boys; Swing Girls; Hanano Ato; Trokko; Nankyoku Story; Brother’s Fire Works and Shodo Girls.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Jones the Grocer. Order a traditional turkey and pumpkin pie to take away from November 20-28.

Tuesday, 22

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) — a romp through all of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes. At Ductac.

Wednesday, 23

The Night of the Blind Moon and Bekas, screened at Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, part of the Cinema Akil series each Wednesday.

Big Boys Toys at Adnec. Tickets from Dh300.

A World Journey: Four Chefs from Four Corners a dining event on November 23 and 24 at Armani Hotel Dubai. Chefs from Armani/Ristorantes in Milan, Tokyo and New York cook, Dh600 per person for food only; call 04-8883666.

Thursday, 24


  • Shah Rukh Khan shares life and love advice with Alia Bhatt in English Vinglish director Gauri Shinde’s Dear ZindagiMoana is a Disney tale from Pacific Islander folklore with the voice of Dwayne Johnson.

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

The Stranglers perform at Irish Village, Dh150.

Meet Arab boyband The5 from 6-10pm at Virgin Megastore, Yas Mall.

The 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend kicks off with the Beats on the Beach free concerts, headlined by Yeng Constantino. At Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche.

The 264 Cru bring DJ Madam X to Story Rooftop, Holiday Inn Internet City, Dubai, free until 11pm, Dh100 thereafter.

SunSets Festival with Sister Bliss, Toploader and The Black Eyed Peas’ Apl De Ap and Little Boots at Barasti until November 24. Free entry.

Friday, 25

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Sean Paul, The5 and Adham Nabulsi perform at Beats on the Beach. At Yas Island’s du Arena, Chemical Brothers perform (entry for F1 ticketholders).

The Great Mela at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre — colours, music, games, food and performances by Amit Trivedi, Thaikuddam Bridge, Avial, Kabir Cafe, Raghu Dixit and Sandeep Thakur. Early bird tickets Dh110.

The Picnic Brunch is back at Al Badia lawn this month, from Dh280, Fridays and Saturdays, 11.30am-3.30pm.

Saturday, 26

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Nancy Ajram, Shamma Hamdan, Bull Funk Zoo and Esther Eden perform at Beats on the Beach. At Yas Island’s du Arena, Lionel Richie performs (entry for F1 ticketholders).

Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers festive brunch, with an appearance from Father Christmas, and a full Christmas dinner brunch, Saturdays until December 17, Dh110.

Sunday, 27

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix — Finals. At Yas Island’s du Arena, Rihanna performs (entry for F1 ticketholders).

The Anthropocene, an exhibition at Gulf Photo Plus from November 13-December 31, of several photographic series that Richard Allenby-Pratt has created during his 16 years’ exploration of the UAE.

Monday, 28

Arab Voices: here/there/then/now, a play reading festival at NYUAD, free with registration. Oh My Sweet Land and The Hour of Feeling on November 26; Foot on November 27 and Food and Fadwa on November 28.

Tuesday, 29

Fairmont The Palm has recently re-launched its three-month membership at the Willow Stream Spa, where women and men get a selection of spa treatments, beach day passes, discounts on dining and beauty salon services, as well as complimentary Kerstin Florian beauty products, for Dh1,890

Wednesday, 30

Today we commemorate UAE Martyr’s Day.

See Revealed, at Dubai’s Sofitel Hotel JBR, an exhibition of photos  showing Pablo Picasso, Miro, Salvador Dali, Jeff Koons and Rene Magritte, curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of the Picasso, until December 26.