10 things to look forward to in Dubai this November
Global Village, Grand Prix action, the What’s On annual awards and our favourite music festival Party in the Park…
We’ve sure got a busy month ahead of us. Not only are we putting on our favourite music festival Party in the Park, with Britpop bad boy Liam Gallagher headlining, but we’ve also got our annual What’s On awards, where we announce who’s been crowned the creme de la creme of Dubai’s restaurants and bars.
When we’re not doing that, you’ll find us at some pretty epic gigs, back at Global Village, doing a 5k fun run and sipping sundowners from a floating bar.
Here are 10 things coming up in Dubai this November…
1. November 1: Travel around the world without leaving Dubai
Global Village is opening its gates for its 22nd season from November 1. Last year, the fair saw a record-breaking attendance of 5.6 million guests over its 159 days of operation. And this year is set to be even bigger. Although we don’t yet know what changes have been made over the summer break, we’re sure there will be some awesome new additions to the array of shows, rides, dining and shopping options.
Global Village, Exit No.37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubailand, daily times TBC until April 1, Dhs 15. Tel: (04) 362 4114. More info on website
2. November 2 to 4: A weekend sunset festival with international acts
An annual beach festival is returning to the shores of Barasti this November for a three-day party. Headlining the Sunset Festival will be Dutch DJ Bakermat on Thursday evening, with Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Duke Dumont taking to the stage on Friday. There will also be support from local DJs and artists. There’s also the option for you and a friend to book an hour-long slot in the floating bar from 12pm to 6pm. The experience costs Dhs200 for two, which includes a bucket of beers.
Barasti Beach, November 2 to 4, free entry. Tel: (04) 399 3333. More info on Facebook
3. November 3: Al fresco brunching is back
Now the weather has cooled off, we’re doing everything we can to get back outside – especially when it comes to brunching. From November 3, popular party brunch We Brunch re-opens its terrace at Accents, and you’ll be sure to find us drinking and dining al fresco there.
InterContinental Dubai Marina, Beach Road, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house drinks, Dhs399 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4466777. More info on website
4. November 8: We reveal the best restaurants and bars in Dubai
It’s one of the biggest events in the calendar for hospitality professionals across Dubai, and after months of voting, we reveal the public’s top restaurants and bars across the region in a glitzy ceremony in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Will your favourites be crowned?
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, November 8, 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 457 3545. More info on website
5. November 10: Party in the Park
Oasis frontman and renowned Britpop badboy Liam Gallagher will take to the stage for this year’s Party in the Park, which returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Friday 10 November. He will be joined by none other than UK electronica legends The Chemical Brothers, performing a very special DJ set.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Dh350, Dhs650 for brunch, Dhs995 for VIP. Tel: (04) 274 3555. Buy your tickets here
6. From November 10: Sunrise in the sky
At the Top, Burj Khalifa’s sunrise sessions, return from Friday November 10, offering visitors unbeatable and magical views of the sun rising over Dubai, as well as a tasty light breakfast. The sessions give early risers access from 5:30am, each Friday and Saturday throughout winter and ticket prices include access to Burj Khalifa’s observations decks on Levels 124 and 125, as well as a light breakfast at The Café.
At the Top, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Fri and Sat from 5.30am, Dhs125 adults, Dhs75 children. Tel: (800) 288 438 67. More info on website
7. November 11: Run the happiest 5km in the world
Considered the largest running series in the world, the Colour Run also returns to the UAE on November 11. Dubbed the “happiest 5km on the planet”, colour runners can look forward to even more fun this year with a new foam zone, where foam clouds will cover all those who take part. Runners will of course still be covered from head to toe in an array of colours in the colour zones along the 5km, untimed route. Along the course, participants can show their aspirations on the dream wall, snap selfies with giant unicorns, and enjoy the ultimate colour party with family and friends at the finish festival.
Dubai Autodrome, Sat November 11, tickets from Dhs160. Tel: (04) 367 8700. More info on website
8. November 16: Attend a gala dinner in aid of Larchfield Children’s Home
Larchfield and Gulf for Good will hold its first-ever Larchfield Ball in aid of Larchfield Children’s Home in Tanzania, on the lawn of the British Embassy in Dubai, on Thursday 16 November. The charity evening, which has been approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Affairs department (Licence No.495), will feature a welcome cocktail reception and a three-course dinner with music by Lucy Hunter-James, followed by a performance by renowned singer Layla Kardan and her band.
Royal Lawn, British Embassy Dubai, 7pm to 11.30pm, Thursday 16 November, tickets from Dhs600. Tel: (050) 424 6944. More info on website
9. November 17: See JLO live
Jennifer Lopez is coming back to Dubai to perform for one night only at the Autism Rocks Arena on Friday November 17. It’s a return to Dubai for Lopez, who performed at Dubai Media City Ampitheatre five years ago. The 47-year-old singer is known for putting on a real show: we can expect a lot of dancing, bucketloads of sequins and a feather boa or three.
Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, 5pm to 12am, Friday Nov 17, from Dhs345. Tel: (04) 457 3212. More info on website
10. November 23 to 26: Head to the capital for some high-speed action
High-speed action hits the capital every November as the final race of the Formula One season makes waves in Abu Dhabi. This year on top of all the racing action, you can catch four big names headlining the official after race concerts, as well as a host of other international acts performing at Beyond The Track, Palm Garden Nightclub and the 1OAK pop up. There will also be brunches at The Viceroy, and events on across Yas Island.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Nov 23 to 26. More info on website
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