From charity runs to fundraising drinks…

If you’re looking for a way to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Dubai, it’s time to pull on your sneakers, lob off your locks, or support a charity through your next snack, drink or brunch purchase.

Join the UAE Virtual Pink Run

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Over the past eight years, the UAE Pink Run has raised more than Dhs350,000 through the Al Jalila Foundation for breast cancer initiatives in the UAE. This year, the format’s been given a revamp, with a virtual run now taking place for the whole month. Simply sign up and pay a Dhs90 registration fee, with proceeds going to this worthy cause.

UAE Virtual Pink Run,

Pink is Punk Sunrise Yoga

IGNITE Pink is punk sunrise

The annual event hosted by Ignite takes a different format this month. Instead of one mega event, it’s broken down into four. The first is a sunrise yoga session on the beach at Anantara The Palm. Entry costs Dhs105 and all proceeds go to the Al Jalila Foundation. The event takes place on October 9 at 6.30am.

Pink is Punk HIIT

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Wear that pink shirt and brace yourself for a High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout on the beach next to Riva Beach Club. Entry costs Dhs105 and all proceeds go to the Al Jalila Foundation. There are two HIIT events, one takes place on October 16 and the second on October 23 and both begin at 8am.

Pink is Punk Meditation

Detach from the overwhelming aspects of life with this guided meditation. Healing energy will be sent to those suffering while extending compassion to yourself as well. It costs Dhs105 and 100 per cent of the fee goes to Al Jalila Foundation. It takes place on October 30 at 8am.

Inspire’s Breast Talk and Pink Yoga Class

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On October 28, Inspire wellness studio will host a breast health education session and yoga class in DIFC. The special event will include talks from Dr Basmah Al Rowaily and breast cancer survivor Tina Choueiri Chagoury, followed by a free 45-minute pink yoga class.

Zone B, Gate Avenue, DIFC, Oct 28 from 5pm. Register in advance at

Alici turns pink

Alici Pink October

When you order one of Alici’s special pink dishes – available from now until October 22 – a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation.

Alici, Bluewaters Island, daily noon to 4.30pm, 6pm to 1am. 

Pink dishes at Il Borro

Il Borro

Carpaccio, risotto and more take on a pink hue at beautiful Italian restaurant Il Borro, with a portion of proceeds from this limited-edition dishes going to Al Jalila Foundation.

Il Borro, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Dubai, daily noon to 4.30pm, 6pm to 1am.

Brunch for a cause

Sky High - Pink Brunch at Observatory Bar _ Grill

Observatory Bar & Grill is hosting a special four-course brunch on Friday October 16, with proceeds going to Brest Friends in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation.

Observatory Bar & Grill, Marriott Harbour Dubai, Dubai Marina, Fri Oct 16, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs499 including house drinks. Tel: (0)4 319 4000.

Pink October with Tropicool

Pink October tropicool

When you buy an acai cone from Tropicool’s outlet at The Dubai Mall from October 15 to 22, all proceeds will go to the Pink Caravan Charity. Plus, for every two Tropicools sold, a tree gets planted in the Brazilian Amazon.

Tropicool, The Dubai Mall – Zabeel Extension, Oct 15 to 22.

Couqley limited-edition dessert

PINKtober with Couqley

Couqley French Bistro & Bar in JLT has created a stunning pink dessert for October. The framboise-speculoos dome, filled with raspberry-yoghurt mousse, costs Dh52, with all proceeds going to Al Jalila Foundation.

Couqley French Bistro & Bar, Cluster A, JLT, daily noon to 1am. Tel: (0)4 514 9339.

Grosvenor House Dubai

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Grosvenor House Dubai is pulling out all the stops to go pink this month, with a number of fundraising ventures across its restaurants. On Friday October 9, enjoy a Pink Brunch at Sloane’s, priced at Dhs350 with soft drinks or Dhs450 with house drinks, with Dhs50 going to Al Jalila’s Brest Friends programme. Look the part by dressing in your favourite pink outfit.

On Saturday October 17, settle in for the Rhodes Roast at Rhodes W1. It’s available from 1pm to 9pm and is priced at Dhs125, with Dhs50 donated to Al Jalila Brest Friends.

On Friday October 23, it’s Toro Toro’s turn to host a Pink Brunch. Indulge in a South American menu paired with fabulous pink drinks. It’s Dhs350 with soft drinks or Dhs450 with house drinks, with Dhs50 going to Al Jalila’s Brest Friends programme.

And finally, on Saturday October 24, Indego by Vineet will host a special set menu dinner, from 7pm to midnight. The tasting menu will feature chef Vineet’s all-time favourite dishes, priced at Dhs415 for food only, or Dhs595 with house drinks. Dhs50 will go to Brest Friends.

Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, visit:

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Maya Ladies Night

Take your pick of two Pink Brunches at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, each offering a donation of Dhs50 to Al Jalila ‘Brest Friends’ programme for every paying adult.

On Friday October 16, Brasserie 2.0 will host its Pretty in Pink Brunch, with international cuisine, live cooking stations, and outdoor grill and DJ tunes. It’s Dhs375 with soft drinks, or Dhs525 with house drinks.

The following week, on Friday October 23, Maya will be flying the pink flag with its Mas Mas Maya Pink Brunch, priced at Dhs350 with soft drinks and Dhs450 with house drinks.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, visit:

Pinkalicious Delights at Counter Culture Cafe

Pink October Menu at Counter Culture Cafe

This Dubai Marina cafe, in the Marriott Harbour Dubai Hotel, has given its menu a rosy makeover, with pink burgers, cupcakes and more, with proceeds going to Brest Friends in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation.

Counter Culture Cafe, Marriott Harbour Dubai, Dubai Marina, daily, 7am to 8pm. Available until October 31. Tel: (0)4 319 4000.

Ladies’ Night at Grapeskin

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Gather your girlfriends for Grapeskin’s new ladies’ night, Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Throughout the month of October, when you pay Dhs100 for three glasses of wine and a cheese board, all profits will go to the Al Jalila Foundation, supporting breast cancer awareness in Dubai.

Grapeskin, La Ville Hotel & Suites, Sun 7pm to 11pm. Dhs100 for 3 wines and cheese. Tel: (0)4 403 3111.

London Social Brunch goes pink

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR - London Social 5258

This best-of-British brunch goes pink on Friday October 23, with Dhs50 per person being donated to Brest Friends in association with Al Jalila Foundation.

London Social Brunch, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, Fri Oct 23, 1pm to 4pm. Dhs395 including soft drinks, Dhs495 with house drinks, Dhs650 with sparkling, Dhs50 donation. Tel: (0)4 318 6150.

Pink drinks at La Serre

Pink White Chocolate for BCA at La Serre 1

When you buy one of the limited-edition pink drinks at this chic bistro and boulangerie, Dhs10 will go to UAE-based breast cancer initiative, Pink Caravan. Sip a white and rose hot chocolate (Dhs30) in the boulangerie, or pop to the bistro upstairs to enjoy a pomegranate-infused cocktail or mocktail (Dhs65 and Dhs55).

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, daily 7am to 2am. Tel: (0)4 528 3779.

PinkTober chocolate at London Dairy Cafe

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Need an excuse for that 3pm sweet fix? London Dairy Cafe has produced a special chocolate bar for PinkTober, with all proceeds from the Dhs12 sale going towards breast cancer research.

London Dairy Cafe, various locations across Dubai, 

Breast Cancer Awareness Box from Sugargram

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Sugargram, the itty-bitty cupcake purveyors, have created a Breast Cancer Awareness box, featuring five bite-sized cupcakes. Dhs5 from every Dhs30 purchase will go to the Al Jalila Foundation.

Sugargram, available to order on ChatFood and Deliveroo throughout October. 

Think Pink for Brunch at La Cantine du Faubourg


On Saturday October 10, La Cantine’s Brunch 105 will be a fabulously pink affair, with a percentage of the day’s proceeds going to the Emirates Red Crescent.

La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sat Oct 10, noon to 6pm (3-hour packages). Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs400 with house drinks, Dhs650 with Champagne. Tel: (0)4 352 7105.

Bare DXB

Bare DXB

Head along to Bare DXB on October 18 for a specially dedicated Breast Cancer Awareness class. Priced at Dhs120 per session, the pink-themed classes will run at 5.30pm and 6.50pm.

Bare DXB, Business Bay, Oct 18, 5.30pm and 6.50pm, Dhs120.

Pink Afternoon Tea at Aspen

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Enjoy a pink-themed afternoon tea at Aspen by Kempinski, in support of the Al Jalila Foundation. The pretty affair will include pink scones, cakes and sweets paired with teas. It’s available daily throughout October, from 3pm to 6pm.

Aspen by Kempinski, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, from Dhs175 per person or Dhs295 per couple. Tel: (0)56 536 3699.

Donate your hair via Tips & Toes

Donating time and money to worthy causes is a no-brainer, but have you ever considered donating your hair? For people undergoing cancer treatment, having a high-quality wig can make a real difference. Tips & Toes has teamed up with Dabur Amla and Friends of Cancer Patients for a hair donation drive. If your hair’s in good condition, and at least 30 centimetres long, you can donate it at 23 Tips & Toes branches across the UAE.

To register, visit:

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