8 awesome things to do in Dubai this week: Oct 24 to 27

Diwali celebrations, party nights, fitness classes and a film festival…

If you’re looking for new things to do in Dubai, you’re in the right place. From the opening of a sleek fitness studio to dinner deals, shows and more, it’s all happening here.

Here’s all the brilliant things to do in Dubai this week.

Monday October 24

Get your sweat on at a renowned fitness studio


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London’s famed ‘King of Gyms’ lands in Dubai this week, as 1Rebel opens its doors inside DIFC’s ICD Brookfield Place, inviting fitness fans to get their sweat on across an 11,500 square foot space.The new 1Rebel Dubai has the same part fitness studio, part nightclub feel of its UK counterparts, and centres around two of their signature high-intensity workouts: Reshape and Ride. The brand is synonymous with pairing fast-paced workouts with LED strobe lights and epic playlists, so you can be assured of a full body workout in a fun-filled environment. Reshape will offer a mix of treadmill and weights, while Ride is 1Rebel’s twist on a spin class. The DIFC studio is also home to the brand’s first and only open gym floor, where you can lead your own workout using TechnoGym equipment, free-weights and the strength zone.

1Rebel, ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, opens October 24, 2022. 1rebel.com/ae

Celebrate Diwali with a tasty menu


Expect a multi-course dinner at modern Indian fine-dining restaurant, The Cinnamon Club. Try the prawn malai curry or paneer pesto tikka, alongside a selection of Indian bread that is perfect to soak up the last drops of flavours. To celebrate Diwali there will be an interactive chaat counter, where guests can learn about the different varieties of chaats.

Cinnamon Club, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, 17 to 24 October, 5.30pm to 11pm, Dhs145 for vegetarian menu, Dhs175 non-vegetarian menu, Tel: (0)4 602 1839, dubaicreekresort.com

Tuesday October 25

Be dazzled by a new dinner and a show

Japanese restaurant and nightclub KOYO is spicing up your week with the launch of their new event, Red Room. Entry to the evening is Dhs250 for ladies and Dhs300 for gents. This is inclusive of two hours of free-flowing drinks (including sparkling) and two courses from the eclectic set menu from 8pm onwards. Throughout the night, guests will be transported to the sights, sounds, and energy of Tokyo with an exquisite multi-sensory dinner and a show. Daring performances including acrobatics, singers, and dancers will take to the stage for a night of pure pleasure.

KOYO, Intercontinental Hotel, Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 566 4088. koyodubai.com / @koyodubai

Get pampered at a beautiful new salon

Looking to squeeze some pampering into your week? Head to City Walk’s chic new salon, Soak. In calming pastels and contemporary neutral shades, the aesthetic is oh-so-Instagrammable, with plush reclining manicure chairs and an incredible selection of treatments, ranging from nails to hair glow-ups, lashes and massages.

Unit 26, City Walk, Dubai, 10am to 10pm weekdays, 9am to 10pm weekends. Tel: (0)56 800 6111, soaksalons.com

Wednesday October 26

Wake up with a fun fitness class

Start the day the right way with SĀN Beach, the beautiful beach club on Palm West Beach hosts fitness classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Among the must-try classes is Super SUP Fit with Sophie, which takes place from 8am to 9pm. Even if you’re new to SUP Fit, this is a fun workout where everyone is welcome, and during the 50-minute sup yoga session you’ll get to work on your stretching and flexibility while working on your tan. It’s Dhs250 for the class, with Dhs100 redeemable to refuel on breakfast afterwards, and priority sunbed access if you want to spend the day by the sea.

SUP Fit at SĀN Beach, The Club, Palm West Beach, 8am to 9am, Wednesdays, Dhs250. sanbeachdubai.com@supersupfit

Thursday October 27

Get your culture fix at a new film festival

META Film Festival

Meta Film Festival lands in Dubai this week, and organisers are promising an action-packed three-day global festival from October 27 to 29. Movie buffs can expect to see more than 70 films from 25 countries over the three-day festival, which will include international blockbusters, premieres, regional feature films, red carpets with stars and talent from the Arab World, Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. The event is set to bring the latest blockbusters as well as independent, regional, and local productions. A lot of the screenings are free, but you’ll need to pre-register here.

VOX Cinemas at Nakheel MallOct 27 to 29, free. metafilmfestival.me

See the anniversary show of Riverdance

riverdance dubai

Riverdance is dancing their way to Dubai again this week, this time to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The grammy-winning spectacle will take on Dubai Opera with powerful and stirring reinventions from October 27 to 30. Reserve your spot here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Oct 27 to 30, from Dhs325, Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Get the party started at Sky2.0

Alfresco clubbing season is back and at Sky2.0 you can kick off the weekend with the Black is Gold (BIG) party, the D3 party spot’s signature RnB/hiphop night. For those who haven’t yet partied at SKY2.0, the sleek air-conditioned semi-open dome has become notorious in Dubai for its incomparable clubbing atmosphere. Think confetti, neon lights, champagne sparklers, entertainment, and adrenaline-pumping beats. Booming with energy, where better to kick off your weekend than this unforgettable club night extravaganza?

SKY2.0, Dubai Design District. Thursdays 10.30pm to 4am. Tel: (0)4 587 6333, www.skydubai.com