20 epic things to look forward to in Dubai this November
This month’s lineup includes outdoor markets, music festivals, foodie pop-ups, and epic sporting events…
With each new month comes plenty of new things to do in Dubai. So, if you’re looking for some new experiences to check out for the penultimate month of the year, look no further. We’re talking live concerts, music festivals, Christmas markets, new restaurants, outdoor fun, fitness challenges, and more.
Here are 20 epic things to look forward to in Dubai this November:
November 1: Close your eyes for a Bastille concert
British indie band Bastille is heading to the Coca-Cola Arena for one epic night. You may know them from such anthemic hits as Pompeii, Things We Lost in The Fire, and Of The Night. Tickets start from Dhs199.
From November 1: Kickstart the festive feels at Al Habtoor City
One of the city’s top festive markets, Winter Garden at Al Habtoor City opens its faux-snowy gates at the beginning of the month. With a giant Christmas tree, craft market, hot chocolate on tap, a sack full of fun for the little ones, and peak Yuletide vibes – it’s always on our nice list.
November 3 to 4: See double at this special Atlantis The Royal meal
Taking place at the stunning Peruvian restaurant, La Mar – two culinary masters, in-house chef Gastón Acurio and the creative genius behind three-Michelin-star restaurant DiverXO, chef Dabiz Muñoz will work back-to-back to create a very special, limited edition, Latin-flavoured dinner. The exciting collaboration is taking place on November 3 and 4 for Dhs990 per person.
November 3 to 4: Treat your tastebuds to a taco night
To celebrate its one-year birthday, Tabchilli is teaming up with Latin American pop-up, Panamericana, for a two-day foodie celebration. For Dhs95 per person, guests can choose three tacos featuring the much-loved Birria, refresh with a kombucha and tepache tasting, and even leave with goodie bags. Taco ’bout not to be missed…
November 3: Stay up latte for Black Coffee
Grammy Award-winning DJ Black Coffee is no stranger to Dubai, having performed in the city on many occasions. And this month he’s back for another iced pour on the decks of a new White Dubai pop-up in Dubai Harbour. Tickets from Dhs100.
Throughout November: Jump around at this huge inflatable park
The world’s largest inflatable park JumpX, has re-opened in Dubai, and now that it’s cooler, it’s a great spot to visit with the little ones this weekend. JumpX is located at Riverland Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts and picked up a Guinness World Record when it opened earlier this year and is open to everyone above the age of five, so even adults can bounce on over to have some fun. There will be an array of adventure zones, climbable walls, tunnels, obstacles and sensory environments spread over multiple levels. Prices start from Dhs60 for an hour of fun.
November 4: See Nile Rodgers live
Bla Bla Dubai’s brand new outdoor stage is seeing quite a stylish inauguration, as the one and only Nile Rodgers is set to take the stage with his band, CHIC, on November 4 for a retro nostalgia fest of pure easy listening disco vibes. Tickets from Dhs299.
November 5 to 26: Stock up on local produce at Alserkal’s Farmers’ Market
Now up and running at Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue on Saturdays and Sundays, the Organic Farmer’s Market is a great way to stock up on fresh local produce and the perfect way to spend a weekend morning with family. Leave indoor grocery shopping for the summer months and make the most of the great weather by taking a morning stroll the stalls in front of the A4 Space by Alserkal. Visitors can shop farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, dairy products, eggs, honey, and more
November 11: Book a desert escape to Terra Solis
Around a 30-minute drive from Dubai, Terra Solis can be found in a hidden oasis surrounded by endless dunes. Inspired by star constellations, guests can choose from three overnight experiences including 48 spacious and luxurious Polaris bell tents, 20 Perseid lodges and six exclusive Orion pool lodges. The desert resort reopens for stays on November 11 and rooms start from Dhs2,249.
November 12: Get on your bike for the Dubai Ride
The annual Dubai Ride 2023 has become one of the city’s most beloved Dubai Fitness challenges. Free to enter, this year there’s two cycling routes: a 4km family-friendly route through Downtown, and the 12pm Sheikh Zayed Road cycle. This year, riders can choose between five starting gates: Museum of the Future, Satwa, Coca-Cola Arena, Business Bay or Lower Financial Street. It’s free to enter, but you must register.
November date TBC: Tuck in at a cool alfresco pizzeria
The Park is a new concept brought to you by EatX, the team behind some of our favourite Aussie-inspired cafes and eateries. The concept stretches over three floors, with each floor housing a different concept to create a new foodie hotspot in JLT. Already open are relaxed cafe Splendour Fields and Asian streetfood spot Hawkerboi. But still to come is Franky in Florence, an open-sky Italian on the building’s rooftop, where guests can enjoy an aperitivo spritz and a plate of antipasti or wood fired pizza.
November 18: Get your groove on, on the grass
EDM beat fest Groove On The Grass is back at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai. The popular dance festival is inviting you back on the rolling greens for a night of DJing stars, under the stars. Tickets from Dhs195.
Throughout November: Embrace the coming of winter
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JBR Winter Nights is a staple in the Dubai end-of-year calendar, with movie nights and family activities taking place across JBR. In addition to all the interactive fun, and market perusing the waterfront destination will also be hosting thrilling live performances too.
November 11: Head to Dubai’s first carnival music festival
Taking place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the Butterfly Carnival promises to mix and mash up an edgy mix of beats from the streets. Five stages mean that you’ll be able to zone in on afrobeats, R&B, house, and more. The lineup includes the likes of Rampage, Artful Dodger, Sosa, Daliwonga, wAFF, and garage legends Heartless Crew, as well as local legends including Danny Neville, Mister Levier, Don’t Touch My Hair, Whitley Ruchea and many more. Tickets from Dhs269.
November 18: Get ready for some Noughties nostalgia
Brit boyband Busted and girlband Sugababes will be headlining Mixtape, an epic throwback music event taking place at Bla Bla Dubai in November. The lineup also includes Vengaboys and Snap! Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.
November 18: Tri in the sky at Aura Skypool
On November 18, iconic Aura Skypool will provide the backdrop to a triathlon set to take the sport – literally – to new heights, with a 3km row on the rowing machine, a 3km pedal on a stationary bike, and a concluding lap of the infinity pool across 250 metres .The top three males and females in each age group will receive prizes and trophies. Everyone who participates will get a finisher medal, a t-shirt and a swim cap. Tickets are priced at Dhs250.
November 24: Dial into a night of self-discovery
Renowned leaders in thought, Chris Williamson and James Smith will be presenting a live show at Dubai World Trade Centre, where the pair will talk all things self-reflection, empowerment and unlocking your true potential. Tickets from Dhs200.
November 25 to 26: Don’t miss the Icons of Porche festival
Car lovers, rev your engines: the region’s biggest car festival, Icons of Porsche is set to return to Dubai Design District for its third edition on November 25 and 26, with an even bigger and better line-up to look forward to. The weekend-long event brings together thousands of Porsche enthusiasts. But the festival is about so much more than just cars, with a roster of live music, art, food pop-ups and more.
November 26: Take part in the Dubai Run
This immensely popular Dubai Fitness Challenge marathon takes runners through the heart of Dubai, with its world-famous landmarks as their backdrop. The route, which only opens once a year as Sheikh Zayed Road closes to traffic, includes the iconic Museum of the Future, Emirates Towers, and Burj Khalifa. It’s an epic opportunity to experience the city like never before. Choose between two routes: 5km or 10km, both starting near the Museum of the Future. Register for free to be one of the 200,000 runners that hits the road this year.
November date TBC: Get together with the girls for drinks at a stunning new spot
Cuppa tea-quila anyone? Beloved Tania’s Teahouse, the pretty pink cafe on Jumeirah Beach Road, is moving to a new location at Dubai Hills Business Park with a brand-new look and feel, and an alcohol license. That’s right, if picking from the vast number of teas and coffees had you scratching your head, you will now have alcoholic sip options to pick from on the menu. Opening its doors in November, Tania’s will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a revamped menu, three event spaces, and a heightened in-house dining experience.
Tania’s, Dubai Hills Business Park, opening November 2023. @taniasteahouse