8 fun things to do in Dubai this week: October 9 to 12

Planning your week out?

Here are some great things to do in Dubai from glamming out Dubai Fashion Week to dining at a one Michelin starred restaurant with celebrity Chef Massimo Bottura, visiting a chocolate pop-up  and more.

Here are 9 fun things to do in Dubai this week. 

Monday, October 9 

Watch A Star is Born under the, well… stars

The cooler season in Dubai is finally here, which comes with its own list of things to do outdoors, but one activity you need to do is catch an a flick under the stars. Zero Gravity Cinema On The Sand – is back for a brand new season and is screening A Star is Born on October 9. You will be able to get cosy with a loved one while you relax on sun loungers, or a beanbags and even a director’s chair. Entry to the venue is Dhs75, which is fully redeemable on food and beverages. Read more here.

Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, 7pm, Monday October 9, Dhs75 fully redeemable. Tel: (0)4 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae

Indulge at a chocolate pop-up at W Dubai – Mina Seyahi

Compartes pop up - Things to do in Dubai

Compartés Chocolate is a renowned artisanal chocolatier hailing from Los Angeles, and you can find it at an exclusive pop-up at W Dubai  – Mina Seyahi. Celebrities including Oprah, The Beckhams, Kardaisns and more are fans. Compartés has well over 200 delicious chocolate flavours, and some of them are unexpected. Visit to purchase chocolate bars and gift sets when you either stay at the hotel, or dine at one the hotel’s three restaurants, Ginger Moon, Farrago or attiko. You have only a limited number of days to check it out.

W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, Tel: (0)4 350 9999. @compartes_me @wdubaiminaseyahi 

Tuesday, October 10 

Spend an evening with Chef Massimo Bottura

World-renowned Chef Massimo Bottura is heading to Dubai for two days only to host the latest edition of Una Sera con Massimo (An Evening with Massimo) at Torno Subito. Diners will delight in an authentic Italian feast featuring a six-course set menu starting at Dhs895. Expect a number of classic Italian dishes, all reflecting the authentic flavours of Italy. Want beverage pairing? It’s an additional Dhs495 per person. Make your reservations via 04 245 5800.

W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Oct 10 and 11, 7pm to 11pm, prices from Dhs895. Tel: (0)4 245 5588, tornosubitodubai.com

Enjoy date night with your toes in the sand

This stunning spot in Jumeirah’s Mina A’Salam is just steps away from the sea and serves up some of the city’s best casual Greek cuisine with a European influence. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of cold seafood starters, salads, casseroles and a cooked-to-order catch of the day. It’s a casual setting, and because it sits right on Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach, you’ll get spectacular views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – perfect for date night.

Shimmers, Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah, 12.30pm to midnight daily. Tel: (800) 323232. jumeirah.com

Wednesday, October 11

Shop the runway at Dubai Fashion Week

Dubai Fashion Week - things to do in Dubai

Fashionistas, head to Dubai Design District for a chance to shop the runway at Dubai Fashion Week. Running from October 11 to 15, The MEGA Showroom international pop-up is a spot where you can engage and explore the craftsmanship of designers. You can find it at Building 11.

Dubai Fashion Week, Dubai Design District, Oct 11 to 15, 10am to 9pm, dubaifashionweek.org

Spice up your life with Dave’s Hot Chicken

Dave's Hot Chicken - things to do in Dubai

Heading to Dubai Mall? Dine at Dave’s Hot Chicken. Known for its Nashville-style hot chicken, the LA famed street food brand can now be found next to the Dubai Ice Rink. Chicken lovers will find succulent tenders, sliders, crinkle cut fries and of course, Dave’s secret sauce. Can’t take too much heat? Don’t worry, there are a number of spice levels spanning no spice, lite mild, mild, medium, hot, extra hot and for those who dare… the reaper made with the hottest pepper in the world. Make that soda an extra large, please.

Dave’s Hot Chicken, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, open daily – Mon to Thurs 11am to 12am, Fri to Sun 11am to 1am. Tel: (0)4 380 7112. @daveshotchickengcc

Thursday, October 12 

Treat yourself to a delicious bite at Wise Guys

Nothing beats a good sandwich and What’s On love the delicious offerings from Wise Guys. Located in DIFC, the perfectly curated deli sandwiches from this NYC deli will transport you straight to the bustling streets of the big apple. Prices start from Dhs50 and includes sandwiches packed with plenty of lip-smacking goodness. The best news? They deliver.

Wise Guys, Gate District, The Marble Walk, 8.30am to 11.30pm, Tel: (0)52 686 3801, @wiseguysdubai

Catch all the cricketing action at Flying Catch by Shikhar Dhawan

Flying Catch - things to do in Dubai

The ICC World Cup 2023 is underway and while there are plenty of spots to catch all the action, Indian supporters need to make a beeline to Flying Catch by Shikhar Dhawan. Located in Jumeirah 1, you can catch the games on the massive 200cm giant LED screen and enjoy platters with your mates for a starting price of Dhs99. Additional deals include a 20 per cent discount off on the a la carte menu, an additional 10 per cent discount if your team wins, and chances to win merch from Shikhar Dhawan himself.

Flying Catch by Shikhar Dhawan, 13 Al Hudeiba Street,  Jumeirah 1, Dubai, Dhs99 veg platter, Dhs119 non-veg platter, until November 19, Tel: (0)54 527 4494. @flyingcatch_dubai