Things to Do

31 Fantastic things to do in the UAE in October 2022

Here’s how to make the most of the month ahead.

From dining destinations to concerts and sporting events – we have something exciting for you every day this month.

Saturday 1 October

Celebrate World Sake Day

Team FACT are huge fans of Japanese restaurant Netsu at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. So we were ecstatic to discover that the popular restaurant will be celebrating World Sake Day with a crafted tasting menu and sake pairing. The collaboration with famed Sake House Dassai invites diners to enjoy a selection of Dassai sakes handpicked by Netsu’s Chief Sommelier and paired with a four-course menu featuring seabass tiradito, signature maki rolls, wagyu ribeye and sake-infused mango kakigori. Available 1 to 8 October, from 6:30pm. AED 650 per person.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com/dubai or call 04 777 2232 for reservations and more information.

amazing Dubai

Sunday 2 October

Oberoi meets Oberoi at Emirates Palace

Martabaan at Emirates Palace will host a culinary collaboration with Indian master chef Vijay Sahi and Martabaan’s chef Hemant Oberoi. The dining experience features a refreshing take on classic recipes such as Bater Mussalam (quails filled with spiced chicken mince), Blueberry Dahi Bhalle Ki Chaat (lentil fritters dunked in yoghurt and blueberry chutney) and Masala Chai Crème Brulee. The specially curated menu includes an a la carte lunch and a signature dinner menu. Available from 30 September to 2 October. AED 400 per person (five courses).

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for reservations and more information.

things to do in October

Monday 3 October

Dine with acclaimed Spanish chef Diego Gallegos

Arriving in Dubai from Málaga in Spain, Chef Diego Gallegos is collaborating with Spanish restaurant Salero Tapas & Bodega at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates this month. Known as “The Chef of Caviar”, Diego is lauded for his unique approach to gastronomy, offering Andalusian sturgeon as a key ingredient in his cuisine. Expect tapas and shared paellas featuring freshwater delicacies. Indulge in sweet treats like churros with spiced chocolate to complete the decadent meal. Available 3 to 8 October, from 12pm to 1am. AED 395 (soft beverages) and (AED 550) with grape pairing.

GO: Email dining.moe@kempinski.com or call 04 409 5888 for reservations and more information.

Chef Diego Gallegos

Tuesday 4 October

Check out a culinary collab

Trèsind Studio has announced its latest culinary collaboration, and this time it’s with twin brothers Mathias and Thomas Suhring from Bangkok’s acclaimed restaurant Sühring. Trèsind Studio is one of Dubai’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, as it was recently awarded one MICHELIN Star, is ranked at number four in the MENA region for 50 Best Restaurants, and was named Restaurant of the Year at the FACT Dining Awards Dubai for the past three years running. So, to up the ante at this fine dining restaurant, it is continuing its collaborations with top-notch chefs. Available on 4 and 5 October, with sittings at 6pm and 9pm. AED 995 per person.

GO: Visit www.tresindstudio.com for more information. 

Trèsind Studio

Wednesday 5 October 

Sing along to The Script

Irish rock band, The Script have added a stop in Dubai to their Greatest Hits World Tour. Lead vocalist and keyboardist Danny O’Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan, and drummer Glen Power will take to the stage at Bla Bla in JBR. Playing inside The Tent to a limited capacity audience will give fans an up-close and personal experience as they sing along to some of the band’s greatest hits, including Superheroes, Hall of Fame, No Good in Goodbye and The Man Who Can’t be Moved.

GO: Visit www.ticketmaster.ae for tickets and more information.

The Script in Dubai

Thursday 6 October

Watch the Atlanta Hawks take on the Milwaukee Bucks

The Atlanta Hawks take on defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks at Etihad Arena for the very first NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022. The Hawks currently feature two-time NBA All-Star Trae Young, 2020-21 NBA rebounding leader Clint Capela, and 2018 NBA All-Rookie Second Team members John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanović. The Bucks, meanwhile, feature two-time Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, three-time NBA All-Star Khris Middleton, and four-time NBA All-Defensive Team member Jrue Holiday. The two teams met in the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals, with the Bucks going on to win their first NBA championship in 50 years.

GO: Visit https://nbaevents.nba.com/abu-dhabi for more information.

nba

Friday 7 October

Head to the world’s tallest five-star hotel for a culinary collab

Greg Malouf will join Chef Alok in the Rang Mahal kitchen for two nights this month. Adding his contemporary flair to Rang Mahal’s signature dishes, Malouf has curated a set six-course menu that playfully celebrates both Indian and Middle Eastern flavours – pani puri will meet hummus while falafel will be doused in raita, marrying the best of street food to begin the evening. The main event will see a take on Surf and Turf, fusing Malouf’s Middle Eastern culture with the aromatics of India. Naturally, the evening will end on a sweet note, with Chef Malouf’s take on beloved kulfi – cardamom, saffron, honey, mango-caramel salsa, and pistachio will all make an appearance. Available on 7 and 8 October, from 6pm to midnight. The six-course menu is priced at AED 395 per person.

GO: Visit jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com or call 04 414 3000 for reservations or more information.

Celebrity Chef series

Saturday 8 October

Tuck into a Surf & Turf brunch 

The elegant Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is back for a new season with its family-friendly brunch at Mezzerie. The surf and turf-themed buffet pairs delights from the land and sea, such as charcoal-grilled tomahawk, beef tenderloin, duck, and lamb chops, along with live lobster, tiger prawns, salmon, sea bass and kingfish fillet. Diners can also indulge in a selection of poached seafood on ice, including fine de claire oysters, king crab, lobster claws, Hokkaido scallops and more. To complete the experience, guests can sample unique concoctions from a variety of beverage counters whilst live music keeps the vibe flowing. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 395 (soft beverages) and AED 495 (house beverages) and AED 550 (bubbly). Children under ten dine for free and can use the Coco’s Kids Club.

GO: Call 04 818 2153 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 9 October

Visit Expo City Dubai

If you’ve been missing Expo Dubai 2020, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Expo City Dubai is now open, which means that some of the much-loved pavilions are back. The first areas to reopen include Alif The Mobility Pavilion, which explores how mobility transforms our lives, Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, which shares environmentally-friendly options for the future, and Garden in the Sky with 360-degree views. Elsewhere, the Opportunity Pavilion has been transformed into the Expo 2020 Dubai Museum, which tells the story of this monumental event that took place six months ago. 

GO: Visit www.expocitydubai.com for more information.

Expo City Dubai

Monday 10 October

Dine at a Drake-backed chicken joint

Dave’s Hot Chicken may be backed by investors such as Drake and Samuel L. Jackson, but this is an eatery where the fried chicken speaks for itself. After months of rumours, the Los Angeles export has made its debut in Dubai, welcoming diners at The Walk with its signature hot chicken tenders and sliders, along with sides like crispy fries, creamy mac and cheese, and housemade kale slaw. Offered at seven different spice levels ranging from ‘No Spice’ to ‘Reaper’ (which requires a signed waiver for those who dare), each piece of juicy, hand-breaded chicken is spiced to order. 

GO: Follow @daveshotchickengcc on Instagram for more information.

Dave's Hot Chicken

Tuesday 11 October

Tune in to the FACT Spa & Wellness Awards UAE 2022

Now in its fourth year, the winners of the annual FACT Spa & Wellness Awards are due to be revealed during a glamourous ceremony inside The Amazing Room at V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton on the evening of Tuesday, 11 October. 56 awards will be given out across 29 categories, covering over 150 nominees at the exclusive invite-only event to honour spas, wellness retreats, fitness centres, beach clubs, beauty salons and barbershops.

GO: Visit https://spawellnessawards.factmagazines.com for reservations and more information.

FACT Spa & Wellness Awards

Wednesday 12 October

Visit Dubai’s hottest new beach club

The effortless sophistication of Mediterranean coastal dining has arrived at Palm West Beach with the opening of Kyma Beach Dubai. One of the year’s most anticipated openings, Kyma is inspired by the multicultural yet vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean and the lively vibes of Greece. Presenting an escape from the ordinary and a breath of fresh air to the Dubai beach club scene with a high-end curated menu at the heart of the experience.

GO: Visit www.kymabeach.ae for reservations and more information.

Kyma Beach

Thursday 13 October

Experience an authentic taste of Italy 

Now open in the heart of Saadiyat Island, Antonia brings an authentic Italian dining experience from the streets of Rome to the Arabian Gulf. Hailing from Rome, Antonia’s gourmet pizza slices are baked in rectangular trays, loaded with delicious toppings, displayed on the counter and sold by the square, half-tray or full-tray. The concept, driven by Chef and Restaurant Owner, Simone Federici has recently introduced a new menu featuring tartare di tonno, gamberi grigliati and a pancette e patate pizza.

GO: Visit www.antoniarestaurant.com for reservations and more information.

Antonia Saadiyat Island

Friday 14 October

Dine underwater with two acclaimed chefs

You’ll have MICHELIN Stars in your eyes at Ossiano’s one-off dining experience. The restaurant will be serving food from two MICHELIN recognised restaurants: Ossianio’s own Gregoire Berger, and Brazilian restaurant D.O.M’s Alex Atala. The tasting menu sounds like an adventure – labelled Euphoria of a New Departure, it focuses on seasonal produce from the chefs’ home countries of Brazil and France. The ocean-inspired dishes include sea urchins with sour milk and XO, pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), and toothfish with tucupi (a wild root found in the Amazon) and tapioca. Available on 14 and 15 October. AED 1,250 per person.

GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for reservations and more information.

Ossiano

Saturday 15 October

Partake in a Peaky Blinders evening brunch 

Enter the smokey underworld of the 1920s, the Peaky Blinders Evening Brunch at Distillery. Experience the exciting world of your favourite characters from the acclaimed television show whilst sipping on prohibition-era cocktails. During the brunch, you can enjoy the glitz of the ‘roaring 20s’, with a lively atmosphere and a selection of traditional dishes including thriving starters, themed platters, and decadent desserts. Saturdays, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 195 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 350 (bubbles).

GO: Email reservations@distillerydubai.com or call 054 998 2003 for reservations and more information.

things to do in October

Sunday 16 October

Make a splash 

With 247 inflatable obstacles and slides, Aqua Park Marsana is one of the largest inflatable waterparks in the UAE. The new attraction on Abu Dhabi’s Hudayriyat Island measures 130 metres in length and 33 metres wide. Visitors of the island can also enjoy multiple leisure outlets offering cycling tracks, skateparks, rope parks, indoor and outdoor basketball, tennis and Padel courts and football fields. Beach lovers can also book manual paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks for use during their visit. Open daily, from 9am to sunset.

GO: Visit www.hudayriyatisland.ae/en for more information.

things to do in October

Monday 17 October

Visit a fun new sports bar

Located at the always popular Pier 7, Bedrock is a new sports bar that’s here to redefine the face of sports bars in Dubai. Bedrock features 20 TV screens, the latest technology in darts, and the region’s best indoor golf simulator for the ultimate competitive socialising. The X-Golf simulator in ‘The Bunker’ takes centre stage. And with the latest indoor golf technology in place, guests can compete against each other on 50 of the world’s top courses or dial in their swing on the driving range out of the Dubai heat. Bedrock is also home to five state-of-the-art darts boards with digital scoring and game options, challenging traditional notions and bringing darts to a new generation.

GO: Email bookings@bedrockdxb.ae or call 04 578 1668 for reservations and more information.

Bedrock

Tuesday 18 October

Sip and sway at a new ladies’ night

Known for its exuberance, Billionaire Dubai is a venue boasting live performances from some of the world’s most talented performers. Billionaire’s Ladies Night includes complimentary drinks at the bar. Every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from 11:45pm until late.

GO: Call 04 510 3100 for reservations and more information.

things to do in October

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Check out a new restaurant on the Palm

Peaches and Cream in Dubai draws its inspiration from 1980s Miami. As most beach clubs in Dubai feel like Mykonos-abroad, it’s refreshing to see a venue present something a little bit different. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is packed with Mediterranean classics, spanning fresh seafood, meats, paellas, and pizzas made fresh from the wood-fired oven. The drinks menu includes juices, wine and cocktails – including its very own Peaches and Cream beverage. Plus, the venue is licensed to serve alcohol inside, while guests can dine indoors and outdoors. 

GO: Visit https://peachesandcream.ae for more information.

Peaches and Cream in Dubai

Thursday 20 October 2022

Enjoy Michelin-starred dining and live music

Armani/Ristorante pairs fine dining Italian food with live music and a sideshow of the Dubai Fountains. As one of just 11 restaurants in Dubai to receive a MICHELIN star, Armani/Ristorante’s award-winning menu is complemented by a rotating line-up of musicians and singers performing Italian classics each weekend. Available Thursday to Saturday, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm,

GO: Email restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com or call 04 888 3666 for reservations and more information.

Armani Hotel

Friday 21 October 2022

Be serenaded by George Ezra

English singer-songwriter and Brit Award winner George Ezra will return to the UAE late this year, performing at Coca-Cola Arena. Concertgoers can expect exclusive performances from his renowned new album The Gold Rush Kid, including hit singles like Anything for You and Green Green Grass alongside his latest release, I Went Hunting. Tickets start from AED 225 and are now available.

GO: Visit www.coca-cola-arena.com for tickets and more information.

George Ezra Dubai

Saturday 22 October

Listen to live music

Carine now offers live music to complement its exquisite French-Mediterranean cuisine every Saturday. Here, diners can enjoy the soulful tones of La Loop Duo, performing a repertoire of jazz, funk, soul, and disco-pop classics. Alongside the dazzling entertainment, diners can enjoy signature dishes of grilled harissa prawns, lentil salad with pickled vegetables, lobster linguine and marinated lamb chops. The signature Tarte Tatin and passionfruit cheesecake will provide the perfect sweet ending. Saturdays, from 8pm.

GO: Email reservations@carine.ae or call 04 417 9885 for reservations and more information. 

Dubai activities

Sunday 23 October

Retreat to a desert nest

Forget about glamping, it’s all about nesting. The Nest by Sonara Camp is now open for eco-friendly overnight experiences in the desert. Architect Gianni Ranaulo has expertly designed the 14 desert rooms – better known as nests – which have undulating roofs that resemble sand dunes, and blend beautifully into the desert landscape. The team are experts at creating unique experiences, which let guests wake up amidst the peaceful dunes and admire the surrounding Dubai Conservation Reserve. Each nest includes a bedroom area, ensuite bathroom and an outdoor majlis where you can watch the stunning sunsets and sunrises. Plus, each room comes with a complimentary mini-bar and mudeef (helper) on hand.

GO: Visit www.nara.ae for more information.

The Nest by Sonara Camp

Monday 24 October

Check out MENA’s biggest cinema screen

Meet Roxy Xtreme, the biggest screen in the MENA region. Measuring 28 metres by 15.1 metres, and spanning 423 square metres, its screen is a whopping 60 percent bigger than a tennis court. Combine that with state-of-the-art laser projection, DOLBY ATMOS surround sound technology, and absurdly comfortable seats, and you’re looking at every cinephile’s dream destination. Oh, and standing in queue for candy and popcorn isn’t a prerequisite – waiters are also on hand with a range of food and beverage services.

GO: Visit www.theroxycinemas.com for more information.

Roxy Dubai Hills

Tuesday 25 October

Watch out for the winners at the FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi 2022

The eighth FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi will take place at the majestic Emirates Palace on Tuesday, 25 October 2022. Taking place at chic beachfront venue Las Brisas, the ceremony will see 57 awards given out across 29 categories covering more than 150 nominees at the exclusive invite-only event to honour restaurants, bars and nightlife venues in the capital. So believe us when we say this might just be the biggest FACT Dining Awards yet.

GO: Visit https://diningawards.factmagazines.com for reservations and more information.

FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi

Wednesday 26 October

Try the UAE’s first traditional Russian banya

Located at Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel on Palm Jumeirah,  Blended Wellness is an all-encompassing collective of purpose-built health, fitness, and beauty experiences. The lifestyle concept not only caters to both mental and physical health, but also introduces the country’s first traditional Russian banya, Dubanya. An innovative interpretation of a traditional Russian bathhouse, Dubanya brings the tradition to today, blending ancient cleansing and detoxifying practices with new-age health and wellness rituals to offer a place of healing and tranquillity. Elsewhere, a spa, a salon, an aesthetic clinic, a fitness centre, and a space dedicated to mental wellness collectively ensure a picture of holistic health.

GO: Visit www.blendedwellness.com for reservations and more information.

Russian banya Dubai

Thursday 27 October

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Riverdance

If you were in awe of what Michael Flatley could do with his legs, then you can join the millions of people who have been entertained by Riverdance. Riverdance came into the public’s consciousness at the 1981 Eurovision Song Content. Since then, the Irish dance group have been wowing audiences across the world, and Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show marks their major milestone. Catch the show from 27 to 30 October and tickets start from AED 325. 

GO: Visit www.dubaiopera.com for more information. 

things to do in October

Friday 28 October 2022

Party with Jason Derulo

The line-up of R&B megastars performing at Coca-Cola-Arena continues to expand, this time with news that Jason Derulo will return to Dubai, courtesy of Full Circle. Set to perform on Friday, 28 October, the award-winning singer/songwriter drew a huge crowd at Expo 2020 earlier this year. Now at work on his highly anticipated fifth album – and full-length debut for Atlantic Records – Derulo recently delivered a series of smash singles while operating as an independent artist. Those tracks include “Lifestyle” featuring Adam Levine, and the double-platinum “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) “, with its official BTS remix reaching the top slot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

GO: Visit www.coca-cola-arena.com for tickets and more information.

Your Dubai Weekend

Saturday 29 October 2022

Experience a wicked Halloween dinner

Set in the chic interiors of the Melrose Bar and Lounge at Paramount Hotel Midtown, revellers can enjoy a wonderfully wicked show to celebrate Halloween. Featuring Ursula the Sea-Witch, Maleficent, and Cruella de Villem, this spooky show follows the witches on a night out, complete with music, comedy, bar bites, and cocktails. Join the fun and come dressed as one of the villains for a night of childhood nostalgia, tricks and a lot of naughty treats. Saturday 29 October, from 8:30pm to 11:30pm.

GO: WhatsApp 058 826 5729 for reservations and more information.

things to do in October

Sunday 30 October

Visit the BTS pop-up shop

Brace yourself, K-poppers. The first-ever BTS Pop-up: Space of BTS is now open at Dubai’s BurJuman Mall. BTS Pop-up: Space of BTS will be located on level one of BurJuman Mall. Fans will find all things BTS inside, as the shop boasts a mind-boggling 400 different types of products. Not only will there be exclusive products released every two weeks, but a swoon-worthy fan experience. The BTS-themed photo zone is probably the closest you’ll get to the boys and it will be great for the gram. 

GO: Follow @morningkall on Instagram for more information.

things to do in October

Monday 31 October

Discover why everyone is talking about this new juice bar

The cool kids of Dubai can now hydrate in style, courtesy of Joe & The Juice. The Copenhagen-born concept has launched at d3 and Mall of the Emirates this week. For the uninitiated, Joe & The Juice is famed for its freshly prepared coffee, shakes, juices and sandwiches and boasts a cult following of urban trendsetters and creative thinkers. The expansive menu includes a full range of healthy food and juice options that are always made to order – never pre-packaged – and reflect a commitment to high-quality ingredients. Signature shakes include the Power Shake and vegan Blue Magic, whilst more than 14 options of wholesome juices are also available.

GO: Follow @joeandthejuiceuae on Instagram for more information.

Joe and The Juice

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As the editor-in-chief for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications, David Tapley is a self-proclaimed Hip-Hop aficionado, championing all things, food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the UAE and KSA.

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