Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from food truck festivals to fitness events, free dance performances, and more.
November 1 to December 23: Dine Curbside
Dubai’s obsession with food trucks continues as TruckersDXB returns for its third season with four big festivals taking place at various locations like Ibn Battuta Mall and Skydive Dubai. On the roster of expected participants are Calle Tacos, Moshi, Tandem, and Yumtingz amongst others. Find more details here.
November 1 to April 7: Travel the World
Impulse purchases, street food, cultural performances, extreme rides, and pavilions from around the world – if it’s old-fashioned fun you’re after, Global Village is where it’s at. The 22nd edition will span 1.6 million square meters, over 75 countries, and more than 12,000 entertainment shows. Details on daily events can be found here.
November 1 Onwards: Hold Your Breath
The region’s first permanent show takes place at Al Habtoor City on a daily basis and is a truly spectacular one. Entitled La Perle, this collision of mesmerizing aquatics, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, 65+ performers, and more has been inspired by Dubai’s culture and created by Franco Dragone of Le Rêve fame. Buy your tickets here.
November 2 to 4: Feast Al Fresco
The streets of City Walk will host their first-ever street food-style festival, courtesy of Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet. Dubbed Food Fest, it will bring together food trucks serving everything from dim sum and ramen to burgers. Complementing them will be live music, a dedicated kids zone for budding chefs, kitchen demonstrations by Le Gourmet, and a vibrant marketplace.
November 2 to 4: Celebrate Creativity
This month sees the debut of the Blue Cave Urban Art Festival at d3, uniting the region’s most talented creatives. Expect three days of art installations, exhibitions, free workshops, and more. Highlights in the line-up include a talk by French-Tunisian artist El Seed, live painting by the likes of L7M and Dina Saadi, and musical performances by Noon. Learn more here.
November 3: Break a Sweat
To the delight of fitness freaks across the city, Kayla Itsines of ‘Bikini Body Guide’ fame will lead a specially created 28-minute workout in the outdoor area of Golden Mile Galleria 2. Taking place at 5 p.m., the free session is inspired by the acclaimed fitness personality’s world-renowned guide and is open to the public. Register here, on GuavaPass, or by calling (+971) 4 390 3333.
November 4: Bend, Twist, Stretch
For asanas with a side of scenery, head to Rise with Us, a sunrise yoga event taking place from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the runway of Skydive Dubai. Hosted by extreme sports hub XDubai, the session will be free of charge and taught by yoga guru Suneel Singh as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge Weekend Carnival. You can register by clicking here.
November 3 to 24: Return to Ripe Market
With the scorching summer now behind us, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite market – moves outdoors to the lush greenery of Zabeel Park. Spend your time browsing interesting craft stalls and picking up fresh, organic, and locally sourced fruits and vegetables provided by passionate business owners. It will run every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 6: Support the Arts
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see a really unique dance performance in Dubai, particularly one that’s free of charge. Enter: Deaf Men Dancing. The dance troupe of deaf dancers will be making its UAE debut at the Dubai Opera Promenade with a special one-hour performance titled Embrace that will kick off at 6 p.m.
November 6 to 18: Enter an Exhibit
A slice of London’s arts scene comes to Dubai in the form of While We Wait, an immersive installation commissioned by V&A Museum. Hosted by multi-disciplinary space Concrete, the artwork has been designed by architects Elias and Yousef Anastas, and is comprised of pieces of stone quarried in various parts of Palestine that fit together to form a large, self-supporting structure.
November 7 to 25: Take a Class
Learning the art of jewelry design is no longer an impossible ambition thanks to L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, a pop-up design school coming to Hai d3 in Dubai Design District. The three-week program will feature classes led by jewelers, art historians, gemologists, and watchmakers. No prior experience is required. However, spots are limited, so learn more and register by clicking here.
November 9: Eat Like the English
Three renowned culinary talents and three signature dishes await at British fine-dining restaurant Marina Social. Paul Walsh of City Social and Paul Hood of Social Eating House will be joined in the kitchen by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton to prepare a decadent five-course dinner. To reserve your spot, call (+971) 4 446 6664 or e-mail email@example.com.
November 9 to 11: Bejewel Yourself
A piercing annex led by an experienced professional is headed to FN Designs in Alserkal Avenue, courtesy of jewelry platform Lamb & Lu. There will also be a curated selection of BVLA and Maria Tash body jewelry ranging from cubic zirconia to diamonds available for purchase. Walk-ins are welcome, but we recommend booking your piercing by clicking here.
November 10: Listen Up
If you still consider yourself an Oasis fan, the fourth edition of Party in the Park is not to be missed. Returning to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the music festival will be headlined by Liam Gallagher, who will perform Oasis’ greatest hits alongside material from his debut solo album. He will be accompanied by The Chemical Brothers and Temples. Purchase your tickets here.
November 11: Color Up
The Color Run (also known as the “happiest 5K on the planet”) returns to Dubai, encouraging participants to walk, jog, or run five kilometers with friends as they’re doused with colored powder – and lots of it – for charity. The event is open to all ages and fitness levels, and will kick off at 7 a.m. at Dubai Autodrome. Sign up for the race here.
November 11: Laugh Out Loud
If the name Omid Djalili doesn’t sound familiar, his work will – the hilarious actor and stand-up comedian has worked on everything from The Mummy and Shaun the Sheep Movie to West End stage shows and Disney’s new live-action production of The Nutcracker. He will be performing two back-to-back shows at MusicHall as part of his world tour. Tickets can be bought here.
November 13 to 18: Go Gray
Colorful food may make for a great Instagram post, but shades of gray are so much more intriguing. Jointly hosted by multidisciplinary firm Tinkah and INKED, a themed dinner dubbed Grey Area will celebrate Dubai Design Week with a pop-up experience without a single color in sight – food, décor, and tableware included. Book your spot here.
November 13 to 18: Live and Breathe Design
Design buffs have reason to celebrate as over 200 events will be staged for Dubai Design Week. Expect everything from brand presentations to a talk by leading architect Sir David Adjaye, temporary pavilions, and more. Highlights include anchor event Downtown Design and collective design initiative Design Ras Al Khor. See the complete program here.
November 15 to December 15: Journey Back
To mark Louis Vuitton’s presence in the region for over 30 years, the house will host Time Capsule in the Fashion Catwalk Atrium of The Dubai Mall. The exhibition will travel through the brand’s history, revisiting innovations in design and technology through rare and celebrated objects selected from its archive. Admission will be free of charge.
November 17: See a Legend Live
Legendary singer Jennifer Lopez returns to the city after three years for a concert at Autism Rocks Arena. The chart-topping artist is known for her live performances, so fans can look forward to hearing her hit singles accented with stunning costumes and impeccably choreographed dance moves. Tickets start at AED 345 and can be purchased by clicking here.
November 23 to 24: Live Theatrically
Lavish food, live music, country dancing, Regency-era costumes, and more come together for a truly unique event bringing Jane Austen to life for just two nights in Dubai. Taking place at Tom&Serg, the hilarious dinner theater event will see improv actors from Courtyard Playhouse take audience suggestions and a put a local spin on the works of the beloved novelist. Buy your tickets here.
November 30: Sing Along
If you came of age in the 1990s, the lyrics to Take That hits like “Shine” and “Everything Changes” must still be embedded deeply in your brain. The beloved pop band will perform at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre as part of its sell-out Wonderland Live tour, so you can revisit the many chart-toppers of your adolescence and listen to tracks from the latest album, Wonderland. Buy your tickets here.