What To Do in Dubai This November
What To Do in Dubai This November

What To Do in Dubai This November

As the weather cools, the events scene in Dubai tends to pick up. To help you add some fun things to the diary, we’ve put together a guide to what’s going on this November.
By Rob Chilton
Image: Magda Butrym x THAT Concept Store

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Magda Butrym x THAT Concept Store

Effortless, sophisticated and feminine are words used time and again to describe Magda Butrym's womenswear and now, the Polish designer is showcasing her playfully maximalist FW23 collection at an exclusive pop-up within THAT Concept Store at Mall of the Emirates until 30th November. Step behind the metal curtain to check out Butrym’s contemporary range of wire sculpture mini dresses, silk slip-ons and exclusive accessories such as the Magda bag, tie-up sandals and sleek swimwear. 

THAT Concept Store, Mall of the Emirates

Visit THATConceptStore.com



Winter Garden

Residents of Dubai may still be wearing sandals, swimwear and SPF30 in November but with Christmas around the corner, they’ll do anything to get into the festive spirit. From Wednesday 1st November, the elegant Habtoor Palace Dubai hotel will transform into Dubai’s version of Lapland with its famous Winter Garden. Choir singing and live music, fairground rides, food trucks, children’s arts and crafts plus a play area, visits from Santa Claus during December and a lit-up Christmas tree can be found at this pet-friendly event near Dubai Canal every day from 4pm to midnight. 

Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay

Visit Hilton.com



Competition among steakhouses in Dubai is intense, with several restaurants jostling to serve the best cuts in the most luxurious setting. This November, Dubai welcomes back one of the city’s greats, Carna, which has undergone a major refurbishment over the summer. Perched on the 74th floor of the glamorous SLS Dubai Hotel, Carna comes from the eccentric Italian celebrity butcher, Dario Cecchini whose moustache is almost as big as the porterhouse he has on the menu. 

SLS Dubai Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay

Visit Book.Ennismore.com



Ambition, betrayal, guilt, a complex marriage and a trio of witches all add up to a great night at the theatre. William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Macbeth has been given a contemporary overhaul in this critically praised production directed by Richard Twyman from the English Touring Theatre. It runs for three nights from Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November at the stunning Dubai Opera venue.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai 

Visit DubaiOpera.com


Nureyev Legend & Legacy

The talent, career and legacy of ballet’s greatest male dancer Rudolf Nureyev will be remembered during a programme that reflects on some of his greatest performances. Introduced with a video by actor Ralph Fiennes, who played Nureyev in the 2018 film The White Crow, the show on Thursday 9th November will explore what made Nureyev such a special dancer. Leading ballet dancers from prestigious companies such as The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and the Vienna State Ballet will perform pieces from Nureyev’s legendary career, accompanied by the orchestra of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Gavin Sutherland. The former director of The Royal Ballet, Dame Monica Mason, who often partnered with Nureyev, will also speak about his impact on the industry in another video tribute.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai 

Visit DubaiOpera.com


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen may have strolled his way to a third consecutive Formula One Championship in Qatar in early October, but that doesn’t mean the season-ending Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday 26th November will be a dull affair. One of the most atmospheric venues on the F1 calendar, the UAE twilight race is contested on the Yas Marina Circuit under floodlights with plenty of glitz, yachts and celebrities. The Foo Fighters have also secured a post-race gig at Etihad Park following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday 26th November. Anthems such as Everlong, Best of You, My Hero and Times Like These should ensure fans sign off the season with a bang

Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Visit YasMarinaCircuit.com



Worthy: A Journey with Jada Pinkett Smith

One half of a high-profile marriage to one of the biggest movie stars on the planet and with an incredibly successful Hollywood career of her own, Jada Pinkett Smith has plenty of material to mine for her live stage show, which arrives in Dubai on Tuesday 7th November. Titled Worthy: A Journey with Jada Pinkett Smith, the actress will open up about fame, suicide, motherhood, her deep friendship with Tupac Shakur and the complicated journey she’s gone on with husband Will Smith. This honest stage show comes a few weeks after the release of Jada’s hotly anticipated debut memoir. VIP ticket holders can enjoy a meet and greet photo opportunity with Jada, too.

City Walk, Al Wasl

Visit Coca-Cola-Arena.com


DP World Tour Championship

Golf’s biggest hitters descend on Dubai for the finale to the DP World Tour on the greens and fairways of the beautiful Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Leading the pack of Europe’s top 50 golfers is Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy who’s hoping to claim the £2.5 million prize, but he should expect a strong challenge from Spaniard Jon Rahm. Like any major golf event in Dubai, a variety of premium hospitality packages are available for the Rolex-sponsored tournament from Thursday 16th November to Sunday 19th November. 

Jumeirah Golf Estates

Visit EuropeanTour.com


Nile Rodgers & Chic

When music artists need to give their career a boost, there’s only one man they call: Nile Rodgers. A mastermind of earworm pop hooks, Rodgers has written for, produced or played with all the greats, including Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, David Bowie and Daft Punk. On Saturday 4th November the charismatic Rodgers brings his band Chic to the outdoor stage at beachfront venue Bla Bla for a sprint through disco hits such as ‘Le Freak’, ‘I Want Your Love’, ‘Everybody Dance’ and ‘Good Times’, plus many more tracks from Rodger’s extensive back catalogue. 

The Beach, JBR

Visit BlaBlaDubai.ae


Boss x Aura Skypool Lounge

Pack your swimwear and head up to the 50th floor of The Palm Tower to take a dip in the world’s highest infinity pool at Aura Skypool Lounge, which is collaborating with Boss this winter. Positioned 210m above Palm Jumeirah, this 360° deck has been taken over by Boss until 29th December, where a wellness-themed pop-up will mark the reopening of the high-tech Boss store on Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall. Browse the latest clothing and accessories at the French Riviera-inspired space, or take a yoga class on Boss mats, after which you can sip from a coconut shell stamped with the brand’s logo. 

The Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah

Visit AuraSkyPool.com

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