As the rest of the world bundles up, Dubai comes alive in a new way during it’s first winter month. And like every other month, there’s a lot to do in the UAE this November. From outdoor art crawls to exquisite dining experiences. Grow your community or try a new hobby to commemorate the beginning of warm winds and blue skies, aka UAE’s winter.
GRAZIA breaks down the buzz, with an ever-growing list of all the exciting things taking place this November.
Pay a visit to Global Village for Season 28
Now that the cooler weather is here, outdoor activities are a must and a Dubai landmark that never fails to impress is Global Village. Back for its 28th season, Global Village has introduced a brand new destination, Mini World, located just behind Restaurant Alley. The new experience encompasses 25 miniature landmarks from around the world including the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal.
Bask In The Winter Sun
Calling all the day dreamers, WHITE Beach has the ultimate beachfront deal. Every Tuesday, from 12pm to 4pm, ladies can enjoy free flowing cocktails, discounted signature dishes, and the soft warmth of Dubai’s winter sun. For just Dhs200, you can sip, tan and devour the irresistible views tunes and gourmet food the iconic beach clubs offer. Open to all, men can also join in on the fun for a Dhs200 entry fee (drinks and discounted menu items not included).
The Art Of Friendship
What happens when two friends who share an artistic philosophy create in symbiosis? Nima Nabavi and Jason Seife’ Duality exhibition happens. From 14th November to 5th January, the third line will be hosting a joint exhibition for the Middle Eastern artists and friends. Exploring colour line and shape, their distinct geometric art collides with each other in unique ways. A moment for friendship and perplexing art, at this must-see exhibition.
A Truffle Heaven
If the rich creamy goodness of truffle is your thing, head to Ling Ling. One of Dubai’s newest entertainment hotspot, they have a curated truffle culinary experience for the month of November. On Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, from 11pm to 3am, you can indulge in a range of truffle infused culinary triumphs. From rich wagyu and BBQ freshwater eel to hand cut noodle dishes and king oyster mushrooms. Enjoy rich multi sensory dishes this month.
Elevate Your Dessert Game
Your sweet tooth’s newest bestie, ARTE Fine Art Cakes and Coffee Shop is now ready for your post-meal sweetness, in Dubai Mall. A full display of the decadent desserts, new enchanting collections (like the “Just Choux,”) and even a private room for cake consultations with Chef Kuzma. This is a chance to truly elevate your tastebuds with aromatic coffees and one of a kind cakes.
celebrate world vegan day
Celebrate World Vegan Day on November 1 by enjoying a world class meal at the multi-award-winning Akira Back. For Dhs399 per person, the Japanese-Korean restaurant will offer a 100% vegan and zero-waste six course meal. Created by the visionary Head Chef, Giovanni Ledon, the meticulously crafted menu will be a one-night-only experience.
Shop a new perfume collection
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What’s the UAE without a little (more) oud? Perfumer Mona Kattan knows the answer. Enter Oudgasm, the brand new collection by Kayali and an ode to Kattan’s love for oud. Perfect for layering, the new Kayli drop comprises of three core fragrances: Vanilla Oud, Cafe Oud, Tobacco Oud and Rose Oud. A fragrance collection that has been five years in the making, the Kayali founder says that oud “has always given me this incredible euphoric feeling that is both transformative and transportive”. Shop the new collection here.
A night at the opera
A beloved story on power and its toxicities, a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth is taking the stage from November 3rd to 5th. In the iconic Dubai Opera, for 200 DHS per ticket, you can catch a theatrical rendition of the classic story by Richard Twyman.
A House music love affair
If you’re looking for a house music love affair, the KEINEMUSIK showcase is the event for you. Their first time in the UAE, party hard with hand selected DJs and artists from genres like techno and German electronic, on 11th November. With tickets selling fast, make sure to get you Dhs200 ready for a big night in Dubai this month.
workin’ on your fitness
A new month calls for a new challenge. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai Fitness Challenge is set to return this month for its seventh time. The challenge entails doing 30 minutes of exercise everyday for 30 days, and with the plethora of paid and free activities set across the city to honour the initiative, this shouldn’t be that difficult. From a wellness museum to paddle to free weightlifting sessions, there is something for everyone.
A dip in the still Peruvian waters with Michelin chefs and a breathtaking ambience. On November 3rd and 4th, celebrity chef Gaston Acurio and three-Michelin starred chef Dabiz Munoz will be hosting a culinary triumph in LA MAR. Nestled in the heavenly Atlantis The Royal, this exclusive moment is a chance to indulge in the most luxurious and authentic flavours of Peruvian Gastronomy. The spirit of street food surrounded by the pinnacle of elevation, watch the sunset fall over the horizon at LA MAR this month.
Immerse yourself in design
Returning for its ninth iteration this November is Dubai Design Week. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Design Week will take place in Dubai Design District from November 7 to 12. The week will be filled with workshops, exhibits, pop ups and more and marks an important time for the creatives of the region, this is your chance to see the art and vision that radiates through homegrown talent.
SUNSET season arrives
City sunsets, live music and master mixology. The reopening of Helipad by Frozen Cherry has finally come to fruition. Off all the mesmerising lounges this city offers, this one should be the one you try next. Not only because it’s located on a Helipad, in Dubai Festival City, but because of its iconic status. The Beruit born brand serves ‘MediterrAsian’ food, with a warm-lit rustic ambience. Surrounded by deep couches and light tunes, this spot brings a refreshing warm air to the lounge scene.
a new social & cultural concept
Where opulence meets community. The newest social and cultural concept, Neera, recently debuted in Dubai. Located in Habtoor City, this private homegrown club will deliver eclectic dining experiences, top-of-the-line meeting spaces, and a place for international visionaries to collate. Excitingly, there’s four more places being unveiled this month. Building a network takes investment, and no one gets anywhere alone.
The lunch club
The iconic beacon of pan-African cuisine, is your next lunch spot this month. Nuzzled in the heart of DIFC, the recently launched KIZA Lunch Club is a gastronomic odyssey that offers variety, from North Africa’s savoury delights to the soulful comfort of South African cuisine. A taste of the entire continent in one restaurant, this hub offers a two-course (Dhs115) or three-course lunch (Dhs135). From West African-style Beef Empanadas to Mousse Au Côte d’Ivoire, enter a new universe of flavourful elevation with this lunch club.
The monthly event, Alserkal Lates lands on the November 20 this month. A night to amplify homegrown talents and creativity, head down to Alserkal Avenue after work. From 5pm to 10pm, the streets will be filled with intricate installation, vibrant art walks, captivating performances and more. A chance to display art that is making noise, and find what tantalises your eye. From a botanical tour to music performances at The Yard, you can find the full schedule here.
A trip to the cyclades
Fancy a quick trip to the Cyclades? For Dhs595 a person, you can enjoy an enchanting night of perfectly paired wine and Mediterranean dining. On November 21st, the second iteration of Avli’s By Tashas monthly Wine Pairing Night commences. From Mykonos to Kythnos, your tastebuds are promised a journey through some of the world’s most glorious islands, 8pm onwards. A night to indulge and be mesmerised.
a Dream-like art event
Capturing the essence of movement and dance through a lens. British photographer, Stuart Lawson, will be exhibiting “Dancer’s Soul” photography collection at Gallery 7/40 on the 23rd of November. Featuring the legendary Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Lawson’s photography comes alive with motion and beauty. Set within the culinary art of the gallery’s kitchen, immerse yourself in world-bending art and mesmerising Greek cuisine at this exhibition.
Party in a concrete jungle
Redefining what it means to party in a concrete jungle, the iconic Amazónica Dubai unveils a new phase to their transcending rooftop experiences. Located in the heart of DIFC, Paraíso Rooftop Club is shaping up to be another immersive escape to the night life scene to Dubai. A multicultural hub of sound and energy, this new rooftop club offers international DJs that range from Afro-Latin to organic House tunes. Ring in the winter month by swaying the night away too much-awaited DJ HVMZA’s set on November 4th.
A MOvember Rejuvenation
In a sea of luxury and ease, sink into a moment of wellness and self rejuvenation with ME Dubai. For the month of Movember, a time to raise awareness for men’s mental health, the 5 Star hotel is offering some of its most coveted treatments to both men and women. From the ME Signature Spa (Dhs499), a Royal Thai Massage (Dhs499), or a Deep Tissue Massage (Dhs399), the spa day is concluded with access to a pool, spa facilities and a gym. This is not just a deluxe spa day, it’s a moment to centre the self and melt into a soothing oasis. From an array of refreshments to a restoring sauna, ME Dubai has thought of every need to ensure a mindlessly relaxing time.
If you ever wondered what a modern steakhouse in the Gilded Ages would look like, the newly renovated Carna paints that into reality. On the 74th floor of SLS Dubai, this dining experience blends worlds together with splendour and novelty. With the iconic backdrop of the Dubai skyline engulfing the space, Carna by Dario Cecchini presents the apex of meats and butchery to his guests. A distinguished chef and connoisseur, this pace holds the charm of his legacy with an air of sophisticated elegance.
A Dip In The Clouds
In collaboration with Dubai Fitness Challenge, AURA Skypool is hosting a ‘Tri In The Sky’ challenge on 18th November. Sitting among the clouds, at 210 meters, lives the world renowned infinity pool that concludes this challenge. Split into three parts, participants will row and cycle on static machines for 3kms, before covering 250 metres in the zero edge pool. With prizes and trophies available for the top contestants, this is a chance to take your fitness to new heights. Literally and figuratively.
Watch The Time Tick Away
With leading brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, Bulgari and many more attending, Dubai Watch Week will continue to out do itself. Scheduled from 16th to 20th November, over 60 brands will not only showcase their latest timepieces. But also exclusively reveal launches and editions at the iconic event. From a plethora of masterclasses, a creative hub, exhibits and competitions. This years edition is set to explore how design and culture interacts with horology and the automotive industry. Located at DIFC’s The Gate, whether you are an avid watch enthusiast or on the search for a new timepiece, there is an unexplored avenue at Dubai Watch Week.
Floating Into Art
The world of art, through the lens of science fiction. The Kuwaiti visual artist, Monira Al Qadiri, has an exhibition at award winning ICD Brookfield Place on 16th November. Titled “Floating World”, Monira’s out-worldly iridescent sculptures will capture the intersection of technological advancement and art. Available till January 3rd, this is a chance for you to indulge in thought-provoking creativity that comments on real world issues and occurrences.
Dripping In Gold…Literally
Take investing in self-care to new heights. SISTERS is adding two new “Good As Gold” Treatments to its outstanding catalogue. In time for the festive season, you can enjoy 24K Gold Facial or 24K Liquid Gold Hair Treatment & Blow-Dry at any of the Sister