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What's up Dubai? A packed November with something for all

With the cold, dark days of winter looming ever closer, the prospect of visiting Dubai is more enticing than ever, even more so when you know the sky is cloudlessly blue and temperatures don't go lower than the low 20s (and that´s at night!). But there's more than warm weather, luxury hotels and mind-blowing attractions here; Dubai also packs a busy calendar of events, with this November bringing an assorted variety for people of all ages to enjoy. Read on to see what lies in store.

What's up Dubai? A packed November with something for all

There´s no doubt about it, winter has everything but settled in the UK and we´re now contemplating the last days of autumn, with the last few copper leaves falling. With the clocks about to change and temperatures about to plunge even further over the next few weeks over here, we wouldn´t blame you if you´re already dreaming of sunnier shores.

That´s why, if you´re thinking of escaping to Dubai this November and need one more excuse to make that Dubai holiday a reality, we bring you a whole selection of special seasonal activities and events for you to pick and choose from. There´s everything here, from family-friendly shows to enjoy with the little ones, to raging nighttime parties and festivals, as well as excellent opera performances and live classical music entertainment. That´s before even mentioning a one-off Bond special (yes, I mean Bond, James Bond), a Broadway show, some racecourse action, a free (yay!) boat show and a golf tournament. Entertainmanet is served!

FREE Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show 2016

FREE Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show 2016

I highlight this one here because it´s one of the few in our selection to be absolutely free to visit, although you may lust after the beautiful yacht paraphernalia on show, with some attractive second-hand boats on sale, as well as opportunities galore for taking part in exciting waterfront activities. This family-friendly show is a fantastic day out with plenty of nautical fun. It´s on from 3rd to 5th November at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

Nightlife action

Night owls are in for a treat in Dubai this November, with not one, two or three raging parties to choose from but four (and that’s without counting the emirate’s numerous bars and clubs, which are open for business as usual). So, if you want some night-time action during your Dubai holiday, this November you’ll have plenty to choose from.

Lit-up night party with Daman’s ActiveLife Electric Run RECHARGED (4th November)

Lit-up night party with Daman’s ActiveLife Electric Run RECHARGED (4th November)

This one is for sporty heads, or those not minding walking or jogging their way through five kilometres to pulsating dance music and a spectacular neon light show. Yes, this is a marathon party and the best part is that takes place at dusk, making for a cooler, all the more exciting and vibrant experience. Once you make it to the finishing line the real party starts as you make your way to the Festival Village, where the music continues pumping and you can celebrate with the rest of your running mates to the sounds of a DJ concert. An unforgettable experience at Zabeel Park! Race starts at 6 p.m. and the party goes on until 11 a.m.

Disco nights with Boney M (5th November)

Disco nights with Boney M (5th November)

Calling all 70s disco lovers (and Daddy Cool wannabes!) for a spectacular one-night show extravaganza where a rendition of all of Boney M’s legendary hits will make you take to the dancefloor. Performed and lead by one of Boney M’s original band members (Maizie Williams), in the company of talented new group members, the band’s legacy will be revisited to the sounds of their most popular all-time hits. From “Ma Baker” to “Rivers of Babylon” and “Rasputin”, the audience will be driven to a mass karaoke session where you can’t help but sing (or mouth) along the lyrics as you sway in time with the infectious music. The chosen venue is The Hard Rock Café and it kicks off at 7 p.m.

Sensation Dubai 2016 (11th November)

Sensation Dubai 2016 (11th November)

Yet another outdoor spectacle where artificial lighting will create an amazing atmosphere, for one night, and one night only, Sensation Dubai 2016 will be putting on an amazing sensorial extravaganza at The Bab Al Shams resort. After touring the world and stopping at 30 countries, this new, improved and reinvented edition will push the boundaries of the real and surreal, transforming the desert landscape of Dubai into a mythical land where unique elements come together to create the most exhilarating of visions and sounds. To put the cherry on the icing, six international artists will be performing live, with the likes of DJ YAX.X, Sem Thomasson and icon legend Mr. White, being among the top music stars in the line-up. With the last two editions of Sensation Dubai being sold out in hours, you won’t have much time to get your hands on tickets (priced between 500 and 1,500 AED) for this mega event, so haste you must!

The Great Mela (25 - 26th November)

The Great Mela (25 - 26th November)

With a name that translates as “gathering”, The Great Mela is precisely that, a huge gathering showcasing the best and finest of regional diversity and culture with two mega concert nights wrapping it all up at night for two consecutive nights. This cultural festivity full of colour, music and all manner and entertainment across 40 stalls offering the tastiest food fare, the most delightful crafts and fashion India and the world has to offer, will also bring Bollywood sensation and headliner Amit Trivedi, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the Indian music industry. With early bird tickets starting at just 99 AED (around £22) coming here and enjoying the festival’s pumping atmosphere is a real bargain, especially for Dubai standards.

For Bond fans only (14th November to 13th February)

For Bond fans only (14th November to 13th February)

There’s something in Dubai this month for your eyes and your eyes only, and it’s on at Dubai’s most famous (and the world’s tallest) building. We mean, no other than the Burj Khalifa, of course, and no other than 007, the world’s favourite British secret service agent. If you love all things Bond, then you should head to the Burj Khalifa ANNEX from 14th November and be impressed with the new “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style” exhibition, showcasing James Bond paraphernalia from all time, from gadgets and vehicles to behind-the-set pops and crafts as technology and fashion spanning five decades. Other special Bond-themed celebrations will be carried out At the Top (Burj Khalifa’s observation deck), on the Dubai Fountain and at the Dubai Mall’s Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. In fact all of Dubai’s downtown area will be infected with the James Bond bug. The perfect indulgence for any fan of the successful film saga and franchise, this is the month to don your sleekest suit and inspect Q’s famous gadgets.

Music

If you enjoy live gigs, classical music concerts, fusion sessions and fine opera performances, this month in Dubai treats you to a little bit of it all, from rocking dos in the park to elaborate opera renditions in grand scenarios, behind closed doors.

Dmitry Masleev on the piano at The Royal Mirage One&Only (5th November)

Dmitry Masleev on the piano at The Royal Mirage One&Only (5th November)

Classic music enthusiasts should underscore this coming 5th November firmly on the calendar, as it marks the arrival of one of the finest piano players of the times in Dubai. Young Dmitry Masleev may only be 28 years old but he’s already won the 2015 International Tchaikovksky Competition in Moscow, with unanimous support from the wildly clapping audience, the jury and the media. Ever since he’s been busy touring the world and treating piano music lovers to his classical renditions in the likes of London, Munich, New York, Tokyo and Stockholm. He comes to Dubai this month on 5th November to give one of his memorable performances at The Palace One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. and ticket prices start at 250 AED (£55).

Party in the Park (10th November)

Party in the Park (10th November)

If you like camp-style, Glastonbury- inspired festivals under the sun (without the mud and the soaking grass), Dubai will have its very own (and rest assured, very dry) version of these popular British music gigs on 11th November. The party will get started at 6 p.m. in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre which will be transformed into a massive stage bringing together an attractive line-up of bands, including Travis, Kaiser Chiefs and The Charlatans. The Indie music will be accompanied by pop-up food and drinks stalls as well as cool kiosks selling all manner of fashionable wares. After 11 p.m. DJ sessions will take over with before giving way to local talent in the form of rock bands and soulful songwriters. Tickets start at 350 AED and go all the way up to 1,200 AED 1 for VIP spots with exclusive extras.

Sufusion - percussion fusion with classical roots (11th November)

Sufusion - percussion fusion with classical roots (11th November)

The only way we could explain you missing out on the festival-like action of Party in the Park is that you happen to enjoy fusion classical music with strong percussion elements. If that’s the case then you could be forgiven for skipping the grassy party in favour a demurer percussion session, which happens to take place on the same day. Drawing the curtain as the last of the Emirates NBD Classic Series V, the Sufusion event brings talented and internationally famous, Bickram Ghosh to Dubai, for an evening of inspiring classical music fusion. The venue is the DUCTAC Centrepoint Theatre, the time 8 p.m. and the prices starting from a very reasonable 150 AED onwards.

Ukranian rock with Okean Elzy Live (12th November)

Ukranian rock with Okean Elzy Live (12th November)

It seems all of Dubai’s contemporary music events are lined up together this month. Just a day after Sufusion and Party in the Park, Ukraine’s hitmaking quintuplet takes centre stage at MusicHall Dubai to rock audiences with their unique style, mixing Slavic melodies with powerful European beats. After entrancing crowds for over 20 years with their signature sounds, this world-famous rock act is not one to be missed, with a growing loyal fan base that knows of no geographical boundaries. Be there at 7 p.m. and get your hands on tickets that start at 375 AED and go up to 777 AED for Platinum and VIP seats.

Great Italian Opera (10th November)

Great Italian Opera (10th November)

A spectacular opera extravaganza comes to Dubai in the biggest, most dramatic of fashions as a powerful group of talented opera performers take to the stage to celebrate Italian Festival Week 2016. A promising evening of unprecedented enchantment will unfold on 10th November to the sounds of enthralling arias and duets from Verdi and Puccini, excellently executed by worldwide famous Italian artists like tenor Gian Luca Pasolini and soprano Monica de Rosa McKay, with piano accompaniments by Larisa Capatina and Vitali Mihailiuc, who will also be performing solos. The selected venue is the Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC and the show starts at 8 p.m. Entry price starts at just 180 AED (around £40), not bad at all for an opera masterpiece of these magnanimous proportion!

Les Miserables (from 9th November to 2nd December)

Les Miserables (from 9th November to 2nd December)

History’s longest-running musical comes to Dubai for a month-long spectacle that will draw residents and visitors alike. The legendary and compelling Les Miserables story by Victor Hugo, will be brought to live with an impressive cast of Broadway actors, moving live music and impressive effects. The stage will be Dubai Opera and you will have until 2nd December to catch this worldwide famous show. As can be expected, with shows of this fame and international acclaim, tickets are selling incredibly fast, so if you’re thinking about making it there, now is the time to secure your hands on these before anyone else beats you to it.

Racing Giggles - free family fun on 18th and 19th November

Racing Giggles - free family fun on 18th and 19th November

The Etisalat Dubai Kids´Run 2016 gives the entire family the perfect excuse for a fun-filled day out, where everyone breaks from the routine to enjoy themselves thoroughly. It may just be a day of running for little ones, but it’s full of special interactive shows, fun activities and much more! The event goes on for an extra day, which means two days of non-stop thrills at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Admission is completely free but if you want your child to take part in the official race it’s 100 AED.

Family showtime

Shows, musicals and concerts in Dubai this month are not just for adults only, as theatre for kids also has its place here, ensuring a good time for all family members involved. Read on to see which ones not to miss.

Mr Stink (16-18th November)

Mr Stink (16-18th November)

British comedian and writer, David Walliam’s award-winning book, Mr Stink, will be coming to life on stage for the very first time in Dubai, delighting an audience of parents and children (more specifically those aged between 6 and 12) to a brilliant re-enactment of this captivating story. Full of hilarious gags and led by inventive characters, this is one show that will have the whole family beaming, giggling and cheering with delight. A must-see on Madinat Jumeirah from 16th to 18th November, entry cost starts at 140 AED (around £31) and tops at 195 AED (£43), making for a very affordable day out for every family.

Sleeping Beauty (18th November until 15th December)

Sleeping Beauty (18th November until 15th December)

Bringing together a unique (and intoxicating) mix of elements, from comedy to opera and rock n’ roll action, this creative new version of one of children’s most famous tales comes to life in one magical production staged at the Meyana Auditorium. Casting a spell on kids and parents’ imagination alike, this contemporary twist on a classic story will bring a smile to everyone’s faces. Featuring action, suspense and drama accompanied by dancing antics, lively music and impressive acrobatics, this is one spectacle to put at the top of your bucket list if visiting Dubai between now and 15th December. With tickets starting at a mere 100 (that’s just £22) AED for Bronze seats and not going any higher than 170 AED (around £37) for Platinum places, money shouldn’t be a hold-back.

Le Grande Cuisine du Petit Leon (25th November)

Le Grande Cuisine du Petit Leon (25th November)

For the youngest in the family, this wonderful theatre production is bound to captivate and delight little minds. Leon is the seven-year-old son of an ogre chef, and one day he finds himself alone in the kitchen, giving him the chance to be a chef too and try his hand at creating a very special menu. Meet the superhero vegetables and let little ones discover how herbs live, clap and sing along as the tale unfolds. A few of them might be invited up on the stage for some extra fun. The venue is the Kilachand Studio Theatre and tickets are priced at just 145 AED.

Magic Phil and the Gigantic Beanstalk (17th - 19th November)

Magic Phil and the Gigantic Beanstalk (17th - 19th November)

Take your family to meet the UAE’s favourite children magician, Magic Phil, as he takes everyone on a magical journey with an epic, brand new pantomime. Dreaming of making it as a big world-famous magician, Phil finds comes across some magical beans and ponders whether making the risky climb to the beanstalk will make his dream come true. Will he find good fortune or trouble instead? Whatever the case, parents and kids will love this traditional British-style panto with plenty of slapstick humour, singing, audience and audience interaction. Of course, there’s also magic and ticket prices for all pockets (starting at 110 AED), so no reason at all why you should dare miss it!

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