October is a great month for music-loving holidaymakers to make way for Dubai. The events calendar this month is packed to the brim with musicals, theatre productions, music festivals and DJ parties galore!
There’s something for theatre lovers too with the arrival of the Houston Ballet to perform Swan Lake, the staging of not one but two world-famous musicals (one of which is a medley of Broadway’s most popular shows of all time), a Bollywood extravaganza and a Sherlock Holmes-style detective parody.
If all that wasn't enough there’s plenty of live DJ sessions to go by throughout the month so there’s no excuse not to enliven your evenings and party all night long. What a fabulous month for party-goers, theatre-loving visitors to be in Dubai!
Top Picks - Best of October
Morning Melodies at Madinat Theatre (5 October)
The world´s most beloved songs under one roof and for one melodic morning will, Wim Hoste invites music-lovers to join him on an emotive musical roller coaster containing all your favourite songs. The Belgian-born impresario takes over the Madinat Theatre at 11: 30 a.m. for an intense music session in which the actor and singer brings his unique performance style to a wide variety of songs. His incredible versatility will allow him to cross over from ballad classics like “What a Wonderful World”, to opera favourites and jazzy tunes like “New York, New York” or “My Way”. This is the most special, invigorating way to start the first Friday of the month on a good note. Literally. Tickets are priced between 105 and 160 AED (up to £34) and can be bought online at Madinat Theatre´s official website. Children must be aged 7 and above to be allowed in the auditorium.
Ghost the Musical at Dubai Opera (9th to 13th October)
One of the most easily recognisable love stories in the history of cinema and one of the biggest favourites too comes to life this month in Dubai with the staging of Ghost the Musical at Dubai Opera. Based on the famous Academy-Award-winning 1990 film starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, this classic love story has been adapted as a musical and it´s been wowing crowds from the world over ever since its Manchester debut in 2011. It comes to Dubai for five days with daily afternoon and evening performances at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are priced between 250 and 850 AED and can be bought online via Dubai Opera´s official website.
Best of Broadway Musicals at Madinat Theatre (5 October)
All the Broadway classics you love under one roof means an amazing opportunity to sing your heart out in this magical musical extravaganza. For one night only a medley of Broadway hits takes to the stage, performed by a talented ensemble of singers and actors that will bring all those beloved musicals to life. A selection of the greatest hits from Grease, Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Cats, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Disney classics like Frozen and the Lion King. It´s on at the Madinat Theatre at 8 p.m. with ticket prices oscillating between 125 (£30) and 235 AED (£55). Kids must be aged at least 7 to attend.
Night of the Masque 2018 (5 October)
If you like drama and theatrics, you will love Habtoor Palace´s Night of the Masked Ball, a themed masquerade party where up to 330 guests will don their best baroque costumes, over-the-top renaissance wigs, and of course, elaborate masks to elegantly hide behind. This popular event, who has gone to become annual, evokes period partying in celebration of Baroque music, culture and art. Similar to the ones celebrated in Venice, Paris and Monaco, Dubai’s masquerade night doesn’t disappoint! It comes at a price though as entry to this exclusive event is priced at a whopping 5,000 AED (yes that’s nearly £1050 no less!). If you have that sort of cash to spare, it will be a night to remember, no doubt!
The Real Inspector Hound Live at The Junction (11 to 13 October)
If you like Sherlock Holmes-style detective suspense with a comical twist then you’ll love Tom Stoppard’s award-wining comedy, The Real Inspector Hound at The Junction, in Alserkal Avenue. Brought by H72 Productions, this entertaining, one-act play follows the antics of Birdboot and Moon in their attempt to resolve the “whodunnit” murder mystery in Muldoon Manor. Hard as they try they can’t avoid ending up entangled in the action with situations that will make you chuckle. This fine parody of stereotypical mystery plays is great fun to watch and with tickets being so cheap (by most theatre standards), it’d be sinful not to book yourself a place if you can (and are lucky enough to be enjoying Dubai holidays this October). Admission is at 8 p.m., early bird tickets go for 80 AED (£17) while standard ones cost 100 AED (£21).
Taj Express at Dubai Opera (16 to 20 October)
Bollywood dancing and singing comes to Dubai Opera mid-month with the debut of Taj Express, an internationally acclaimed musical that tells the story of a young composer who fantasises about working in the film industry. Spectators follow his steps and struggles to make it into the world of film. As the plotline develops prepare to enjoy amazing choreography and bright and colourful costumes accompanied by enlivening music in true glitzy Bollywood style in all its glory. Tickets cost between 200 (£42) and 800 AED ($168) and performances are at 8 p.m. on 16th to 18th October, and at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on 19th and 20th October, so, plenty of time to catch the Bollywood action!
Swan Lake at Dubai Opera (24 to 27 October)
One of the biggest classics in the world of ballet, the timeless Swan Lake production comes to Dubai this month at the hands of the Houston Ballet (the U.S.’s fifth largest ballet company) for six outstanding afternoon and evening performances. Through artful dance and sublime music, the story of a fair maiden who is turned into a swan unfolds to the entrancing sound of a live orchestra playing Tchaikovsky´s original score. Tickets start at 250 AED and performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on 24th and 25th October and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on 26th and 27th October.
Fiesta de los Muertos - Day of the Dead Party - (26 October)
A bit of spooky festivities Mexican style come to Dubai ahead of Halloween with the Fiesta de Los Muertos. Celebrating Mexico’s traditional Day of the Dead, this annual music festival groups an eclectic mix of international stars and is one of the month’s biggest draws. A combination of infectious Latin reggaeton at the hands of internationally famous Cuban duo, Gente de Zona (a Grammy-winning band who has performed alongside Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias) will mix with Nick Jonas’ pop rock and R&B beats as he belts out hits like “Close” or “Jealous”. To close off the night American DJ Chantel will take to the stage with her smashing hit “Wait” befor The Mariachis give a spectacular performance and local talent from Hollaphonic entertains the audience. The line-up of performing artists will keep growing as the date nears so watch this space. It’s on at the Autism Rocks Arena, doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are priced between 250 AED (£53) and 900 AED (£190)
Deepavali Utsav 2018 (26 October)
Ahead of the world-famous celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of lights which this year takes place on 7th November, Dubai is already getting in a festive mood with the arrival of a trio of performers at Deepavali Utsav. Award-winning performer Naresh Iyer, Bennet and the Band will join forces to elevate the mood at this family-friendly pre-festival event.
From traditional games to folk dancing and rangoli competitions, all family members and friends will enjoy this afternoon cultural immersion. Great fun for all is guaranteed at Etisalat Academy in Muhaisnah but those interested must get their (super cheap) tickets soon to avoid disappointment as they are expected to run out quick. Tickets cost just (£11) and the festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Morcheeba at Dubai Opera (31 October)
Bringing their pioneering blend of trip-hop and rock to the Dubai Opera stage, British band Morcheeba will perform a selection of their classic hits (from “Trigger Happy” to “The Sea”) while presenting new tracks from their latest, soon-to-be released album. Fusing electronic music with a variety of genres that include rock and folk rock (most prominently) as well as variety of diverse styles, they promise a night of fantastic entertainment on the very last day of the month to wave goodbye to October with a big bang. Performance begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start from 150 AED (£32).
Music, concerts and DJ sessions
After months in hiatus Music returns with a big bang to Dubai this month with not one, not two, not three, but over ten concerts and live performances. Here we outline some of the best.
Sigma at Zero Gravity (5 October) - FREE
British drum and bass DJ duo, Sigma, return to Zero Gravity in Dubai this month for a spectacular performance by the sea. After a stellar, sell-out performance on New Year’s Eve, the popular chart-toppers will perform some of their best hits from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Best of all, attendance to their Dubai Marina performance is absolutely FREE! You’ve got no excuse to party the night away on the first Friday of the month.
Fat Joe at BASE Dubai (6 October)
A promising night of non-stop hits, one of the industry’s veterans, Fat Joe returns to BASE Dubai for one night of late night partying. After having recorded the music video for his single “Cookin’” here, the Bronx rapper will be at BASE’s spacious open-air venue with special effects that make for uniquely immersive experience. It all starts at 10 p.m. and
The Fridge Concert Series presents: Shebani (7 October)
If R&B is what moves you, then a night at Alserkal Avenue with Shebani will feel just like what the doctor ordered. The soulful Iraqi performer and rising star will leave her mark on you as she performs her engaging tunes supported by Aleksandra Krstic, an expert at exploring and mixing chill-wave, neo-soul, alternative and R&B sounds. A night of experimental music to remember for just 50 AED (£11)!
Mistajam at Zero Gravity (11 October) FREE
Mistajam, the UK BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra presenter will make his debut in Dubai this October at Zero Gravity, and he will do so with a free gig for all to enjoy! After winning the ARIAS Music Broadcaster of the Year and being known for his love of hip hop and grime, Mistajam will be mixing urban tunes that crossover into a variety of genres, from mainstream hits to specialist music. Catch him at Zero Gravity on 11th October, from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. and make the most of this FREE mega party!
Families and Kids
Aliens Love Underpants at Madinat Theatre (12 October)
Not one, not two but three different performances of the much-loved children’s book Aliens Love Underpants will take to the stage at Madinat Theatre, giving little ones and their parents ample time to catch a show if enjoying a Dubai holiday in the second week of the month. Brought over from London’s West End, this adapted play taken from Claire Freedmand’s popular picture book will delight audiences of all ages with 55 minutes of hilarious, alien-centred action. This heartwarming show and endearing story includes plenty of special effects, original songs and crazy antics. Suitable for everyone aged 3 and above, tickets sell for between 100 (£21) and 130 (£28) and this unmissable spectacle makes for a fabulous family day out. Laughter and giggles guaranteed.
*The currency conversions given here are approximate, rounded-up figures, correct at the time of writing and subject to change according to market fluctuations.