Top 9 Things to Do in the UAE This Week!

The Ahlan! Awards, plus Oktoberfest in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
BySarah Hedley Hymers
,Lauren Steadman
Thursday , 09 October 2014
Top 9 Things to Do in the UAE This Week!

Comic Nitin Mirani hosted last year’s gig

The Ahlan! Awards

All hail Dubai’s most amazing people and places. The Ahlan! Awards is our annual homage to everything that’s great in the emirate. Categories include Best Personality, Best Restaurant, Best Spa and Best Store, with all votes cast by the people who live here. The winners will be revealed at the new-look Barasti – which has had a gorgeous makeover – and Hollaphonic, the UAE’s hottest music act, will perform at the official afterparty. Join us and raise a toast to the victors!

INFO: 8pm-10.30pm, invite only; afterparty 10.30pm-3am, free, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, 04 399 2313,

Sat 11 OCT
Adopt a Pet

Feline Friends Dubai is having an adoption day in a bid to melt the hearts of potential adopters and fosterers of homeless cats. We’ve read that cat owners have lower stress levels as all that purring and stroking is good for the soul.

INFO: 11am-4pm, Creatures Oasis, Villa 10, Community 332 31a St, Jumeirah 1, 050 451 0058,

Sat 11 Oct
Get Scribbling at The Archive!

The Big Draw is an international initiative to get people drawing, and Dubai arts centre The Archive is joining in! It’ll set up a huge blank canvas on which to unleash your imagination. This year’s theme is ‘It’s Our World’, and organisers hope participants will take inspiration from the Middle East and beyond.

INFO: 10am-3pm, The Archive, Al Safa Park, Dubai,,

Wed 8-Sat 18 Oct
3 ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest

1. Dubai’s biggest Oktoberfest event is set to feature festive food, hops and music. INFO: Starts 7.30pm each night, The Dome, Dubai Sports City
2. The Sheraton’s always a popular choice at this time of year. It’ll be serving up Bavarian fare prepared by Chef Stephan Kuhlwetter, and if you wear fancy dress you could win business-class flights to Germany! INFO: 7pm-12midnight daily, Wed 8-Sat 18 Oct, Dhs195 with buffet and soft drinks, Dhs395 with buffet and free-flowing Paulaner and house grape, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina, 04 315 3861,
3. Dance on the tables to Munich band HofBrauHaus while indulging in authentic hops, pretzels and other Bavarian treats. INFO: 7pm-2am Thu 16 Oct, 4pm-2am Fri 17 Oct, Dhs165 per day, book at, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi  

Thu 9 Oct
See US Comic Max Amini!

A regular performer at The Comedy Store, London, Iranian-American comic Max Amini appeared in stand-up show Exotic Imports and the Diversity Comedy Showcase, screened on US station CBS.

INFO: Doors 6pm for 7pm show and 9pm for 10pm show, Dhs200, Dhs450, book at, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 4777,

The Return of Sandance!

Empire of the Sun headlines this season opener of Sandance, supported by two-thirds of what was Swedish House Mafia – DJs Axwell and Ingrosso – plus Mercury Prize-nominated drum’n’bass foursome Rudimental. Hip-hop veterans De La Soul will also make an appearance.

INFO: 3pm-3am, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, regular entry Dhs295, VIP tickets 500, book at

Brunch of the Week
The Munch Brunch
Offering stunning 360-degree views of Dubai old and new, Kris Krin’s pan-Asian buffet restaurant has a civilised and chilled-out vibe. 

INFO: 1pm-5pm, Dhs175 with soft drinks, Dhs275 with free-flowing house drinks, Kris With a View, 19th floor, Park Regis Kris Krin, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St, opposite BurJuman Centre, Bur Dubai, 04 377 1111,

See DJ Robin Schulz at Cielo Sky Lounge 

Ultra-chic Cielo Sky Lounge at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club reopens on 9 October. International superstar DJ Robin Schulz will headline the official launch party and the event is reservation and guest list only. Very swish!

INFO: 9pm-2am, 04 4161 800,


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