Things to Do

9 brilliant things to do in Abu Dhabi in October

Hello October…

‘Time is a social construct,’ is a common theme at What’s On HQ these days. How are we already expecting October’s enormous, glittery, festive face? It’s mind-boggling, but it’s also exciting since there are so many fun, amazing things to do in the capital during this entire month. You heard it first from us.

Tango Night at Maté

When: October Fridays

Tango Night at Maté, where Fridays are all about beautiful supper and dancing fascination, is a great way to start the weekend. Enjoy a blend of Argentinian and Lebanese meals with a Tango show from 8.30pm to 10.30pm for Dhs300 per person.

NBA pre-season hooping at the Etihad Arena

When: October 5 and 7

The NBA pre-season friendly matches are back, and this time it’s the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves warming up at, you guess it, the Etihad Arena. Ticket prices start at Dh245.

The Exceptional Chef series at José by Pizarro

When: 14th of October

Kim Alter, captain at the Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant Nightbird, is the penultimate chef in The Exceptional Chef Series. She’s collaborating with José by Pizzaro for one day only, from 12pm to 10pm, to bring you a fusion feast.

Cinderella: Bitesize Ballet at the Cultural Foundation

When: October 20-21

Everyone’s favourite childhood story is making a new look at the Cultural Foundation, complete with classical ballet and an original music. There are evening and afternoon outcomes, with tickets starting at Dhs175.

Diving into scuba diving at The National Aquarium

When: Throughout the month of October

For those looking to make an impact, The National Aquarium offers the PADI Discover SCUBA diving curriculum, which teaches you all you need to know about diving. Session fees start at Dhs950.

Getting your ramen fix at SLRP by 3Fils

When: Throughout the month of October

SLRP by 3Fils, which recently launched at Yas Mall, is a local business that serves handcrafted, freshly made ramen, kushiyaki, and sushi. If you enjoy real Japanese cuisine, this is the place for you.

LOBI LOBI by Pascale Marthine Tayou at Cultural Foundation

When: Throughout the month of October

Foundation is an exhibit of sculptures and installations titled LOBI LOBI, named after the artist’s poetry, and is on exhibit until November 26, 2023.

Beauty glow up at Bloomingdale’s

When: Throughout the month of October

Visit Reem Mall to see Bloomingdale’s first global beauty shop, which has exclusive goods, virtual aesthetic trials, masterclasses, and a whole lot of luxury. It’s a beauty lover’s paradise.

Wishing for winter with Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks

When: Throughout the month of October

We don’t have fall here, but we can pretend with Starbucks’ highly anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte. To commemorate their 20th anniversary, they have released a new line of pumpkin-Pinterest-worthy beverages, which are now available at stores around the UAE.

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