The October hot list: Dubai Design Week, Ani:me Abu Dhabi, and more

From exhibitions and auctions to fashion, film and food fests, here’s our roundup of all that’s interesting in the month of October.


October 1

Sharjah Art Foundation spaces

Head to Sharjah for a trio of exhibition openings, showcasing work by Yayoi Kusama, Enrico David and Robert Breer. These artists are international superstars: 87-year-old Kusama is renowned for her use of the polka dot; Breer is one of the ­founders of the American avant-garde; and ­London-based sculptor David is making his regional debut.


October 1 and 2

Indian/Emirati showcase at Design One

Start the month with a visit to shopping ­extravaganza Design One at Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The two-day event will showcase about 50 designers of Indian and Emirati clothing, jewellery and accessories. Renowned Indian designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla will make an appearance, as they reveal their latest collection. Interactive sessions with beauty salons and hair stylists will also be on offer. Entry is free.


October 1 to 10

Gourmet October at Armani Hotel Dubai

Join the Gourmet 10/10 food experience at Armani Hotel in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Returning for a second year, the 10-day culinary celebration will be hosted by the Armani/Ristorante, Amal, Hashi and Deli restaurants. Diners can choose from signature set menus and exclusive dishes, from Dh350 per person. Visit, email or call 04 888 3666


October 3

Westworld begins on OSN First HD Home of HBO

One of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year makes its debut on OSN. The series, based on writer-director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie of the same name, features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins (pictured), Thandie Newton and Ed Harris. The super-keen – or insomniacs – can tune in at 5am on OSN Play and OSN On Demand (the same time as it screens on HBO in the United States), while the rest of us can watch it at 10pm to get our share of robot cowboys.

Don’t miss our preview of Westworld, and an interview with Anthony Hopkins, in Arts&Life on October 3


October 6 to 10

Arab Fashion Week returns

Dubai’s Meydan Hotel will play host to Arab Fashion Week. Pitched as a “ready-couture” event, the style festival will bring together a host of regional designers to showcase their 2017 spring/summer collections. The biannual forum is geared towards promoting emerging designers from local and international markets, in support of Dubai’s ambitions to become a fashion hub. The full list of designers is yet to be announced, but registration for tickets is now open.


From October 8

Food Truck Jam

As summer comes to a close, the mobile ­gourmets will line up for the second session of the Food Truck Jam at Emirates Golf Club from ­October 8. Sweet and savoury creative refreshments will be served up by 15 trucks, while families can relax and enjoy live performances and activities while they eat. The trucks will be open from 4pm until 11pm every Saturday until April next year.


October 18

Christie’s art and watches auction

Christie’s auction house marks its 250th ­anniversary in Dubai with a modern and ­contemporary art sale, and a watch sale at ­Emirates Towers Hotel. The 113 art pieces range from oil paintings by Egyptian masters to ­abstract pieces by emerging artists. There is also a highlighted section on Saqqakhaneh, an Iranian art movement.


October 19 to 27

European Film Screenings

The annual European Film Screenings programme returns for its third edition, promising the best of recent European cinema in collaboration with a host of embassies, as well as the best Emirati short films. The event runs at World Trade Center Mall in Abu Dhabi from October 19 to 26, with the same films screening in Dubai at the Ibn Battuta and ­Festival City malls a day later. Search for “European Film Screenings” on Facebook for the soon-to-be-announced full schedule


October 21

Sunset Festival

Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, hosts its music festival, with headliners Snap!, Arrested Development and Gabrielle (pictured), as well as performances from South African outfit Freshly Ground, and local talent Adam Baluch. The event kicks off at 3.30pm. Tickets start from Dh255, available from Platinum List and UAE Exchange centres.


October 24 to 29

Dubai Design Week

More than 150 events will be staged in a six-day celebration of design. The centrepoint of it all will be Downtown Design, a fair for trade ­professionals held at d3. There will also be keynote speeches, panel discussions, public ­performances and educational workshops about the many facets of design taking place around the city.


October 27 to 29

Ani:me Abu Dhabi

The team behind the Middle East Film & Comic Con returns with this new three-day event, at the du Forum, dedicated to Japanese manga and anime. There will also be Japanese cinema, music, games, fashion and food to enjoy, as well as ­performances from well-known J-Pop bands, cosplay, artists and talks from some of the most popular anime and manga titles.


October 28

Fiesta De Los Muertos

This brand-new music festival, at the Autism Rocks Arena in Dubai, will feature DJs Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, who are responsible for the biggest hit of the ­summer, Lean On. Joe Jonas and his band DNCE are also on the bill, along with 1990s girl band All Saints.

Published: September 28, 2016 04:00 AM


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