31 fantastic things to do in Abu Dhabi this October

31 fantastic things to do in Abu Dhabi this October



Here's how to make the most of the month ahead.

With a plethora of dining options to choose from and some of the biggest concerts in the capital, this is FACT's list of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi this October.

Sunday 1 October

Catch Charlie Puth live

Get ready for a night of pure magic as the sensational Charlie Puth graces the UAE for the very first time. Make your way to the Etihad Arena on Yas Island where Charlie's set to deliver an intimate performance that'll tug at your heartstrings. It's a musical rendezvous you won't want to miss.

GO: Visit www.etihadarena.ae for more information.

Charlie Puth

Monday 2 October

Enjoy a pool and massage day at The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Treat yourself like royalty and check out the Exquisite Oasis Retreat package at The EDITION Spa. Indulge in a relaxing 30-minute massage and then lounge by the pool with an exclusive day pass, which is partially redeemable for food and drinks at the pool bar.

GO: Visit www.editionhotels.com for more information.

Abu Dhabi this weekend

Tuesday 3 October

Sink your teeth into some prime ribs

If you're looking for a mouthwatering adventure, head to Butcher & Still at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi for their Prime Rib Tuesday. Sink your teeth into a succulent Chicago Cut prime rib, served with a loaded baked potato on the side. Once you're done, treat yourself to a sundae for a delightful end to your dining experience.

GO: Visit www.fourseasons.com for more information.

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Wednesday 4 October

Indulge in tea time for a cause

Make your way to the chic and modern Chai Lobby Lounge at Pearl Rotana Capital Centre that's been decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Indulge in an array of pink sweets and desserts, all proudly displayed to support this important cause. And while you satisfy your cravings, you'll also be making a meaningful contribution in style.

GO: Visit www.rotana.com for more information.

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Thursday 5 October

Catch the NBA games in the capital

Get ready for some slam-dunk action because The Mavericks are rolling into town to dribble it against the Timberwolves for the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023. With superstar powerhouses like Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, who can make a basketball rockstar entrance to the dynamic duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, and the rising star, Anthony Edwards, you're up for an epic showdown.

GO: Visit www.etihadarena.ae for more information.

NBA Fan Appreciation Day

Friday 6 October

Dine with celebrity chef Mehmet Gurs

Prepare to embark on a delectable journey guided by the culinary maestro, Mehmet Gurs. His incredible culinary adventure, from Istanbul to the US and back, is a flavorful tale you won't want to miss. He's making a stop at Garage at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, with creations that are set to dazzle your taste buds.

GO: Visit https://visitabudhabi.ae for more information.

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Saturday 7 October

Head out to a family-friendly brunch

The Cafe Restaurant at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas is hosting the ultimate family-friendly brunch — Brunch at the Park. With special activities for the kids, parents can dive into a mouthwatering buffet feast with live cooking stations. Think live oyster shucking, a cheese room, burger gelato, and more culinary delights. Plus, children can enjoy baker's clay, yoga, football, aqua fun, and even hang out with the friendly mascot during special events.

GO: Visit www.hyattrestaurants.com for more information.

things to do in October

Sunday 8 October

Head to the cinemas for Saw X

Get your spook on this Halloween month at VOX Cinemas Reem Mall because Saw X is arriving. In this chilling 10th instalment of the Saw franchise, John Kramer heads to Mexico on a quest for a miracle cure for his terminal cancer. However, he soon realises that the entire operation is a fraudulent scheme. With a new mission in mind, the infamous serial killer and his apprentice unleash a nightmarish series of traps on the fraudsters.

GO: Visit https://uae.voxcinemas.com for more information.

things to do in October

Monday 9 October

Soak up the sun at Café del Mar

Soak up the sun at the FACT Spa & Wellness Awards Abu Dhabi 2023's Favourite Beach Club, Café del Mar. Located in Yas Bay, it's the ultimate spot for your day-cation dreams. With fantastic views and inviting pools, it's a recipe for relaxation and fun. Whether you're indulging in delicious food or just basking in the incredible atmosphere, Cafe Del Mar guarantees an unforgettable retreat in the heart of the UAE capital.

GO: Visit https://cafedelmarabudhabi.com for more information.

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Tuesday 10 October

Stay in and watch Beckham on Netflix

This four-part documentary series spills the beans on football legend, David Beckham's humble beginnings to his relentless drive for success. His story is a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. With unprecedented access to David, Victoria, family, friends, and teammates, this series gives you an intimate look at one of the world's most recognisable athletes and a peek into modern sports and celebrity culture so we suggest staying in and bingeing on this one.

GO: Visit www.netflix.com for more information.

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Wednesday 11 October

Relive the Disney magic

Disney fans, get ready to believe in magic like never before because Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Wonder. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and a star-studded lineup from your favourite Disney tales including Frozen, Moana, Coco, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and more at Etihad Arena. It's a chance to share enchanting moments filled with breathtaking ice skating and beloved Disney stories, that you won't want to miss out on. Tickets are available via Platinumlist from AED 85.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for more information.

things to do in October

Thursday 12 October

Indulge in Tapas Night at Pearl Rotana Capital Centre

Get ready for live entertainment and Spanish Latin music at The Warehouse, that'll set the perfect mood for the upcoming weekend. Indulge in the Tapas Night with a fantastic selection of Spanish Tapas, Classic Sangrias, Spanish Wines and a whole lot more. You're guaranteed to have a great time. 

GO: Visit www.rotana.com for more information.

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Friday 13 October

Stay in the lap of luxury at Club Prive

If you're up for a staycation like no other, make your way to Club Prive by Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island. With Ottoman-inspired palatial interiors and stunning beachside, this place is the ideal destination for a relaxing island escape, a romantic getaway, or that long-awaited family vacation. It's time to indulge in the lap of luxury.

GO: Visit www.rixos.com for more information.

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Saturday 14 October

Enjoy a hearty meal with Kim Alter

Indulge in a delectable adventure with culinary mastermind Kim Alter as she prepares to grace Abu Dhabi with her inventive genius at José by Pizarro at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Kim's unique takes on familiar dishes are bound to dazzle your taste buds as she brings her Californian flair to the capital — and you can get a chance to witness it too.

GO: Visit https://visitabudhabi.ae for more information.

Exceptional Chef series

Sunday 15 October

Lounge under the blue sky for a relaxing Sunday

Head to the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel for an unforgettable day by the pool. Picture tranquil waters, sun loungers calling your name, and crystal-clear pools. It's paradise! So dive in, cool off, and soak up those stunning views because the hotel awaits your arrival for a relaxing Sunday.

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for more information.

Abu Dhabi's best pool

Monday 16 October

Watch the first Arabic language musical, Sukkar

Make your way to the cinemas for the very first Arabic-language musical production, Sukkar. Created by the talented Heba Mashari Hamada, this groundbreaking tale follows Sukkar and her friends in an orphanage, dreaming of a brighter, more colourful life despite the cruelty of their headmistress, Ratiba. So mark your calendars because this is an experience you won't want to miss.

GO: Visit www.voxcinemas.com for more information.

things to do in October

Tuesday 17 October

Indulge in an afternoon tea affair

If you're in the mood for a treat, look no further than The Lounge at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. Voted the Favourite Afternoon Tea at the FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi 2022, it's a modern twist on classic coffee houses. Whether you crave Jing tea, velvety coffee, or delectable pastries, this haven has you covered. From custom salads to fluffy pancakes, there's something for everyone. Dive into savoury sandwiches, delightful cakes, and tempting tarts, accompanied by a fantastic array of coffees and teas.

GO: Visit www.morecravings.com for reservations and more information.

afternoon tea Abu Dhabi

Wednesday 18 October

See Robbie Williams at Etihad Arena

Get ready to groove because Robbie Williams is about to set the stage on fire, celebrating a remarkable 25-year career. If his past performances are any indication, you can bet on some cheeky banter, sky-high energy levels, and a non-stop hit parade. We're talking about chart-toppers like FeelMillennium, and the iconic Angels, which was written in just 25 minutes, and went on to become Robbie's best-selling single.

GO: Visit www.etihadarena.ae for more information.

Robbie Williams

Thursday 19 October

Satisfy your Italian cuisine cravings

If you're on the hunt for a taste of Italy in a cosy, friendly setting, Dino's Bistro Italiano is your go-to spot. Their warm ambience sets the stage for a culinary journey through Italy's finest flavours, all accompanied by a selection of premium beverages. We recommend trying this one out for all your carb cravings

GO: Visit www.rotana.com for more information.

things to do in October

Friday 20 October

Hop on a boat for an island escape

If you're itching for a quick escape, look no further than Nurai Island. Just a 15-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi's shores, this place is a slice of heaven like no other. The boutique private island resort has it all: a top-notch oceanside spa, five fantastic dining options, a beach club, and a lineup of exciting activities on both land and sea. 

GO: Visit www.nuraiisland.com for more information.

Nurai Island

Saturday 21 October

Catch the UFC 294 fight

Fight fans get pumped for UFC 294. This event features Islam Makhachev defending his lightweight title against Charles Oliveira. Plus, don't miss the highly anticipated return of Khamzat Chimaev taking on Paulo Costa in a middleweight bout. This Abu Dhabi Showdown is not to be missed.

GO: Visit www.etihadarena.ae for more information.

Makhachev Vs. Oliveira

Sunday 22 October

Prepare to laugh out loud with Andrew Schulz

Get ready to have your funny bone tickled by the uproariously hilarious Andrew Schulz, live at the Etihad Arena. He'll take you on a wild ride, dishing out cheeky humour and witty insights. Be prepared to laugh until your sides hurt and maybe even shed a tear while pondering the complexities of life. It's a comedy with heart and humour.

GO: Visit www.etihadarena.ae for more information.

Andrew Schulz

Monday 23 October

Get into the Halloween spirit with a Netflix movie night

Get into the Halloween spirit and watch The Devil on Trial on Netflix. This gripping film delves into a mind-boggling true story where "demonic possession" was actually used as a defence in a US murder trial. With firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, it's a tale that'll make you ponder our deep-seated fear of the unknown. 

GO: Visit www.netflix.com for more information.

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Tuesday 24 October

Enjoy a poolside paradise

It's time for the ultimate relaxation and poolside fun at Yas Acres Country Club. Picture yourself lounging by the leisure pool, soaking up the glorious sun in style. Don't forget your swimwear, because it's all about enjoyment, relaxation, and incredible flavours here. And the best part: Your pool pass is fully redeemable at Roots Kitchen.

GO: Visit https://viyagolf.com for more information.

Abu Dhabi's best pool

Wednesday 25 October

Relax in the desert 

If you're in the mood for a spa day like no other, head over to Anantara Spa at Desert Islands Resort & Spa. Tucked away in the enchanting oasis of Sir Bani Yas Island, with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, this spa offers healing journeys that draw inspiration from the endless desert that surrounds it. Picture yourself spending the day in the al-fresco Jacuzzi, gazing out over the ocean while immersing yourself in the island's lush flora and fauna.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for more information.

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Thursday 26 October

Indulge in Oktoberfest celebrations at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort

Hemingway's, a legendary pub in Abu Dhabi is a haven for sports lovers, with enough widescreens to keep you glued to the action. And there's even a pool table to keep the fun going after the final whistle. If you're hungry, they've got you covered with all the classic pub favourites served in generous portions. Plus, don't miss the Oktoberfest celebration at Hemingway's Garden.

GO: Visit www.radissonhotels.com for more information.

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Friday 27 October

Dare to watch Five Nights at Freddy's in cinemas

Here's a dare for you: head to the cinemas and see if you can survive the spine-tingling horror game, Five Nights at Freddy's. This heart-pounding cinematic experience follows a security guard with a troubled past as he starts his job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. But be warned, his first night on the job reveals that surviving the night shift at Freddy's won't be a walk in the park. 

GO: Visit www.voxcinemas.com for more information.

things to do in October

Saturday 28 October 

Prep your jaws for a comedy night with Jo Koy

Comedy lovers, get ready to laugh your hearts out. The hilarious Filipino-American comedian, Jo Koy, is bringing his world tour to Abu Dhabi with his signature satirical humour. Known for his side-splitting jokes about everyday events, especially those involving families and the Filipino diaspora, Jo Koy is here to keep you in stitches. Tickets start from AED 180 for silver seats, and go up to AED 700 for royal seats and are available from Platinumlist.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for more information.

Jo Koy in Abu Dhabi

Sunday 29 October

Brunch at Shang Palace for a spicy Sunday

Make your way to Shang Palace in Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri to embark on a flavour-packed journey through the Chinese province of Szechuan. In this brunch, you get to enjoy an afternoon filled with bold and authentic Szechuan specialities that are best enjoyed with friends and family. It's perfect for those who crave a little spice in life — with some signature Chinese tea on the side.

GO: Visit www.shangri-la.com for more information.

things to do in October

Monday 30 October

Enjoy a cosy night in with Loki season two

Marvel fans, grab some popcorn and settle in to watch Loki season two on Disney+. This series continues the thrilling adventures of Loki as he teams up with Mobius, Hunter B-15, and the TVA to explore the wild multiverse. Their mission? To find Sylvie, Ravonna Renslayer, and the ever-mysterious Miss Minutes. So get ready for some mind-bending magic.

GO: Visit www.disneyplus.com for more information.

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Tuesday 31 October

Sip on some Halloween-inspired drinks at Captain's Arms

Craving some authentic English pub fare? Head to Captain's Arms at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Village. With a fantastic selection of draft beers to quench your thirst, you're going to love it here. And since it's Halloween, the place will be all decked out with Halloween decorations and a Halloween-themed menu with special cocktails. It's the perfect spot to get into the spirit while enjoying great food and drinks.

GO: Visit www.lemeridienvillageexperience.com for more information.

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