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Things to do in Dubai in October

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Dubai is a very welcoming city that has got everything from fun, food and frolic. The city of the sky rise buildings has transformed itself completely from the desert to a tourist destination stop. Tourists flock to Dubai from all over the world for the sales bargains, sunshine and the Burj Khalifa! With the weather becoming more pleasant in October, the peak season is upon us. The best time to visit Dubai is from October to March. October onwards, the temperature starts to reduce with less humidity making it the ideal time to visit the city. Here is our list of top things to do in Dubai in October.

The glamour of the city doesn’t stop with the edgy designs of skyscrapers and buildings. Besides being the shopping capital of the middle east, the vibrant city is also home to museums, theme parks, desert safaris, and a beautiful seafront with golden, glistening sands that make it feel like home.

  1. Take a stroll in the Al Shindagha Neighbourhood

Modern Dubai was born in the early 20th century, when the ruling family established itself in the charming neighbourhood of Al Shindagha. Located today on the shores of the Creek, Al Shindagha is prized for its coral-clad houses, traditional wind towers, and attractions such as the Heritage and Diving Museum, and the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House. On our 1001 Arabian Nights: Old Dubai By Moonlight, we will walk through the lanes of Al Shindagha Neighbourhood at night. This local neighbourhood is amid renewal and renovation.

We will talk about pirates, traders, pearl divers, and adventurers who travelled on the shores of the Creek, leaving a rich legacy of local traditions and walk by life size replicas of fishing boats where the guide will you the history behind the life on the creek. As the night will progress, we will delve deep into Al Shindagha to share adventure stories and talk about the rich architectural landscape. You can book the tour here.


On Friday evenings, we visit the Al Shindagha Museum on this tour. Al Shindagha Museum encompasses much of the Shindagha area, on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, and consist of 23 museums that are opening as part of the Dubai Historical District project, which was first announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in 2015.  Shindagha Museum tells the universal tale of human innovation, resilience, and the desire for progress which shaped the Dubai of nowadays. Visitors can explore the heritage, submerging them into true Emirati culture and its origins. The museum also highlights Dubai’s shared heritage with the region and wider world.


One of the first museums to open in the Al Shindagha neighbourhood is the Perfume House, paying homage to the history of all scented things in UAE. Perfume House is built within the former house of an avid Perfumer, Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum. Many of the items inside were part of her personal collection. This includes her perfume application and a 28kg piece of oud she had in her house and which she donated to the museum just a few weeks before she died in 2017, as well as other artefacts from other notable Emiratis, and those sourced from sites such as Saruq Al Hadid, an archaeological site in Dubai.

We also take you with us to explore the history of Dubai in the newly opened Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum. Featuring artefacts unearthed from the recently discovered archaeological site of Saruq Al-Hadid; rich immersive and interactive displays bring to life the fascinating story of the Iron Age in the Middle East. Every artefact unearthed at the excavation site, along the edge of the Rub Al-Khali desert, reveals more about the Saruq Al Hadid civilization. Analysis of the precious beads reveal that some of them did not naturally exist in the area. This means the Arab tribes traded with others as far away as India. Comes with an interesting story, doesn’t it?

Take our 1001 Arabian Nights: Legends and Lore from the Trucial Coast tour to know more and delve deep into the past!

When: Every Friday and Sunday at 7pm

  1. Visit Old Dubai and the Souks

The Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood, previously known as Bastakiya is the oldest neighbourhood of Dubai, and the Old Dubai Walking tour is our signature and most popular tour.  Dubai is known for its glitz and glamour, but before the tourism boom or the discovery of oil, it was a vastly different place. Dubai was then a land of fishermen, divers and Bedouins. On this tour we will visit the Coffee Museum, Dubai Museum, the Spice and the Gold Souk and cross the creek on the Abra boat. The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.  

We offer this tour daily as both public and private tours, for those who like to book a luxurious tour for themselves.

Our Old Dubai Walkingtour is the best way to visit this part of the city!

For those who would like to delve fully into the Emirati culture as well as get a flavour of the Old city, we would recommend our food tour, Flavours of Arabia: Emirati Food walk. We treat on delicacies like falafel and hummus, Majboos and crunchy Luqaimat. We will also visit the Arabian Tea House Restaurant, one of the very famous go-to places in Dubai, a Heritage house in Bastakiya that has been converted to a restaurant.

Tour Details: Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour

When: Through October, every day at 10am and 4pm

*Private tours can start at the time of your convenience

3.     GITEX Shopper- 2019

October 6, 2019 to October 10, 2019 is the time for the 39th GITEX Technology week. Visit their website to register for the event at GITEX is your one stop shop for the best deals in electronics and is the region’s biggest consumer electronics event. Get yourself along to Zabeel Halls 4-6 at Dubai World Trade Centre for consumer gadgets galore and unbeatable bargains.  You will find great deals, discounts and giveaways with each purchase. Visitors can grab the latest products, from gaming consoles and speakers to printers and washing machines. Don’t miss this chance to save big on electronics. With over 35,000 products on display, you can experience all the amazing new technology that the world’s top companies have on offer.

Location: World Trade Centre, Dubai

You can reach the World Trade Centre by taxi or by metro directly (Red Line). Here is our guide on how to use the Dubai Metro.

Ticket Price: AED 20 per person

  1. Visit the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain

Is a visit to Dubai complete without visiting the Burj Khalifa-At the top?

The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 stores and 555m high. In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Burj Khalifa makes you go in awe of the structure each time you pass by it or look at it. You can check out the views from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa or go up to the 148th floor and marvel at views of the city by purchasing tickets to the top from here. Alternatively, the tickets can be bought from the entrance to the Burj Khalifa or inside the Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Aquarium- largest indoor aquarium in the world).

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

 A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies.

You can also take our private tour of Downtown Dubai to know more about the architecture of the marvellous buildings like the Burj Khalifa, Souk Madinat and Dubai Mall.

  1. Visit the Burj Al Arab for High Tea

Burj Al Arab is one of the top iconic hotels of the world. You can truly experience living like a royal if you book a stay in the Burj Al Arab. The hotel was opened in 1999 and has a distinctive sail-shaped silhouette. The hotel marks Dubai as a luxury tourism destination.

It is built on a man-made island and rises 321 meters above the sea level, offering great views of the sea. Gold interiors, lavish restaurants, great afternoon high teas, and its own helipad- that has hosted Roger Federer and Tiger Woods!

You can also check our blog on High Teas at Burj Al Arab for more details!


  1. Music Moments at the Dubai Opera

Dubai’s October line-up of music and live shows already has us dancing with excitement. Whatever it takes to get your groove on, you’re sure to find something to enjoy with a vast variety of musicians, artists, dancers and performers queuing up to keep Dubai at the top of the charts.

Dubai Opera and Dubai will host the world’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera for the first time from October 16, 2019, through October 29, 2019.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On January 1, 2018, it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

Location: Dubai Opera

When: October 16 through October 29, 2019

Grab your tissues and head to Dubai Opera this month for Ghost the Musical, a new interpretation of the heart-touching film, produced by Bill Kenwright. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore were stars of the original movie and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin was the Oscar winner and screenwriter behind the memorable tale. Rubin adapted the screenplay so you can expect the same excellent drama and tunes in this Broadway show. The performance theatre is an architectural icon, located next to Dubai Fountains, it’s always a treat to visit!

Your Instagram feed will thank you for it!

Location: Dubai Opera

When: October 9 through October 13, 2019

  1. Get active with the Dubai Fitness Challenge

Dubai gives you the ultimate reason to bin all those excuses about not getting fit. The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is back again this year, and that means one thing - the city is about to turn into one giant activity playground and gym. And yes, it's all for free!

The inaugural challenge was launched in 2017 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and after the huge success of the event, here we are ready to take on the third edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Upping the ante on last year's total engagement numbers, nearly one million people participated in the challenge last year, and this year is set to be even bigger. Running from October 18 to November 16, 2019, gyms, yoga studios and popular resident hotspots will be among some of the many places opening their doors to residents who want to get involved. Offering free classes, passes, sessions and events throughout the month-long event, residents won't have to fork out a penny but can shed the pounds.

With the aim to encourage people to dedicate 30 minutes out of their day to being active, there really will be no excuse for being a couch potato. From paddle-boarding and group fitness classes to football and cycling, no stone will be left unturned.

Dubai’s 30x30 exercise drive is back in action!

When: October 18 until November 16, 2019

Location: Citywide

Ticket Price: Free

  1. Enjoy a Desert Safari

It would be a mistake to leave this emirate without going on a Dubai Desert Safari. Dubai is generally a desert, but you are not actually experiencing its desert without joining a Dubai desert safari tour.  The tour is engaging and missing the fun would be a lost opportunity.  But, what exactly can you expect in a desert safari tour? 

The tour starts in the afternoon from your hotel in a 4x4 Land Cruiser! A typical desert safari does include dune bashing. It is such a thrill to drive through the desert, drifting over the tall sand dunes and feeling your stomach lurch after a steep drop over the top of a dune. At the camp, you can go for quad biking, camel riding and enjoy a great Arabic dinner buffet before you are dropped off at your hotel at night.

You can also opt for overnight desert safari where you stay in camps or an early morning sunrise safari.

You can check here for more details on Dubai desert safari or to book a desert safari.

  1. Visit the Beach

This weather is perfect to spend the sunny yet pleasant weekends at the beach.

La Mer Is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots and the newest beaches in Dubai. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk. It boasts of all top restaurants as well that you can find in the city where you can head out after a dip in the ocean. They also have facilities for water sports for the adventurous ones.

La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

For the perfect weekend, you can visit the Kite Beach, famous for the kites in the area or the famous Beach at the JBR. if you want to avoid the crowds, try Al Sufouh (or ‘Black Palace’) Beach – this spot is a bit trickier to find, but you’ll be rewarded with peaceful waters and beautiful views.

For more details, you can check our blog on Top 10 Free Things to do in Dubai.

  1. Visit the Palm Jumeirah- The Atlantis and The Pointe Dubai

Explore one of Dubai’s Architectural Triumphs- the Palm Jumeirah! It happens only in Dubai that you can see a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, the luxury hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah. This was the first resort to be built on the island and shows distinctive elements of the Arabian world. The hotel has a nautical theme and consists of 1539 rooms.  It is complemented by the Aqua venture water park and the Nasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events.

There are lots of exciting activities that make Atlantis beach resort the epicentre of adventure and the greatest holiday experience ever. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet the sea lion at the Sea Lion Point or visit the home to 65,000 incredible marine animals in the Lost Chamber Aquarium.

The Pointe is a brand-new promenade for lovely strolls and another spot to watch the gorgeous dancing fountains – the Palm is now transforming from a mainly residential place to one of the top hangouts in the city. The Pointe couldn’t be in a better location, directly across from Atlantis, imagine the views!

And with a monorail running down the 'trunk' that connects to the mainland's tram system, getting to the Palm Jumeirah couldn't be easier.

  1. Ripley’s Believe it or not- World of Wonder

Let your eyes deceive you- The world-renowned, incredible wonders of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, make their way to Dubai this season. Take the family down to Wafi shopping complex in Oud Metha to witness the global touring exhibition that focuses on the bizarre, the unusual and the downright weird. Mix up your next shopping trip with a tour of 75 exhibits - for the first time in the region - including dinosaur eggs, giants and a five-legged cow, to name a few. Grab a stamp from each exhibit!

When: September 9 until November 30, 2019
Tickets: Free


About The Author


Pri is a true believer in the Rule of Three - she lives between Dubai, Bombay and Washington DC, speaks three languages and has 3 kids under 3. She graduated from Connecticut College and has a Masters Degree from New York University. Pri is a licensed Dubai tour guide, travel blogger, art aficionado, foodie and curious to check out all things new in her city. Pri has been part of the Free Tours By Foot team since 2015 and loves to make customized itineraries for her guests.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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