What To Do this Month in Dubai & Abu Dhabi | November ‘Luxe List’

Iris Yas Marina Formula 1 Luxe Diary

The Luxe Diary has curated your list of art, fashion and food events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this month. From where to eat, what to see & what to do – discover your latest diary dates here.

From the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island to Dubai Design Week & Downtown Design, Abu Dhabi Art and Dubai Watch Week, we have your culture plans covered. If you are heading to the Formula 1, we have listed the best party spots for you to be and be seen.

On the foodie front, we have listed the Il Borro’s pairing menu inspired by ‘The Italian Way’ popping up this month only, Cipriani Yas Island‘s Truffle Menu, Le Cirque‘s new menu and Chef Greg Malouf’s new autumn Friday brunch at Zahira at the H Hotel.

If you are in a artsy fashion mood, you will love the vernissage of Suzi Nassif’s brand new exhibition at COYA Dubai and of course and you will not want to miss Megan Hess‘ new Paris book launch at Fairmont The Palm nor Eli Teplin at Q’s Bar and Lounge at Palazzo Versace.

You may want to take a more leisurely pace by exploring La Mer, the newly opened barefoot chic beachfront in Jumeirah or sample a sumptuous picnic at Emirates Palace or the luxury Urban Picnic brunch on one of the cabanas at Vida Downtown. With the weather cooling, you may want to discover the new terrace at Gaucho in the DIFC, the heights of 40 Kong which has reopened this season with a new gourmet menu and do not forget to your ‘Aperitif à la Française’ at the Westin Mina Seyahi!

This month, take your pick from our FashionArtsFoodLifestyle and Sports events and do not forget to check out our other lifestyle and beauty listings too.


Il Borro launches ‘The Italian Way’ pairing menu in collaboration with Peroni Nastro Azzurro | Until 30 November 2017

Il Borro Italian Way Luxe Diary

To celebrate its highly-valued, authentic Italian heritage, throughout November Peroni Nastro Azzurro presents its new campaign “The Italian Way” in collaboration with Il Borro. The special three-course pairing menu has been carefully curated by Head Chef at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Maurizio Bosetti and presents a delectable culinary experience served with unique Peroni accompaniments. Click here for more information. 

For reservations call +971 4 275 2555 or email reservations@ilborrotuscanbistro.ae

Chef Greg Malouf Launches Autumn Friday Brunch at Zahira at the H Hotel Dubai

Zahira Greg Malouf New Menu Luxe Diary

Zahira, the newest restaurant by Australian-Lebanese Michelin-starred chef Greg Malouf at the H Hotel, hosts a newly launched autumn Friday Brunch with new seasonal additions. The seven course imaginative and original feasting menu is curated by Chef Greg himself and well worth the visit in our view. Click here for more information.

For reservations call +971 4 501 8606 or email hello@zahira.ae.

Enjoy a  ‘Picnic at the Palace‘ this November | Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

Pic Nic Basket

Enjoy a sumptuous Picnic at Emirates Palace this month with the palace’s new luxury picnic brunch concept. The sweeping lawns of the West Wing Garden and stunning Presidential Palace views set the perfect scene for a picnic to remember. The Chefs at Emirates Palace will delight you with a basket of the most delectable gourmet fare. Enjoy a spread fit for royalty complete with bubbly, fresh fruits, assorted charcuterie and cheeses, smoked fish and a tantalising array of pastries and sandwiches. Click here for more information.

For reservations call +971 (0) 2 690 7999 or email restaurants@emiratespalace.ae.

Le Cirque Dubai introduces new à la Carte menu this fall

Le Cirque Dubai Luxe Diary Review

With a new season comes an exciting new menu at Le Cirque Dubai. With a history of French cuisine infused with an Italian personality, the restaurant’s offering remains modest and ingredient-driven: fresh, light and contemporary à la carte dishes inspired by the traditions of French cuisine, with an Italian personality. Click here for more information.

For reservations call 04 372 2444 or email reservations@lecirquedubai.com.

Experience Cipriani Yas Island‘s Truffle Season Menu | November to January 2018

Cipriani Luxe Diary Truffle Yas Marina

Starting this November until January, Cipriani Yas Island welcomes traditional autumnal flourishing flavours, perfectly complimented with the season’s favourite and finest Alba White truffles. Sourced from the small market town of Alba, in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, the Alba truffle produces aromas and flavours that are gastronomically unique, a treat for the senses. Click here for more information. For The Luxe Diary’s review of Cipriani Yas Island click here.

For reservations call +971 (0) 265 75 400 or email yasisland@cipriani.com.

London Inspired Luxury Urban Picnic Brunch at VIDA Downtown


Inspired by the London Underground, guests can pay a visit to ‘Piccalilli Circus’, ‘Vida Cheese Yard’ or ‘Sweet Treat Lane’ as part of VIDA Downtown’s new Urban Picnic series. This season, the spotlight shifts to London and the Great British Summer, as diners are invited to board the VIDA express mainline and travel through their stations of culinary delights. Click here for more information.

For reservations click here, call +971 4 428 6888 or email dine.viddh@vida-hotels.com.

Apéritif à la Française‘ is back in Dubai | 18 November 2017

We are pleased to list one of our favourite French events in Dubai which is back again this November. Head to the Westin Mina Seyahi amphitheatre and gardens on 18 November and spend the day in a unique French atmosphere. This year we are promised an even bigger event with more animations and much-awaited new comers! Click here for more information.

Lounge Life.

Gaucho DIFC Launches its Brand New Terrace on 1 November


Gaucho DIFC have timed the opening of their newly revamped terrace to absolute perfection with its launch this month. The terrace will have a whole new look and feel with a sleekly chilled design featuring various areas that can accommodate and enhance whatever mood guests are in. For more details, click here.

For reservations  call +971 4 422 7898 or email events.dubai@gauchorestaurants.com.

Suzi Nassif’s ‘Orchestra’ at COYA Dubai | November 13 2017 to mid-January 2018

Suzi Nassif Coya Dubai Luxe Diary

Suzi Fadel Nassif returns to COYA Dubai with her art exhibition entitled Orchestra opening on November 13th from 19.00 to 21.00. This marks Nassif’s third exhibition at COYA Dubai, and one we are keen not to miss! For more details, click here.

For reservations call 04 316 9600.

40 Kong Dubai re-opens its iconic rooftop for the season

Rooftop terrace

The legendary 40 Kong is back with a new direction focused on offering a full dining experience. The highest and only genuine rooftop, previously famed for being on the lips of every Dubai based hipster, is now embracing the dining concept and is officially open to the public every day of the week. For more details, click here.

For reservations call 04 355 8896 or email reservations@40kong.com.

Palazzo Versace Dubai welcomes Eli Teplin at Q’s Bar and Lounge until January 2018

Palazzo Versace Qs Bar Luxe Diary View

Q’s Bar and Lounge, Quincy Jones’ first-ever bar and lounge located at Palazzo Versace Dubai, welcomes its next world-class act,  Eli Teplin, from Tuesday to Saturday, starting November 2017 until 6 January 2018. Eli is a classically trained pop artist, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, who began as a local performer in Nashville and made his way to Los Angeles after being discovered and signed by Quincy Jones. He is the next musical prodigy to perform at Q’s as the resident act. For more details click here.

For reservations call +9714 556 8865 or email Qs@palazzoversace.ae.


How to spend the F1 Race Weekend at Yas Marina | 24 – 26 November 2017

Berthing Yas Marina Luxe Diary F1

Yas Marina will be showcasing an electric atmosphere with a weekend long array of insta-worthy sundowner experiences and glamorous parties into the night. From 1Oak and House of Debonair and Opera Gallery pop ups to the legendary scenes at Cipriani Yas Island and Iris – we have your F1® experience covered. For more details click here.

Megan Hess Paris Afternoon Tea | Fairmont The Palm | 2 November 2017

Megan Hess Illustration

We are very excited to list Megan Hess‘ next book launch at Fairmont The Palm. Interested? Come and join her for her book & illustrations signing on 2nd November at 20.00 at Fairmont The Palm. Megan Hess, international fashion illustrator, is coming back to Dubai to launch her stunning new book about Paris, a must-see city on every fashion-lover’s list. She has illustrated over 100 places to shop, sleep, eat and see – all with a fashion twist.  In connection with this event, Fairmont The Palm will also be unveiling a new super chic and ‘instagrammable’ Afternoon Tea concept that will be available throughout the month of November. For more details on both events click here.

For reservations contact palm.dining@fairmont.com or call +971 4 457 3457.

Dubai Watch Week | 16 – 20 November 2017 | Event Highlights

Dubai Watch Week Luxe Diary

We are pleased to list the highlights of the programme of events taking place at Dubai Watch Week at DIFC this month from 16 to 20 November 2017. Launched in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Watch Week is a global platform dedicated to the preservation of horological culture and heritage by creating one of the largest non-commercial events for the international watch community. For more details click here.

La Mer barefoot chic beachfront is now open in Jumeirah 1

La Mer

The alluring beachfront at La Mer has now opened in Jumeirah 1. La Mer brings several new shopping, dining and entertainment experiences to the region. Stretching out into the ocean, the breath-taking destination promises to be an inspiring location, while setting a new global benchmark for beachfront developments with its uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf and iconic city skyline. For more details click here.

Arts & Culture.

Dubai Design Week | 13-18 November 2017 | Your essential guide to this year’s events

Abwab Dubai Design Week The Luxe Diary

We are pleased to list our guide to the events taking place at this edition of Dubai Design Week, the Middle East’s most important design event set to be most comprehensive and accessible celebration of design and creativity ever staged in the region. The 2017 Dubai Design Week will see over 200 activities staged in locations across the city from 13 to 18 November 2017. The free-to-attend six-day event will attract designers, architects, thought-leaders and creatives drawn to Dubai Design Week through a high-calibre design programme. For more details click here.

Abu Dhabi Art Fair | 8 to 11 November 2017

Abu Dhabi Art Continuaa

Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi’s annual art fair, will take place from 8 to 11 November 2017 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, featuring 48 local, regional and international galleries. For more details on the events taking place at this year’s fair edition click here.

Downtown Design | 5th Edition | 14-17 November 2017

Four things to look forward to this Fall in The Luxe Diary Downtown Design

Downtown Design, the Middle East’s most important design trade show takes place as part of Dubai Design Week. The fifth edition of Downtown Design takes place at D3 and will present a huge range of carefully selected best-in-class established and emerging brands from all over the world to the design professionals drawn to Dubai from across the Middle East. For more details click here and pre-register for access to the fair on www.downtowndesign.com.

Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on 11 November 2017 | Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

louvre abu dhabi announces opening the luxe diary
Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced it will open its doors to the public on 11 November 2017. Stay tuned as we discover the new collections and the stunning unveil of the Jean Nouvel masterpiece later next week! The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. The opening celebrations will include a wide range of public programmes, including symposiums, performances, concerts, dance, and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists. For more details, click here.


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