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Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future at Concrete Following its showing at London’s Hayward Gallery, and a gallery to gallery international collaboration, Concrete at Alserkal Avenue will bring the seven artist-strong group exhibition ‘Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future’ to Dubai from 7-21 November. This septet of international artists have imagined how our world might look and feel in the future, engaging with the idea that adaptation is necessary for survival to present films, sculpture and text-based works that explore ideas of change and hybrid forms of architecture, biology, technology, and language. The line-up of artists includes Ann Lislegaard, Julian Charriere, Rainer Ganahl,  Marguerite Humeau, Bedwyr Williams, Andreas Angelidakis and Youmna Chlala.  

DP World Tour Championship 2018 The DP World Tour Championship, one of the biggest events in Dubai’s sporting calendar, is back for its tenth edition from the 15-18 November. Part of the European Tour, and the thrilling climax to the European Tour Race to Dubai, this golfing tournament has seen some of the world’s best golfers competing here in the UAE, with past winners including Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. The tournament has a prize fund of $8,000,000, and you can expect some tense scenes when the athletes battle it out on the course to take home the trophy.

The region’s leading education show The Gulf Education and Training Exhibition, or GETEX, returns from 14-16 November. The event is a chance for schools, colleges and educational institutes to reach out to Dubai’s aspiring students, and for students to learn about what educational opportunities are available. Each year, the exhibition attracts more than 35,000 students, and GETEX focuses on all aspects of education, from residential schools to student counselling. The three-day event also features a Counsellors Forum, for Counsellors to meet and learn from fellow professionals. There will also be a line-up of seminars led by representatives from local and international schools, covering everything from children’s healthcare to Master’s Degree programs.  

Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo The only event of its kind in the Middle East The Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo is the only dedicated trade fair of its kind in the region. International and regional companies will be showcasing more than two thousand of their latest products and services. All sorts of organic and natural products are represented at the event, with sectors dedicated to food and beverages, beauty, the environment, and more. The event has been running for the past fifteen years, and last year’s event saw more than 6000 visitors. Attendees can expect three days of networking opportunities with fellow professionals, as well as educational sessions, talks, and seminars led by international experts.

Hacienda Classical at Dubai Opera. See legendary Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the iconic club’s original DJ partnership, recreating old school house and club anthems on an epic scale alongside a full symphony orchestra and conductor Tim Crooks. Taking place at the incredible 2000 seat Dubai Opera, this promises to be a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience. An unforgettable show that brings the music of iconic Manchester nightclub The Hacienda back to life in spectacular style, it will include club classics such as ‘Pacific State’, ‘Ride on Time’ and ‘You Got The Love’ receiving the classical treatment.

University of Dubai-hosted conference returns to the emirate Organised by the Centre for Research & Consultancy at University of Dubai in collaboration with Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and an academic consortia of 21 UAE based and AACSB/EQUIS accredited international universities, the second annual International Conference on Advances in in Business, Management & Law offers five conference tracks, networking opportunities and an awards programme. Delegates will hear from experts in various fields covering a wide-ranging cross-section of industry sectors and topics from entrepreneurship, leadership, law and Islamic finance to marketing, e-commerce, supply chain, big data and innovation. A Best PhD Papers Award will be announced for each conference track and published as part of the conference proceedings.

Sole DXB returns later this year for its sixth edition. The event is a celebration of street culture, encompassing everything from fashion and music to art and sport. It started out back in 2012, as a one-day event dedicated to sneakers, but has grown and grown since then, playing host to film premieres, art exhibitions, concerts, and more. Some of the world’s biggest brands have taken part in past events, including Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry, Stussy, and more. Attendees have also been able to see artists such as Skepta, Kano, and Mobb Deep take to the stage, as well as a line-up of Dubai-based bands and DJs. The dates and price of tickets for this year’s event are yet to be announced, but keep an eye on this space for more details.

China Homelife Dubai The exhibition of Chinese businesses returns for its ninth edition China Homelife is the largest trade fair for Chinese businesses, and it’s set to return to Dubai this December. The event is held annually in cities around the world, including Johannesburg, Mexico, and Warsaw, and the Dubai event attracts visitors from across the Middle East.  This year’s event will focus on nine separate product segments: agriculture and food; building materials; consumer electronics; furniture; home appliances; textiles and garments; home products; gifts; and lights and lamps. Visitors can expect to find more than 50,000 of the latest products and innovations from more than 2500 suppliers. The event is an ideal opportunity for importers, traders and buyers to meet with manufacturers and source products directly from them.

Al Marmoom Ultramarathon Elite ultra runners from around the world have Dubai marked in their diaries from 11-15 December with the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon offering three gruelling distances to choose from: the world’s longest desert run at 270km, plus continuous 100km and 50km ultra runs. Competing for a total prize purse of US$60,000, this super challenging self-sufficient event covers five stages and includes tents and water, and breathtaking scenery courtesy of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2019 .The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is set to return in February 2019, for its 17th edition. In 2019, the festival will take place over 10 days, with performances from local and international jazz and blues artists at venues throughout the city, before the main event takes place over three days at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The 2018 edition saw three international acts headlining the festival – Duran Duran, John Legend, and Ricky Martin. Past years have seen megastars like Tom Jones, Kool & The Gang, and Mariah Carey take to the stage, but the 2019 line-up is yet to be announced. Watch this space for more details.