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Vogue Arabia’s Must-Read November Culture Guide

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November’s calendar is packed with events dotted across the region. From festivals to Formula 1, read on to discover Vogue Arabia’s top highlights worth clearing your schedule for.

Global Village (November 1)
Global Village opened its doors for its 22nd season to the public on November 1. This year, the annual six-month-long shopping and entertainment hub is set to showcase the cultures and traditions of 27 different countries by way of “pavilions,” spanning from the Far East to the Middle East; Asia to Africa; and Europe to the Americas. The cultural extravaganza is set to run until April 7 2018. General admission is AED/SAR 15 per person.
For more information, visit www.globalvillage.ae.

Ted X Muscat Women (November 4)
On November 4, the first TEDxWomen event will take place in Oman. Featuring a curated lineup of empowering female speakers from across the globe, this year’s theme is “Building Bridges.” Some of the inspiring speakers include Aziza Chaouni, associate professor of architecture at the University of Toronto, Lana Al Rasheed, an entrepreneur from Kuwait, film director Nayla Al Khaja from the UAE, Sheikha Noora Al Khalifa from Bahrain, and the first Omani female to have her own YouTube Channel for hijabis, Sayyida Mayya Al Said.
For more information, visit www.ted.com.

Sharjah International Book Festival (November 1-11)
The 10-day event held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is the fourth largest book fair in the world, and is currently underway in the emirate. This year’s edition (it’s in its 36th year) will host 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries, and display more than 1.5 million titles. Open daily to the public from 10am to 10pm, the calendar is packed with live performances, entertainment acts, acrobatic shows, and a series of workshops in art, literature, and writing.
For more information, visit www.sibf.com.

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2017 Abu Dhabi Art (November 8-11)
The ninth edition of Abu Dhabi Art will open its doors to the public on the bustling Saadiyat Island from November 8-11. The three-day event will showcase paintings, sculptures, installations, and other works from contemporary and modern Arab artists from across the GCC, alongside international names. Arab talents set to show their work include Saudi Arabian contemporary artists Manal Al-Dowayan and Abdulnasser Gharem, Cairo-based Magdi Mostafa, and Iraqi photographer Halim Al Karim.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening (November 11)
At long last, the highly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi is opening to the public on November 11, the last day of Abu Dhabi Art. Designed by Pritzker-winning French architect Jean Nouvel (who also designed the Arab World Institute in Paris and Serpentine Galleries in London), the Abu Dhabi branch of the iconic museum was originally slated to open in 2012. Shaped like a flying saucer, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, is set to feature 23 permanent galleries and more than 600 exhibitions, with 300 prehistoric and contemporary artworks from 13 key French institutions, including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou in Paris during its opening year.

Access to Abu Dhabi Art is AED 50 for adults and complimentary for visitors students and visitors under 18. You can purchase tickets online.

Courtesy of Louvre Abu Dhabi

Dubai Design Week (November 13-18)
Dubai Design Week, which kicks off on November 13, is the region’s largest and most innovative design event. Established in 2015 by the Dubai Design District and Art Dubai Group, the annual event – held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – aims to spotlight the international appeal of the emirate through talks, exhibitions, and interactive exhibits. This year’s six-day event will showcase 150 contemporary design brands from 25 countries. For more information, visit www.dubaidesignweek.ae.

International Jewellery Show in Dubai (November 15-18)
Jewelry aficionados are invited to the VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show, which is making its debut at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 15-18. Set to be the biggest jewelry extravaganza of its kind in the region, the four-day event will display precious metals, stones, and gems from around the globe as well as play host to fashion shows and industry talks.

VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show is open to retail and trade visitors. The show is open 2-10pm on November 15, 16, and 18 2017, and 3-10pm on November 17 2017. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.jewelleryshow.com

Comic Con Arabia, Riyadh (November 23-25)
The first edition of Riyadh’s pop-culture convention is set to take place at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center on November 23-25, bringing with it a lineup of international and regional celebrities, artists, and cosplayers, as well as competitions and exclusive merchandise up for grabs. Doors are open from 2-11pm every day.

Tickets cost 100 AED/SAR each and can be purchased online.

Grand Prix Formula 1 Abu Dhabi (November 25-26)
Formula 1 will host its final race of the season at Yas Island Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on the weekend of November 25. Guests will watch Lewis Hamilton and co. speed across the circuit before making their way to the after-race concerts headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, P!nk, and Mumford & Sons.

Tickets for the can’t-miss event can be purchased online.

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