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Vogue Arabia’s Regional November Culture Guide


Courtesy of Najd Al Taher

November’s calendar is packed with events across the region. Read on to discover Vogue Arabia’s top highlights worth clearing your schedule for.

Fulfilment Exhibition by Najd Al Taher (November 1st)

Featuring photography and neon light installations by Kuwaiti artist Najd Al Taher, this exhibition will run for a week, from November 1st to the 8th at Dar Alfnoon in Kuwait City. The artist’s first solo exhibition “takes a critical yet personal point of view on a psychological and cultural issues.”


Bedouin woman weaving.

Traditional Handicrafts Festival in Al Ain (November 2-12)
Al Ain

This ten-day long festival celebrates the importance of traditional craftsmanship in the Emirates, with the aim to preserve the UAE’s national identity by transferring skills for future generations. The festival will showcase crafts from Emirati artisans and include traditional clothing, textiles, perfumes, and jewelry.

Tiger Tiger Secret Pop-Up Restaurant with Noaf Hussein (November 6-10)

On November 6th, Noaf Hussein of Pretty Little Things (PLTQ8, a social events organization) is teaming up with Tiger Tiger on a five-day pop up restaurant in Kuwait— at a secret location, which won’t be revealed until the night before via Instagram.

Les Misérables at the Dubai Opera House (November 10-December 02)

The popular musical Les Misérables — the longest running musical in history — is coming to Dubai for the first time, and will run for 22 consecutive days. The show will be produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh (The Phantom of the Opera.)

Tickets start at AED/SAR 275.

Social Media Week Hosted in Dubai For the First Time (November 15-16)

An annual, global conference, Social Media Week will be hosted in Dubai (Al Serkal Avenue) on November 15th. The two-day event aims to explore social media’s impact on technology, society, and culture via talks, exhibitions, interactive workshops, and plays. Notable media influencers scheduled to attend include Palestinian Vlogger FouseyTube (Yousef Erakat.)


Courtesy of Art Abu Dhabi

ART ABU DHABI (November 16-19)

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Art is a three-day long art fair that celebrates the city’s burgeoning creative scene. Guests are invited to enjoy the work of international and regional artists, attend talks and workshops, and purchase art.


Courtesy of Sole DXB

Sole DXB Returns for its Fifth Edition (November 18-19)

The region’s biggest street culture event, Sole DXB, will return for its fifth edition on November 18th in Dubai Design District. The theme of the two-day event is “City of Gold” (a nod to the city’s souks). This year’s Sole DXB will have pop up shops featuring sneaker brands that aren’t otherwise available in the region, basketball tournaments, food trucks, and a live performance by the U.K’s favorite grime rapper, Skepta. Morocco’s “Andy Warhol,” Hassan Hajjaj is also set to relaunch his street wear brand R.A.P London after two decades.

Formula 1 Grand Prix’s Final Race in Abu Dhabi (November 25-27)
Abu Dhabi

The Formula 1 will host its final race of the season at Yas Island Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on the weekend of November 25th. Guests will watch Lewis Hamilton and co. speed across the circuit before making their way to the after parties, headlined by The Chemical Brothers, Rihanna, and Lionel Richie.

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