Top things to do in October

Explore the best things to do in the region and around the world this month, from live concerts and fighting championships to worldwide festivals and cultural celebrations

Jason Derulo concert

🗓 October 28, 2022 📍Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Global R&B icon Jason Derulo is heading back to Dubai! Promising an unforgettable evening at Coca-Cola Arena, the talented performer will treat fans to his top hits, including Take You Dancing and Savage Love. Having sold over 200 million records worldwide, Derulo

is also one of TikTok’s most influential stars with a whopping 53 million followers. And now he is all set to get the crowd going in Dubai with his famous hits.


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Abu Dhabi Showdown Week

🗓 October 10 - 23, 2022 📍Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Abu Dhabi Showdown Week returns to the UAE capital this October, bringing a week-long festival of sports and entertainment events to the emirate. Anchored by the UFC 280, it's the latest instalment in the five-year partnership between UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation, and the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). As the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, it will see a series of city-wide activations, including concerts, workshops as well as meet and greets featuring some of the biggest UFC stars. The event will culminate with the UFC 280 headline event, which will see former champion Charles Oliveira go against his contender Islam Makhachev.


To book your hotel in Abu Dhabi, visit rotana.com


Diwali

🗓 October 24, 2022 📍Worldwide


One of the most important holidays celebrated in India, the five-day festival of lights is rejoiced by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world. It celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The word is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which refers to rows of lighted lamps. To mark the occasion, houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas, while huge firework displays take place around the world.


Amman Marathon

🗓 October 14, 2022 📍Amman, Jordan


Jordan's annual Amman Marathon attracts participants from the country and all around the world. Catering to all levels of fitness, it features a 42-kilometre marathon, a 21-kilometre half marathon, a 10-kilometre race and a fun four-kilometre run for junior athletes. The routes pass through the heart of Amman's downtown district, providing runners with an up-close view of some of the capital's most important landmarks. Starting near the headquarters of the Greater Amman Municipality, the marathon ends close to the Roman Amphitheatre, which was built during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius, which means that finishers are rewarded with glorious views of the morning sun reflecting off these ancient Roman ruins.


To book your hotel in Amman, visit rotana.com


Halloween

🗓 October 31, 2022 📍Worldwide


Every year on October 31, people around the world carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating to celebrate Halloween. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. Through the centuries, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. It borrows some of its traditions from All Saints Day, which was established in the eighth century by Pope Gregory III as a time to honour the saints. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, which later came to be known as Halloween.