Dubai’s must-see events for 2020

There’s never a dull month in the city
Dubai’s event calendar is buzzing with activity, all year long. We pick the best of what’s on for each month, so no matter what time of year you visit, you will be in the know.
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January

Shop and go

January

Shop and go

SHOP, GOLF, RACE AND MORE

Start the new year with a shopping spree at one of the city’s biggest festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival (26 December 2019 – 1 February 2020), followed by an action-packed month of prestigious sporting events. Dubai’s polo season starts on 24 January with the first of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup’s five tournaments, the Silver Cup, while over at the Emirates Golf Club, some of the world’s greatest golfers will tee off on 23 January at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Even the live concerts calendar fills up with heavyweight appearances by British star Robbie Williams, Egyptian sensation Amr Diab and Bollywood icon Sonu Nigam

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February

F is for fun

February

F is for fun

Food, literature and pop set the stage

From sports to literature, February guarantees something for everyone. Celebrating all things gastronomy, Dubai Food Festival invites everyone to indulge in Dubai’s wealth of fine dining experiences, curated menus, hidden food stops, masterclasses and more. Bookworms can delight in the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which brings discussions with recognised writers to Dubai, while pop lovers can see Bastille, Stormzy and more at RedFest DXB from 6-7 February. One for the sporting fans, the celebrated Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which has seen victories by Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, returns for another season of high-energy matches.

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March

Art meets comics

March

Art meets comics

Dive deep into culture

March is art season in Dubai. Creative souls will love the latest edition of the region’s largest contemporary art fair, Art Dubai, where they can enjoy exhibitions, talks and panels by leaders of the global art world. Meanwhile, zombies, superheroes, villains and movie stars will make an appearance at the annual Middle East Film and Comic Con – the region’s biggest pop culture fair from 5-7 March. It’s also off to the races with the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse on 28 March. Dress to the nines for this grand affair and catch majestic horses and their gifted jockeys compete for a USD$35 million prize purse.

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April

Ramadan

April

Ramadan

Gear up for the holy month

The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan begins towards the end of April, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience Arabian hospitality at its finest. Watch as the streets light up with regular Iftars and Suhoors (meals served during the fasting month), vibrant night markets and a sense of peace and serenity. Earlier in April, there's World Art Dubai, where you can indulge in your affinity for art, in case you didn't get enough of it in March. At this affordable retail art fair, enthusiasts can explore collections from over 150 international galleries. And if you’re a fan of One Direction, don’t miss former band member Louis Tomlinson perform at the Coca-Cola Arena on 18 April. 

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May

Eid Al Fitr

May

Eid Al Fitr

Celebrate with the whole city 

The end of Ramadan brings Eid Al Fitr, one of the most significant holidays on the Islamic calendar. Families come together for delicious feasts to mark the occasion and, citywide cultural displays, shopping offers and entertainment raise spirits. From malls to buzzing destinations like City Walk, a great many experiences pop up to give visitors and residents a memorable glimpse into local traditions. Add an edge to your celebrations with rock legends Iron Maiden, who are performing in Dubai for the first time in 11 years on 27 May.

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June

Dubai Summer Surprises

June

Dubai Summer Surprises

Shopping and fun for the whole family 

Dubai Summer Surprises kicks off with a host of family fun and excitement across the malls of Dubai. Expect interactive games and discounts all month long! There’s a barrel of fun to be had by everyone, but especially for the little ones with the return of Modhesh World. This family-favourite destination takes summer fun indoors, offering multiple halls of thrilling attractions and delicious food for all.
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July

Dubai Sports World

July

Dubai Sports World

Stay active all summer in Dubai

The region’s largest indoor sporting venue, Dubai Sports World, carries on sports fun through the summer at Dubai World Trade Centre. Explore all the activities available, from group fitness sessions to competitive tournaments and pitches for rent. Football, volleyball, table tennis and parkour – athletes of all levels and ages will find something to match their interests. For little ones, there will be special clubs and camps to keep them busy and active all summer long.

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August

Eid Al Adha

August

Eid Al Adha

Fun for family and friends this Eid 

It’s time for Eid Al Adha, the second major holiday on the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – one of the greatest religious observances in Islam. Also known as the greater Eid, Dubai’s festivities go into full swing with a packed week of activities. Tour the city’s retail destinations for roaming entertainment and captivating stage shows to delight the whole family and keep an eye out for special sales.

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September

Theatre and entertainment

September

Theatre and entertainment

WITNESS THE CITY’S ARRAY OF BREATHTAKING SHOWS

With September, Dubai’s showstoppers are in full swing. There’s no time like now to experience La Perle, the gravity-defying live show that has captivated audiences from around the world. This dreamlike production marries fantastical characters with state-of-the-art technology, introducing audiences to a new era of theatre in the region. Otherwise, head to Downtown to catch one of Dubai Opera’s many critically acclaimed showings starring regional and international artists.
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October

Dubai Expo 2020

October

Dubai Expo 2020

WELCOME TO THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW

This month will see the city host the decade’s most anticipated event, Expo 2020, starting 20 October. See future-defining innovations from around the world, which are sure to to inspire, delight and astonish all ages. If you’re going to be in the city in October, we recommend you pack your sneakers for the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge. The challenge encourages individuals to perform 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days to promote healthier living, with thousands of free group classes and exciting fitness events. 

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November

Dubai Design Week

November

Dubai Design Week

A SHOWCASE OF IMPRESSIVE CREATIVITY AND TALENT

Make the most of Dubai’s cool outdoors roaming through the Dubai Design District at the region’s largest creative festival, Dubai Design Week. With tons of interactive installations and workshops, the six-day event showcases innovative designs by graduate students and renowned studios from around the world. Its sister showcase, Downtown Design, celebrates imaginative products and limited-edition creations, setting the tone for interior, graphic, product and furniture design in the Middle East. 

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December

Celebrations galore

December

Celebrations galore

UAE National Day, Rugby Sevens and New Year festivities

This month is Dubai’s favourite! Start off with a series of parades, activities and performances marking the UAE National Day on 2 December. Look forward to one of the longest-running sporting events in the city, the Rugby Sevens, which is much more than a series of rugby matches thanks to concerts by A-listers, family activities and more. And of course, Dubai’s New Year’s Eve is sure to delight you with awe-inspiring fireworks and parties year after year.

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