Start the new year with a shopping spree at one of the city’s biggest festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival, followed by a feline-filled outing at the Dubai Opera’s production of the highly acclaimed musical, CATS. Next put on your running shoes and test your New Year’s resolution to be fit at the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon - a fixture on the Dubai sports calendar.
February is the month of music with top events such as Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Fest and Virgin Radio RedFest DXB bringing the likes of Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, Tom Jones, The Veronicas, Mike Posner, Alessia Cara and more to Dubai. Plus, it’s time to have your taste buds blown away with the annual culinary carnival, the Dubai Food Festival, a celebration of gastronomical goodness. Meanwhile, sports lovers can experience some of the world’s finest tennis champs battle it out on the courts at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
In March, it’s off to the horses, with the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup taking centre stage. Experience the majestic creatures and their gifted jockeys compete for the title spot. Bookworms and literary lovers can delight in the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which brings globally recognised writers and writing courses to Dubai, while artists and creative souls can revel in the region’s most anticipated art events: Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and SIKKA to name a few.
Zombies, superheroes, villains and movie stars descend on Dubai in April at the annual Middle East Film and Comic Con. The region’s biggest and only pop culture phenomenon brings passionate fans from around the world to Dubai for a celebration of pop culture. From comics to camels: The Al Marmoum Heritage Festival showcases one of the UAE’s oldest sports of camel racing. Witness the beautiful beasts battle down desert tracks alongside their trainers in a sight to behold for the whole family.
Pop king Justin Bieber returns to Dubai on 6 May with his Purpose world tour - the hottest ticket in town, while the magical world of Mary Poppins comes alive at the Dubai Opera. With the weather warming slightly, Dubai heads indoors in May with the Duty Free Darts Champs promising a highly entertaining night of skill.
Although it begins in the final days of May, the holy month of Ramadan will take place throughout June. It’s time to experience Arabian hospitality as streets light up with regular iftars and suhoors (meals served during the fasting month). Join in the many festivities throughout the month, capped by Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of the month with celebrations and fireworks.
With summer on the shores of Dubai, the city still keeps it cool with a number of events at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The indoor Dubai Sports World opens its doors to eager players and athletes who want to get pumping. With a massive space offering a wide variety of sports from volleyball to tennis, basketball, football and even a gym, it’s where to be during the summer in Dubai.
Dubai Summer Surprises kicks off with a host of family fun and excitement across the malls of Dubai. There’s a barrel of fun to be had by everyone, but especially for the little ones with the return of Modhesh World at The Dubai World Trade Centre.
It’s time to celebrate Eid Al Adha, the feast marking the end of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Also known as the greater Eid, Dubai’s festivities go into full swing with a packed week of activities.
Welcome the cooler weather with a resurgence of Dubai’s exciting art scene at Dubai Downtown Design. Plus, peak into the fashion world with Fashion Forward, where the region’s best designers show off their latest creations.
Singing superstar Ed Sheeran makes his way to Dubai for a second time on 23 November, and is sure to delight audiences with his chart-topping hits, including ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’. Meanwhile, the golfing world looks forward to the DP World Tour Championship where 60 of the world’s top golfers descend on Dubai’s Jumeirah Golf Estates to crown the winner of the prestigious tournament.
This month is Dubai’s favourite, with a series of parades, activities and performances marking the UAE National Day. 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. And of course, Dubai’s New Year’s Eve is sure to delight you with awe-inspiring fireworks and parties year after year.