Top events and things to do in Dubai

There’s never a dull month in Dubai
There’s always something happening in Dubai, 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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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 interactive installations and workshops, the six-day event showcases innovative designs by graduate students and renowned studios from around the world. If your preferences lean towards live jazz and soul, renowned singer Mica Paris is commemorating the life and times of Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, with a concert at Dubai Opera on 14 November.
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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, 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.
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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 – 23 January 2020), followed by an action-packed month of prestigious sporting events. Dubai’s prestigious 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
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February

F is for fun

February

F is for fun

Literary leaders and pop set the stage

From sports to literature, February guarantees something for everyone. Bookworms and literary lovers can delight in the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which brings discussions with globally recognised writers and writing courses to Dubai. On 11 February, rock out to pop classics including ‘Take On Me’ with renowned Norwegian trio a-ha, who will be taking over the iconic Dubai Opera for one night only. Next up, the celebrated Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship returns for another season of high-stakes, high-energy tournaments, which has seen victories by Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
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March

Comics and horses

March

Comics and horses

Take a deep dive into pop culture

Zombies, superheroes, villains and movie stars descend on Dubai in March at the annual Middle East Film and Comic Con. The region’s biggest pop culture fair brings passionate fans together to celebrate all things comics. Then, it’s off to the races with the Dubai World Cup taking centre stage at Meydan Racecourse where you can watch majestic horses and their gifted jockeys compete for a USD$35 million prize purse. Creative souls will love the latest edition of the region’s largest contemporary art fair, Art Dubai, while music fans should get excited from vibrant performances by Lea Salonga and the Gypsy Kings at Dubai Opera.
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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 calm all month long. It’s also time for World Art Dubai, where you can get your art-buying fix 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.

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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, which rings with celebrations, fireworks and festivities across the city. Families come together for delicious feasts to mark the occasion, and out in the city, great cultural displays, shopping offers and entertainment raises 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.

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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

Kick off with summer sports

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 may even be clubs 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 to mark the Eid celebration

It’s time to for Eid Al Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. This is the second major holiday on the Islamic calendar and 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. Adding to the high spirits this month is Westlife's reunion concert, which celebrates 20 years of the boy band. The four-piece group wrote the handbook on chart-topping hits in the early 2000s, and will be playing the best of their discography at Coca-Cola Arena.
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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 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 Fitness Challenge

October

Dubai Fitness Challenge

FREE FITNESS CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES

If you’re going to be in Dubai during the Dubai Fitness Challenge, we recommend you pack your sneakers and get in on an annual citywide fitness movement. The challenge encourages individuals to perform 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days to promote healthier living with free group classes and fitness events. Theatre fans rejoice as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning production Phantom of the Opera makes its regional debut from 16 October at the Dubai Opera with its 130-strong cast, crew and orchestra. Fashion Forward Dubai returns for four days with the latest collections by designers from across the region. Be sure to enjoy Dubai's supreme winter weather at a star-studded picnic with Fatboy Slim, The Kooks and Richard Ashcroft at Party in the Park from 31 October to 1 November.

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