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Things To Do In Dubai

There’s never a dull month in Dubai
No matter what time of year, there’s always something happening in Dubai. 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 rock

January

Shop and rock

DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL, GEORGE EZRA AND MORE

Start the new year with a shopping spree at one of the city’s biggest festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival (26 December – 2 February 2019), followed by a kaleidoscopic production of an award-winning Bollywood play Mughal-e-Azam at Dubai Opera. This month will also see George Ezra, acoustic crooner behind radio-hits ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Budapest’, make his debut in the UAE along with a city-wide playbill of class acts.
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February

F is for food and fun

February

F is for food and fun

Live acts, food festivals to satisfy your cravings

February is the month of music with the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Fest bringing the likes of Irish-rock group Snow Patrol and Alicia Keys to town, and Dubai Opera dedicating an entire production to legendary French songbird, Edith Piaf. Plus, tantalising treats await at the annual culinary carnival, the Dubai Food Festival, a celebration of gastronomical goodness. From 21 February to 9 March, expect beachside bites, amazing restaurants offers and tasty, trendsetting menus all around town. Plus, tantalising treats await at the annual culinary carnival, the Dubai Food Festival, a celebration of gastronomical goodness. From 21 February to 9 March, expect seaside bites at Beach Canteen, amazing restaurants offers at Restaurant Week and tasty, trendsetting menus all around town.
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March

Horses, literature and art

March

Horses, literature and art

Take a deep dive into Dubai’s heritage

In March, it’s off to the races with the Dubai World Cup taking centre stage at Meydan Racecourse where you can watch the majestic creatures and their gifted jockeys compete for a USD$35 million award. 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 anticipated art events like Art Dubai and SIKKA art fair, to name a few. And if you’re still hungry after Dubai Food Festival, Taste of Dubai returns with the works from 7-9 March.
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April

Art, comics and golf

April

Art, comics and golf

Celebrate a month of culture from East to West

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 all things comics. Next up, it’s the grand World Art Fair where you can get your art-buying fix in case you miss it in March. This month also sees incredibly talented international female golfers on the green for the competitive Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, an eminent golf tournament with a prize purse of €500,000.
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May

Welcoming Ramadan

May

Welcoming Ramadan

GEAR UP FOR THE HOLY MONTH

The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan begins at the start of May, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience Arabian hospitality at its finest. See 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.
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June

Eid Al Fitr

June

Eid Al Fitr

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr with the whole city

The end of Ramadan brings Eid Al Fitr, one of the most significant holidays on the Islamic calendar, with celebrations, fireworks and festivities all over the city. With summer on the shores of Dubai, the city still keeps it cool with a number of events at the Dubai World Trade Centre. If you’re looking to add some fitness to all the festivities – the Sevens Stadium is hosting the Dubai Desert Road Run on 7 June to stir up some friendly competition between running enthusiasts.
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July

Dubai Summer Surprises

July

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 fun and games, plus 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 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
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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.
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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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  Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
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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. Entering its third year, the challenge encourages individuals to perform 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days to promote healthier living. And with hundreds of free fitness classes, group sessions and carnivals all over the city, this is an active and fun way to explore the city. As for theatre fans, you can 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.
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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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  Dubai Design District
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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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