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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

From shopping to a marathon

January

From shopping to a marathon

Dubai Shopping Festival, Evita and more

Start the new year with a shopping spree at one of the city’s biggest festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival (26 December - 27 January 2018), followed by an emotionally-charged outing at the Dubai Opera’s production of the highly acclaimed musical, Evita. 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 (26 January).
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February

Food and music

February

Food and music

Tickle your tastebuds and enjoy live entertainment

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 Duran Duran, John Legend, The Chainsmokers, Craig David, Kesha, Bebe Rexha and more to Dubai. Plus, it’s time for tantalising treats with the annual culinary carnival, the Dubai Food Festival, a celebration of gastronomical goodness (22 February - 10 March). Meanwhile, sports lovers can witness some of the world’s finest tennis champs battle it out on the courts at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
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March

Horses, literature and art

March

Horses, literature and art

From Dubai World Cup to Art Dubai, March is jam-packed with energy

In March, it’s off to the horses, with the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup taking centre stage. Watch the majestic creatures and their gifted jockeys compete for the coveted spot, while the city’s fashionistas battle it out in the Style Stakes. Bookworms and literary lovers can delight in the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which brings globally recognised writers and writing courses to Dubai, and 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.
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April

Comics and camels

April

Comics and camels

Unleash your inner superhero then experience Emirati heritage

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 it’s off to the races with the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival, which 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.
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May

Welcoming Ramadan

May

Welcoming Ramadan

Gear up for the Holy Month, Emirati style

With the weather warming slightly, Dubai heads indoors in May with the Duty Free Darts Champs promising a highly entertaining night of dart-throwing skill. The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan begins halfway through May, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience Arabian hospitality as streets light up with regular iftars and suhoors (meals served during the fasting month).
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June

Eid in Dubai

June

Eid in Dubai

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr and try your hand at a new sport

Celebrate the end of Ramadan festivities with Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting 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 their hearts pumping, with a massive space offering a wide variety of sports from volleyball to tennis, basketball, football and even a gym.
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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 galore 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

GITEX, theatre and more

September

GITEX, theatre and more

Time for technology and culture

After a relaxed summer, Dubai’s energy comes roaring back in September. The annual tech extravaganza, GITEX Shopper consumer electronics show, offers great deals on all the latest gadgets and more. Meanwhile, now is the perfect time to enjoy the fantastical live show La Perle, which is sure to take your breath away. Finally, head to Downtown to catch the latest showings at Dubai Opera and to take a tour of the stunning building.
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October

Art, fashion and sports

October

Art, fashion and sports

Strike a pose and kickstart the sports season

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. October in Dubai is a month where creativity runs rampant as the city comes alive as an arts and fashion haven.
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November

Tee off time

November

Tee off time

Head outdoors to enjoy the sunshine with sporting and fashion events

Prepare for the brightest fun run in the world with the annual Color Run 5k rounding out a host of fitness events. 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. For those more artistically-inclined, Arab Fashion Week showcases regional designs.
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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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