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What’s on this December in Dubai

Draw the curtains on 2018 the Dubai way
Reimagine December in Dubai - where winter is the best time of the year. Whether you’re a music lover, shopaholic, street culture connoisseur or sports fan, December in the city will cater to every style, taste and occasion. Dubai's New Year’s Eve is a bucket-list celebration, and with National Day and the Rugby Sevens mixed into the festivities, Dubai is gearing up to welcome 2019 with a bang.
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New Year in Dubai

Welcome 2019

New Year in Dubai

Welcome 2019

NO ONE DOES NEW YEAR’S EVE LIKE DUBAI

Whether it’s in the shadows of the world’s tallest building, atop some of the hippest rooftop lounges, or in the middle of the desert, there are many ways to watch the clock strike midnight in Dubai. Take your pick from the top parties in town – head to Atlantis, The Palm for a lavish gala or the iconic Burj Khalifa for a fireworks and water show that will dazzle.

When: 31 December 2018
Contact Details
  Citywide

Whats on December
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Dubai Shopping Festival

Treat yourself

Dubai Shopping Festival

Treat yourself

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP AT DUBAI’S BIGGEST SALE

Bargain hunters, get ready. The Dubai Shopping Festival, known as DSF, is the sale you’ve been waiting for. From 26 December to 2 February 2019, the city’s malls, markets, retail stores and shopping venues all go on promotion, with prices slashed up to 90 per cent. From huge discounts to amazing deals, competitions and prizes, residents and visitors alike have multiple opportunities to get their hands on fashion, electronics, toys, furniture, vehicles, jewellery and even dining offers. Additional concerts, dazzling fireworks and pop-up events make this a festive time for all.

When: 26 December - 2 February 2019
Contact Details
  Citywide

Whats on December
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UAE National Day

Celebrate the Union

UAE National Day

Celebrate the Union

START THE MONTH OFF WITH CITYWIDE FESTIVITIES

As the UAE marks its 47th National Day on 2 December, Dubai transforms into a week-long hub of activities, packed with concerts, cultural performances, stunning fireworks displays and mall entertainment to keep the kids busy. Some of the city’s biggest attractions, from Dubai Parks and Resorts to Wild Wadi, are offering special discounts where you can also find captivating parades and themed exhibitions.

When: 2 December 2018
Contact Details
  Citywide

Whats on December
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du Tough Mudder and Ultramarathon

Push your limits

du Tough Mudder and Ultramarathon

Push your limits

COMPETE AGAINST THE BEST OF THE BEST

December is the month for sweat and mud. Athletes from near and far, this is your chance to get involved in not one but two high endurance events in Dubai: du Tough Mudder and Al Marmoom Ultramarathon.

The du Tough Mudder, accompanied by a junior 1.5km Mini Mudder course for kids, is one of world’s roughest, toughest and muddiest obstacle courses with intimidating hurdles at every turn of the 10km trial.

Next, the world’s longest desert run, the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, takes place from 11 to 15 December. A favourite among running enthusiasts worldwide, this marathon tests your limits with a daunting 270km distance or continuous 100km and 50km ultra runs. Race through Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve’s breathtaking landscape and compete for a prize purse valued up to USD60,000 (AED220,350).

When: du Tough Mudder (7-8 December), Al Marmoom Ultramarathon (11-15 December)
Contact Details
  du Tough Mudder
Hamdan Sports Complex

  Al Marmoom Ultramarathon
Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve

Whats on December
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Sole DXB

Urban flare

Sole DXB

Urban flare

STRUT YOUR STREET STYLE AMONGST HIP-HOP ROYALTY

Dubai’s biggest cultural festival, Sole DXB, is back this December with a heavyweight line-up like never before. Catch hip-hop icon Nas, the critically-acclaimed Gigs, and trailblazer Roxanne Sharpe take the stage at the three-day carnival of live music, workshops, film screenings, installations and fashion at Dubai Design District. See exclusive brand activations and even the region’s most competitive streetball tournament at the region’s leading urban culture gathering.

When: 6 - 8 December 2018
Contact Details
  Dubai Design District
  +971 58 595 0212

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Groove on the Grass

An EDM episode

Groove on the Grass

An EDM episode

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Dubai is setting up the lights, sound and stage for the seventh season of Groove on the Grass, an annual independent EDM and arts festival. Experience a state-of-the-art multi-sensory concert by over ten local and international DJs, from Germany’s David August to Miami’s Danny Daz, at Emirates Golf Club. While there, don’t forget to check out the captivating art installations, delicious food trucks and eclectic marketplace active throughout the night.

When: 7 December 2018
Contact Details
  Emirates Golf Club

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Meydan Horse Racing Season

Gallop away

Meydan Horse Racing Season

Gallop away

THE REGION’S MOST COMPETITIVE HORSE RACING SERIES

Deeply embedded in the region’s rich heritage, Dubai’s horse racing season is a sight to see for the whole family. See some of the world's fastest horses and riders compete in a thrilling competition at the Meydan Racecourse this month with the season running into the spring. Each domestic race carries a purse of up to AED1 million, leading up to the coveted USD$35 million Dubai World Cup in April. You can catch the action for free from the general admissions stand, or make a day of it by choosing a dining package at one of the racecourse’s deluxe restaurants.

When: 6 & 20 December 2018
Contact Details
  Meydan Racecourse
  +971 4 327 2110