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What’s on this February

Here’s what to do, see and eat in Dubai this February
Tantalise your taste buds at the gastronomic celebration that is Dubai Food Festival, stimulate your musical senses at not one, but two celebrity-packed music festivals, and set your sights on the best sporting action. Here’s what’s happening in Dubai this February.
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Celebrate cuisine

Dubai Food Festival

Celebrate cuisine

Dubai Food Festival

Take your tastebuds on a city-wide tour

Savour the best the city has to offer at the annual Dubai Food Festival. This year’s edition has it all, with something to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets during the 17-day dining extravaganza. Go gourmet at Dubai Restaurant Week, where the city’s fine-dining hotspots offer special three-course menus for very affordable prices. The festival also sees the return of Beach Canteen, the vibrant seaside event where visitors can choose from fun food trucks, live music and vibrant markets. Those looking for even more food can visit the diversity-celebrating Taste of Dubai for family fun, with Dubai’s best restaurants pulling out all the stops and masterchef cooking classes.

When: 21 February – 9 March 2019
Contact details
  Various locations across Dubai

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Far East fun

Chinese New Year

Far East fun

Chinese New Year

Ring in the new lunar year

Welcome the Chinese New Year with a host of activities celebrating the rich culture of China starting from 3 February. Visit the Palazzo Versace for an alfresco Festive Market honouring the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on 16 February, where you'll find live cooking stations and a host of activities for the whole family. If you’re in search for something more regal, Hakkasan and Saffron at Atlantis, The Palm have put together special Chinese New Year menus with traditional performances on tap. Shop at Mall of the Emirates to win exciting prizes or spend a thrilling afternoon at IMG World of Adventure–wherever you are, Dubai is lighting up with exciting festivities to mark the occasion.

When: 3 – 13 February 2019
Contact details
  Various locations
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Perfect performances

Music in Dubai

Perfect performances

Music in Dubai

Star-studded line-up of events to make your heart sing

February is the a month of music, with a number of incredible shows and can’t-miss festivals set to thrill. First off, RedFest DXB will rock the stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre with performances by pop-star Camila Cabello, rap star Macklemore and hit-maker, Jax Jones. The great tunes keep playing at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival with a line-up starring Snow Patrol, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai. Then, at Dubai Opera, Piaf! Le Spectacle opens for the first time, sharing the life and times of legendary French songbird, Edith Piaf. Out in the open air, Groove on the Grass returns to Emirates Golf Club, with Welsh electronic music duo Underworld LIVE headlining the region’s leading EDM event.

When: Groove on the Grass: 8 February, Piaf! Le Spectacle: 14-15 February, RedFestDXB: 14-15 February and Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival: 20-22 February
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In the frame

GPP Photo Week

In the frame

GPP Photo Week

Master your photography skills

A celebration of the art of taking photos, Photo Week is a fun initiative by Dubai’s only dedicated photography centre, Gulf Photo Plus. Aside from the many workshops, creative panels and expert-led seminars on offer, visitors can look forward to world-class exhibitions around Alserkal Avenue. Don’t miss The Shortest Distance Between Us: Stories from the Arab Documentary Photography – the headlining showcase featuring works by seven leading photographers. Or get involved with interactive workshops led by established artists such as Paolo Verzone, Sara Lando and Valentina Vee.

When: 4 - 9 February
Contact details
  Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
  +971 4 380 8545

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Saddle up

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

Saddle up

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

A game of high stakes and high fashion

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is a prestigious event in the region’s sporting calendar, which sees nine of the world’s best polo teams take to the field over five nail-biting tournaments. You can still catch the tail-end of the kick-off Silver Cup, or see all the excitement roll forward to the 10-goal handicap, Polo Masters Cup. February also marks the start of the most illustrious of all tournaments, the Julius Baer Gold Cup, on 18 February. These equestrian matches are thrilling, high-profile events that see the attendance of royalty, celebrities and VIP from around the world.

When: Silver Cup: until 8 February, Polo Masters Cup: 10-15 February and Julius Baer Gold Cup: 18 February to 8 March
Contact details
  Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club
  +971 4 436 2222
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Making a racquet

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Making a racquet

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

The new tennis season kicks off in Dubai

Watch the world’s biggest names in tennis meet their match in Dubai, the first stop on the ATP World Tour. Expect to see big names like seven-time Dubai champion Roger Federer return to the court, while Simona Halep leads the WTA, starring all four of the reigning Grand Slam winners. If you miss out on tickets to watch your favourite players, head to the Tennis Village where big screens will feature all the action live throughout the tournament.

When: 17 February to 2 March
Contact details
  Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium

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Fun afloat

Dubai International Boat Show

Fun afloat

Dubai International Boat Show

Luxury yachts cruise into town

For owners, potential buyers and those just keen to make maritime merry, the Dubai International Boat Show is the biggest event of this kind in the region. Take an on-board tour of amazing super yachts and luxury water-crafts, browse the best hi-tech gadgets and tools to hit the market this year, and be privy to exclusive maritime events and offers. Even if you prefer dry land to the deep blue, an exciting super-car exhibition, live music and delicious dining options will put the wind back in your sails.

When: 26 February - 2 March
Contact details
   Dubai Canal, Jumeirah
   +971 4 308 6430

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