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There’s no better time to fill your shopping cart than during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, when Dubai’s malls and retail outlets present unmissable discounts and promotions. Explore the city chasing the best deals and enjoy myriad entertainment to delight the whole family. Make the most of Dubai’s sunny winters at the season staple Market OTB (Outside the Box), when the Burj Khalifa’s backyard transforms into an al fresco market showcasing quirky fashion and food from across the region.
When: 26 December-1 February
Join more than 30,000 runners at the 21st edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 24 January. Amongst the richest races in the world, this 42km race attracts seasoned runners and ambitious amateurs to put their best foot forward in pursuit of a US$20,000 (AED73,464) prize purse. You can also opt for the 10km distance or a 4km fun run instead, each of which takes in sights of the city’s iconic landmarks, including Burj Al Arab. As competitors race through the streets, spectators can cheer them on to the finish line.
When: 24 January
A highlight in the international golfing calendar, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic returns for its 31st edition at the Emirates Golf Club. Welcoming stars such as defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia, players will battle it out for the US$3 million (AED11 million) prize and the chance to see their name etched on the famed Dallah trophy. The three-day competition is equally as thrilling for the crowds, as spectators enjoy a host of events on the sidelines, including a tournament village with plenty of family attractions and diverse dining options.
When: 23-26 January
Quoz Arts Fest returns this January to one of the region’s most happening creative districts, Alserkal Avenue. This free event welcomes art connoisseurs, families, aspiring artists, students and musicians to enjoy two days of art and culture. Enjoy live music outdoors, browse art activations, attend workshops and much more at this year’s edition, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. You can also see Jordanian-Palestinian band 47Soul put on a free concert or attend ‘FOOD: Bigger than the plate’, an exhibition organised in collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Singing sensation Amr Diab is amongst the first megastars to fire up Dubai’s live entertainment calendar for 2020. On 24 January, the Egyptian superstar will perform chart-topping hits such as ‘Nour El Ain’ and ‘Ana 3ayesh’ at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Diab has been consistently climbing new heights in his career since his debut in the early 1980s and recently became the first Arab artist to get his own billboard in Times Square. With record-breaking awards and pioneering tunes, this is one celebrity performance you do not want to miss.
Dubai Opera sets the mood for the year with two highly-anticipated productions this January. Join a cast of talented singers and actors as they adapt renowned author Khalil Gibran’s 1912 love story Broken Wings into a moving performance from 17-18 January. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s memorable children’s story Le Petit Prince will also come to life during a mesmerising show featuring aerial skills, vibrant costumes, circus tricks, acrobatics and captivating video technology from 23-25 January.
Car enthusiasts are in for a treat as Hankook 24H pulls up at the Dubai Autodrome from 9-11 January. It is considered one of the world's most modern and challenging routes, with technical corners and high-speed straights to keep spectators on the edge of their seats. See up to 100 Touring and GT cars from leading automotive greats during this year’s edition including Porsche, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz. Attendance is free with prior registration, and guests can enjoy entertainment off-track too with a dedicated Fan Zone, food trucks and more.
When: 9-11 January
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