Festivals and Events
A gleaming oasis in the middle of the desert, Dubai is one of the world’s most luxurious holiday destinations but its appeal isn’t just limited to fancy hotels and endless sunshine. Throughout the year, this city plays hosts to a number of festivals celebrating everything from religion to retail. Time your visit so that you can take part in some of the most extravagant events on the planet.
Dubai Desert Classic
Teeing off at the world famous Emirates Golf Club, this golf championship draws in some of the top players in the world for some intense ball-hitting and club-swinging action. Sponsored by Omega, winners of this tournament are rewarded with generous cash prizes. The winner of the 2016 tournament was awarded a staggering 400,000 euros!
Dubai International Jazz Festival
Based in Dubai’s Media City, the Dubai International Jazz Festival
is one of the biggest music events in the Middle East which draws in A-list artists to perform from all over the world. The award-winning event has seen the likes of Sting, John Legend and James Blunt on past line-ups, with each year bringing bigger names and bigger crowds to match.
Taste of Dubai
What is better than good food? A whole festival devoted to it! Among the many events at Taste Dubai
is the cooking challenge, where visitors can sign up to cook alongside a celebrity chef and the best creation will win a prize. There will also be cookery shows as well as plenty of opportunities to buy and eat all kinds of gastronomic treats. Live music will also take place on the big open-air stage, while children can play in the allocated kid’s zone.
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Eid ul Fitr
This festival celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan, an Islamic ceremony, which involves fasting from dawn to dusk. Live music, singing, dancing, smoking and even chewing gum are all strictly forbidden during this period. However, once the sun sets, banquets are set up under Iftar tents and people eat and mingle until bed time. Needless to say, when Ramadan comes to an end, people celebrate with lavish Arabian feasts and endless festivities, making it a good time to visit Dubai.
Dubai International Film Festival
Created in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival
aims to promote cinema from the Arabic world by giving fresh talent a platform from which to showcase their work. Encompassing both feature films, documentaries and many other genres, attendees of the festival need never tire of watching just one type of film. There is also a range of competitions for which filmmakers and actors can win hefty cash prizes.
Lasting the whole month of January, this is a retail-fest unlike any other. Prices plummet as millions of shoppers flock from every corner of the globe to get their hands on a bargain. Along with the shopping frenzy, this festival is celebrated with live concerts, raffle draws for cash and cars, fireworks and flash mobs. You might even witness a Guinness world record being set if you’re lucky.