From the world’s biggest pop stars to global sporting champions, Dubai events attract international visitors and celebrities.
Every year, both large and small events take place in Dubai - from special screenings to sporting competitions and festival celebrations of all kinds.
Shopping and sporting events in Dubai
One of the most popular events on Dubai’s calendar is its shopping festival. The Dubai Shopping Festival takes place at the beginning of each year, and is said to bring around 3 million people to Dubai. During the festival, shops offer dramatic price reductions so it’s possible to find excellent deals on everything from jewellery to motor vehicles. Similarly, Dubai Summer Surprises is another shopping festival in the city. This is mainly geared towards children’s entertainment, offering family fun in Dubai’s Malls during this event.
Dubai is also known for hosting major annual sporting events. The Dubai Tennis Championships and the Dubai Desert Classic, for instance, bring major league tennis and golf players to the UAE. The Dubai Sevens is part of an international series of rugby union sevens matches each year, and the Dubai World Cup is one of the most anticipated fixtures on the horse racing calendar.
Music and cultural events in Dubai
In Dubai, it’s not just about sports and shopping. is the city is also a leading cultural centre in the Middle East, and the Dubai International Film Festival has emerged as a leading event on the film festival circuit since beginning in 2004. Major pop stars, from modern greats like Coldplay to legends like Elton John, regularly perform in Dubai as well. So whatever time of year you might visit, there is never a shortage of events to enjoy.