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Dubai plays host to some of the major global events as well as local festivals that are held annually and are huge crowd pullers.

January 2014

Dubai Shopping Festival
02 January - 02 February 2014

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) takes place every winter with its mammoth array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks and entertainment. DSF offers amazing shopping discounts, attracting holiday makers from around the globe keen on grabbing a bargain.

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Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
24 January 2014

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and Dubai Half Marathon have been held in the city since the year 2000 under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is one of the first sporting events on the city’s calendar, occurring at the end of January, taking advantage of the cooler winter temperatures.

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February 2014

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
13 February - 21 February 2014

After highly successful, critically acclaimed 2013 edition, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is already set to return for next year! The festival will run from February 13 to 21 in 2014, following the same format of two weekends of Main Gigs and Jazz Garden in between, but with more new additions that will exceed everyone's expectations as seen every year.

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Dubai Desert Classic
27 January - 02 February 2014
Dubai Desert Classic
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic - a premier European Tour event which features a star-studded field led by Tom Watson, Lee Westwood and defending champion Rory McIlory among other big guns sponsored by Omega. Tickets can be purchased online.

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The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships18 February - 02 March 2014

Watch top international players participate in the 21st edition of this much anticipated tournament at Dubai Tennis Stadium in Garhoud. The Dubai Women's Open takes place February 18 - 23, and the Dubai Men's Open takes place February 25 - March 2.

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March 2014
Dubai International Boat Show
Dubai International Boat Show 04 March - 08 March 2014

Welcome to the world’s most anticipated marine event.

World premieres, regional launches, leading superyacht builders, Supercar Promenade, family area, awards ceremonies, VIP packages, media opportunities, live entertainment… all set within a stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline.

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Dubai World Cup
Dubai World Cup 29 March 2014

The Dubai World Cup has emerged as a leading Horse Racing Betting event on the World stage and each year the festival goes from strength to strength. The racing in Dubai attracts the very best horses from the UK, South Africa, Australia and the US and as such can be regarded as a real world class event.

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June 2014
Ramadan 28 June - 27 July 2014 TBC

Ramadan is the Muslim festival of fasting and is the most important festival in the Islamic Calendar which is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. The arrival of the crescent moon in the night sky signals the start of 30 days of fasting during which Muslims don't eat, drink or smoke during the day, eating all their meals before sunrise and after sunset.
October 2013
Cityscape Global
Cityscape Dubai 08 October - 10 October 2013

For more than a decade, Cityscape Global has been the annual meeting point for key real estate investors, developers, regional and city investment promotion authorities, architects, designers and other real estate professionals to drive growth in real estate investment and development across emerging markets globally.

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GITEX Shopper
GITEX Shopper 05 October - 12 October 2013

The region's biggest ever retail consumer electronics extravaganza is on at Dubai World Trade Centre. Find the best offers and deals on over 30,000 different gadgets.

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GITEX Technology Week
GITEX Technology Week 20 October - 24 October 2013

Technology buyers visit GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK to source the right products and solutions to deliver continual innovation and transformation for their businesses. At the forefront of the region’s ICT development, GITEX is a pivotal event for over 3,500 international and regional exhibitors each year.

Your market is covered as the exhibition attracts senior executives and more than 136,000 ICT professionals from over 135 countries covering a targeted framework of vertical sectors each year.

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Eid Al-Adha
15 October 2013 TBC

(Festival of Sacrifice) One of the two main Islamic festivals (the other is 'Id al-Fitr), this festival falls on the 10th day of the lunar month of Zul-Hijja and is the concluding act of pilgrimage to Makkah. In commemoration of Abraham's faith, sheep, goats and camels are offered to God, and the meat is distributed to the poor and needy. 'Id al-Adha is observed whether or not one is on pilgrimage.
December 2013

Dubai International Film Festival
Dubai International Film Festival 06 December - 14 December 2013 TBC

Dubai has joined the ranks of the world's premier film festivals with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Showcasing a wide selection of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world, submissions come from more than 100 countries.

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