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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 2018

Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival 26 December – 27 January 2018

The Dubai Shopping Festival, known as DSF, is truly a shopper’s paradise. For just over a month, the city’s malls, markets, general retail stores and experience venues all go on promotion. From huge discounts to amazing deals, competitions and prizes, residents and tourists have multiple opportunities to get their hands on fashion, toys, furniture, vehicles, jewellery and even dining offers.


January 2018

Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 26 January 2018

The Standard Chartered Marathon is a high-profile race that attracts world-class runners through its great prizes and unique landscape. The race is split into three main distance categories: the 42km marathon, 10km road race and a 4km fun run. These main categories are further broken up into sub categories according to fitness levels and ages, so that race participation is accessible to all.

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January 2018
Dubai Desert Classic
25 – 28 January 2018
Dubai Desert Classic
Since its first edition back in 1989, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has seen some of the world’s greatest golfers competing here in Dubai, with winners including well-known names such as Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods. It’s known as the Middle East Major, and has now become one of the leading international golfing events. Spectators will be able to visit Emirates Golf Club and watch the legendary golfers competing over four rounds as they battle it out to lift the trophy. Golf die-hards and sporting enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy the suspenseful competition on the greens.
February 2018

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships19 February – 3 March 2018

Tennis begins with love! And the season starts right here with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, as the top tennis pros make their way to Dubai. Watch some of the biggest names in tennis thrash it out to win big at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Having been voted ‘Best Venue’ by players on the ATP World Tour, the stadium is a state-of-the-art facility for players, and offers fans a great view of the matches.

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February 2018

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 21 – 23 February 2018

Music lovers can revel in some of the world’s best jazz and blues acts at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. Catch a spectacular lineup of renowned international and regional musicians performing live over three days. Despite the name, there will be much more than jazz. The diverse range of talent will also include genre-bending artists and fusion pop. If you work up an appetite between acts, there will be a variety of food and beverage options which can be enjoyed picnic style in the open-air amphitheatre.

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February 2018

Dubai Food Festival 2018
Dubai Food Festival 2016 22 February – 10 March 2018

Stop your diets and prepare to load up on delicious food from all cuisines- Dubai Food Festival is back for another exciting edition. Look forward to Food Festival favourites such as Restaurant Week, where foodies can enjoy gourmet three-course menus for only AED199 at some of Dubai’s hottest eateries, and Beach Canteen, where all your favourite food trucks and cafes transform to pop-up venues on the sand.
Taste of Dubai will also return, filling Media City Amphitheatre with flavours and family fun. The festival will be full of competitions, live demonstrations, and side events- stay tuned for more information.

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March 2018
Dubai International Boat Show
Dubai International Boat Show 27 February – 3 March 2018

With beautiful coastlines, world-class marinas, and jaw-dropping sailing vessels leisurely floating on the UAE’s horizon, it’s not surprising that Dubai’s love affair with boating intensifies every year.

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March 2018
Taste of Dubai
Taste of Dubai - Online Competition 08 – 10 March 2018

Taste of Dubai is the City’s favorite food, drink and music festival. The festival is a 3 day food-lover’s fantasy, with exclusive fine-dining restaurants, world class celebrity chefs, and incredible line-up of international music. For all those food lovers you can come and watch live cooking demonstrations or get hands on and cook along with our tops chefs as well as learn some culinary top tips. Alternatively you can sit back, relax and soak up the sounds listening to our live entertainment or enjoy shopping for unique gifts and culinary products in our outdoor shopping area.

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March 2018
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 02- 10 March 2018

The 2018 edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature takes place in March, with exciting activities based around all things literature. The festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with its strongest-ever line-up of international writers. To mark the milestone, tickets for 25 of the sessions are available with a 15% discount until 24 November. Consult the digital booklet of the 25 sessions for more details.

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March 2018
Dubai World Cup 2018
Dubai World Cup 31 March 2018

The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest events on the region’s event calendar. With USD 10 million going to the overall winner, and a staggering total pot of USD 30 million, it’s no wonder that it’s known as ‘the world's richest horse race’.

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March 2018
STEP Conference 2018
STEP Conference 2016 28- 29 March 2018

The largest interactive gathering in MENA bringing thousands of entrepreneurs, investors and tech & media enthusiasts together with the best of technology, digital and entertainment industries in a 2-day event loaded with talks, exhibitions and signature happenings.

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April - 2018
GITEX Shopper
GITEX Shopper 03 - 07 April 2018

With more than two decades of success, GITEX Shopper is the largest and most influential consumer IT and electronics sales exposition in the Middle East. Held twice a year, leading international brands launch and showcase their latest products with amazing promotions, offers and competitions.

This highly popular event offers visitors convenient access from world-class brands and regional powers like E-Max, E-City, Jacky’s Electronics, Jumbo Electronics and Sharaf DG

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May 2018
Dubai Tango Festival
Dubai Tango Festival 9 -12 May 2018

Tango Dubai welcomes you to join the Dubai Tango Festival. It’s the night to connect tango lovers from all over the globe here in Dubai. The festival will host various Tango workshops, milongas, an unparalleled Tango night and gala dinner.

And to enrich your experience live music will be played every night by the best of tango musicians and singers, as well as some gorgeous performances, and a few surprises!

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June 2018
Ramadan Night Market
Ramadan June 2018 TBC

Known as the biggest shopping fiesta during the holy month of Ramadan, the Ramadan Night Market returns for ten action-packed days of fun for the whole family, with irresistible offers and great bargains in time for Eid.
This year the Ramadan Night Market will feature its biggest range of products and brands from around the region with some of the best deals from over 300 outlets, including clothing, jewellery and accessories, health and beauty products, personal care items, perfumes, food, home appliances, electronics, toys and baby items, handicrafts, souvenirs and collectibles, travel and tourism offers, medical items and much more.
Reminiscent of traditional street markets, this open scheme bazaar will be buzzing with a festive ambience
June 2018
Eid in Dubai - Eid Al Fitr 2018
Cityscape Dubai 14 – 16 June 2018

Marking the end of a month-long fast known as Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr in Dubai is a truly joyous time where the city of Dubai is united in a sense of generosity and sharing.
The city as a whole feels renewed, and spirits are kept high with staycations, holiday offers, shopping sprees, and of course, dining experiences.
Friends and family come together to celebrate at home and outdoors around the city. Some fun family options include heading to one of Dubai’s theme parks, which experience record numbers of attendance during this holiday period.
October 2018
Cityscape Global
Cityscape Dubai 2- 4 October 2018

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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October 2018
GITEX Technology Week
GITEX Technology Week 14- 18 October 2018

Gitex Technology Week is a 5 day event being held from 14th October to the 18th October 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.This event showcases products like Information and Communication Technology sector around the world put forward their latest creations.
Comgaurd, Cyberworld Distribution, Digicam Zone, Han's Laser Technology, HYC System, Intel Corporation, Shenzen Tenda Technology Co Ltd and Sonus Networks are some of the names to reckon with in this field and products that will be on exhibit relate to infocom, mobile applications and applications, content, digital media solutions and services as well as other technological equipments etc. in the Computer Hardware & Software, Telecom Products & Equipment industries/

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November 2018
Dubai Motor Festival 2018
Dubai Motor Festival 2016 November 2018 (TBC)

The fourth edition of the citywide celebration of automobiles and our love of them gets on this November. The Dubai Motor Festival offers citizens an array of motor-related activities and experiences from Dubai Grand Parade & Marques D'Elegance to the annualDubai International Motor Show, Motor Village and Dubai International Rally. With this being the fourth event so far, it is sure to be every motor head’s dream come true. Check back on this page for more information and updates.

December 2018
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2018
Dubai International Film Festival December 2018 (TBC)

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.

DIFF has established itself as a major international festival, while continuing to serve as a premier showcase event for Arab cinema, and contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry.

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