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Dubai Shopping Festival

All the big stores and almost every shop in Dubai slashes prices in this month-long retail extravaganza.

Date: 26 December 2018 - 26 January 2019
Venue: Various shopping malls

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Played on the beautiful Emirates Golf Club course in Dubai, this annual tournament is part of the European Tour and is loved by golfers and golf fans around the world. Always attracting the biggest names in the sport, the tournament boasts past winners who are such greats as Seve Balsteros, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods. One of the most famous Dubai Desert Classics of recent years was the 2001 tournament when a certain Tiger Woods found the water on the tricky 18th hole allowing Thomas Bjorn to steal victory on the final hole. The Dubai Desert Classic has been complemented by The Race to Dubai, in which the European Tour’s top players compete in a minimum of 50 tournaments in a season-long contest that replaced The European Tour Order of Merit.

Date: 24 January 2019 - 27 January 2019
Venue: Emirates Golf Club

Dubai Marathon

Take in the dynamic sights of this world-renowned city while pounding a marathon, 10km (6 miles) road race or shorter charity run, depending on your ability. The Dubai marathon attracts local and international athletes every year, with big prize money for the winners.

Date: 25 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
Venue: Course starts and finishes at Umm Suqeim Road opposite the Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai Tennis Championships

Featuring singles and doubles competitions for both men and women, the annual Dubai Tennis Championships attract some of the biggest names from the sport. Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport have all played here in the past. With huge prize money at stake, the women's tournament is part of the WTA Tour and the men's is part of the ATP Tour and always produces some explosive matches.

Date: 17 February 2019 - 02 March 2019
Venue: Dubai Tennis Stadium


Dubai World Cup (horse race)

A huge event not only in Dubai but in horse racing circles around the world, The Dubai World Cup is the richest horse race meeting globally. The Dubai World Cup is always the thrilling finale, but it is one race on the 2km (1.3 mile) sand and dirt track which is flood-lit at night and crowded with thousands of cheering spectators. A further five thoroughbred group races are included in the day's programme plus another group for purebred Arabian horses. The races attract some of the best horses and riders in the field, eager to compete for million of dollars that are at stake in prize money. This one is a must for horse racing aficionados.

Date: 30 March 2019 - 30 March 2019
Venue: Nad Al Sheba Racecourse


Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)

Celebrated throughout the Muslim World, the Islamic New Year or 'Al-Hijra' occurs on the first day of the month of Muharram which begins on Hijra in the Muslim calendar. Hijra occurred in 622CE and marks the occasion when the Prophet Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina to create the first Islamic state. It is not as big as the two main Muslim festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha and is more a time of reflection and contemplation.

Date: 30 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
Venue: Throughout Dubai


Dubai Rugby Sevens

From its humble beginnings as a game played by a handful of British expatriates in the 1960s, the Dubai Rugby Sevens has grown to become a major sporting event in the country – and to accommodate the increasing numbers, it now has its own purpose-built stadium on the Al Ain Road. The modern-day tournament features 16 international teams who play in games lasting just 22 minutes each. Held in the Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground with a 50,000 crowd capacity, the Dubai Rugby Sevens always generates an exciting atmosphere that attracts rugby fans from all over the world. The Sevens Stadium complex now features a cricket ground too, and has hosted several fixtures. A selection of English county teams played matches as part of their pre-season training.

Date: 30 November 2019 - 01 December 2019
Venue: Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground


Featured Hotels


Desert Palm Dubai

Set away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai proper, the Desert Palm Dubai is a peaceful spot that conspicuously lacks the bling that characterises many of the city’s ultra-luxe hotels. Gorgeous gardens and a full-size polo field surround it, while the onsite spa is particularly good.

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Set in one of Dubai’s many shopping, culinary and entertainment destinations, InterContinental Dubai Festival City offers a luxury yet affordable experience. It is also conveniently located by a massive Event Centre, with exclusive direct access to Dubai Festival City Mall.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

These two ultra-modern skyscrapers are among the tallest buildings in the Middle East. Part office, part hotel, each state-of-the-art room is geared towards business guests and have all the essentials, including super-speedy Wi-Fi. Although most of the rooms are ultra-modern, the deluxe rooms come with their own opulent chaises longue.

Grand Hyatt

Few business hotels come with a lobby floor decorated with mosaic tiles made from real gold but then again this is Dubai. Away from the lobby things are a bit less bling and very comfortable – think huge cushions and beds with crisp white sheets. It also boasts good restaurants and an excellent spa.


Citymax has targeted the budget market in a bold way, opening large properties in Al Barsha and in the heart of the central Bur Dubai district. Its Al Barsha hotel is conveniently close to Mall of the Emirates and boasts comfortable, clean rooms – all within striking distance of the beaches and nightlife of the Marina.

EasyHotel Dubai

Sunglasses at the ready – Dubai's EasyHotel is almost entirely decked out in the Easy brand's trademark bright orange and white. That said, the hotel is comfortable and super-cheap, and offers free Wi-Fi in all of its rooms. The main downside is the location – Jebel Ali is about 25km (16 miles) from Jumeirah.