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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: 25 January 2018 - 28 January 2018
Venue: Emirates Golf Club
Website: http://www.omegadubaidesertclassic.com/

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: 26 January 2018 - 26 January 2018
Venue: Course starts and finishes at Umm Suqeim Road opposite the Madinat Jumeirah
Website: http://www.dubaimarathon.org

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: 03 February 2018 - 03 February 2018
Venue: Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
Website: http://www.dubaiworldcup.com/
Cost:

Various.


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: 19 February 2018 - 03 March 2018
Venue: Dubai Tennis Stadium
Website: http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/
Cost:

Various.


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: 11 September 2018 - 12 September 2018
Venue: Throughout Dubai
Cost:

Free.


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: 29 November 2018 - 01 December 2018
Venue: Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
Website: http://www.dubairugby7s.com
Cost:

Various.


Dubai Shopping Festival

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

Date: 01 December 2018 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various shopping malls
Website: https://www.visitdubai.com/en/dsf