One of the most vibrant cities in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has a full schedule when it comes to events. Here are some of the annual highlights and a few tips on keeping up to date with latest goings on.
With excellent network coverage, the easiest way to find out about what’s on in Dubai is with a mobile phone. Lenovo mobile phones are some of the most popular in the region, however, all big providers are supported in the city. Online are websites dedicated to news about latest events in Dubai, while an official Dubai Events Facebook page offers day to day updates. A range of free apps is also available; a few of the best include What’s On Dubai, Dubai Calendar and Time Out Dubai.
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
The golf tournament became the first ever European Tour event to take place in the Middle East when it was launched in 1989. Held in January at the Emirates Golf Club, the annual tournament is now a fixture on the professional golfing calendar and attracts the biggest names in the sport.
Al Marmoum Camel Racing Festival
Free to watch, the Al Marmoum Camel Racing Festival upholds the heritage of one of the most traditional sports in the region. The popular event takes place in February between early morning and afternoon, with action from the sand track broadcast live on television.
Samsung International Beach Soccer
The invitation only tournament is one of the biggest events on the beach soccer calendar and features only the best nations in the game. The competition has been running annually since 2011 and is set to continue until at least 2017.
The Middle East Film & Comic Con
The Middle East Film & Comic Con is a massive, yearly, multi genre convention. The star laden, two day event is held in April and features reviews of the year’s releases, previews of upcoming films and a cosplay contest.
Emirates Airline Dubai Literature Festival
Held every year in March, the Emirates Airline Dubai Literature Festival is the largest celebration of the written and spoken word in the Middle East. The event attracts more than more than 30,000 visitors each year and features over 120 writers and guests speakers from 25 countries.
Ramadan in Dubai Fast for the Day
An opportunity for those who would not normally celebrate Ramadan to learn about the Muslim festival. Throughout July, participants receive hints and tips via social network sites to prepare themselves for a day of fasting, before being invited to a Grand Iftar at the Dubai World Trade Centre as a gesture of gratitude.
New Year Dubai
Thousands of visitors celebrate New Year’s in Downtown Dubai. The extravaganza is centred around the major landmarks of the city and features fireworks shows and water performances on the lake of Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Summer Surprises
Throughout June, the city celebrates the Dubai Summer Surprises, a highlight of the summer. The one month of events includes sales offers from shops across the city as well as children’s activities at Modhesh World, an entertainment centre that houses soft toy areas, a 4D cinema and gaming rooms.
Despite the abstinence of many of the natives, Dubai still has plenty of bars and clubs. One truly unique venue is 360°, a nightclub situated one kilometre out to sea on island, that offers a range of music and fantastic views. In shore is Trilogy, which attracts internationally renowned guests, while the Armani owned Armani/Privé is a luxury nightspot that features the world’s largest LCD screen.