03 Dubai shopping festival

Popular Festivals in Dubai

Dubai has become a top tourist destination with its numerous attractions. They include desert, beaches, and mountain trails. There are also the countless feats of engineering that include high-rises, the Palm Beach, theme parks, and the aquarium. And there are the shopping mall and the city souks.

However, Dubai is also home to some of the most amazing and fascinating festivals. Various competitions are worth seeing. They catch the attention of people the world over. Next, we are going to discuss some of these events and festivals.

Art Dubai

01 Art Dubai gallery

Since its inception in the year 2007, it’s been among the most wide-ranging art fairs. The fair is held in March and highlights the emerging and foremost artists in the field. Over 28,000 people from the world over visit the show. They include curators, art collectors, patrons, people from museums, and different institutions. There are three separate galleries, namely, Modern, Contemporary, and Residents. The fair is also the venue of the most prominent art conference in the Middle East called The Global Art Forum. Artists, curators, leaders, and writers from across the world attend the conference.

Dubai International Film Festival

02 Dubai International Film Festival

This Film Festival is amongst the biggest in the region. Launched in 2004 it has been commemorating films in December every year. It draws movies from the Arab World and more. The opening of several episodes of this festival has been made with films that have got nominations for academy awards. Several posh locations about the city host the festival and the visitors include interns, viewers, volunteers, cinephiles and celebs. The festival is also the place for Q&A, conferences, special appearances, and presentations. DIFF is a class act with the red carpet and a cultural fiesta of movies of diverse languages and cultures. Critics and general people consider DIFF to be among the premier film festivals.

Dubai shopping festival

03 Dubai shopping festival

If there is a bizarre festival, it’s the festival of shopping in Dubai. It shows Dubai in all its grandeur. This annual shopping festival was launched in 1996. From then on, it has been hosted between January and April. A highlight of this festival is the unbelievable discounts in all stores in all of the malls. DSF gives everyone a chance to purchase a high-end product. However, this festival isn’t just about shopping. People will witness food-related events, game shows, concerts, ramp walks, parades, and more in all the malls. Plenty of firecrackers are burst after dark at the Creek Park during this festival. It’s hard to pinpoint another festival that’s as majestic!

Dubai International Jazz Festival

04 Dubai International Jazz Festival

This festival is held annually. The festival started in January of 2003, and the venue was Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Several famous Jazz artists performed for three days. Over the years this festival has developed and some 500,000 people from the World over frequent it. The festival takes place all around Dubai. Legendary musicians, Award-winning artists, and Contemporary and Jazz Music groups belt out music that covers some 50 years. Tickets are up for grabs soon ahead of the festival. People who subscribe to the official site will be notified when the tickets are up for sale.

Dubai World Cup

05 Dubai World Cup

This has been an annual event since 1996. This horse race in Dubai is among the richest ever with USD 10 million as prizes. The venue Nad Al Sheba Racecourse with hi-tech facilities and an excellent track makes a unique spectacle for spectators. This event takes place on the last Saturday in March.

Taste of Dubai

06 Taste of Dubai

Launched in 2007 this festivals draws guests from the World over with dishes of wannabe and established chefs. Visitors will be fascinated by the cooking demonstrations of the celebrity chefs. Besides this, there’re a dedicated kids area and shopping areas. You may also find deals on Burj Khalifa tickets to enjoy the delicious food at top of the floor. Several of the city’s most excellent restaurants serve their brand dishes at costs that are a small percentage of the original price.

The Dubai Marathon

07 The Dubai Marathon

This annual Marathon event draws participants in galore. In 2008 it was named the richest marathon event Worldwide. Anyone making a world record got one million dollars, and both men and women winners got $250,000. It’s the biggest mass event in the Gulf region with over 28,000 participants from the World over.

The length of this marathon route is roughly 42.2 km. At 6 AM, the elite and wheelchair athletes compete, and at 7 AM, the masses take part. 135 USD is the entry fee. 9 AM and 11 AM is the time for a 10 Km and 4 km race. 90USD and 55USD are their entry fees. Those who want to participate in the marathon must register online, and it mostly takes place in January.

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

It’s amongst the most sophisticated events in Dubai. Deluxe yachts from the World over are on show every year. Places are kept aside for the prominent trademarks in the yacht business. You may also check the Mega Yacht Cruise detail here.

Marine Art Gallery is for the VIP’s and showcases a collection of superb originals from eminent artists the World over. Live music and entertainment continue throughout the boat show.

Dhow Race

09 Dhow Race

The annual Dhow Race is a tribute to Dubai’s primary profitable activity, which is pearl diving. The crew members of the Dhows are Emiratis, and the spectators at this event are also mostly Emiratis.


There are many more festivals that deserve mention. Some of them are the swim the Burj, Dubai Fitness challenge, Dubai design week, and Dubai rugby Sevens, amongst others. They lure participants from the World over.