10 Best Festivals in Dubai That You Must Visit in 2024!
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Dubai Festivals

1. Dubai Shopping Festival
2. 
Art Dubai
3. 
Dubai International Film Festival
4. 
Dubai International Jazz Festival
5. 
The Dubai Marathon
6. 
Dubai World Cup
7. 
Taste Of Dubai
8. 
Dubai International Boat Show
9. 
Dhow Race
10. 
Swim the Burj

The festivals in Dubai welcomes tourists from all over the world to a perfect amalgamation of culture, entertainment, and vibrant events. Apart from being one of the wealthiest and powerful regions of the world, Dubai is noted for its cultural diversity, in addition to its magnificent structures and huge deserts. The home of the Middle East's most global cities, the United Arab Emirates hosts a bevy of cultural and religious events that should be experienced when vacationing in this metropolis of sheikhs. You can choose to spend time at the Dubai Shopping Festival where you will get to enjoy concerts, parades,  game shows, ramp walks, and firecrackers along with unlimited shopping.

In Dubai, where practically everything is celebrated, a few of the most amazing and intriguing events take place. Various competitions are included in Dubai's must-see festivals. Thousands of people attend these gatherings from all over the world, not just the Middle East. Heading over to Art Dubai, you will be able to enjoy artworks prepared by both young and seasoned artists from all over the world. If you are a music lover, then the Dubai International Jazz Festival is a must visit for you as it is attended by talented musicians from all over the world.

Here is a list of some best festivals in Dubai:

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Dubai Shopping Festival

The festival of shopping is one of Dubai's most thrilling events! But, on the other hand, this demonstrates Dubai's opulence. The Dubai Shopping Festival is an annual shopping festival that began in 1996 and has been held primarily in the first quarter of the year since then.

Every store in every mall of Dubai will be offering incredible deals throughout the festival. DSF allows anyone and everyone to go out and shop, regardless of how high-end the brand is. But shopping isn't the only thing to look forward to. Everyone becomes a part of the DSF as other Festivals In Dubai and events take place throughout the city. There are numerous food-related events planned, as well as concerts, parades,  game shows, ramp walks, and other activities in every mall, as well as firecrackers going off every night at Creek Park for the duration of the festival.

Dates: January first week to February first week

Location: Dubai Festival City Mall, Al Seef, Dubai Creek, The Dubai Frame and La Mer

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Art Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, established Art Dubai in 2007. Art Dubai, which takes place in March and comprises both young and established artists, is widely considered as one of the most globally diversified art events.

It attracts about 28,000 visitors from all over the world, including art collectors, curators, patrons, museums, and other organisations, and is almost usually held in March. Contemporary, Modern, and Residents are the three divisions of the gallery. It also hosts The Global Art Forum, the most important art conference in the Gulf. The conference attracts artists, leaders, curators, and authors from all across the world, as the name implies.

Dates: March

Location: Mina a'Salam - Jumeirah Beach Rd - Al Sufouh 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Dubai International Film Festival

The Dubai Film Festival attracts film fans from all across the region and Europe, and numerous A-list Hollywood actors, producers, and directors attend screenings held throughout the city throughout the festival. The event has taken a pause after 14 successful editions and will return in 2020.

The festival was founded with the stated goal of involving and encouraging local filmmakers, and over the course of 14 editions, it has presented 500 Arab films and assisted in the completion of at least 300 of them.

Dates: December

Location: Al Sufouh - Al Sufouh 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Dubai International Jazz Festival

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This sparkling jazz festival takes place in Dubai, and it features some of the industry's top stars in jazz and mainstream music. The festival is one of the few jazz events that take place in the area. Legends including Duran Duran, John Legend, and Ricky Martin have all performed at this yearly music festival in the region.

Over the years, the Festival has grown to attract over 500,000 people from all over the world. At the TimeOut Nightlife Awards in 2010 and 2018, the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival was named best Music Festival. The festival, which takes place throughout Dubai, offers award-winning performers, legendary musicians, and critically recognised Jazz and Contemporary Music groups, and spans more than 50 years of musical history.

Dates: February

Location:
35R3+H29 - Al Sufouh - Al Sufouh 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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The Dubai Marathon

The Dubai Marathon is indeed an annual marathon that draws tens of thousands of people each year. In the year 2000, it began. It was dubbed the "World's Richest Marathon" in 2008 because it paid a million dollars to anyone who set a world record and $250,000 to first-place finishers in the men's and women's categories.

It is the greatest mass event in the Middle East, with over 28,000 participants from the area and throughout the world. The marathon course is 42.2 kilometers long.

Dates: March

Location: Dubai Creek Club St - Port Saeed - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Dubai World Cup

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Since 1996, Dubai has hosted one of the richest horse races in the world, with a prize pool of USD 10 million. The race is held at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse and features the top jockeys, coaches, and horses in the world. Racegoers will enjoy a unique and wonderful location at the city's greatest social event, thanks to state-of-the-art amenities and a fantastic track.

The event is held on the last Saturday in March every year.

Dates
: March

Location:
Al Meydan Rd - Nad Al Sheba - Nad Al Sheba 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Taste Of Dubai

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The informal food Festivals In Dubai is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events in the emirate. Since its inception in 2007, Taste of Dubai has attracted visitors from all over the world to sample meals prepared by both aspiring and professional chefs.

Every year, celebrity chefs headline, live culinary demos (which, by the way, draw the majority of the crowd simply because they are fascinating), a special kids zone, and shopping areas are all available. Some of Dubai's greatest restaurants offer their signature meals for a fraction of the cost of the original.

Dates: March

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Dubai International Boat Show

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The Dubai International Boat Show is one of Dubai's most prestigious events. Every year, luxury vessels from around the world arrive. It will also feature exhibits from some of the most well-known yachting brands. The VIPs attending the boat show can view the exhibition at the Marina Art Gallery.

It has chosen outstanding works from the world's most prestigious galleries. Throughout the day, there will be live music and entertainment. Unlike other boat exhibitions, the Dubai International Boat Show has a laid-back atmosphere.

Dates: March

Location: Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Dhow Race

The Al Gaffal Dhow Race is indeed an annual celebration that pays homage to Dubai's history while also promoting the city's principal commercial activity: pearl diving. Dhows are traditional Emirati boats that were once utilised by pearl divers to help Dubai establish itself as a major trading port. 

Because all of the crew members on the Dhows must be Emiratis, and the crowd that attends to watch them sail are predominantly Emiratis, this event exudes nationalistic pride.

Dates: September

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Swim the Burj

Burj al Arab is one of Dubai's most fascinating structures and most famous monuments, appearing in nearly every film shot in the city. Swim the Burj is an annual event held in March that allows participants to get up close and personal with the Burj Al Arab.

Swim around the Burj al Arab in either the 1,600 m or 800-metre racing categories. The tournament is available to everyone who is 16 or older. Every year, all of the proceeds from the event are donated to organisations.

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People Also Ask About Dubai

  1. What festivals are popular in the UAE?

    Dubai International Jazz Festival: This fantastic music event attracts thousands of music aficionados from all over the world each year around the end of February. The three-day event is held in Dubai's Media City, where guests may enjoy some fantastic performances by some big names in the jazz world. There are many other musicians and bands performing this year who aren't exclusively jazz, but the line-up is always outstanding.

    Dubai International Film Festival: The festival's goal is to recognise cinematic greatness while also encouraging open discussion across cultures and nations. Encourage and develop local and international talent, driving and promoting the industry's growth while also offering a valuable cultural benefit to the people of Dubai and the UAE.

    Dubai Shopping Festival Dubai: is known as the 'Ultimate Shopping Destination,' with over 70 malls to choose from, with new ones opening every year. As a result, it naturally becomes a shopper's paradise. With the large names and high-end stores, however, this ambition typically comes at a cost. And this is where the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 can help. Though Dubai has sales every month, the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 extravaganza delivers the finest deals, with much-loved designer brands across all price categories accessible at incredible discounts.

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  2. Which are the best festivals celebrated in Dubai?

    Throughout the year, Dubai hosts a number of festivals and events. The cultural ideology of Dubai is heavily rooted in Islamic civilization. Islam is more than a religion; it is a way of life that governs even the most mundane aspects of daily living. Some of the most popular Festivals In Dubai are as follows:

    • Dubai Shopping Festival
    • Art Dubai
    • Dubai International Film Festival
    • Dubai International Jazz Festival
    • The Dubai Marathon
    • Dubai World Cup
    • Taste Of Dubai
    • Dubai International Boat Show

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  3. Which are the best events in Dubai?

    1. Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
    This international literature festival is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important in the UAE. Each edition of the festival, led by Ahlam Bolooki, features over 250 different sessions with hundreds of writers from all over the world. Writing and poetry workshops, readings, conversations, and a variety of other activities are available for both children and adults. The festival aims to develop tomorrow's writers and promote talent from across the country.

    2. Dubai Desert Classic
    The Dubai Desert Classic is the largest golf tournament in the United Arab Emirates. It has been a part of the European tour since 1989, with a prize pool of $3 million and is held on the Majlis golfing greens in Dubai's global city. This yearly event is the quintessential golfing spectacle of the UAE, since it attracts all of the top players on the tour.

    3. Dubai Marathon
    Another amazing UAE Festival, this marathon features three different races: 3 kilometres, 10 kilometres, and 50 kilometres. People travel from all over the world to participate in this lovely event since the registration cost is so little. The marathon, on the other hand, is a charity event that attracts people from all walks of life to compete in a fitness and stamina challenge.

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  4. What is the best time to visit Dubai?

    The best time to visit Dubai would be from the month of November to the month of April. If you are thinking about planning a trip to enjoy the Festivals In Dubai then this would be the best time. The climatic conditions in this time of the year remains favorable for outdoor activities and sightseeing tours.

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