Have you always wanted to visit Dubai? Travelers across the globe consider Dubai a must-visit destination – and for a good reason! The city is best known for its architectural wonders. It seems that each year, there’s a new building that breaks a record or a new attraction that instantly generates thousands of visitors. Such is the undeniable allure of the city, but before you pack your bags for Dubai, you might also want to familiarize yourself with the top events on Dubai’s calendar. Surely, these events are just as glamorous as the luxury hotels, grandiose shopping centers, and gigantic skyscrapers.
Dubai Shopping Festival
First launched in 1996, the Dubai Shopping Festival now attracts countless visitors around the world. This marks the time of year when you can get huge discounts on signature brands and other collectibles. In some cases, you can get up to a 75% discount on some deals. Aside from shopping, the festival also features music concerts, fashion shows, and raffle draws. It happens every December, a peak season for tourists so is sure to book Dubai hotels well in advance.
Dubai World Cup
The last Saturday of March is one of the most-awaited days in all of Dubai, all thanks to the Dubai World Cup. This day is nothing short of spectacular. While horse racing may be the highlight of the event, many also look forward to wearing their fashionable clothes. Racing fashion is huge in Dubai, so be sure you dress properly when you show up at the event. Hats are a must, and ladies should steer clear of short skirts or dresses.
In January, thousands of runners gather for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. This annual marathon first started in 2000, featuring a modest 100 participants. Today, an average of 2,000 full-distance runners compete against each other for the one-million-dollar prize money. A whopping $250,000 goes to the winner. Even more, people join the 5k and 10k events, with estimates putting it at 10,000. If you don’t want to participate, you can still enjoy the live bands.
UAE Desert Challenge
The most competitive rally in all of UAE happens every last week of March, and it’s one event you don’t want to miss. Adventure-seekers visiting Dubai will surely have the time of their life at the UAE Desert Challenge. This really gives you the chance to watch motorbike, four-wheel, quad-bike, and truck drivers race in the world’s most demanding desert terrain. Previously, the Desert Challenge involved cross-emirate stages, but the majority of the routes now run through Abu Dhabi’s immense desert areas.
Dubai Jazz Festival
Music lovers will want to go to Dubai in February because of the Dubai Jazz Festival. Over 40,000 fans gathered over the weekend for some good music, excellent food, and an overall unforgettable experience. Regardless of the genre, you’re into, you are sure to hear music that soothes your soul. The relaxing vibe is the perfect way to cap off a great night in the city.