Beyond the towering skyscrapers and stunning landscapes, Dubai plays host to some of the world’s most remarkable festivals. Each of these events offers an unforgettable experience which can be enjoyed by all ages. With that in mind, here’s a quick look at four Dubai festivals and events you should not miss.
Dubai Shopping Festival
The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is an annual retail extravaganza that transforms this emirate into a shopper’s paradise. Held annually, this month-long event usually takes place from December to January and features jaw-dropping discounts and promotions at malls and retail hubs across the city. You will also find outdoor markets, fantastic prize draws, live entertainment, fireworks displays and more. Once done for the day, head back and unwind at a luxury private villa; Dubai offers plenty more shopping fun the next day as well!
Dubai Food Festival
The Dubai Food Festival is a culinary dream come true for foodies. This annual event generally takes place over two weeks and offers the perfect opportunity to savour flavours from around the world be it at fine dining restaurants or street food stalls. Masterclasses by renowned chefs, food-themed events, guided food tours and limited-edition menus all add to the appeal of this festival. During this period or any other time of the year, look to stay at properties like Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort which offer diverse dining delights too.
Held every March, the annual Art Dubai is a true celebration of art and creativity, showcasing the fusion of traditional and contemporary creations from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. It attracts artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts from across the globe and features various avant-garde installations, digital art, thought-provoking exhibitions, education programmes and special workshops including those for children. It also provides a fascinating perspective on the region’s cultural and artistic evolution worth experiencing.
Dubai International Boat Show
Held against the breathtaking backdrop of the marina and coastline, the annual Dubai International Boat Show is another great event to visit. Yachts, boats, and marine equipment from around the world take centre stage, attracting not only boat enthusiasts but also those who appreciate craftsmanship and are interested in the latest innovations. Highlights of this event include Superyacht Avenue with its stunning luxury yachts, the Boats on Land section and the Dive Pool, while thrilling water sports are also on offer.