Major Events in Dubai in 2017

Dec 2016 – January 2017
Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival26 December 2016 – 28 January 2017 Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) takes place every winter with its mammoth array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks and entertainment. DSF offers amazing shopping discounts, attracting holiday makers from around the globe keen on grabbing a bargain.
January 2017
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
Standard Chartered Dubai MarathonThe Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and Dubai Half Marathon have been held in the city since the year 2000 under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is one of the first sporting events on the city’s calendar, occurring at the end of January, taking advantage of the cooler winter temperatures.Visit website for more info
January 2017
Dubai Desert Classic
30 January – 5 February 2017
Dubai Desert ClassicThe Omega Dubai Desert Classic – a premier European Tour event which features a star-studded field led by Tom Watson, Lee Westwood and defending champion Rory McIlory among other big guns sponsored by Omega.Visit website for more info
February 2017
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsThe Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and takes place under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Duty Free is the permanent Title Sponsor of the tournamentVisit website for more info
February 2017
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 22 February – 24 February 2017
The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival has been built on years of success, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for fans and artists alike. Once again, music lovers can look forward to an undeniably great line-up. Audiences can expect twice the jazz and more of the classic rock, indie rock, pop and urban, an unbeatable mix of quality live entertainment.Visit website for more info
Emirates INT
February 2017
Dubai Food Festival 2017
Dubai Food FestivalFebruary – March 2017
The Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is a culinary celebration that gathers Dubai’s wide array of food offering — highlighting the most popular business and consumer food events in the city. DFF will also feature food-related activities that promote the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary pride.Dubai Food Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and is part of a broader strategy to develop a year-round programme of citywide festivals that acts as a major contributor to the growth of the tourism and retail sectors.Visit website for more info
March 2017
Dubai International Boat Show
Dubai International Boat ShowWelcome to the world’s most anticipated marine event.World premieres, regional launches, leading superyacht builders, Supercar Promenade, family area, awards ceremonies, VIP packages, media opportunities, live entertainment… all set within a stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline.Visit website for more info
March 2017
Taste of Dubai
Taste of Dubai - Online Competition Taste of Dubai is the City’s favorite food, drink and music festival. The festival is a 3 day food-lover’s fantasy, with exclusive fine-dining restaurants, world class celebrity chefs, and incredible line-up of international music. For all those food lovers you can come and watch live cooking demonstrations or get hands on and cook along with our tops chefs as well as learn some culinary top tips. Alternatively you can sit back, relax and soak up the sounds listening to our live entertainment or enjoy shopping for unique gifts and culinary products in our outdoor shopping area.Visit website for more info
March 2017
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.The Festival is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.Visit website for more info
Emirates INT
March 2017
Dubai World Cup 2017
Dubai World CupThe region’s premier equestrian event pays tribute to the Arabian love affair with horses and is also one of the UAE’s biggest social and sporting events. Taking place on March, it is the richest day of racing in the world.Visit website for more info
March – 2017
GITEX Shopper
GITEX ShopperWith more than two decades of success, GITEX Shopper is the largest and most influential consumer IT and electronics sales exposition in the Middle East. Held twice a year, leading international brands launch and showcase their latest products with amazing promotions, offers and competitions. This highly popular event offers visitors convenient access from world-class brands and regional powers like E-Max, E-City, Jacky’s Electronics, Jumbo Electronics and Sharaf DGVisit website for more info
April 2017
STEP Conference 2017
STEP Conference 2016STEP Conference is the largest interactive gathering in the MENA region. STEP2016 gathered 4,000 like-minded folks from all over the globe tackling all things Tech, Digital and Entertainment.STEP2016 gathered 200 startups from all around the world to showcase their products & services, meet investors, network with entrepreneurs & industry experts, and discover the latest trends in the tech, digital & entertainment industries.Visit website for more info
April 2017
Al Marmoom Heritage Festival 2017
Heritage FestivalThe popular camel festival will see thousands of highly-trained camels from all over the Middle East of different ages and breeds compete in rounds to win their owners amazing cash prizes and other highly-priced items.
According to the organisers, it is a traditional festival that all Emiratis as well as expatriates should come watch and experience. There will be day-long activities with many side shows based both on the country’s cultural traditions and folklore as well as raffle draws.
Races will take place daily. Keep checking back on this page to find out more on this event.
May 2017
Dubai Tango Festival
Dubai Tango FestivalTango Dubai welcomes you to join the Dubai Tango Festival. It’s the night to connect tango lovers from all over the globe here in Dubai. The festival will host various Tango workshops, milongas, an unparalleled Tango night and gala dinner. And to enrich your experience live music will be played every night by the best of tango musicians and singers, as well as some gorgeous performances, and a few surprises! Check out the festival program for more details.Visit website for more info
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