Things To Do In Dubai This Month

Things To Do In Dubai This Month

It’s the final month of 2018 and are we done yet? Absolutely not! Let’s round off the year with some exciting events and bid farewell in total style!

When: 2 December 
UAE National Day

The UAE goes all out in celebration of UAE National Day and as 2018 is the Year of Zayed, the celebrations are set to be huge. You can expect fireworks and light show displays, concerts, traditional festivals, food, shopping deals and amazing staycation packages - to name a few of the fantastic ways the region comes to life! 

When: 6-8 December
Sole DXB

Dubbed as the “region’s premier footwear, fashion and lifestyle fair,” Sole DXB is the ultimate event for any style lover. The event celebrates street culture with film premieres, art exhibitions, fashion shows, concerts and more. Brands that have been involved are huge names such as Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry and Stussy. Tickets start at Dhs 195. 

When: 7 December
Groove on the Grass

The region’s biggest electronic music and art event is back for its seventh edition. Groove on the Grass has paved the way for Dubai’s electronic music scene, attracting huge crowds. This year’s epic VIP line-up featuring the likes of David August, Redshape, Gigi Masin and more. 

When: 7-8 December
Tough Mudder

As the name suggests, this obstacle course is not for the faint-hearted - it’s tough. The 10km course features some of the most physical strength, stamina and mental ability-testing obstacles ever made. If you’re a tough mudder yourself and think you could handle the “Devil’s Beard,” “Walk the Plank,” or the “Killa Gorilla,” sign up! 

When: 12 December
The Nutcracker and I

For a magical and modern take on a classic tale, ‘The Nutcracker and I’ brings the most innovative interpretation. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu will perform Tchaikovsky’s composition featuring favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pas de Deux, and the Flower Waltz. The music comes to life with digital animations and a live ballerina. Tickets start at Dhs 125. 

When: 13-14 December
The Laughter Factory Christmas Package

The Laughter Factory has a huge offer this Christmas. For the ultimate ‘dinner and a show' combining laughs along with food and drink, enjoy a meal as you warm up for a hilarious evening of comedy. Packages start from Dhs 300 and include a Christmas buffet and show tickets. 

When: 13-15 December
Jingle Bell Favourites

December means Christmas which also means singing your heart out in a questionable key. That’s where Jingle Bell Favourites comes in. With all your favourite hits such as Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Silent Night, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow, you can kick-start the festivities alongside The London Concert Orchestra Show Band and Capital Voices Choir. 

When: 19-28 December
Aladdin in Pantomime

Get ready to boo, hiss and be thrilled as another epic pantomime takes the stage. This year’s pantomime, Aladdin, will excite the little ones and spark your inner child as the characters from this timeless tale take you to ‘A Whole New World.’ Tickets start at Dhs 120.

When: 26 December-2 February
Dubai Shopping Festival

Shopping has never been more fun. The 24th edition of DSF will be held from 
26 December 2018 to 2 February 2019, and will again feature exciting events, promotions, and discounts coupled with fun and entertainment. This year’s event saw Dhs 25 million worth of prizes handed out with over 3,220 retailers participating. 

When: 31 December
Black & White Party

Celebrate the start of 2019 in the epitome of style. At Dubai Opera’s 'Black & White Party,’ guests can ring in the new year with ideal views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks and water fountain shows. With early bird packages starting at Dhs 525, enjoy a feast under the stars along with some great tunes all night long. 

When: 31 December
New Year's Eve Celebrations

Burj Khalifa
Last year just didn’t feel quite the same, as it was announced that New Year’s Eve would not be met with the famous Burj Khalifa fireworks. The iconic event is back again this year, however, and we can all rejoice! The world can gear up yet again as the Burj Khalifa lights up this New Year’s Eve thanks to Emaar who promise that the grand gala event will be a mesmerising celebration that promises to be ‘bigger, better and brighter’. If you’re staying at home this New Year’s Eve, the show can be caught from the comfort of your very own home at

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab has been an iconic structure even since it first began construction in 1994. So, naturally, it has been the queen of New Year’s Eve firework displays. With an unbeatable backdrop of the shoreline, thousands of residents flock to Jumeirah Beach every year to catch the display, which is never short of dazzling.

Atlantis, The Palm
In 2014, Atlantis, The Palm broke the Guiness Word Record for the “Largest Firework Display.’ The hotel fired enough shells to break the previous record in the first 60 seconds, which was previously held by a 64-minute show of 77,282 fireworks in Kuwait in November 2012. Though we don’t think this year will be breaking any records, Atlantis, The Palm guarantees a display unlike any other.



2019 is going to be a hit. And, we’ve got the events to prove it. Here’s what we’re adding to our to-do list for the new year!

When: 3 January
Dubai World Cup Carnival

As January kicks off the beginning of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, we’re gearing up for the three-month horse racing event. Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s love of horses, the Dubai World Cup Carnival leads onto the famed Dubai World Cup. Entry is free with dining packages available.

When: 4 January
Momoland in Concert

K-Pop girl group ‘Momoland’ will be kicking off 2019 with their first ever Middle East performance. See the superstars perform their hit ‘Bhoom Bhoom’ live. With over 250 million YouTube views under their belts, the girls will be wowing audiences at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Entry starts at Dhs 200. 

When: 5 January-1 February
AFC Asian Cup

The biggest event in Asian football is back. With over 51 matches, 24 national teams, 8 stadiums and 4 cities across the UAE, this event will be nothing short of massive. The world’s second longest running men’s football competition will see Australia, Uzbekistan, Philippines, India and many more countries battle is out for the title. Entry starts at Dhs 25.

When: 9 January
Desert Night Run at Al Marmoom

It’s all about fitness this January and where better to start your journey than in the desert? Al Marmoom Desert Reserve spans over 40 hectares of scrubland and is home to over 300 species of birds. Whether you’d prefer to do a 2.5km, 5km or 10km, this spot is the perfect backdrop to an evening run. Tickets are Dhs 125.

When: 11 January
Arjit Singh Live

The soulful star behind hits such as “Tum Hi Ho” and “Channa Mereya” and “Dilliwaali Girlfriend” is back again this January to perform his tracks. Arjit Singh will be performing at Dubai World Trade Centre for one night only. Entry starts at Dhs 150. 

When: 11-12 January
The Schools And Childcare Show

The Schools And Childcare Show has gone to extra lengths to make choosing the right curriculum for your child easier. Save time, be informed and find the perfect school as the region’s schools, preschools and nurseries gather together to help you make the right decision. Entry is free.

When: 31 January-2 February
Othello at Dubai Opera

It’s hard not to come by a piece of writing that isn’t absolute perfection when it comes to Shakespeare. Now, you can see the master's work come-to-life in the form of Othello. Following a critically-acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is a work of art.

When: 20-22 February
Dubai Jazz Festival

The Dubai Jazz Festival 2019 is back with its 17th edition. The three day musical extravaganza, sponsored by Emirates Airline, plays host to a number of incredible artists each year. This year will see legends Snow Patrol, Jamiroquai and Alicia Keys all performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.



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