Things to do in Dubai this month

Things to do in Dubai this month

When: 26 December - 28 January
DSF 2018

The Dubai Shopping Festival is truly a shopper’s paradise. For just over a month, the city’s malls, markets, general retail stores and experience venues offer huge discounts to amazing deals, competitions and prizes, residents and tourists have multiple opportunities to get their hands on fashion, toys, furniture, vehicles, jewellery, dining offers. 

When: 1 - 30 January

The iconic Ironman triathlon involves a 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bicycle ride and 42.16 km marathon run back-to-back without any breaks at Jumeirah Beach Running Track. The world’s most determined, strong-hearted athletes attempt every year, training for an average of seven months. Head down to Umm Suqeim Park to show your support and be part of the excitement.

When: 4 - 17 January
Cirque Du Soleil’s TORUK - The First Flight

The Alchemy Project will be bringing the latest Cirque Du Soleil stage show to Dubai World Trade Centre. The production called TORUK - The First Flight, was inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. The show will transport you to the far-off world of Pandora with the planet’s creatures brought to life with huge puppets. Tickets start from Dhs 295. Call 056-6756834.

When: 12 January
Sonu Nigam Live

Sonu Nigam returns to Dubai to take to the stage at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The singer will be performing Shukran Dubai 2018 - A Musical Journey of Immortal Melodies. Nigam started his singing career at the age of 18, and has released over 30 albums. Ticket prices start from Dhs 125 to Dhs 2000. Call 055-6360333.

When: 12 - 13 January
Hankook 24H

Speed freaks can look forward to 24 hours of adrenaline-pumping racing at the Hankook 24H at Dubai Autodrome. A variety of up to 100 vehicles including GTs, silhouette, Touring and 24H specials to purpose-built racing machines will race against time and each other. Call 04-3678700. 

When: 18 - 20 January
Sherlock- A Play

Theatre meets crime fiction in this rendition of Sherlock Holmes taking the stage at The Junction. The play will include fan favourite sidekick Dr John Watson and a multicultural cast from eight different countries. Watch Holmes solve one his toughest cases and catch his timeless catchphrase of “elementary my dear Watson” in person. Tickets start at Dhs 80.

When: 19 January
Mohamed Mounir LIVE

Mohamed Mounir will be performing live on stage at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.The Egyptian singer and movie star is best known for hits like ‘Alemony Eneeki’ and ‘Ya Hamam’. His musical career has spanned more than the incorporated styles of music such as reggae, blues, classical Arabic music, and jazz into his songs. Tickets from Dhs 195. Call 04-5013628. 

When: 19 January
Unbounded by Houghton and New Breed

The sounds of Texas gospel will be gracing Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium courtesy of Houghton and New Breed. The Grammy award winning group led by Houghton’s stupendous energy will be revitalizing Dubai fans with tracks that have transformed the contemporary gospel sound. Tickets start at Dhs 100.

When: 22 January - 3 February
Evita The Musical

The story of Evita Peron, Argentina’s first lady comes alive on stage. The most recognised element of this show would be the Oscar-winning movie in which Madonna’s song ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ topped the charts and is considered a classic. Tickets from Dhs 250. Call 04-4408888. 

When: 26 - 27 January
Al Quoz Arts Festival

Join the Al Quoz community at the 6th edition of the Al Quoz Arts Fest gathering local artists, vendors, DJs and buskers for a free two-day event on Alserkal Avenue. Not only a spectacle but an interactive event encouraging participation of the whole family. Performances, tours, films, activities and workshops, bringing the neighbourhood and your family alive.

When: 25 January - 28 January
Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Spectators will be able to visit Emirates Golf Club and watch the legendary golfers competing over four rounds as they battle it out to lift the trophy. Golf die-hards and sporting enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy the suspenseful competition on the greens. Ticket prices start from Dhs 175. Call 04-3833580. 

When: 26 January
Magida El Roumi Live in Dubai

Returning to the stage after four years, the Lebanese soprano will be performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. El Roumi will be delivering her legendary songs including “Saqat Al Qina” and “Kalimat”. You don’t want to miss the icon known to have one of the most unforgettable voices in Arab history. Tickets start at Dhs 395.

When: 26 January
A.R. Rahman Live in Dubai

Celebrate his 25-year career revolutionising contemporary Indian music in Bollywood Park. The icon, A. R. Rahman, will be leading the performance in his trademark larger than life vigour enhanced by grand special effects, alluring mobile stage, and paired with phenomenal audio-visual production. Tickets start at Dhs 150.

When: 26 January - 28 April
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

Dubai energy meets powering Polo at the Polo Gold Cup Series. The series of tournaments will be hosted at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and will include an array of activities including Kids Zone, live music, fashion shows, internationally renowned DJs and even catch a glimpse of your favourite VIPs. Tickets start at Dhs 150.

When: 26 January
Standard Chartered Marathon

This popular marathon is divided into multiple categories allowing participation across ages and fitness levels. Give your best shot at the 4km fun run, 10km road race, or the 42km marathon and keep in mind the exciting cash prize. So, lace up your running shoes or take on the side-lines to cheer on the thrills. Entry tickets start at Dhs 50.

When: 27 January
UAE Waterbike Series

The UAE Waterbike series sets the standard for all action on the deep sea. With more than 50 competitors from all over the world, spectators can watch the sensational line up of thrills and stunts including Free Style, Sky Junior Stock and Expert Runabout. Get some sun, spend a day on the beach, and watch competitors give it their all on the water.




When: 2 February
Live on the Lake REMIX 92

Let’s rewind because REMIX 92 has returned! A night of nostalgia as you jam to B*Witched, 2 Unlimited, Corona, Black Box and more. Experience the night from the either the Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel lawns or secret gardens, while the lake is transformed into a massive dancefloor. Tickets start at Dhs 195.

When: 7 - 12 February
GPP Photo Week

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Gulf Photo Plus Photo Week would be worth an infinite! In the heart of Dubai’s art hub in Alserkal Avenue, GPP Photo Week is the largest photo exhibit in the entire region. Presenting the world’s best photographers, with workshops, tours, and launches curated to inspire your artistic side. Program prices vary.

When: 8 - 9 February

Which event can get Kesha, Kelli-Leigh, and Russ on one stage in Dubai? None other than the Virgin Radio RedFestDXB. Dubai’s critically acclaimed music festival returns for its 5th edition. And headlining while making their Dubai debut are the DJ duo behind ‘Closer’, none other than The Chainsmokers! Dubai is expecting a party off the charts. Tickets start at Dhs 395.

When: 9 - 26 February
Pakistan Super League

Attention all cricket fans! Pakistan Super League starts its season at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. For the first time, this year’s season features six teams playing 30 gripping matches. Dubai is excited to host the skilled and talented teams representing regions across Pakistan. Tickets start at Dhs 20.

When: 15 - 16 February
Ballet Under the Stars at Desert Palm
Witness elegance and luxury while you dine. The exquisite Desert Pal Polo Resort will be hosting two magical evenings presenting 12 world class ballet performances while serving a three-course dining experience, beverages included. The perfect blend of taste and glamour manifesting under the stars. Tickets start at Dhs 750.

When: 19 February - 3 March
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

The world’s greatest tennis professionals compete in Dubai once again at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre. Now in its 25th year, the venue has been voted as one of the very best by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Organized by Dubai Duty Free, this intense competition must be witness live for all tennis lovers. Tickets start at Dhs 75.

When: 21 - 23 February
Dubai Jazz Festival

Attended by more than 500,000 guests since 2003, the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival has hosted the smooth talent of global stars becoming one of Dubai’s favourite events. The annual festival will be held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre presenting fan favourites: John Legend, Duran Duran, and Ricky Martin. Tickets start at Dhs 325.

When: 22 February - 1 March
Dubai Food Festival

Awaken your inner foodie because it’s finally that time of year. The Dubai Food Festival is back for the annual citywide celebration of all things delicious. Discover, indulge, and explore a range of cuisines and dining opportunities across the city. DFF will have something for your craving.

When: 27 February - 3 March
Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai’s largest marine convention combines entertainment, leisure, buyers, suppliers and more. Held at the Dubai International Marine Club, the show will exhibit not only all things marine lifestyle expect a buzzing event brought to life with entertainment, thrilling stunt shows, and shopping. Tickets start at Dhs 60.

When: 27 February - 3 March
Shaolin Warriors Kung Fu Masters LIVE

The Shaolin Warriors present the seemingly impossible combination of storytelling and Kung Fu with Buddhist meditation. Bringing their precision talents to the Dubai Opera, this show has been described as ‘hypnotic’ daring the viewer to adventure Chinese action-packed mysticism at its finest. Prices start at Dhs 195.

When: 28 February - 2 March
Montreux Comedy Festival
From mainland Europe to the Middle-East, Montreux Comedy Festival is bringing its clever wit for a third year to Madinat Jumeirah. And for the first time ever the organizers will be adding an Arabic set in addition to its French and English galas, promising to diversify the laughs in three languages! Ticket prices to be announced.

When: 31 March
Dubai World Cup Carnival

The UAE horse racing season concludes with the extraordinary $10m Dubai World Cup! The day will be packed with festivities celebrating another year of Dubai hosting the world’s top racing horses at the Meydan racecourse. Don’t miss the Dubai World Cup show, live concert and the race to win or lose it all! Tickets start at Dhs 175.

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