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Top 10 Festivals in Dubai in 2023

By Nikita Karia on Dec 20, 2022
Themes:  Festival  | Category: Festival | Country:  Dubai


Each of us would like to visit Dubai at least once in his or her lifetime. Besides all the tourist attractions and experiences Dubai offers, you shouldn’t miss the festivals of Dubai. Dubai is known as the city of events because of its growth, luxury, lavishness, and wide range of celebrations. Spring and winter are the seasons when most events are held; when the weather is cooler. There is no end to the celebrations and enjoyment when it comes to Dubai Tourism.

Known around the globe as a world-class festival and competition, it attracts travelers from around the globe. These are a few of the most impressive and surprising ones:

Dubai Shopping Festival

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Dubai’s festival for shopping is one of the year’s most thrilling occasions! But it also shows how luxurious Dubai is.

Every year in January, the Dubai Shopping Festival takes place for a month. During this annual shopping festival, you will be amazed to receive surprising discounts in almost every store and mall across the city. Regardless of how upscale the brand is, DSF offers a chance for one and all to go out and shop. The joys don’t stop with shopping, though. As other celebrations and events take place all over the city, everyone joins the DSF. Many food-related events are scheduled, and throughout the festival, firecrackers are set off every night at Creek Park. Additionally, every mall hosts events; like game shows, concerts, ramp walks, parades, etc. There is no other festival celebrated in such a grand manner as this!

Art Dubai

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Every year in March at Madinat Jumeirah, the Art Dubai fair in Dubai attracts artists from all over the world. The art festival has attracted a sizable audience since its start in 2007, and that number keeps growing. Curators, patrons, and collectors from around the world tend to gather at the fair. Today, it is without a doubt, the main attraction for any art enthusiast to see.

 Dubai International Film Festival

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The Dubai International Film Festival, one of the biggest, made its debut in 2004 and has been a December tradition ever since. It draws films from the Arab world and elsewhere. Many Oscar-nominated films have kicked off the festival. It is held in three or four posh locations throughout the city and attracts numerous interns, volunteers, viewers, and celebrities. This biggest film festival in Dubai differs from other film festivals. There is not just red-carpet glamour, but also a cultural exchange between film fans since the films come from different regions and countries.

Dubai International Jazz Festival

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The Dubai Media City Amphitheatre hosts the yearly Dubai Jazz Festival over three days. People of all ages and backgrounds visit it. One of the most anticipated festivals of the year, it is an event not to be missed by music fans. Do not miss this event due to its friendly atmosphere and electrifying setting. Dubai is completely taken over by the festival. The event features renowned musicians, award-winning artists, and the most recent music groups from the past fifty years.

The Dubai Marathon

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If you are a fitness buff, the Dubai Marathon is for you. It is a charitable event held at the Emirates Golf Club from January to February. Anyone can participate in the Dubai Marathon for a small fee. The event is divided into three parts to accommodate a large number of participants. The distances to be covered are – a three km run, a ten km run, and a fifty km marathon. Every marathon has a hefty prize for the winner.

Dubai Food Festival

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The Dubai Food Festival is one of the best events in Dubai to sample regional cuisine from the UAE. This festival takes place across different locations in Dubai. It is a two-and-a-half-week-long culinary festival that gives a chance to the guests to experience the city through food, from street food to fine dining. The festival takes place throughout the city; at several venues, including renowned malls, upscale eateries, and back alley markets. Plan your meals accordingly to take advantage of the many appealing discounts and events hosted by the numerous restaurants in Dubai.

Dubai International Boat Show

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The largest boating and lifestyle show in the Middle East; takes place every year at the Dubai International Boat Show. The event offers a diverse range of outdoor activities to attract visitors from all walks of life. Over 40 countries send numerous collections of yachts, boats, and other vessels to the event. Watersports villages and a fly board championship are just a few add-on attractions at this event.

Dhow Race

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Among Dubai’s most well-known Watersports events is the Al Gaffal Dhow Race. It honors the ancient commercial activity of pearl diving each year. Dhows are native traditional boats that were once used for pearl diving by the local fishermen. This event is attended mostly by Emiratis and is a source of national pride for them.

Swim the Burj

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The renowned hotel Burj Al Arab sets up for the Swim the Burj event in April. Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to compete, and there are two categories in which they can do so for 800 and 1,600 meters swimming races. Once more, a fascinating event draws both locals and tourists. The event offers a fantastic chance to see swimmers against the hotel’s background.

Dubai World Cup

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Dubai World Cup horse races are held at the Meydan Racecourse each year. The race with a prize purse of US $35 million is renowned as the richest race in the world. The thrilling race takes place at the racecourse involving the world’s best-breed horses, jockeys, and trainers. Due to its top-notch amenities and exciting atmosphere, the race draws both locals and tourists.

Summing it up:

We have highlighted the best festivals in Dubai in this blog. So, the next time you plan a Dubai tour package, ensure to include at least one of these festivals. Get into the holiday spirit on the Persian Gulf Coast with Flamingo Transworld!!

About Author

Nikita Karia
Nikita Karia

Nikita Karia has eleven years of experience working in the B2B travel trade, focusing on international destinations. Thus, writing tourism content comes naturally to her. She has traveled across countries- like Singapore, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and South Africa.

Additionally, she has a flair for writing about healthcare, technology, mental health, education, and e-commerce. Her purpose of the write-up is to simplify the contents in a way that resonates with the reader. When she is not writing, she enjoys tweaking her gardening skills

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