Dubai has a number of festivals and events throughout the year for expats to enjoy. It is a great chance to meet other expats, mingle with Emiratis and enjoy the beautiful weather.  

Dubai Shopping Festival (January/February)

A serious treat for anyone who loves to shop, the retail capital of Dubai comes to life each year when the annual extravaganza of shopping and entertainment sees thousands of visitors in the city. 

Dubai International Jazz Festival (February/March)

With melodic music, relaxed seating and a beautiful setting, this is a festival for the music lovers, featuring artists of all genres. 

Dubai World Cup (March)

Even for those who are not interested in horse racing, the Dubai World Cup is a great way to socialise. Fashion meets sports in this not-to-be-missed day out. 

Global Village Dubai (November to February)

Dubai winters heat up with the Global Village Dubai Festival, where thousands of people flock to sample exotic foods, buy international goods, and experience multiple cultures where many countries are represented with their own pavilion.

Dubai Rugby Sevens (December)

Sports lovers unite when the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens heralds the opening of the IRB Sevens World Series. Sixteen of the world’s best international rugby teams take part in this tournament, which has become one of the most popular in the Middle East.

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