The Desert Night Run
take in the city's natural landscape with the latest edition of the Desert Night Run at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. Al Marmoom boasts incredible sceneries made up of desert dunes, 10km of lakes, 204 species of native birds and 158 species of migratory birds. During this meet, avid runners can sign up for a 2.5km, 5km or 10km distance along the forests, lakes and shrubland on paths lit by the stars. Run with friends, family, coworkers or merely push your fitness limits at this community run.
Venue: Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve
Admission: starting at AED 50
Meydan Horse Racing
Dubai’s highly competitive horseracing season presses on in March at the Meydan Racecourse. Select from a range of fine dining packages and enjoy the races with high-end hospitality and comfort, or buy seats to view the racetrack up close. In honour of the race on 14 March, Parade Ring Restaurant will be hosting Irish-themed celebrations.
Venue: Meydan Racecourse
Admission: General admission free
Holi Dhamaal Dubai
Spend this year’s festival in the scenic setting of Dubai Creek Park at the Holi Dhamaal, where a carnival of diverse cuisines, unlimited activities and Garba Holi await. Organic colours will be provided at the venue so everyone can safely participate in this electrifying event. DJs Joel, Sukhi, Ashmac and Maverick are spinning the hottest tracks on deck all day long to add to the energy.
Venue: Creek Park
Admission: AED 20
Middle East Film & Comic Con
11 April - 13 April
Middle East Film and Comic Con is the place where you can let your inner-superhero-self free. Join many in their favourite character costumes as they head to Dubai World Trade Centre for three days of film and comic fun. There's entertainment all day long, signing sessions, meet and greets, guest appearances, workshops, an exhibition featuring more than 400 vendors, live music, DJs and competitions. Even Mike Colter, the actor behind Marvel's Luke Cage, is joining the weekend's extraordinary, action-packed line-up.
Venue: World Trade Centre
Admission: Starting at AED 110
Prepare for Dubai Opera’s upcoming gem, the enchanting and classic story of Sleeping Beauty. The heart-wrenching tale of a divine princess, the curse of a jealous fairy and the slightest prick of a spindle serves as the highlight of the magnificent live ballet. Embellished with a remarkable score by canonized Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is a dazzling display of talent and art by the National Ballet of Ukraine.
Venue: Dubai Opera
Admission: Starting at AED 125
5 May - 4 June
The holy month of Ramadan is a time of spiritual self-reflection, renewal and ritual practice for Muslims around the world, symbolised by the dawn to dusk fast. Dubai takes on a distinctly different persona at this time, as businesses adjust their timings to accommodate those fasting. But while daylight hours move at a slower pace, the city comes alive after sunset, with the breaking of the fast at Iftar. This is the perfect time to experience another side to the emirate with a host of unique events, occasions and gatherings designed to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and charity that defines the season.
Dessert Road Runners Iftar Challenge
Race through the charming sceneries of Mushrif Park post-Iftar this Ramadan with Desert Road Runners. The Iftar challenge features a 5km distance and a 2km path for juniors, open to regular and neophyte racers of all ages. All junior runners and existing Desert Road Runners club members can join this community run for free with advanced registration. Located in Mirdif, Mushrif Park is a playground home to sprawling greenery, scattered lakes and family-friendly entertainment.
Venue: Mushrif Park
Admission: AED 75
Eid Al Fitr
3 June - 5 June
The entire city comes together in celebration of Eid Al Fitr. The festive finale to the season of spiritual reflection, the holiday is all about spending quality time and sharing special moments with friends and family. Visitors from around the world travel to Dubai as it’s a fantastic time to experience the city. A range of activities pack the calendar from five-star staycations and shopping bonanzas to delicious dining experiences, theme park thrills and star-studded concerts.
Dubai Sports World
15 June - 13 September
Don't let the summer sun bring an abrupt end to your athletic fun and fitness. Football, basketball, cricket, table tennis–you name it, you’ll find it at Dubai Sports World. The four-month period caters to all skill levels and interests, and there are many ways you can get involved. Rent out a court or pitch to play with friends, join a sports academy to refine your skills or organise a showdown with competing teams. There's no excuse not to keep your fitness going strong.
Venue: Dubai Word Trade Centre
Dubai Summer Surprises
21 June - 3 August
Gear up for Dubai Summer Surprises, a months-long festival of entertainment and shopping. Unleash your inner shopaholic with a plethora of incredible discounts and offers at your favourite retail destinations at all of Dubai’s leading malls and entertainment spots. World-class hotels and resorts make luxury more affordable during this period with discount packages that include extensive buffets and fine dining restaurants. Meanwhile, kids can chill out with special offers at Dubai’s world-class waterparks or chase thrills at the exciting theme parks that are never short on fun.
Eid Al Adha
12 August - 15 August
From family-friendly attractions, live entertainment and world-class firework displays, there are few better places to mark Eid Al Adha, the 'festival of sacrifice', than Dubai. Experience everything from traditional entertainment such as dancing and music, to state-of-the-art theme parks, rides and virtual reality experiences. Food is a key part of the celebrations, and Dubai has it all, from traditional roadside snacks to family feasts. Eid Al Adha is a time to celebrate culture with family and friends, to take advantage of everything the city has to offer. Mark your calendars to ensure you enjoy a raft of city-wide offers, festivities and incredible hotel and experience deals.