Some of the foremost astounding and intriguing festivals happen in Dubai, the place where nearly everything is celebrated. Dubai hosts events attract thousands of participants from not only the Middle East but also the entire world. So here are the 4 most gigantic events that happen in Dubai
- Dubai Shopping Festival
One of the most unconventional functions that Dubai celebrates is the festival of shopping! On the other hand, again, this shows how extravagant Dubai is. The Dubai Shopping Festival is an annual shopping festival which was inaugurated in 1996, and since then it is held mostly in the first quarter of the year (mainly from January first week to February first week). The celebration includes unbelievable discounts in each store in each mall. No matter how high-end the brand is, DSF provides an opportunity for anyone and everyone to go out and shop. But shopping isn’t the only delight. With various other festivities and events happening across the city, everyone becomes part of the DSF. There are many food-related events organized, concerts, game shows, parades, ramp walks, etc. happening in every mall and firecrackers going up every night for the duration of the festival at the Creek Park. There may be no such function other than this which is known for such grand celebrations.
- Art Dubai
Art Dubai was founded in 2007 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Art Dubai is widely regarded as one of the most globally diversified art fairs, it is held every March and almost always held in March, it attracts over 28,000 visitors from all over the world and includes art collectors, curators, patrons, museums and other institutions. The gallery is categorized into three sections: Contemporary, Modern and Residents. It also holds the most significant art conference in the Gulf known as The Global Art Forum. As the name suggests, the conference invites artists, leaders, curators, and writers from all parts of the world.
- The Dubai Marathon
The Dubai Marathon is an annual marathon event that attracts thousands of participants. It started in the year 2000. In 2008 it was labeled as the world’s richest marathon event as it offered one million dollars to anyone who established a world record and $250,000 for the first-place winners in men and women category. It is the center East’s largest mass event and attracts well-above twenty-eight thousand participants from the region and worldwide. The marathon route is approximately 42.2 km. The race begins at 6 am for the elite athletes and the wheelchair athletes and at 7 am for the masses. The entry fee for the same is 135 USD. They also have a 10km race and 4 km race which begins at 9 am, and 11 am respectively. The entry fee for the same is 90USD and 55USD respectively. One needs to register for the marathon online for the marathon and the races which are held mostly in January. It would be best festival for sports lovers!
- Dubai World Cup
Every year since 1996, Dubai hosts one of the world’s richest horse race, with a prize fund worth USD 10 million. The race takes place at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the presence of the world’s best Jockeys, trainers and Horses. The magnificent and marvelous art facilities and a superb track provide racegoers with a unique and wonderful venue at the city’s largest social event. The event is annually held on the last Saturday of March.
So these festivals will make your trip to Dubai unforgettable and you will surely want to attend them all!