Every winter, Dubai and the UAE have a selection of new festival editions and unique events. Festivals in Dubai are a main tourist attraction per se. Last year, the emirate drew more than 5.83 million tourists. With this year’s rich festivals selection, Dubai executives expect new breaking numbers of tourists and entertainment seekers.
Dubai Shopping Festival 2015 (DSF)
Date: January 1st – February. 1st
Location: Multiple malls across Dubai
Dubai Shopping Festival returns for its 19th edition. DCF first launched in 1996 and drew 1.6 million visitors. This year, the much-anticipated Middle East shopping extravaganza is featuring 70 malls and 6,000 retail outlets. On the menu, dream-y discounts, surprises and a lot of entertainment for adults, children and families.
DSF Fireworks 2015
Date: January 2nd – February 1st
Location: Kitesurf Beach (JBR)
DCF Fireworks is an annual feature of the gigantic DCF shopping festival. Fireworks will start at 8:30pm every day until February 1st. Make sure to bring your family and friends to enjoy the scene.
Everyday Middle East – Photography Exhibition
Date: January 12th – February 26th
Location: Al Serkal Avenune
The photo exhibition is an instagram feed featuring 25 mobile photographers from all over the Middle East North Africa. For an avant-gout, you can follow the exhibition promoter @everydaymiddleeast on Instagram. Visit the website for more details.
Market Outside the Box
Date: January 15th – February 24th
Location: Burj (Khalifa) Park
Market Outside the Box is a ten-day event within the Dubai Shopping Festival celebrations. The market will feature retail stores and food stands in shipping containers. Check out more pictures of stores inside shipping containers on Pinterest.
Dubai International Kite Fest 2015
Date: January 29th – January 31st
Location: Jumeirah Beach
Dubai Kite Fest is another DSF celebration. This year, Dubai’s 15,000+ Kiters will break a new Guinness World Record by flying kites in 15+ locations in Dubai. The fest will feature all kinds of kite-plus sports such as Kite flying, , Kite surfing, Kite buggying and Kite boarding. The fest will also have plenty of food stands and and cultural events.
Dubai Tour 2015
Date: February 4th – February 7th
Location: Dubai International Marina Club
Dubai (bike) tour comes back this year for a second edition. Six-teen teams (Team Sky, Astana, BMC, Etixx-QuickStep, Lampre-Merida, Movistar, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha and Tinkoff-Saxo, etc.) were selected to compete in this year’s four-stage tour. Tour de France champion, Vincenzo Nibali will take part in the event. Dubai Tour 2015 is organised by Italy’s annual bicycle race organizer, Giro d’Italia, in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council.
Dubai Food Festival 2015
Date: February 6th – February 28th
Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is coming back for a second edition after the much successful inaugural edition in 2014
DFF will feature a wide range of food events and tastings from the Emirate’s diverse food offering. The festival will feature a broad range of world-class, Michelin-tarred cuisiniers to street food makers drawn from more than 200 nationalities.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2015
Date: February 15th – February 28th
Location: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship started in 1993. Every year, world tennis players such as Nadal, Djankovic, Federer, The Williams, et al. come to play in Dubai. Last year, Roger Federer and Serena Williams claimed victory in the men and female tournaments. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship is an event of ATP and WTA world tours.
Dubai Ladies Day Out 2015
Date: February 20th – February 22nd
Location: Emirates Golf Club
Dubai Ladies Day Out is a yearly event in Dubai. One ticket will offer you free access to beauty saloons, shops, cooking workshops, grooming bars and even womanly advise on entrepreneurship and business growth.
Dubai International Boat Show 2015
Date: March 3rd – March 7th
Location: Dubai International Marina Club
Dubai Boat Show is a boat exhibition coming back to Dubai for a 23rd edition. The 4-day event will showcase the latest innovations in the marine industry, yachts and supercars from international and local builders.
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Dubai Winter Festivals and Events in 2015
Dubai shopping festival 2015 is coming back for a 19th edition and new events in January. Dubai Tennis Championship will take place and many more events this winter.