With a dazzling display of fireworks during the approaching New Year's eve, Dubai plans to break Kuwait's record and stamp its name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
It is time to celebrate as Dubai beats rivals Russia, Brazil and Turkey to win the hosting rights for 2020 World Expo trade convention!
In 2013, along with Izmir (Turkey), Yekaterinburg (Russia) and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dubai has also bid to host the 2020 World Expo with the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
Dubai authorities have encouraged organisations to implement various festivals and events throughout the year in order to attract tourists to the city, making sure their stay is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.
Dubai Marathon ( Visit Site )
Dubai Marathon is a charitable funding event which allows one to take part for a small fee with the chance of winning a hefty cash prize. There are three types of races enabling the event to attract a wider scope of entries: the 'fun run' which is only a 3km run for those who have not got the best fitness levels, the over 15's run which is a 10km road race and the long distance, 50km marathon which is only suitable for 18 year olds and over.
Dubai Shopping Festival ( Visit Site )
Although Dubai is well known as a shopper's paradise throughout the year, the month of January is particularly good for bargain hunters. Right through January, over two million visitors flock to Dubai for the month-long Shopping Festival, which seems to involve every shop in the city, with concerts, children's entertainment, firework shows and other events offering a welcome break from the city-wide shopping frenzy.
Dubai Desert Classic ( Visit Site )
This is the most popular golfing event in the UAE. Many of the world's leading swingers return every year for a chance to play for the generous prize money. The competition is held at the famous Emirates Golf Club and generally attracts many tourists, who particularly enjoy the exhilaration on the final day.
Dubai International Jazz Festival ( Visit Site )
This annual festival is held at Dubai Media City and appeals to many tourists who have enjoyed the engaging line ups in the past and the warm friendly atmosphere. Recent line ups have included, Toto, Robin Gibb, Stanley Jordan and Jamie Callum.
Dubai Tennis Championships
This is one of the most exciting events that brings together some of the best tennis players in the world, including Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova. The Dubai Open is held at the Aviation club, and the championships consist of an ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and a WTA (Women's Tennis Association). It is a fantastic opportunity to come and watch some of the best stars play under the sun.
UAE (Abu Dhabi) Desert Challenge ( Visit Site )
This rally is a part of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and is the last race that starts off in Abu-Dhabi and finishes in Dubai. The duration of the rally lasts for five days and is very popular with fans of fast cars and bikes.
Dubai Art Fair ( Visit Site )
This event has been held since 2007 at The Madinat Jumeirah. The Art fair does well to lure some of the best artists from around the world, enabling them to come and flaunt their work.
Dubai World Cup ( Visit Site )
Every year Dubai is home to the world's richest horse race, with a US$10 million dollar prize fund! Amidst the presence of the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers, the action takes place at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, where state-of-the-art facilities and a superb track provide race goers with a unique and atmospheric venue at the city's largest social event.
The Bride Show ( Visit Site )
During April, Dubai plays host to the annual Bride Show, which features a variety of events centred on the theme of weddings. The event attracts hundreds of exhibitors from all over the region, with the main events being held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.
Festival of Taste ( Visit Site )
Held at Dubai Media City, this is strictly dedicated to the lovers of food. It runs for a period of one week, where top global chefs come and prepare their most delicious specialties for various social events and even give tips on cooking and presentation.
Dubai Summer Surprises ( Visit Site )
Commonly known as DSS, Dubai Summer Surprises is represented by a life size yellow springy mascot, Modhesh, who adds comical value and is especially attractive to the younger generation. DSS was implemented in order to encourage tourists to visit at the peak of Dubai's heat wave. The 10 weeks of DSS are divided into separate themes such as food, the arts, adventure and nature, as well as hotels in Dubai offering special 'shopaholic' packages in order to attract more guests.
Motexha Textile Show
This annual trade fair is the largest of its kind in the Middle East and attracts exhibitors and shoppers from right across the region. The main fair is located at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre and features over 500 exhibitors spread throughout 30 international pavilions that cover every branch of the clothing and textile industry.
Dubai Rugby Sevens ( Visit Site )
Every year, the Dubai Exiles Rugby Club plays host to the first round of the IRB Sevens Series, with 16 international teams competing over three days for the prestigious trophy. The three days of competition are accompanied by various other shows and events designed to keep visitors of all ages entertained, while those new to rugby will find the fast and furious matches a good introduction to the sport.
Dubai international film festival ( Visit Site )
This film festival encourages independent and art-house cinema to get a better recognition from the public with special guests attracting large audiences, such as George Clooney and Morgan Freeman.
National Day Festival
Dubai's National Day Festival is an annual day of celebration to commemorate the Emirates' independence from Great Britain. Celebrated on the 2nd of December each year it's a chance to see many of the city's leading monuments as they open their doors to the public and put on special events throughout the day.
Ramadan (Oct – September, depending on the Lunar Calendar)
The Muslim festival of Ramadan lasts for a whole lunar cycle of 30 days and is observed by Muslims all over the world. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims must refrain from consuming anything for pleasure between the hours of sunrise and sunset, in all forms of food, drink, cigarettes and even sex being prohibited. Non-Muslims in Dubai are also expected to observe the strict abstinence rules during this time, as breaking them in public is seen as highly offensive and disrespectful. The sighting of the moon that signifies the end of Ramadan brings about several days of wild celebration, with locals and visitors alike indulging in feasts and parties across the city.
Diwali (Nov – Dec, depending on the Lunar Calendar)
Due to the large expatriate Indian community in Dubai, the festival of Diwali is also considered to be a significant celebration throughout the city. It is the Hindu 'Festival of Lights', making sure bright lights and fireworks are spread around the city. Indian restaurants take part in the celebration across the city and on the streets parties are held with traditional desserts offered.