31 January - 04 February 2017
The greatest cycling race comes back to Dubai with new, more difficult features. For the first time, the race will be comprised of five different stages, which will test the limits of your athletic abilities. This ultimate challenge is a total of 865km- 194km more than last year. If you love a challenge and want to take part in something special, this one-of-a-kind race is for you.
Global Village 2016-2017
01 November - 08 April 2017
Global Village is the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region that offers visitors an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment in an open-air theme park.
This entertainment and shopping destination is open from November through to April and hosts over 70 participating countries presented in over 36 pavilions, with more than 50 fun rides and 26 restaurants offering food from around the world.
Hatta Honey Festival
01 February - 04 February 2017 Hatta Hall
Hatta, renowned for its majestic mountains, also has a reputation for another lesser-known activity – honey production. This year marks its first official honey festival where professionals in the beekeeping and honey production industry come together to improve honey production. 25 exhibitors will showcase their varieties, experts will deliver talks and scientific sessions in the field of beekeeping, and the quality of honey varieties will be verified by a specialised committee. Visitors will also be able to buy a variety of honey and honey-based products to support local production.
Virgin Radio RedFestDXB
02 February - 03 February 2017
Get ready party people, Dubai's critically acclaimed music festival, RedFestDXB, will take over the city for the fourth time running. Hip-hop sensation Sean Paul will headline the first day of RedFestDXB 2017. He’ll be joined by American rapper G-Eazy, Australian electropop duo The Veronicas and emerging singer/songwriter Daya. Day two will be headlined by none other than former Disney superstar, Demi Lovato. She will be joined by the hugely popular Tove Lo, Alessia Cara and Mike Posner.
The festival provides some of the best street food vendors across the Middle East, with plenty of eye-catching interactive installations and activations. There is always plenty to do across the two days. And this year, organisers are 'guaranteeing' to be 'even bigger and better than ever before'.
Ahlam Performs Live
02 February 2017 Dubai Opera
Ahlam needs no introduction as an artist: this Emirati singer has performed around the world to international standards with notable performances at the Unesco Festival, Ledo Festival in France, the Washington Festival (USA) and Albert Hall Festival (UK)just to name a few. Her musical talents have been honoured in the GCC, where she is adored, and has landed her a position as a judge on Arab Idol for four years. Watch this musical legend in her splendor at Dubai Opera.
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
02 February - 05 February 2017; Emirates Golf Club
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a PGA European Tour sanctioned event featuring a $2.5 million prize pool. It is held early every year at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course, and it is promoted and organised by the umbrella organisation Golf in Dubai. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic attracts some of the biggest names in golf. Tiger Woods has featured at the event six times since 2001 and has won it twice. However, the most successful golfer at this event has been Ernie Els who has played in 12 different years and has won the competition three times. The youngest player to walk away with the trophy was Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy who was just 19 years old when he won in 2009.
03 February - 04 February 2017 Centrepoint Theatre
Watch Dubai’s talented little ballet dancers from Turning Point Youth Ballet perform an enchanting rendition of Mary Poppins. We are all familiar with the extraordinary nanny who can pull out anything she needs from her magical bag to save the day.
In this ballet production, little Jane and Michael go on an adventure with Mary Poppins where they dance on rooftops, fly kites, discover penguins serving lunch and meet a bird woman with all her birds. The show is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and perfect for the whole family. Best of all, get a chance to meet the characters after the show for some fun selfies.
Amr Diab Live at Dubai Opera
03 February 2017; Dubai Opera
Amr Diab has grown to international status with his work earning him 7 World Music Awards, 5 Platinum Record Awards and 6 African Music Awards, plus a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Pioneering a new breed of Mediterranean music, his music combines traditional Arabic styles with western rhythms. He even collaborated with popular Irish boy band, Westlife, on “My Love,” and has pumped out numerous chart toppers.
The Wedding Fair
03 February - 04 February 2017 Burj Park
Get ready for an outdoor wedding planning experience, hosted by Emaar Hospitality Group. Take a stroll through the pavilions and dedicated Arabian, Western, African and South Asian Zones for inspiring ideas and vendors’ details. The hottest bridal wear, makeup, hair, jewellery, themes and even wedding attire for grooms will be showcased. The open-air setting is sure to amaze and delight the senses, and leave you with inspiration that will last a lifetime.
Angry Birds at Global Village
05 January - 04 February 2017 Global Village
Angry Birds ‘Red,’ ‘Chuck’ and ‘Bomb’ tend to get upset very quickly so they are going for an anger management class at Global Village. Join them for a good dancing session to shake away all your mad thoughts and be happy again! It’s a whole lot of fun! The show will play three times daily at the main cultural stage or the Roman Amphitheatre.
Polo Masters Cup 2017
07 February - 14 February 2017; Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club
Held under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, the Polo Masters Cup is a recent addition to the polo events calendar in Dubai, with the first edition held in February 2015. This is the second match of the 2017 series, which is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association. With a 14-goal handicap, this is a mid-level tournament.
This will be an exciting event for polo enthusiasts and general sports fans alike, as talented athletes exhibit superior horsemanship in a battle to win the cup. If you have never been to a polo match before, why not make it a gourmet experience by timing your visit to coincide with The Regis Brunch, a 5-star meal served by St. Regis on the terrace overlooking the match every Friday.
Fazza Youla Championship for Adults
09 December - 10 March 2017
The Youla dance is one of the most widely-recognized and iconic Emirati traditions. Spinning and twirling their weapons at breath-taking speed, the best youla dancers from the UAE and the wider region will compete at the Fazza Youla Championship for Adults, which takes place every Friday until March.
Dubai Marina Dragon Boat Festival
10 February - 11 February 2017 Dubai Marina Mall Waterfront
Dragon boat racing has become a hugely popular water sport in the UAE. It’s a fiercely competitive sport, making it exciting for both competitors and spectators. Although it may look easy enough, paddlers face exceptional challenges such as windy weather, tides, currents and water choppiness. Plus, working together also takes immense training for all paddlers on the boat to row in unison, while throwing strategy and technique into the mix. Come cheer on your favourite team at this exciting competition.
Pandit Jasraj Live in Concert
10 February 2017 Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC
With a voice that sounds like it could reach the stars, Pandit Jasraj has moved all who hear him. His musical ability runs in the family, with his father and brother giving him his earliest melodious memories. He has since honed his instrumental and vocal skills with such fervor that many have chosen to learn from this classical master. Catch the soulful sounds of Panjit Jasraj with Emirates NBD Classics.
GPP Photo Week 2017
10 February - 17 February 2017 Al Serkal Avenue
Whether you’ve got a fancy camera with professional lenses, a budding Instagram star with an Iphone, or simply a photography aficionado, you’re sure to delight in Gulf Photo Plus Photo Week. Chalk-full of photography seminars and workshops led by renowned international photographers, the event will enable photographers with all levels of experience to finesse their skills in topics, such as food photography and portrait lighting, just to name a few.
Social mixers, artist talks, photography walks and product launches add to the event calendar and are sure to keep attendees entertained. Just looking at the activities schedule gets the creative juices flowing.
Sandstorm Marmoom Challenge
10 February 2017; Al Qudra near Trek Bicycle Store;
Get up close to the Dubai desert like never before at the Sandstorm Marmoom endurance race and obstacle course. With a 5km and a 10km option, you’ll cross through rocks, sand, water and mud as you run, jump and crawl through this fitness challenge. You may even cross paths with a gazelle or an Arabian oryx as you battle up sand dunes and cross through lakes.
Participants will receive a t-shirt and multipurpose headwear to wear during the race, along with an electronic timing chip system and gifts from the event’s sponsors. Prizes are available for the top finishers, so gather your friends and start training.
Beach Run Series 2017
10 February 2017; Sunset Beach Dubai
Everyone is invited to the New Balance Beach Run Series presented by Daman Activelife. Whether you are a fitness freak, sunbather or social butterfly, this event will have plenty of activities that catch your interest. The Festival Village will have a carnival-like atmosphere with entertainment including food and music. The run itself is a non-timed event taking place on the sand. All registered runners will get a special New Balance running t-shirt, and those who finish will receive a medal. Families can complete the 1.8km together. If you’re up for more of a challenge, try the 3.6km or even the 7.2 km. Whatever you decide, don’t miss this fun day out.
West Side Story at Dubai Opera
14 February - 18 February 2017
This multiple Tony award-winning musical, arrives on the Dubai Opera stage, just in time for Valentine's day. The curtains will rise for you to immerse yourself in the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, set in Upper West Side, New York City and centered around the animosity between the two rival gangs; the Jets and the Sharks. They would rather fight to the death than get along. Arthur Laurents’ original novel was adapted into a Broadway musical and later, an Academy Award-winning film, which includes Leonard Bernstein’s classic score and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics “I Feel Pretty”, “America”, “Maria”, “Tonight” and many more.
The impressive cast of 36 performers and 80 participants, set to Jerome Robbins’ original choreography and supported by Joey McKneely’s award-winning staging will inspire you with its message and for its equally inspiring artistry. Make sure you catch this iconic musical, one that has been loved the world over for nearly 60 years!
Grand Gala Celebration for Valentine’s Day
14 February 2017 Events Arena
Celebrate the most romantic night of the year with music and dancing under the stars. Listen to the best of Abba and Bee Gees in an enchanting open-air venue with a view of the magnificent Burj Al Arab. Top tribute bands from the UK ‘ABBA Illusions’ and ‘UK Bee Gees’ will keep you clapping and foot-tapping with all the hits. The evening includes a beverage on arrival and international dinner buffet.
Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017
18 February - 10 March 2017 Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club
The eighth edition of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, is set to be one of the most glamorous sporting events of the year. Held under the umbrella of the 2017 Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, the tournament has an 18-goal handicap, and in 2015 was upgraded from ‘Challenge Cup’ status to ‘World Polo Tour’ status by the World Polo Tour committee.
Synonymous with elegance and tradition, the Julius Baer Gold Cup will see royalty, celebrities and VIPs in attendance, cheering their preferred teams to victory. The final day of the cup will be especially eventful, with top entertainment acts, VIP luncheons, and the Gold Lounge party which attracts the who’s who of Dubai’s social scene.
Al Marmoom Heritage Festival 2017
18 February - 28 February 2017 Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack
If you have never been to a camel race before, saddle up for a fun day out for the whole family. The tournament is one of the highlights of professional camel racing across the region and attracts many highly trained participants, all competing for coveted titles and high-end prizes, including cash.
It’s a thrilling event with thoroughbreds, hybrids, firstborns and variety of breeds participating in different categories. The tournament is taken very seriously, and is a great way to experience this longstanding Emirati pastime with cultural and traditional shows dotted around the camel races.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017
20 February - 04 March 2017 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Watch the best international players heading to Dubai for one of the most eagerly awaited events, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. This will be the 25th year for the event, bringing the world’s best players once again to Dubai. Do not miss an opportunity to see the world’s top players compete at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. More details to be announced in the coming months.
Elena Vaenga Live in Concert
22 February 2017 MusicHall Dubai
Charismatic performer Elena Vaenga will entertain audiences with her unusual mix of musical styles. The singer, songwriter and actress has been known to perform guitar poetry, folksongs and a variety of popular genres like rock, jazz and pop, among others. A highly-admired musician, Vaenga has worked hard to become a success and gained audiences’ respect through sheer talent and dedication.
She has also been able to deeply connect with audiences on an emotional level, moving them with her sultry voice and open personality. Her songs, inspired from her life experiences, also add another level of relatability, making this concert for Russian fans an unmissable event.
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2017
22 February - 24 February 2017 Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Launched in 2003, the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival or Jazz Fest as it is popularly known now, has attracted thousands of music lovers through the years.The upcoming 15th edition has been built on years of success, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for fans and artists alike.
Once again, music lovers can look forward to an undeniably great line-up. With the theme of Much More Than Jazz, they can expect twice the jazz and more of the classic rock, indie rock, pop and urban – an unbeatable mix of quality live entertainment.
Michel Legrand in Dubai
23 February 2017 Dubai Opera
The mastermind behind multiple masterpieces, Michel Legrand will grace Dubai with his musical talents for one night only. The grand composer has been crafting hundreds of scores for film and television, recording even more jazz and classical albums and conducting live symphonies with renowned orchestras worldwide. Winner of Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Grammy’s, BAFTA’s and Palm D’or’s, Michel Legrand is one of the most successful composers, having also worked with other legends like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand to name a few.
So while his name might not ring any bells, his work most certainly will. Watch the master in action as he marks his 85th birthday with 85 live performances across the globe, with Dubai set to be another awe-inspiring event.
Le Fabuleux Voyage De La Fee Melodie
24 February 2017 Kilachand Theatre, DUCTAC
Culture-Emulsion presents ‘Le Fabuleux Voyage De La Fee Melodie,‘ an enchanting play about a musical fairy who loves to sing but has lost her “la” note! Join her on a magical adventure through wondrous worlds to find the missing note. The adventure is full of fun but gets dangerous when the Ogre of Babarie shows up! Full of songs, illusions and even shadow play, this show will entertain audiences of all ages.
Mariah Carey Live
23 February 2017 Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Jazz Festival, world-renowned singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey will be headlining the second night of the festival on February 23. Known for her distinct five-octave vocal range, Carey has captivated audiences with her outstanding performances for over 25 years.
She has sold more than 220 million records and recorded eighteen #1 singles - more than any other solo artist in history, earning her the title of Billboard's Artist of the Decade. A limited early bird offer is available on tickets for this unmissable performance. Tickets are sure to go quickly so book yours today.
Take the children to watch this delightful play full of energetic dancing, larger-than-life costumes, and songs. It will keep little ones entertained and glued to the story of a little sparrow, who mistakenly flies into an aprtment in the city and ends up having an exciting adventure.
Hostages of Love
24 February 2017 Meydana Auditorium
Hostages of Love’ is a play based on the novel titled ‘America Captive’ by Natalia Demchik. It is a story of love at first sight between an American advertising executive and a beautiful Russian widow. This romantic comedy unfolds with lots of funny moments and emotional scenes with talented acting tying it all together.
24 February 2017 Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias, will light the stage on fire with his signature dance moves on the final night of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2017. The multi-award winning performer will bang out chart toppers like Tonight (I’m Loving You), I Like It and Bailando. This is the 15th anniversary of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, and while last year was one of their most successful events, they are planning an even bigger, better gig for 2017. So prepare to end the annual musical extravaganza with a sizzling evening of hip-swaying and Latino style rhythm.
Indulge in five days of luxury with a splash of nautical novelty. While show-stopping superyachts are the main attraction, live shows, exciting prizes and enlightening marine talks will keep all ages entertained. Skippers and angling aficionados can test drive equipment, enjoy free fishing and sailing trips and fine-tune their boating skills with qualified professionals. Water lovers can get their feet wet with windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddling under supervision, plus check out interactive demonstrations from Dive Middle East Exhibition.
Attendees can also listen to purring engines at the Super Car Promenade, shop in the Retail Village and relax on The Beach with fresh cuisine and trendy tunes overlooking exhilarating Jetpack, Flyboard and FlyBike stunts.