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Dubai Calendar of Events 2024

by Dubai Travel Planner

Doesn’t every year in Dubai promise to be bigger and better than the last? 2024 is no exception, with a huge range of sporting, entertainment and local cultural events already starting to fill the Dubai calendar.

We share on our website a guide to what to do in every month in Dubai, but to help you plan out your future visit, we’ve summarised for you here everything we expect to see in 2024.

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Dubai Events January 2024

  • The Dubai Shopping Festival continues through until mid-January at venues across the city. Don’t miss the nightly DSF Drone Light Show between JBR and Bluewaters Island (7:00 PM and 10:00 PM) and all the action happening at D3 (Dubai Design District) for Etisalat MOTB open-air market, from 5 – 14 January 2024.
  • The final major event of DSF is 321 Festival on 13 January; expect A-list Arab performers, entertainers including dancers, acrobats and drummers, and a spectacular closing drone show – Skydive Dubai
  • The Hankook 24H Dubai is the second largest grid race in the world, taking place from 12 to 14 JanuaryDubai Autodrome
  • One for the juniors, from 12 to 28 January get set for Paw Patrol Fest with meet and greets and a live stage show- Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City
  • Singer Majid Al Mohandi will be entertaining the crowd with his brilliant vocal skills on 12 January Coca-Cola Arena
  • Comedy lovers, don’t miss the Michael McIntyre World Tour on 13 JanuaryCoca-Cola Arena
  • KPop fans? Don’t miss Kpop Overdose, an epic concert with well-known KPOP band EXO – Chanyeol, Xiumin and Chen performing live on stage 14 JanuaryCoca-Cola Arena
  • Pluma by Cirque du Liban is making its debut at the big top this winter starting from 17 JanuaryCircus Tent, Dubai Festival City
  • Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament will take place from 18 to 21 JanuaryEmirates Golf Club
  • Ed Sheeran: + − = ÷ x Tour will be taking place on 19 and 20 January Sevens Stadium
  • A fabulous, fun family event, Bubble Run 2024 will take place on 20 January, with various race lengths from 4km to 8km- Expo City
  • Grammy Award Winning One Republic will be bringing their Artificial Paradise Tour to Dubai on 25 JanuaryBla Bla (over 21’s only)
  • Football fans keep an eye out for the Dubai Challenge Cup taking place from 26 to 28 January, with leading teams from the Arab world playing for glory – Al Maktoum Stadium
  • Break the Block, an ultrasonic dance party is hitting Al Forsan stage on 26 January – Expo City
  • Bringing live music, art exhibitions, dance shows and more – the Quoz Arts Festival is expected to return 27-28 January 2024Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
  • Comedian Shane Todd brings his hilarious show to the stage for a one-night performance on 27 JanuaryTheatre by QE2
  • The World’s largest Urdu language Festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta Festival Dubai 2024, will take place from 27-28 JanuaryZabeel Park
  • Families with Marvel fans get set to join The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy on stage for Marvel Live on Stage – an epic battle to save the universe from 31 January to 4 FebruaryCoca-Cola Arena
  • Emirates LitFest kicks off on 31 January and will run through to 6 February – InterContinental Hotel and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Dubai Events February 2024

  • Dubai Polo Gold Cup will take place over February and until March 2024 – Al Habtoor Polo
  • Valentine’s Day – Let’s not forget 14th February 2024 – Expect popular rooftop bars and romantic restaurant hotspots over the city to book out (or cost you a lot more!)
  • Electronic music fans get set for UNTOLD Festival Dubai, taking place 15-18 February with headliners Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Timmy Trumpet, Ellie Goulding, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Beba Rexha, Don Diablo and Paul Kalkbrenner – Expo City
  • Smash-hit stage sensation The Phantom of the Opera will be returning to Dubai for a season running from 22 February to 10 MarchDubai Opera
  • Taste of Dubai, Dubai’s largest culinary event, is scheduled for 23-25 FebruarySkydive Dubai, Dubai Marina
  • Taking us back to the 80s, Scottish rock band Simple Minds will be gracing the stage for a one-night performance on 27 February Coca-Cola Arena
  • Dubai DutyFree Tennis Championship – Expected from late February to early March 2024 – Dubai DutyFree Stadium

Dubai Events March 2024

  • US Comedy sensation Kevin Hart brings his Comedy act to town on March 4 – CocaCola Arena
  • Art Dubai – educational workshops through to incredible installations – March 1 to 3 2024 Madinat Jumeirah
  • What’s On Awards 2024 – prestigious awards night for the UAE’s food and entertainment industry – Media City Amphitheatre
  • Dubai Challenge Cup (Polo) will take place from 11 to 18 March 2024Al Habtoor Polo
  • Holi Festivities for the Hindu community take place during the month. Although the official date will be 25 March 2024, many day time events are taking place early this year before Ramadan
  • Expect St Patrick’s day celebrations to be widely marked at Irish pubs across the city after dark on 17 March 2024 various venues
  • The Holy Month of Ramadan will commence on or about 11 March 2024 and lasts approximately 29 days. Most live entertainment stops at this time.
  • Non-Muslims should be aware of daylight fasting over Ramadan, but why not locally join in with an Iftar for breaking of the fast or overnight Suhoor to mark the occasion?
  • Easter, although not formally marked as a holiday, is widely celebrated in the retail and hospitality industry (Easter Sunday, 31 March 2024)
  • Locally, many schools have a Spring term break from the end of March to early April, so look out for special term break camps and events that may be running – and expect the city to be much busier despite it being Ramadan.

Dubai Events April 2024

  • The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid-al Fitr celebrations across the city with special deals through to fireworks – est. 9-12 April 2024.
  • To mark Eid, Kuwaiti singer Nawal Al Kuwaiti will be performing live on April 10th – Dubai Opera
  • Holi Music Mantra – if you missed some of the earlier-than-usual events in March, this is a great Holi Family Day during the Eid break – Thursday 11 AprilZabeel Park Amphitheatre
  • Immerse yourself in Afroworld on April 11th, where Nigerian rapper Reema headlines the playlist – Coca-Cola Arena
  • Elrow XXL – One of the city’s biggest techno and house dance parties of the year is due to take place on Saturday 13 AprilDubai Media City Amphithetre
  • Philippino stars, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo promise an epic concert on 14 AprilCoca-Cola Arena
  • The Dubai Comedy Festival takes centre stage from 12 to 24 April 2024 with acts including, Frank Skinner, Mo Gilligan, Amer Zahr, Chris Distefano, Al Murray, Gad Elmaleh (in French) and Anubhav Singh Bassi (in Hindi) – Dubai Opera
  • Get upbeat with celebrated international DJs at the White Festival on April 20th Dubai Harbor
  • Feel the rhythm come alive with the internationally acclaimed Incognito on the 25th AprilDubai Opera
  • See three Arab musical superstars – Elissa, Haifa Wehbe, and Saif Nabeel perform live in one night on April 25thCoca-Cola Arena
  • Award-winning Indian singer Arjit Singh, known as the ‘King of Playback Singing’ will be charming audiences on 27 AprilCoca-Cola Arena
  • See Grammy award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men on 28 AprilCoca-Cola Arena
  • Dubai Food Fest is the perfect post-Ramadan event for foodies, with immersive experiences across the city from 26 April to 12 May 2024 various venues

Dubai Events May 2024

  • Dubai Comedy Fest – several venues across the city will host this annual event, running for around 10 days in mid-May 2024 – various locations
  • Dubai Food Festival 2024 dates still TBC; this includes Dubai Restaurant Week, Foodie Experiences, and Uncover a Hidden Gem.
  • Jewellery & Bride Arabia is one of the largest and most elaborate B2C events on the exhibition calendar from 10 to 13 May 2024 Dubai World Trade Centre

Dubai Events June 2024

  • Eid Al Adha celebrations and public holidays – est 16 to 19 June 2024.
  • We will be adding more concerts and events once they are announced!

Dubai Events July 2024

  • Locally, most schools will break up for the months of July and August – when the local expat families head away, the tourists are still coming in!
  • Hijri New Year (1 Muharram*) is expected to fall on 7 July 2024, with a public holiday likely observed

Dubai Events August 2024

  • August lineup of events still to be confirmed for 2024

Dubai Events September 2024

  • The Prophet Mohammed’s birthday will fall on approximately 17 September 2024 – sometimes a public holiday is observed
  • September lineup of events still to be confirmed for 2024

Dubai Events October 2024

  • Dubai Fitness Challenge is always a great way to work off those summer days spent inside – running late October and through November 2024; there’s always a huge variety of events to get involved with across the city.
  • Halloween always makes a great family and friends event to enjoy across the city – 31 October 2024.

Dubai Events November 2024

  • Diwali is always widely celebrated with the local expat community, so expect plenty of dancing and fireworks – late Oct/early Nov 2024, with celebrations over the surrounding week.
  • Thanksgiving is another international celebration that has firmly made its way into the regular events calendar for Dubai expats, enjoying gatherings with family and friends over turkey and cranberry sauce! – Thursday 28th November 2024

Dubai Events December 2024

  • Commemoration Day and National Day are fixed public holidays from 1 to 3 December, with lots of celebratory events to be found across the country.
  • Dubai Rugby 7s is one of the city’s most anticipated international sporting events of the year, bringing local and international sporting talent together in early December 2024 – Rugby 7’s Stadium
  • Christmas – Despite being a Muslim country, the occasion is widely marked on 25 December, and you’ll find many festive celebrations occur across the city
  • New Year’s Eve – one of the most exciting spots in the world to ring in the new year, with the Burj Khalifa taking centre stage and many fireworks displays across the city.

Ongoing Events Throughout The Year in Dubai

Venue Guide in Dubai

We have highlighted here many of the most popular venues in the city for stage shoes and sporting events to help you get your bearings on the city:

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