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Dubai Sports Events – What’s On The 2024 Sports Calendar?

by Dubai Travel Planner

The megacity of Dubai might be well known as a luxury shopping and resort destination, but it’s also a growing hub of international sporting activity. From prestige golfing events to local favourites such as camel racing and polo, the winters in Dubai bring an action-packed sports calendar to the city.

As well as our calendar of monthly events in Dubai this year, sports fans may like to plan out their travels based on these epic events to be held in Dubai this year:

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Major Events on the Dubai Sports Schedule 2024

This table summarises the major events throughout the year to be hosted in Dubai emirate.

Sports EventTiming & Venue
Camel Racing at Al MarmoomSeasonal – October to April at Al Marmoom Race Track
Horse Racing SeasonSeasonal – Fridays, November to March, at Meydan Race Course
Hancock 24HMotor Racing12-14 January 2024 at Dubai Autodrome
Dubai Desert Classic – Golf18 to 21 January 2024 at Emirates Golf Club
DP World International League T20 – Cricket20 January to 17 February 2024 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
HYROX – Endurance Fitness11 February 2024 at Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai Challenge Cup – Football26 to 28 January 2024 at Al Maktoum Stadium
Dubai Polo Gold Cup – Polo6-24 February at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup15 to 25 February 2024 at Dubai Design District Stadium
Dubai Open Swimming Championship 16 to 18 February at Hamdan Sports Complex
Dubai Dutryfree Tennis Championship18 February to 2 March 2024, at Dubai DutyFree Tennis Stadium
UAE Tour: Stage 4 – Cycling23 February 2024 from Al Shindagha to Dubai Harbour
Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge – Cycling24-25 February Expo City Dubai
Dubai World Cup – Horse Racing30 March 2024 at Meydan Race Course
GRIT + TONIC Triathlon17 March at Al Mamzar Beach Park
DP World Tour Championship – Golf14 to 17 November 2024 at Jumeirah Golf Estates
Dubai Fitness ChallengeEnd October- November – citywide events
Emirates Dubai 7’s – RugbyEarly December at the Dubai Sevens Stadium
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You may also like to pop over here for the calendar of international events being held in Abu Dhabi emirate, just over an hour away from Dubai.


NB: You’ll see a lot of events are seasonal over the winter months in Dubai; it should come as no surprise that the heat in Dubai can be oppressive over the summer months for anything outdoors, so most sporting action occurs from November to April. You’ll find a limited number of indoor events May-October – we will update this guide post-summer for more confirmed dates of sporting events Winter 2024-25.

Where to Find Dubai Sporting Venues

This map will help you locate where many of the major sporting events in Dubai are held.

Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai

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