With Dubai’s world-renowned event season in full swing, Dubai Calendar has rounded up its list of must-attend activities, making sure both residents and tourists never miss out on the latest events as they close off the year in style. Providing an all access pass to activities and events across the emirate, Dubai Calendar unlocks the city and is the best way to stay connected. As the cooler months of the year approach and the city brings out the most vibrant events of the year, here are the top picks of what to do in Dubai over the next three months:
The happiest five kilometre run on the planet is returning to Dubai for the seventh consecutive year bringing exciting new elements to Dubai’s fun-run. The anticipated occasion is an untimed marathon where participants can run, walk or even dance along the route. Renowned for its magic and colourful energy, the Colour Run is open for everyone to make more memories than miles per minute.
• Date: 10 November
• Location: Dubai Autodrome
Dubai Design Week
Dubai Design Week is the region’s largest creative festival, reflecting Dubai’s position as the design capital of the Middle East. The six-day programme comprises over 200 design-focused events covering a range of disciplines including architecture, furniture, interiors and graphic design.
• Date: 12 – 17 November 2018
• Location: Dubai Design District
The DP World Tour Championship, one of the biggest events in Dubai’s sporting calendar, is back for its 10th edition from the 15 to 18 November. Part of the European Tour, and the thrilling climax to the European Tour Race to Dubai, this golfing tournament has seen some of the world’s best golfers competing here in the UAE. The tournament has a prize fund of $8,000,000, and you can expect some tense scenes when the athletes battle it out on the course to take home the trophy.
• Date: 15 – 18 November 2018
• Location: Jumeirah Gold Estates
BAO Music and Dance Festival
Meydan, Dubai's lifestyle and sport destination, is hosting a two-day mega event with a Chinese theme. The Bao Festival promises music, dance, fashion, food, carnival, culture and leisure - all celebrating the Chinese culture and its long-standing relationship with the Middle East. More than a dozen top-tier globally-renowned electronic dance music DJs will take to the turntables over the two nights, with around seven DJ sets each evening. Bao aims to bring people together in this lifestyle experience, inspired by the ancient voyages of Chinese explorer Zheng He, famously one of the first Chinese people to set foot in the Middle East, in his search of his 'bao' - which translates as 'treasure'.
• Date: 29 – 30 November
• Location: Meydan
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens:
Enjoy gripping sporting entertainment as the best sevens rugby teams battle it out at the 49th edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. Cheer on your favourite teams and experience a whole host of entertainment at one of the most exciting sporting and social events in Dubai. Attracting more than 100,000 fans, the three-day event has lots to offer, keeping everyone entertained – from sporting action, concerts, competitions and family entertainment, to buzzing food and beverage zones.
• Date: 29 November – 1 December 2018
• Location: Rugby Sevens Stadium, Dubai
Sole DXB launched in September 2010 as a platform for all the latest and relevant news in footwear, fashion, design and alternative culture in The Middle East. Since its inception, Sole has grown rapidly from its humble beginnings to a highly popular and well-respected urban culture event. Taking product design and brand marketing as the new frontier in compelling people to think differently, create distinctively and communicate effectively, Sole aims to inspire and encourage growth within the region’s design and progressive fashion sector. It is also a space where people can learn about different cultures while discovering what’s new from the worlds of fashion, music, and art.
• Date: 6 – 8 December 2018
• Location: Dubai Design District
New Year's Eve Fireworks at Burj Khalifa
Get ready for the most anticipated fireworks show of the year. Back again to woo and wow the crowds is Burj Khalifa’s legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Downtown Dubai will be lit up by a brilliant show of scintillating lights, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. Once again, the show promises a mind-blowing performance, marking the end of another year. Organized by Emaar, the fireworks show is coordinated by a world-class team of experts. Special viewing platforms will be set up across Downtown Dubai, but make sure to arrive early as spaces fill up fast.
• Date: 31 December 2018
• Location: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
Full details of all events in Dubai can be found on Dubai Calendar’s website and app.
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About Dubai Calendar
Dubai Calendar’s website and app is a free resource that allows residents and tourists to dive into the heart of the city and discover upcoming events and offerings. With an average of 150 events listed at any one time, and 35 new events added every week, Dubai Calendar is an all-access pass to ‘what’s on’ in Dubai. Tickets can also be bought quickly and securely through the app’s purchasing platform.