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2017 Opens with a packed events calendar in Dubai

The festive period is always a busy time of year for travel and Dubai is no different as we receive visitors to and from Europe for increased stopovers in the destination. But despite the New Year festivities being over, Dubai continues to gear up for its season of world-class sporting and music events as it reaches peak season.

Whether it is sports, music or the arts, there is a big event most weekends in Dubai, right through to April.

February sees the Emirates Jazz Fest return to the city for its 15th anniversary, with Tom Jones, Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias headlining across the 3-day event. While the Virgin Radio RedFestDXB bring pop and RnB to the stage with the likes of The Veronicas, Demi Lovato and Sean Paul performing.

For sports fans, there’s golf, horse-riding, tennis and cycling. The world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, takes place every year in March, while the Polo Masters is hosted next month. Golfing champion Rory McIlroy returns to Dubai for the Omega Desert Classic, a PGA European Tour sanctioned event and the Dubai Tour kicks off later this month with five stages of road cycling.

It doesn’t stop at sports and music, book-lovers have the Emirates Festival of Literature, art-lovers can see local and regional artists celebrated at the Sikka Art Fair, and food lovers can eat their way around the city and learn how to cook dishes by celebrity chefs at the annual Dubai Food Festival.

The city bursts with events and activities during the cooler months and with new attractions like Dubai Opera launching musicals that will include Cats, Westside Story and Madam Butterfly over the next two months, it really is becoming more than just a stopover destination with something for everyone.

To view the full events calendar for 2017, visit Dubai Calendar.